Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Wine Corner Review #17: Dry Comal Creek French Colombard

March Madness is here! Every year, college basketball stages the NCAA and NIT tournaments as a rite of passage, and legions of fans throughout the world watch their favorite teams as they battle furiously and hopefully come of age and win the national championship. Hoopsters celebrate by downing acres of pizza and tons of wings, all washed down with......wine??? Well, why not? Texas wines themselves are coming of age, and Dry Comal Creek's French Colombard, made from a varietal usually blended or made into cognac, more than fills the bill for a fruity, if ultra-dry, party-style wine.

The robe of the Dry Comal Creek French Colombard is the whistful color of new-mown hay. The nose displays lots of alcohol, not unlike a traditional martini made with six parts of London dry gin to one part vermouth. Speaking of vermouth, a little of that tipple's characteristic nuttiness is evident on the palate along with melon and the slightest touch of marmalade. Yes, this wine pairs delightfully with boneless chicken strips, as we thoroughly enjoyed it with both lemon-pepper and garlic-parmesan wings; the French Colombard's bone-dry finish muted the spicyness of this most American of finger foods quite nicely indeed. Website is www.drycomalcreek if you wish to explore the many wines available at this growing Texas powerhouse. Grab a bucket and a bottle to start your own madness soon, and remember:


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