Wine is a simple, thoughtful, and mostly easy gift to buy, whether it’s for a family member or an office colleague you don’t necessarily know that well. What makes this offering even more special is that Texas wines are really great and exciting and — even more important — delicious. With that, here are Eater Austin’s recommendations for five Texas wines to buy as last-minute gifts for the holidays. Find these at local wine and liquor shops, as well supermarkets like Whole Foods Market..
Lightsome Wines’s 2018 Lightsome: Small lot wine producer Adrienne Ballou, who also works at Southold Farm and Cellar (see below), combines grapes from the Hill Country and High Plains for the only bottle currently available now under her label. That’s the Touriga Nacional, a juicy and perky red wine that works especially well when slightly chilled. Grab a bottle or two since it’s safe to say it won’t be around for long. ($35)
Southold Farm and Cellar’s Don’t Forget to Soar: The oh-so-hot Hill Country winery that relocated from New York is now Texas through and through. Among the wonderfully named wines, opt for Don’t Forget to Soar, a white wine blend of roussanne and albarino grapes lending to a playful drink. ($24)
Dandy Rosé’s 2018: One of the Texas wine region’s best rosés comes from Austin wine expert Rae Wilson. The latest vintage is easygoing and crushable. ($20)
William Chris Vineyards’s 2017 Mourvedre Texas High Plains: While, yes, everyone knows about the Hye, Texas winery’s highly enjoyable pétillant naturel, but the rest of its portfolio isn’t to be missed. The Mourvedre is a big bold red that works well for heartier meals. ($34)
Lewis Wines’s 2015 High Plains Red Wine: The Hill Country winery produces impressive reds and whites. Of those, go with the 2015 vintage of the High Plains red wine, a bright fruity bottle that works best with cheese. ($17)