Sunday, March 18, 2012
Pondering things Italian in West Texas
“They invited us to Buffalo Gap in April when the Italians will be here, but we didn’t know which wines to bring,” said Jim Evans, winemaker for Lone Oak Winery in Burleson, Texas. “Well, I don’t think that will be a problem, Jim, seeing as you make Viognier, Syrah and Merlot. And our Tuscan wineries that will be here make wines from all those grapes,” I volleyed.
We had made the hour or so trek from Dallas to Burleson as my better half was interviewing the winemaker and owner for a luxury magazine. I was going along for the ride and was interested in tasting their wine. Lone Oak winery was getting a lot of attention from as far away as San Francisco.
Texas has been growing up, and this short time with these fellows really dinked me back into believing that wine from Texas could maybe rise up to the level that many of us have come to expect from California, Italy, France, and so on.
Next week I’ll be in Italy and the following week in Bordeaux, so I am about to pack it up and head out. Lots of great wines to be tasted. My palate is attuned for high expectations.
And we didn’t even taste the wines they lately have become famous for, their Viognier and their Tempranillo. I guess we’ll just have to wait until I come back from Italy and France and meet them out past Abilene in Buffalo Gap with the Italians. I can hardly wait.
Posted by Alfonso Cevola at 9:30 PM