Winelala’s May Picks
The Wine of the Month is from Texas and you’re going to love it!
Pedernales 2016 Texas Family Reserve
Imagine the range of emotions that accompany being presented with a ‘seven grape blend from the Texas High Plains’. Several of my fellow wine professionals’ eyebrows shot up in an involuntary moment of what? just like mine had when it was first shown to me in Texas. I was with French importers and a German winemaker whose next reaction, also like mine, was let’s try this! I poured it a bit nervously (European professionals waiting to evaluate my find - yikes) and the next reaction, also like mine that day at the winery, was overwhelmingly positive. It’s that American ingenuity.
So not only can you introduce Pedernales 2016 Texas Family Reserve wine with an intriguing description, your choice will be validated by obvious great quality. Find a medium bodied, easy drinking red that undulates with red and dark berries, is smoothed out by soft oak, and finishes away cleanly with just the slightest hint of tart cherry. Its versatility allows it to match a variety of red meat, herbed, and red sauced based dishes. This is a beautifully done wine.
Check out the blend: 49% Tempranillo , 22% Malbec, 3% Petite Verdot, 8% Cab Sauv, 5% Mourvèdre, 8% Merlot, and 5% Sangiovese. Order through Pedernales’ website or contact Winelala. $60 from the winery.
The Everyday Gem of the Month is perfect for almost any occasion!
Pratsch Organic Rosé
This wine has made two of Winelala’s lists this month! While it’s one of our favorites so far of the season (and therefore also in the premium section), it’s also something we want to recommend as an everyday drinker because it’s a star.
Found by Winelala in a bright, sunny restaurant in Austin, TX, Stefan Pratch’s organic rosé paired well across the board, from the delicate amuse-bouche through to the skirt steak finale. As well, it’s great on its own if you’re just chillin’ on an outside patio in the sunshine! (I know this from experience.)
The wine is made from saint laurent, blauberger, zweigelt, and pinot poir in Austria’s Niederösterreich region. It’s dry and delicate and has notes of strawberries and peach, and a bright and clean finish.
It’s a wine that will be stocked in my personal cellar all season! And at less than $15?? Buy this now!