Weekend Wine Down
There was this festival going on in downtown McKinney so the wife and I did a little wine tasting. I’m just now getting a taste for the stuff while April is a longtime fan of the crushed grape medley. So, hello there and all that, but we’ll skip passed the pleasantries and do a brief review of…
We scored a great little patio table with a direct view of the stage where the band had the crowd doing disco dances and generally acting a fool – in a good way, of course. The first thing to greet us was a sign saying to grab a table, then head inside to grab a drink. We did. First up, a house special Pinot Grigio for April and a Chardonnay for me. I’ve had cheap wine and I’ve had the occasional expensive wine, but my first thought was: This is the first wine I remember liking. Score one for Landon Winery!
After we polished off our glasses and small cheese plate, we went back in to get a flight. Five random samples, I called it “dealer’s choice” where Josh the bartender (great guy, by the way) would pick our flight off-book and at his whimsy. The best of the bunch was the Rousanne, which I felt had the consistency of Robitussin (smooth, distinct) and the flavor was amazing.
The Landon Winery is a very chill, friendly, comfortable environment where the staff doesn’t mind the occasional game of 20-questions from wine noobs. If you’re a wine virgin or seasoned connoisseur, this is the place to grab a glass or bottle when you’re near McKinney.
I forgot to mention that when I bellied up to the bar the first time, I was greeted by who I believe was the manager or owner or both – nice lady – and this was our brief dialogue:
Me: I’m trying to develop a palate for wine.
Nice Lady: It takes practice.
Me: I guess that’s why you’re here.
I smiled, she laughed. April and I had some wine.
The Landon Winery uses grapes sourced from the legendary fields of Napa Valley in California, or from vineyards in the Texas high plains south of Lubbock. While we sipped nectar from their McKinney spot, they also have locations in Greenville, TX and Wylie, TX. Choose whichever is nearest you and proceed.
Oh, and if you’re hungry, the small cheese plate was a perfect pairing with the initial Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio we had at the top of the visit. There’s something about cheese that enhances a wine’s flavor and vice versa. Perhaps there’s a science behind that. Actually, the Journal of Food Science says, and I quote:
The astringency feeling crops up when polyphenols, which are abundant in red wine, mix with the proteins in your saliva…This causes a dry-mouth feeling. But chewing increases your saliva, which ends up counteracting the effects of the polyphenols. Plus, the fat in the cheese coats your mouth, which increases lubrication and decreases the perception of both astringency and sourness.
There ya go. The things that people may feel are negatives to wine vanish when you chomp on some cheese. Cheers and bon appétit!