The Wine Roads of Texas
An Essential Guide to Texas Wines and Wineries
The ideal guide for the Texas wine connoisseur
The Wine Roads of Texas is the premier guide to wines made in the nation’s fifth-largest wine-producing state. It is the inspiration for the three-part PBS series with the same name.
For this second edition, Austin wine writer Wes Marshall scouted new wineries from Big Bend’s Davis Mountains to the bayous of East Texas, from Dallas to Del Rio, Galveston to Lubbock. Marshall met the vintners, listened to their stories and carefully tasted more than 1,000 wines to pick the best.
The book includes maps and directions to eighty-two Texas wineries, plus the dramatic stories of their origins, survival and growth; where to find food, shelter, and fun on twenty-two wine trips through the state; picks of the best Texas wines; and tips on how to taste wine. Wine tours are grouped into six regions: Big Bend, the Panhandle Plains, the Hill Country (six trips), Prairies and Lakes North (three trips) and South, the Gulf Coast, and the Piney Woods. Background on each winery, a description of the wines produced there, and the author’s pick of the best are also included, along with an explanation of grapes grown in Texas, tasting tips and terms, and a short history of the Texas wine industry.
Robert Mondavi, founder of California’s Robert Mondavi Winery, sees distinct parallels between California’s Napa Valley in the mid-twentiety century and the burgeoning Texas wine industry at the beginning of the twenty-first. He calls Wes Marshall’s wine column in the Austin Chronicle “one of the best in the country.” High praise, indeed. The Wine Roads of Texas is the perfect book for experienced wine experts and novice wine lovers.
- Winner of Wine Press Award, Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association
“Makes it easy for the reader who may not be familiar with the myriad wine grape varietals, winemaking techniques, etc. . . . A good read.”
— Houston Chronicle