Found in 2005 by three friends (Terry Alford, Jeff Felderhoff, and Ron Poitiff), Three Dudes Winery’s theme is all about fun. What can you expect from a winery whose inception idea came from these three dudes sitting around playing dominoes? In fact, construction of a covered patio and deck over the banks of the San Marcos River is in the plans, so you will be able to reach Three Dudes Winery by foot, by car, or by tube. Now I know you can’t say that about too many other wineries, and it looks like I have something to add to my annual river float trip itinerary.
The winery is a side venture for all three dudes, who are otherwise gainfully employed. But fun doesn’t guarantee good wine, thus the winery receives direction from prominent Texas wine consultant Benedicte Rhyne. The winery’s raw materials all come from Texas, for the moment that means grapes from St. Genevieve and Llano Estacado’s vineyards in the high plains region. Though the grapes are all Texan, one of the three dudes, Ron, has a degree in culinary arts from New Orleans School of Cooking and blends the Three Dudes Texas White with spicy Cajun cuisine in mind.
The Texas White is by far the best seller at Three Dudes, but it is too sweet for my taste. Three Dudes currently produces five wines, both reds (Cab and Merlot) are too light bodied for my taste. My favorite of the bunch is actually… winos forgive what I’m about to say… the White Zinfandel. This white zin is much drier and crisper than the cloyingly sweet Beringer standard we’ve all experienced (yeah admit it, you’ve drank some at some point). The fruity wine has a distinct nose of melon and strawberry, and is crisp enough to pair with spicy foods. Three Dudes White Zinfandel won a bronze medal at the 2007 Dallas Morning News Wine Competition. However, for those who prefer dry whites, the light and refreshing Three Dudes’ Chenin Blanc may be a better option.
Three Dudes wines are currently only sold at the tasting room. To get a taste of the fun loving trio (and their wines), you’ll need to drive or float by.
Three Dudes Winery
125 Old Martindale Rd
San Marcos, TX 78666