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Texas Tannins: 8 Awesome Barbecue and Wine Pairings

Family Reunions, Texas Barbecue, and Wine Pairings

This edition of Wine Craft is the only clue anyone in my family is going to have that I’m on my way to crash our family reunion in Houston, Texas this weekend. It’s not the first time I’ve come to Houston without any prior notice; I surprised my dad at his job on his 50th birthday and his reaction was so awesome that when I got the chance to surprise everyone at once I just had to do it.

So here I am, hiding out in Houston after a quick plane ride from Las Vegas, waiting for two things: making my bi entrance tomorrow and eating some of the awesome barbecue that will be waiting for me. We’re talking major anticipation and one burning question… “What should I make?!

Since Houston is my home away from home, I really want to make a great impression to the rest of the family and create food and wine pairings that combine something I love with something they’re familiar with. Texas is all about barbecue, so I found eight incredible barbecue recipes and created some wine pairings, all in an effort to hopefully put extra big smiles on my family’s faces. It’s been way too long since I have seen them. I can’t wait for this weekend!


Mario’s Texas Barbecue and Wine pairing Suggestions


Barbecue Ribs: MAKE ME

Wine: Stolpman Vineyards Estate Grown Syrah 2013 $32: BUY ME


bbq ribs

Beef Brisket: MAKE ME

Wine: Luca Malbec 2013 $29: BUY ME


Pulled Pork: MAKE ME

Wine: Gary Farrell Russian River Pinot Noir 2013 $37: BUY ME


Potato Salad: MAKE ME

Wine: Cristom Viognier 2014 $34: BUY ME

Cristom Viognier


Barbecue Chicken: MAKE ME

Wine: Frog’s Leap Merlot 2013 $34: BUY ME


Corn on the Cob: MAKE ME

Wine: Carneros Hills Winery Chardenet Coteau Blanc Chardonnay 2013 $45: BUY ME


Corn Bread: MAKE ME

Wine: Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2012 $43: BUY ME


Baked Beans: MAKE ME

Wine: Green & Red Tip Top Vineyard Zinfandel 2013 $22: BUY ME


Enjoy your weekend and, hopefully, a few of these pairings!

Oh and by the way… If you are a family member and happen to see this edition of Wine Craft –  shhhhhhHHHH!! Don’t tell Mom 😉


Mario LunaMario Luna sommelier is a Certified Sommelier and owner of Mario Luna Somm, a company that produces online wine courses, blogs, and other user-friendly content full of information perfect for the everyday wine drinker. He lives in Las Vegas where, in addition to working on the famous Las Vegas Strip, he serves as a consultant for large-scale wine events, specialty shops, and all kinds of wine tastings. You can contact Mario at his website or check out his courses here.



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