Go Texan! Texas Grown and Texas Proud will fascinate you at the Texas State Fair

Texas State Fair

The Texas State Fair Preview tonight featured two wineries: Messina Hof Winery, based in Bryan, TX (also operating an urban winery in Grapevine, TX), and Farmhouse Vineyards, based in Brownfield, TX.

Leif Ranstrom and Garrett Gomez from Messina Hof's Grapevine winery welcomed us with Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Texas High Plains - certified 100% Texas grown. It's rounder than say, a New Zealand Sauv Blanc, and at 12.5% ABV, it is easy to sip. The label recommends serving at 45 degrees, but the flavors really stood out when it warmed up a little. Next up were two dry reds from varietals we love: Messina Hof Sangiovese 2017 Texas High Plains and - what? Sagrantino? Yes, Messina Hof Sagrantino Reserva 2017 Texas High Plains. The grapes for this bottling are grown at 3600 feet elevation. Messina Hof bottles another Sagrantino - not tasted tonight - from grapes grown in the Bryan vineyard. Beau, recommended for spicy food and barbeque, is a blend of red grape varietals and Muscat Canelli.

Traci Furgeson, owner of Farmhouse Vineyards, says her goal is to get vineyard designation for their grapes, many of which are sold to other wineries. For generations, her family grew cotton on this land. Farmhouse Vineyards West Texas Cultivated Texas High Plains Red Table Wine is a blend: 50% Dolcetto, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Counoise, 8% Cinsault. According to Traci, they're the first to bring Counoise to Texas to grow commercially and theirs is the same clone grown by Paso Robles, CA-based Tablas Creek Vineyard. Farmhouse Vineyards West Texas Revolution Texas High Plains is a delightful sparkling rosé, 100% Counoise. West Texas Boyfriend is a white sparkling wine, 100% Malvasia Bianca - fresh and bubbly. The white West Texas Sweet, a blend of Malvasia Bianca and Orange Muscat, could complement spicy Asian food.