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Wine of the Week: Messina Hof High Plains Riesling

Her family is German in origin, his Italian. Together, they are Merrill and Paul Bonarrigo (above), the colorful couple behind one of top wineries in Texas today: Messina Hof in Bryan. The name of their estate is a nod to his heritage (Messina, the city in Sicily) and to hers (hof, German for house or inn).

Paul and Merrill source the fruit for their award-winning Riesling from the High Plains of Texas: the High Plains, located in the panhandle, is widely considered to be the top AVA — American Viticultural Area — in the state, with summer evenings just cool enough to deliver balanced fruit for the production of fine wine.

Here’s owner Stan Adams’ tasting note for the wine: sweet apricot flavors balanced by crisp acidity. It’s those cool summer evenings in the high plains of Texas that also winemaker Paul to attain that “crisp acidity” that makes this wine so food friendly.

We feature Messina Hof High Plains Riesling for just $7.50 by the glass at Siena…

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