Texas Hill Country Wineries Tasting Stop: Come on by Bent Oak Winery By Feb. 4th or Online After!

Bent Oak Winery is located just west of Austin, in Cedar Park, Texas. For those that have not already been there, it is located at 2000 Windy Terrace Suite 2B. From Austin proper, go north on Route 183, left on Anderson Mill Road, then right on Windy Terrace.

It may seem obvious to some but not others, and it is best said that the Texas Wines from Bent Oak Winery are made from real Texas-grown grapes. These wines are made from grapes grown mainly in the Texas High Plains.

How did Bent Oak Winery all come about? Well, read below, and then we will do some tasting and get ready for some special offers.

Owner’s Vision Led to the Name

John Catalano, who with his wife Audrey own Bend Oak Winery, and is the leader of his winery’s winemaking team, advised, after contemplating building a winery for many years, we just did it.  Shortly after that fateful moment, John and Audrey grabbed a glass of wine, looked out over an idyllic vineyard, and saw a majestic weathered oak tree. From that day, the name Bent Oak Winery stuck and the couple made a commitment. According to John, it was to bring their customers accessible, balanced, and high-quality wines, and to make their customers feel at home in their tasting room.

There is a Good Reason to Stop in Before February 5th

Audrey, John, Debbie, and Marilee are retiring from the wine business this year. They believe that they had quite an eight-year run and are grateful for the part their customers played in supporting the winery.

The tasting room will be closing on February 4th but their online sales will continue until a new ownership team takes over. Also, watch the Bent Oak Winery online newsletter (click here) as it will be showing some fantastic inventory close-out sales!.

In the following weeks, Bent Oak will be open for online order pick ups Wednesdays-Fridays 3:00-7:00p and Saturdays 1:00-5:00p until further notice.

The Tasting – Bent Oak Winery 2019 Sangiovese

I am tasting a very interesting wine from Bent Oak Winery. It’s their 2019 Sangiovese made with grapes grown in the Texas High Plains AVA. This is a light-medium bodied wine, but is shows incredibly well with aromas and flavors beyond wines that are much, much darker. The aromas are of macerated cherries, cola, green Italian herbs followed by a bit of dusty earth. Despite the wine’s 15.5% alcohol content, this Texas high plains Sangiovese is incredibly friendly on the palate where the tart cherries, cola and herbs bring a very satisfying wine experience.

To see how special this wine is, check below for the list of awards it has received since its release:

  • Gold – 2021 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo International Wine Competition
  • Silver – 2021 Houston Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition
  • Bronze – 2020 San Francisco International Wine Competition
  • Bronze – 2020 Lone Star International Wine Competition

This list definitely shows that this Texas High Plains Sangiovese is improving with bottle age. It went from a Bronze Medal winner in 2020 to a Silver and Gold Medal winner in 2021. It also suggests that it might have even more room to improve further aging in your wine cellar or cooler.

Wine-Food Pairing Ideas

Sangiovese is usually the go to wine to drink with anything Italian. Its high acidity works well with any dish with tomato sauce, like pizza, and pasta, Italian herbs. The cherry and herbal nature of this grape also embellishes mushrooms in the form of a creamy mushroom risotto or a simple sauté with butter, garlic and parsley.

As we move forward into grilling season, this wine is flexible enough to nicely handle many simply grilled meats (i.e. salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon) like chicken or pork and even fish, Other food options include: Paella, short rib ragu, roasted quail, and wild boar.

Ever Thought of Owning a Winery?

While the Bent Oak Winery owners are still evaluating offers, it is not too late to get your hat in the ring. If you want to fulfill your romantic or “wine-stained” dreams of owning an operating a winery, you are welcome to contact the listing broker, Dave Duce, Partner, We Sell Restaurants, 512-773-5272, dave@wesellrestaurants.com.

Sangiovese Grapes – Photo Credit: Wine-searcher.com

Information from Bent Oak Winery website.

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