Nothing pleases us more than when we get to share a piece of our world, but it’s pretty awesome when other folks want to share it, too. In the summer 2018 issue of Crush Texas Wine Guide, Michael Bazán took the time to highlight a few things about William Chris and our flagship white wine blend, Mary Ruth
Most know that Mary Ruth was named after Bill’s mother. She was an artist and
The blend consists of three Texas-grown varietals - Muscat Blanc, Blanc du Bois, and Malvasia Bianca. Below are some fast facts about each of these grapes.
- Originated in ancient Greece.
- It is still grown
there,but is most widely known for making Moscato d’Asti in Piedmont and Muscat de Beaumes de Venise from Southern Rhône.
- Muscat Giallo is the actual grape used in Mary Ruth, not Muscat Blanc. Our label says
Muscat Blancbecause the USTTB does not recognize the varietal Muscat Giallo.
Blanc du Bois
- Blanc du Bois is a hybrid grape named after Emile DuBois, a winemaker in Florida, it was created by John A. Mortensen in 1968.
- Its popularity is partly due to its ability to make a variety of styles of wine and its resistance to Pierce’s disease.
- Although the grape originated in Florida, Texas currently leads the industry in
productionof Blanc du Bois.
- Malvasia Bianca also has roots in ancient Greece, but today it is found in many parts of the world.
- One popular use is to produce Malmsey, which is sweet fortified wine from
Portugueseisland of Madeira.
- It is one of the five white noble grapes and one of the four recognized styles of Madeira.
Tasting notes: Honeysuckle, orange blossom, lime, and lemongrass tickle the nose. Stone fruit, pear, Granny Smith apple, and a hint of white pepper tease the palate as they lead into a bright finish.