Fall Creek Chenin Blanc (Texas 2010)

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!

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2 Responses to Fall Creek Chenin Blanc (Texas 2010)

  1. smoochgirl says:

    Hi Jennifer! I’ve been following your blog for a while, but have yet to leave any comments even though I’ve been meaning to. I appreciate your budget-friendly, unpretentious recommendations. As a fellow Texan, and strong supporter of the local economy, I am always looking for local, Texan wines to try. I agree with you on taking a gamble with chenin blanc for the same reasons, yet am always open to suggestions for balanced, crisp whites to drink in hotter months when reds are just too heavy. I think I will take your suggestion and pick up a bottle on my next grocery run, which happens to be HEB. The spicy salmon sounds absolutely delicious- that knocks out one day of the menu for next week! I will also take the liberty of sharing a few of my Texas faves. My favorite TX wineries would have to be Becker Vineyards and Messina Hof. I recently picked up a 2009 Messina Hof Pinot Noir for under $10 and it was comparable to a nice Washington pinot. Needless to say, I was impressed! My favorite Becker wine is their Iconoclast Cabernet. It’s berrylicious with a hint of spice! I always pick up a few bottles when HEB puts TX wine on sale for 10% off! Becker also makes a nice red blend, of which the name eludes me at the moment. Cheers!

    • Knighton says:

      Hi Smoochgirl! Thanks for the great recommendations. I, too, am a fan of Becker Vineyards, specifically their Claret, but I’ll grab a bottle of the Iconoclast and give it a whirl. And I’ve never tried Messina Hof, much to my shame, and which I will remedy post haste. Thanks again!

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