Total Wine, a large regional chain, is supposed to open in Dallas shortly. Throw in Trader Joe's, which is supposed to open this fall, and Spec's, Texas' largest chain, which opened at the end of last year (as well as all of the current retailers), and we have an abundance of wine choices -- not just more than we've ever had, but lots and lots more.
Which will not only drive the retailers crazy (and probably put a couple out of business), but give consumers more choice and lower prices. How can the Wine Curmudgeon argue with that?
Case in point is the Vin Gourmand ($13, purchased), a white Rhone blend. It's a style of wine not much sold here; Dallas is an oaky California chardonnay kind of town. And, when you do find a white Rhone, it's usually a couple of dollars more than in the rest of the country. So, when I saw the Gourmand and for less than elsewhere, you can imagine how quickly I scooped it up.
My enthusiasm was amply rewarded. This is quality wine at a terrific price -- a blend of grenache, roussane and viognier that is fresh and clean, with lime and apricot fruit (the latter from the viognier). It's not overly complex, but it's not lacking in a middle or finish, either, and even has a bit of stoniness on the end. This is perfect warm weather wine that will pair with almost any kind of summer food. Given that we've already been in the 90s here, this is a a welcome addition. Highly recommended.