Texas wine has impressed many wine drinkers and critics with its quality. Despite piles of recent awards and accolades, some people still wonder if it tastes as good as similar wine from other regions of the world. Food & Wine Magazine executive wine editor, Ray Isle, and Master Sommeliers, Craig Collins and Devon Broglie, led people through a blind tasting of wines in the “Texas Two Sip” session at the 2015 Austin Food & Wine Festival.
The session pitted four Texas wines against four similarly priced wines from elsewhere to see if the crowd could pick which was from Texas and to take an informal poll of which they preferred. The matchups included:
- 2012 Duchman Family Winery Trebbiano versus 2013 Valle Reale Vigne Nuove Trebbiano
- 2012 Brennan Vineyards Super Nero against the 2012 COS Nero di Lupo Sicilia
- 2014 McPherson Cellars Les Copains Rose taking on 2014 Chateau D’Or et De Gueles Rosé Les Cimels
- 2012 William Chris Vineyards Syrah versus 2012 Delas Freres Domaines de Grands Chemins Crozes Hermitage
The crowd was typically divided on deciding which wine was from Texas and which wasn’t. Overall, Isle declared Texas the winner in this competition.
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