Per their Website:
Solaro Urban Winery Houston sets the trend by bringing Estate Vineyard operations to wine production in an urban domain. The sparkling new Urban Winery offers two main Tasting Rooms, granite service bars and private bar seating under 24 feet of brilliant vaulted ceiling with views into the glass enclosed wine cellar and production areas featuring custom stainless tankage and racked barrel storage. The wine-dedicated facility also encompasses winery offices, a private conference room, temperature controlled case storage, catering kitchen and audio-visual capability for wine related classes and seminars. We only produce wine from those grapes which can be grown in Texas as well or better than anywhere in the world.
|Brittnee Gradney, Mia's Niece and Wine expert|
The tasting room and wine space is modern, industrial, feels like a mix of a modern bar, art museum and small business seminar space all rolled into one. Their product is visibly on display in the racks (Stephanie Black, another associate, informed us there will be more of these to come soon), along with the vats and barrels. Many tables were set up in an overflow area outside the main tasting room, and there's even a patio which could be used for a small to medium size event. Very nice digs, truly. Ms. Gradney took us through the wines, from lightest to boldest as we enjoyed a leisurely afternoon.
Ms. Gradney started us off with a Chenin Blanc. This chilled White wine was very crisp, and had notes of green apples in it much like a Vino Verde. Very refreshing for this time of year. Grade A
Next we had a Miscela Bianco RSV. This is made from grapes grown in the High Plains (Lubbock area) and was fruitier, less dry than the Chenin Blanc. It was very refreshing had had essences of peaches and irises in it. We liked it so much, we bought a bottle of it for later. Grade: A+
After these fabulous whites, we transitioned to the reds. We started with a Sangiovese RSV--the first wine grapes Solaro ever grew, brought in especially from Italy to grow in the Central Texas climate. This wine was earthy, had essences of raspberries and black currents, simply marvelous. Grade: A
Next up the scale was a Barberra Barrel RSV. This one was bold, had elements of Roses, Rose Hips and Lingonberries in it's palate. One for us carnivores to enjoy with seared pork tenderloin. Grade: A
We ended off with their Port, a bold dessert wine that had been fortified with XO brandy--the good stuff, not the cheap stuff. This was a bit more on the Tawny side of the Port Spectrum, not as sweet as the Australians tend to be yet sweeter than other ports. This wine was not Chaptalized though, just the natural sugars brought out in the process by the brandy. I longed for a slice of blueberry cheesecake with lemon curd to offset it, but for those who love a good port, this one works. Grade: A-
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And just FYI: Solaro offers memberships. For the fee you get special access to some of their reserve wines and special bottles. Click the link for details. I want to thank the staff at Solaro for the great introduction to these award-winning Texas wines and for a nice afternoon.
Solaro is located at:
330 T.C. Jester Blvd.
Houston, TX 77007
Wednesday, Thursday - 1pm - 9pm
Friday, Saturday - 11am - 6pm
All other times by appointment.
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