Spending the Afternoon with Rockstar Winemaker Ron Yates, Texas Tempranillo and Roasted Chicken Dinner Pairing

From the lively and fresh flavors and aromas of cherry, dark berries to hints of leather and brambly herbaceousness, it’s plain to see that the Spanish grape Tempranillo has found a new home here in Texas.

If you know me you know how much I love Spanish food and wine and my favorite wine is made from the Tempranillo grape. You’ve had this grape if you’ve ever had a bottle of Rioja from this region of Spain.
 This is yet another great reason that living in Texas rocks  because rockstar winemaker Ron Yates of Spicewood Vineyards in Spicewood and Ron Yates Wines along 290 West on the Texas Wine Trail.
He is doing such magical things with this Spanish grape here in Texas!
Recently, I  had the extreme pleasure of hanging out with Ron in his barrel tasting room surrounded by a table full of wine bottles and  discovering all of the absolutely beautiful Texas Tempranillo wine – some 100%  and some blends. We tasted Estate and High Plains and I even heard through the grapevine about some great new things on the “wine” horizon as well as tasting a few wines that haven’t even been released  to the public yet. There’s a wine for every palate and whether you like a more traditional Spanish profile or one that’s a little more fruit forward, it’s there for you.
Texas Tempranillo has certainly come a long way and has been a bright light on the Texas wine horizon. It is now time to rethink your wine choices and expand your horizon. Each wine exhuded fresh fruit, clean, crisp flavors with silky tannins.
From flavors and aromas of  cherry, dark berries to hints of leather and brambly herbaceousness, its plain to see that the Spanish grape Tempranillo has found a new home here in Texas.
I have been intrigued and delighted to find such wines that maintain traditional flavors and aromas as well as expressions of our Texas terroir. I’m excited to be here in the now and cannot wait to experience what’s ahead for the future in Texas.
What a magical and magnificent time we had! The day ended with a perfectly roasted chicken with huge crispy sourdough croutons like the famous recipe by Ina Garten paired with Tempranillo and  Spicewood Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc both Texas grown and made!
What a lovely day!

 

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