Actually, strike that headline. Wine is best enjoyed every day of the week. But because today is Wednesday, we’ll definitely push our hump-day wine agenda.
Of course, the only reason we’re popping our corks today is to toast to a Texas brand we just discovered. C.L. Butaud is a Texas family winery founded in 2014 by Randy and Brooke Hester after spending nearly a decade in Napa Valley to learn everything they could about winemaking.
Now, the Austin-based couple produces a nice variety of 100% Texas wines that rival anything we’ve had out of California. (Man, we can still remember when Texas wines were nothing but super sweet syrupy swill.)
Their flagship wine is a 2017 Tempranillo, a wonderful red that’s as good for an evening of sipping on the patio during this cooler weather or paired with barbecue or Tex-Mex (it’s wonderful with tacos).
Other standouts include the 2019 C.L. Butaud ‘Pa Pa Frenchy’ Red Wine, a more affordable red that’s a lively blend of Tempranillo, Grenache & Malbec grapes. Funny enough, this was also really good with tacos.
Of course, rosés are still in high demand (and C.L. Butaud offers a great one), but if you wish to impress anyone coming to a social-distance gathering or to send as a special gift to the rosé fans on your list who are open to new things, you should really check out the 2019 C.L. Butaud Ramato. This wine looks just like a rosé, but the light-copper colored vino comes exclusively from Pinot Gris and has a little more complexity than your typical rosé.
You can find C.L. Butaud wines in restaurants and stores all over North Texas, but most of their customers choose enrollment in their Wine Club to make things easier and have superb wines delivered right to your door throughout the year. Ground shipping is complimentary and they’ll even offer temperature-controlled shipments during the hotter months.
So if you’re a fan of wine and supporting local Texas businesses, definitely give C.L. Butaud the chance to swirl around in your glass.
You’ll be so glad you did.
C.L. Butaud WinesPhoto courtesy of C.L. Butaud Wines