8 Lubbock Wines Perfect For Your Fall Table
Fall is undoubtedly my favorite season. Temperatures begin to mellow, sweaters rotate to the front of closets across West Texas and whether it’s a Friday night football game or the unveiling of Starbucks’ holiday cups, we all have a reason to cheer. We also start to dip back into our respective recipe boxes for our favorite comfort food dishes. But one thing that doesn’t change with the weather is the award-winning wine grown and bottled right here in High Plains. And because we’ll be sipping and savoring our local vino year-round, we reached out to five of our local wineries to see what pairs best with some of this season’s comfort cuisine staples.
With your grilled cheese sandwich
Carbs, butter and cheese – a grilled cheese sandwich is practically Comfort Food 101 and can be customized for a variety of palates. (I prefer mine open-faced, on crusty sourdough bread topped with extra melted Havarti), but however you choose to indulge, McPherson Cellars’ 2016 La Herencia Rosa with its notes of grapefruit and under-ripe raspberry is an excellent complement. Who said roses were just for summer?
With your beef dishes
I’ve been a longtime fan of Llano Estacado Winery’s THP Montepulciano. Llano describes it as “Texas Hocus Pocus” because of its non-traditional (but delicious) blend of Montepulciano, Aglianico and Barbera grapes. It’s medium bodied, deep red in color, boasts complex aromatics of ripe plum and blackberries and pairs well with savory beef bourguignon.
Bonus pairing: McPherson Cellars’ 2014 Carignane
With your chicken dishes
If you’ve officially swapped your grill for a roasting pan brimming with chicken and fall vegetables, try pairing your meal with a bottle of Trilogy Cellars’ 2015 Intersection. This light-to-medium red blend intersects (hence, the name) the fruit of four High Plains varietals for a pleasant, fruit-forward balance.
Bonus pairing: McPherson Cellars’ 2015 Tre Colore
With your pasta
Sangiovese is the main red grape that grows in Tuscany, so it makes sense that McPherson’s 2015 Sangiovese pairs beautifully with tomato-based dishes like your favorite lasagna recipe or Bolognese. If you’d prefer white over red, you can’t go wrong with Pheasant Ridge’s 2008 Chardonnay with rich buttery notes.
With your Thanksgiving dinner
With Thanksgiving just a few short weeks away, shopping lists are being made all over the country in preparation. One thing that will set your Thanksgiving spread apart from the rest (besides a napkin turkey) is an expertly chosen bottle of vino. Caprock Winery’s Legacy Reserve, a blend of cabernet sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and petit verdot is a popular local, full-bodied, intense red that will pair well with your roasted turkey and favorite side dishes.
What are you sipping this season? Let us know on social using #LiveLoveLubbock. For more fall food goodness, take a look at our favorite Lubbock comfort food here. And as always, happy toasting!