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A Primer on White Wines

Spring is the perfect time to savor white wines. With their fresh flavors and lower alcohol content, whites – especially the kinds you’ll encounter when you explore the Texas Hill Country wineries with Moon’s Vineyard Voyages – are the perfect match for sunny days, mild evenings and light warm-weather meals. Hard and Dry vs. Sweet and Fruity Most whites are dry but tend to come in two taste varieties. Some are austere, with herbal, mineral or even steely notes. They are especially good for drinking alone or with dishes that echo their mineral flavors, such as oysters and clams. Other whites are more “approachable” and bear plentiful traces of fruit, berry and even tropical flavors. These tend to go extremely well with fish, chicken and salad dishes. Grape varieties – such as the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio – tend to fall into this grouping. The Exceptions Though white wines can be categorized into two basic groupings, white wines from the same grape can be radically different. For example, a wine-maker can manipulate Chardonnay grapes into wines that are steely-dry, fresh and fruity or even mild and buttery. They can also take sweet Riesling grapes and transform them into wines that are as dry as they are mineral-rich, and crisp Sauvignon Blanc grapes can be made into wines that fruity and full-bodied. For Better Enjoyment White wines are at their best when chilled. If you aren’t enjoying a glass at a winery or in a restaurant, take a small bucket or container and fill it with ice and water. Then add a sprinkling of salt which interferes with crystallization... read more

William Chris Vineyards on Our Texas Hill Country Wine Tour

Most people think of wine and wine drinking as steeped in the high culture of Old Europe. But at Moon’s, we know of places along the Fredericksburg Wine Trail―for example, William Chris Vineyards―that make it a point to bring out a distinctly Texas flavor in everything they do. Located 20 miles east of Fredericksburg, William Chris is a family-owned enterprise that takes Lone Star pride in creating wine from Texas grapes. In fact, the winery sources the fruit it uses from two major grape-growing areas in the state: the high plains and the hill country. Part of the charm of a visit to William Chris resides in the setting, which is as lovely as it is peaceful. An elegantly modern tasting room is attached to a 110-year old farmhouse. In the century that building has stood, it has lost none of its rustic appeal. Shading the property is a magnificent 400-year old oak grove where visitors can go for a lazy stroll. William Chris first came into existence in 2008 when Bill Blackmon, a seasoned winegrower with 30 years of experience and Chris Brundrett, a young horticulturalist and winegrower with ideas and enthusiasm to spare, came together and bottled their first vintage. Both were working men with big dreams who invested everything they had into the winery. Bill and Chris have dedicated themselves to making well-balanced, fruit-forward wines that have, in less than a decade, earned high praise from the Texas Monthly as well as the Texas Wine Journal. The pair works meticulously to produce wines that are the truest expression of the vintage they represent while creating the... read more

The Difference between Dry and Sweet Wines

Are you someone who doesn’t know the difference between sweet and dry wines? Take heart: as Fredericksburg’s premier winery-touring company, Moon’s Vineyard Voyages knows you aren’t alone. But we also know it’s not difficult to learn how to make this crucial distinction. Let’s travel the Texas Wine Trail and learn together! Know the basics “Dry” refers to wine that has undergone the natural fermentation process. “Sweet” refers to wine that has been fortified with additives that stop the sugar in the grapes from turning to alcohol. As a result, sweet wines taste more honeyed because they have a higher level of sugar. Dry wines taste less candied because the grape has been allowed to fully ferment. Pay attention to wine types Sauternes, Chablis and Riesling are considered dry white wines. Claret, Burgundy and Chianti are considered the driest of the reds. On the sweet end of the spectrum, Port, sherry, Muscat and Tokay are considered to be the sweetest wines on the market. Some wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay can be sweet or dry, depending on such factors as the growing region and additives. Inhale the scent After you’ve poured out wine, put your face into the glass and inhale. If your nose detects sugar, fruit or honeysuckle scents, it’s more than likely you’re dealing with a sweet wine. But if you detect herbs, spices, wood or even yeast, you have a drier wine. But be careful! Some wines can smell like chocolate or citrus, two scents that offer no indication as to whether the actual wine will be dry or sweet. Taste the wine... read more

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