Jan 102011
 

Duchman Winery says $10 is the New $15 for Their Vermentino

Last weekend my wife and I were sitting on our front porch at my cottage in the Texas hill country. The weather was simply divine: cool and breezy as the sun was setting to our backs. Birds were eating at the feeders. We were doing what Texans do; enjoying some Texas wines. The white wine was Duchman Family Winery Vermentino.

As we sipped, I took a look at by Blackberry Twitter app and noticed that I received the following tweet from Duchman Winery…”Our New wine prices are meant to put our wines in competition with other wines on the world stage. $10 a bottle for Vermentino!!!”

I thought to myself…A ten dollar Vermentino that’s really cool. Most Vermentinos in the marketplace are Italian and are $18 or more a bottle. This one is grown, ripened, and fermented inTexas…now, that’s even cooler.

So, I had to get some additional info. I tweeted back, “@DuchmanWinery: This is great. Is it at the winery or retail stores?”

In a matter of seconds, I got a response…”Retail will be soon to follow, tasting room/online now. All wines have been re-priced. We now offer some of the best value in the state.”  I thought….and, you did it without going to some far away state to get grapes, either!

Next, I went to the Duchman Winery Website and found the page titled, “Duchman Family 2009 Texas Vermentino”….Texas grown and Texas made! Price: $10. Who says that $15 is the new $10? Here, at the Duchman Family Winery we’re working hard to bring you fresh, food-friendly wines like this $10 Texas Vermentino. Click here to purchase.”

Here are the details on the Duchman Family Winery 2009 Vermentino:

Harvested: August 2009

Vineyard: Bingham Family Vineyards

Appellation: Texas High Plains AVA

Bottled: May 2010

Total Production: 1156 Cases

Aging: Fermented and aged in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 9 months

Alcohol %: 13.1

Winemaker Notes: The 2009 Duchman Family Winery Vermentino is a white wine that offers perfumed aromas of grapefruit and slightly sweet pear on the nose. The palate offers more notes of citrus, pear, and a slight herbaceous character. This wine finishes clean and dry with refreshing acidity. Being the sole producer of Texas grown Vermentino in the state, Duchman Family Winery has received excellent response to this varietal from sommeliers and restaurateurs alike. As a refreshing alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, the 2009 is a great option for oysters, sushi, and other seafood.

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If you are one of those people that always feels the need to say, “Texas wines are too expensive. Blah! Blah! Blah! I can find a better bottle of Australian wine for less”, here is your chance to partake in a bargain that has real value. The Duchman Vermentino is very well made and an exciting wine to enjoy (especially in the Texas hill country, or actually anywhere). OK, what’s your excuse? Ain’t you ever heard of a Texas Vermentino before?

According to Wikipedia, “Vermentino is a late-ripening white grape variety, primarily found in Italian wine. It is widely planted in Sardinia, in Liguria primarily under the name Pigato, to some extent in Corsica, in Piedmont under the name Favorita, and in increasing amounts in Languedoc-Roussillon.”

If you’ve been to southwestern France like I have, you would have to agree that Texas is a hell of a lot more like Languedoc-Roussillon and the other places where Vermentino grows than Texas is like Bordeaux or Burgundy.

Vermentino has found a new home….TEXAS!

Well, if name dropping impresses you, Duchman’s Vermentino captivated Oz Clarke during his stop in Texas enough to make it a point out the potential future for this varietal in Texas. In his blog in the Wine Spectator, Oz called the Duchman Vermentino “SMASHING, VIVACIOUS”! The Dallas Morning News recently named this wine their “wine of the week” (click here for details). Whole Foods Market even chose this wine to have on tap at their Highland Park and Park Lane locations in Dallas, Texas.

$10 IS the new $15, but only while the supply of Duchman Vermentino lasts.

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