I discovered Texture Wines during the pandemic. They did a joint presentation with Three Sticks and Auteur a few months back and I made a note to visit them on a future visit. Well, it worked out this visit! Trying to schedule ten or so tasting appointments for one person over a gorgeous fall weekend only 2 days before arrival is tough. Many wineries don’t offer a tasting option for just one person. And the new appointment-only requirement (which I LOVE) definitely makes things trickier. But, I have proved that it’s far from impossible. My schedule is just as full as it would be if I had planned months in advance.
Anyway, Texture is teeny tiny. They produce only around 1,000 cases of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay each year. Their tastings are held at their “sister winery”, Pangloss, which is right on the plaza in Sonoma. They’ve set up a nice tasting area under shady trees and umbrellas along the sidewalk. It’s also nice that the side street that runs next to the tasting room is currently closed to car traffic which allows a more peaceful tasting experience. Listening in on what’s offered by Pangloss, I’ve added them to my list for a future visit.
The Texture tasting comes with a wonderful food pairing. And this ain’t no cheese and crackers pairing. There was caviar and wagyu deliciousness on my plate.
Here are the official food pairings (though, there were a few bonus pours from different vintages as well):
2015 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast – Tsar Nicoulai caviar, purple potato, citron-whipped crème fraîche, dill
2015 Pinot Noir, Deer Meadows Vineyard – Nova Scotia-style cold smoked salmon mousse, beluga lentils, shaved fennel, brioche
2016 Pinot Noir, Ferrington Vineyard – Wagyu beef tartar panipuri, pickle masala, potato, sweet peas, cucumber raita
2016 Pinot Noir, Wendling Vineyard – Petit black mission fig tart, duck rillette, Laura Chenel chèvre, pickled mustard seed
Paul was a wonderful host. They only schedule one tasting at a time for Texture (at least in their outdoor setting). So, I always love the individual attention I received. He also offered to walk my wines to my final winery of the day. I thought that was extremely nice, but silly since I’d be driving by later in the day.