Summer offers many occasions to break out a glass of wine and celebrate, but how do you pick the best bottle for a memorable time? We asked experts around Austin for their seasonal recommendations so you’ll be sure to bring the right varietal to every festivity.
“The Work Horse is a blend of merlot and malbec sourced from the High Plains of Texas featuring fruity aromas followed by earthy spice: watermelon, black pepper; dark and rich with a chalky finish. The alcohol is only 12.7 percent, which is very reasonable, especially in the heat of summer."
“The Violet Crown is a Rhone-style blend of grapes from California's Amador County, showcasing balanced floral notes—lavender and orange blossom—blackberries, cherries, and smooth, velvety tannins with a touch of chocolate on the finish. It has a great complexity, [and is] extremely versatile in its pairings with pork, chicken, and red meat.”
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Cooper Anderson, 29, and Ross McLauchlan, 27
Co-founders, Austin Winery
Cooper Anderson and Ross McLauchlan co-founded Austin Winery on the premise that it should be as relaxed and local as possible. The first of its kind within Austin city limits, the urban winery is distinctly Texan. Although the grapes are grown elsewhere, everything — from the fermentation and filtration to the bottling, serving, and enjoyment — takes place in town.