Wine Review – Messina Hof Chenin Blanc


Well I’m finally doing it….I’ve been talking about doing wine reviews forever. And here’s the first one, Messina Hof Chenin Blanc.

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This local Texas winery dates back to 1977 and I’ve been going there since 2006. Originally there was one tasting room and B&B in Bryan, Texas (close to Texas A&M) with vineyards in Bryan and the Texas plains area. Since then they’ve passed on the tradition from father to son and added a tasting room in Fredericksburg. The menu is large when visiting but I plan on steering you to some of my favorites!

What’s prompted this today? It’s sunny and 75 and I’m enjoying my wine under the pergola. Perfect spring day!

So on to the wine…

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I have a bottle of 2011 off-dry Texas Chenin that’s light straw in color. There’s a slight sweetness to the wine that pairs great with cheese, fish, spicy foods or as I’m drinking it now, on the patio.  The wine has hints of citrus and honey. Surprisingly, this wine is not made with chenin blanc grapes but instead a blend of chardonnay, gewurztraminer and muscat canelli.  Update: This Chenin Blanc is made 100% chenin blanc grapes. They make 2! This bottle is hard to find in the stores but can be found on Bottlenotes or the Messina Hof store. Priced at $10.99 this a perfect sipping wine or for the novice drinker.

Wine ranking 3.5/5


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