This is the second of three parts about the state of the Texas wine business. To see part I, an overview of current trends, go here. Part III on Friday will look at some of the state's best wine.
Texas, as a general rule, doesn't do cabernet well. It's too hot in most of the state to grow quality cabernet grapes, and the wine making has been uneven in West Texas, where the climate is more accommodating.
I didn't expect what I got. At $17, it offered value, which is not always the case for Texas cabernets. Plus, it was very Texas in style -- not as fruity, alcoholic or tannic as a Napa or Sonoma cabernet, but more fruit forward than a red Bordeaux. Serve this at room temperature with grilled steaks or barbecue.