Today I’m going to share with you my experience visiting Heath Sparkling Wines in Fredericksburg, Texas.
This one was an interesting visit in that I really didn’t get to make any tasting notes. Normally, when visiting a vineyard I learn about the grapes, tour the grounds and hear stories about how the owners started their work in the wine industry. Due to so many new rules and regulations during this pandemic the tasting wasn’t quite the experience that I would have gotten if I had arrived on any other given day. While there, I was hoping to learn some tips about tasting sparkling wines and there were a few additional questions that I had. However, the tasting felt rushed, there weren’t any tours and there wasn’t any history or sparkling wine tips given during the tasting. I literally took a sip, took a bite, sipped again and moved on.
Although this pandemic has created a form of chaos in the wine industry, I am all about making the most of my experience. What I did enjoy were the delicious pairings, the friendliness of the staff, the beauty of the courtyard, and the quietness of sipping my sparkling wine near the water fountain. And most of all, I enjoyed who I shared this experience with.
The tasting consisted of four sparkling wines accompanied with four delicious pairings created by their Chef. Each tasting was delicious but my favorite wine and favorite pairing was the Blanc de Blancs paired with a Watermelon Feta Salad.
All in all, although times have changed, that doesn’t mean that your spirit and joy have to as well. Make each day count. Cherish those special moments that you have with your loved ones while you can. And most of all: KEEP SMILING! In the meantime, I look forward to returning and discovering more of what Heath Sparkling Wines has to offer.
XOXO, Smiling Danny, Salu’d
Wine: William Chris Vineyards, Malbec Rose’, 2017
Pairing: Homemade Cornish Hen Soup
Notes: The grapefruit notes in the wine paired nicely with the citrus notes in the soup. However, this wasn’t a pairing that blended together it was a pairing that didn’t detract from each other. The Rose’ tasted just like it would had I drank it on its own and the soup tasted just like it did when I ate it alone.
This goes to show us that all pairings do not need to blend together. When it comes to pairing wine, you just don’t want it creating a sour or yucky taste on your palate.
Would I pair these two together again? Of course, especially on days when you are having soup but don’t necessarily want to be warmed up or left feeling hot; the wine provides a nice refreshing taste on the palate and leaves you feeling comfortable as far as temperature is concerned.
Well that concludes this week’s pairing, I hope that you enjoyed it. If I get enough requests, I will post the recipe to my homemade soup on the blog. In the meantime, try this wine with chicken soup or chicken and dumplings and then let me know your thoughts. Also, if you want more notes on this wine and my visit to William Chris Vineyards; check out my previous post: Happy Anniversary in Hye, Texas (Sept 8, 2018).
XOXO, Salu’d, Smiling Danny
I hope that you had a wonderful month last month, I sure did as hubby and I celebrated 10 years of marriage. As part of our anniversary festivities, we took a trip to Hye, TX and visited William Chris Vineyards. We had such a wonderful time!
Once we arrived at William Chris we were welcomed with a glass of their Pe’tillant Nature’l. This was a nice refreshing glass of Rose’. It had notes of grapefruit that wasn’t overbearing and had a nice effervescence that cooled us off in the Texas heat. Next, we were escorted to the tasting room where we were able to taste six of their wines.
This month, I thought I would share with you notes on three of the wines that I enjoyed during the tasting. Yes, only three, that way, when you go you will have your own fresh experience.
- 2017 Mary Ruth: This is a blend of Malvasia Bianca, Muscat Blanc and Blanc du Bois. You can enjoy it as an apertif or with a good book. Mary Ruth is a light, dry white wine with an aroma and notes of peach. She has a hint of sweetness but finishes with a subtle acidity.
- 2017 Roussanne: Bouquet- Crisp, Light, Hint of Raisin and Cobbler. Taste- Sweet, Butter, Prune with a nice acidity.
- 2017 Malbec Rose’: This wine is special because it was aged in concrete. The Rose’ can also be enjoyed as an apertif with notes of strawberry and cherry and very little acidity.
I truly enjoyed my time at this Vineyard. There is so much history associated with the wines, the vineyard and even the uniqueness of the wine label. I encourage you to visit and tell ’em Smiling Danny sent ya! (not sponsored).
It was our goal to visit several wineries while in Hye but I recommend that you visit one winery at a time that way you can truly experience the wine and pick up on the distinct notes of each one.
Happy Tasting, XOXO Smiling Danny