Texas Wine

Pheasant Ridge Winery




Pheasant Ridge Wine Bar On my trip to Pheasant Ridge Winery, driving the backroads between Amarillo and Lubbock, I felt twinges of nostalgia taking me back to my life in Childress and the cotton farms and ranches that stretched on for miles and miles. Pheasant Ridge appeared like an oasis on the horizon. When I arrived, I was enthusiastically greeted by the tasting room hostess, Whitney, and a wonderful line up of Texas High Plains wine.

Pheasant Ridge Wine Barrel
One of the oldest in Texas, the Pheasant Ridge vineyard was first planted in 1979. Entirely self contained, everything is done on site and most of the wines are labeled "Estate Grown" - meaning they are from the grapes planted at the Pheasant Ridge vineyard. The grapes are hand picked and include many French varieties - Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and even Pinot Noir. Like France, many of the wines are blended and the Cabernets are extensively aged in barrel and bottle before release.

Pheasant Ridge Wine Shop
The focus of the winery and owner Bill Gipson is to make the best wine they can. With numerous awards and past kudos from such renowned wine critics as Robert Parker, I was surprised that I had not tried Texas wine from the Pheasant Ridge Winery before this visit, but it certainly won't be the last. If I can't find their wine around DFW, I may just have to make another trip to the High Plains. If I do, I will be sure to pick up one of their T-shirts from the gift shop: "Yeah, we're hard to find... don't quit your wine-ing!"