Last week my wife returned to the house holding a bottle of Twin Springs Sweet Red. Our first introduction to this wine came several years ago, during a stroll down the main drag of Fredericksburg, Texas. We stopped in one of the wine tasting rooms, and was pleasantly surprised by a sweet red with the Twin Springs label.
Twin Springs is a brand produced by the Fall Creek Vineyards located in Tow, Texas. Indicated by the Twin Springs website, this brand is dedicated to making wine simple,uncomplicated, and approachable without compromising quality. Twin Springs offers three wines in addition to the Sweet Red: Sweet White, Sweet Blush, and ED’s Smooth Red.
Ed and Susan Auler, Fall Creek Vineyards owners, are considered icons in the Texas Wine Industry. Fall Creek was established in 1975 when Ed purchased 400 acres on the northwest shores of Lake Buchanan. Ed was the first person to bring wine-growing to the Texas Hill Country, and Fall Creek is the third largest winery in sales in the state of Texas. According to Russ Krane, writer and publisher of the wine blog Vintage Texas, Ed Auler is the “Texas Robert Mondavi”.
Twin Springs was created in 2000 in response to the recognition that sweet wine drinkers comprise a significant percentage of the overall wine market. To this end Twin Spring Sweet Red, a blend of Merlot and Zinfandel, was crafted for wine consumers who drink sweet wines and would like to broaden into red wines. The lack of complicated descriptions and hard to pronounce varietals on the label coupled with an inexpensive price point positions this wine as consumer friendly.
To compliment this approach, it’s not surprising to see Twin Springs Sweet Red represented on Corkd. Corkd is described as a social media site that makes wine accessible, approachable, and fun. Initially developed in 2006, Gary Vaynerchuk purchased the site in 2007. Gary’s love of wine, people, and social media have combined to create a Facebook equivalent for wine enthusiasts. On Corkd, Twin Springs Sweet Red is rated above 87 by a couple of reviewers. Twin Springs Sweet Red has also been featured by Mark V. Fusco on his wine resource site, 1337wine.com. In his video review, Mark indicated he was “impressed with it,” offered a rating of 84, and suggested pairing it with a peanut butter and strawberry Jelly sandwich.
While I’ll pass on Mark’s pairing offer, I will agree it’s a good wine to close out a long day and enjoying good company.