Let me just go ahead and confess that this bottle was a dangerous gamble. I rarely purchase either Chenin Blanc or Texas wines. The Chenin Blancs that I have tried have been either ridiculously acidic or Jolly Rancher sweet, while Texas wines have simply not lived up to my expectations of our great state. Needless to say, I was prepared to be disappointed.
Boy was I surprised.
So let me go ahead and take it all back. Chenin Blanc is a delightfully nuanced white wine, and when produced by Fall Creek Vineyards here in Texas, made a mundane weeknight meal exceptional.
In the glass, it’s a lovely pale yellow with a mineral-floral fragrance. Before tasting, give it a good swish around the glass and allow it to rest just a bit. Trust me on this; you do not want to rush your first taste here.
Now, take a little sip. It’s ever-so-slightly off-dry with a wonderful citrus flavor – like our state’s Rio Red grapefruit. It was just so refreshing.
And when paired with the spicy salmon I served for dinner, it was absolutely perfect. I’ll be buying this bottle again – and trying new things (like other varietals and local wines) more often!
You can find Fall Creek wines at HEB, Spec’s, and other Texas purveyors. I’m not sure if they distribute outside our state, but in-state the Chenin Blanc runs around $7. Enjoy!