It’s no secret now that Texas wines are good. They win awards, they bring hundreds out to the Hill Country for winery tours and they even helped the region earn a spot on Wine Enthusiast’s top wine destinations list last year.
Over the past few years (and starting well before this state’s wines began to gain so much acclaim) one of the oldest Texas wineries has been relishing a distinction of its own. Messina Hof wines, currently the GSM and Father & Son Riesling, are available at all Saltgrass Steak House locations, a total of about 50 around the country — a nod to both the growth of Messina Hof, which now has three winery locations in Texas, and to the prestige of its wines.
The GSM (a blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre) is a robust, full-bodied red with notes of blackberry, dark cherry and plum. Released for the first time last year, it’s a standout in the Messina Hof lineup, landing on Texas Monthly’s “Best Texas Wines of 2014” list for showing off “how precise and approachable this historic Texas winery can be.”
Its semi-sweet white counterpart, the Father & Son Riesling, is blended with Moscato and has fresh and delicate floral aromas and undertones of crisp apples, honeysuckle and pears.
Partnering with Saltgrass to place such a large, nationwide spotlight on Texas wine, Messina Hof CEO Paul M. Bonarrigo said, is a “great opportunity to pair an extraordinary wine with an extraordinary restaurant on a national scale to showcase the high quality (wines) that Texas has to offer.”
Messina Hof opened the most recent winery location in Grapevine, near Dallas, in December. For more information, visit www.messinahof.com.