Texoma Winery (Whitewright, TX)

26 Oct

Just a few miles north of Grayson Hills lies Texoma Winery, also in Whitewright.  Rick Magers, the owner of Grayson Hills, had called ahead to make sure Bob White, the owner and winemaker of Texoma Winery, kept the tasting room open since we dawdled at Grayson Hills a little late on this Sunday afternoon.  More than just friends by proximity, Rick and Bob were also classmates through Grayson County College’s Viticulture & Enology Program, one of the few degreed grape growing and winemaking programs in the country.  Bob enjoyed his education at Grayson so much that he now teaches a couple of courses there.

Texoma Winery sits on a plot of land that has been in Bob’s family for more than 100 years.  More than just a beautiful scene, the site of this winery has personal historic significance to Bob.

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Inside the tasting room you’ll find lots of options.  Texoma Winery produces wines under several different labels.  The Texas Tasting label is a line of wines blended specifically for the Texas wine and beer drinker (logical inference says the emphasis is on the latter).  Other white wines not specially targeting the Texas taste (I’m still unsure what exactly constitutes the Texas taste) are under the Whispering Willow label and similarly, other reds under the Sublime Wine label.  Specialty and limited edition wines are bottled under Bob White’s Quail Tail label. 

I suppose you can say Bob is an organized man.

In the tasting room, you can sample these different labels as well as a few wines from other Texas wineries under the Texas Select label. 

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Even though Texoma Winery has only been in full operation since 2005, the wines have received recognition from Southwest Wine Competition and Lone Star International Wine Competition.  Furthermore, before Bob officially opened the winery, he had won medals at the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association Amateur Competition, the U.S. Amateur Winemaking Competition, and the Winemaker International Amateur Wine Competition.  All those awards were not just coincidences or sheer luck.  Bob White is a proud man for good reasons.

My favorite wine from Texoma is the Texas Tasting Three Step, a smooth Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Ruby Cabernet blend.  We actually took this wine to a BYO Greek restaurant and thought it complemented the lamb and beef gyros perfectly.  Perhaps Bob is blending his wines for the Texas taste, but I think this wine has international appeal. 

Check Texoma’s website for the active calendar of events.  Bob loves to teach people about wine and offers a series of Wine 101 (history and basics), 102 (varietals and unique characteristics), and 103 (food and wine pairing) classes in his tasting room.  He also conducts special seminars about the different wine regions of the world. 

Texoma Winery has a lot to offer the beginner wine enthusiast as well as more experienced drinkers.  It’s a short drive from Dallas for such a wealth of information.

Texoma Winery
9 Judge Carr Rd
Whitewright, TX 75491

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3 Responses to “Texoma Winery (Whitewright, TX)”

  1. foodczar 10/28/2007 at 11:07 am #

    This works out great, Donna! You heading north to check out the wineries in Lower Oklahoma, while I head south in a few weeks to once again check out wineries in the Hill Country on the first Food Czar Road Tour. Hope I have as much fun as you are with my tour. Keep up the good work!!!

  2. Donald Powers 06/21/2008 at 5:38 pm #

    I wanted to know if you where open tomorrow sun the 22 june so we could come out for a wine tasting.

    Thanks

    Don

  3. donnaaries 06/21/2008 at 7:12 pm #

    Donald, you need to contact the winery. Visit the website at http://www.texomawinery.com for contact information.

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