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I have been interested in bringing Texas wine to a blind tasting dinner with a few friends here, but held off since I reside in Asia and haven't had the opportunity to try any.

My main concerns before I buy and ship over a case to Hong Kong:

Has anyone had any experiences with Texas wine and/or recommendations where to begin? If so do they compare respectably against Oregon and California wines of the same caliber?
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Originally posted by SCW:
Has anyone had any experiences with Texas wine and/or recommendations where to begin? If so do they compare respectably against Oregon and California wines of the same caliber?


I've tried some reds from Becker. I'd rate them in the 80-85 range, which in my scale is good enough to drink but not good enough to buy, and that's without knowing the price. Not sure what you mean by comparing against "wines of the same caliber"; they compare reasonably against other over-ripe reds from average quality vineyards.

I heard that Texas is having some success with Chenin Blanc, which seems strange.
Thank you for all your insights. The impression i'm getting is its not worth bringing over.

Ha I like the idea for the "Judgement of Hong Kong" with Chinese wine against Texas wine, but Chinese wine would make Franzia seem like a 61 Petrus. To put things into perspective on how bad it is. There really are no standards in the Chinese wine industry(i.e. the use of dangerous chemicals in wine production/food coloring to make the wine look like normal wine).

Becker seemed to be the most acclaimed winery from Texas. 80-85 points doesn't seem to impressive depending on your scale. Dave Tong which California cabs would you consider an 85, 90, or 95? By wines of the same caliber I meant in terms of price.

Nolan I'll look into Inwood as well, what were your impressions of it?
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Originally posted by khmark7:
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Inwood Estates, Inwood Estates, Inwood Estates


Just had their 2005 Cab/Tempranillo blend and it was really good, suprisingly good. Notes posted on Cellartracker!


I just looked at the website and thought this might be fun to try. But $40, $50, and $60? What? A little steep foe Texas Reds if you ask me.
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Originally posted by Whitey:
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Originally posted by khmark7:
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Inwood Estates, Inwood Estates, Inwood Estates


Just had their 2005 Cab/Tempranillo blend and it was really good, suprisingly good. Notes posted on Cellartracker!


I just looked at the website and thought this might be fun to try. But $40, $50, and $60? What? A little steep foe Texas Reds if you ask me.
Both reds run about $30 retail at Spec's. If we ever meet up I'd be willing to buy a bottle to change your mind. You'd never think twice about spending $30 on a Spanish wine that someone you trusted recommended and I think I could be fooled in a blind tasting.
I just read the notes on Cellartracker of Inwood Estate's Tempranillo-Cabernet, it sounds like an interesting wine.

Next trip I have back to California I plan on trying Texas wine against New Mexico/Utah/etc. It appears to be the best option as the shipping per bottle to Hong Kong will end up costing more than the wine.
[QUOTE]Both reds run about $30 retail at Spec's. If we ever meet up I'd be willing to buy a bottle to change your mind. You'd never think twice about spending $30 on a Spanish wine that someone you trusted recommended and I think I could be fooled in a blind tasting.[QUOTE]

$30 is a bit more reasonable. Interesitng that you find it cheaper in Houston that here in Dallas (although I have not looked too hard).

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