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The Best Texas Hill Country Wine

Rebecca Beaman, sommelier at the Inn at Dos Brisas, shares five Texas favorites.

By Rebecca Beaman September 21, 2018 Published in the October 2018 issue of Houstonia Magazine

Wondering what a wine professional drinks in the Hill Country? Rebecca Beaman, sommelier at Inn at Dos Brisas, shares five Texas favorites:

Kuhlman CellarsStonewall

Winemaker Bénédicte Rhyne’s Provence-style rosé (2017), composed entirely of grapes grown on site, boasts breathtaking minerality, balance, and depth, while her Merlot, made with Texas grapes, has notes of dark cacao, smoke, rose petals, and blueberries. 

Lost Draw CellarsFredericksburg

With herbaceous hints of blackberry, blueberry, and black currant alongside integrated acid, firm tannins, and a rocky finish, the winery’s High Plains Malbec is, quite simply, unmatched—truly a Texas showstopper. 

Duchman Family Winery Driftwood

The light, floral, fruit-filled Sangiovese is a wonder-wine for light-red drinkers, casual pizza nights, and white-wine fans willing to venture out of their comfort zone. 

Lewis WinesJohnson City

Fantastic for dinner parties (and particularly good with Gulf snapper), the winery’s High Plains Chenin Blanc is full of mouth-puckering acidity, and evokes vibrant lemon, pear, quince, and ripe pineapple. 

Wine for the People | Austin

Rae Wilson, a former sommelier, makes the hippest styles of wine on the market, including a slightly carbonated and acidic pét-nat, Dandy Bubbles, which coats your palate with strawberries before giving way to a distinct minerality and hints of dried white peaches and roses. 

An earlier version of this article misstated the provenance of Kuhlman Cellars’ Merlot. The wine is made only with Texas-grown grapes.

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