What France has known for centuries . . . what California has known for decades . . . and what Texas is quickly learning is what grows best locally.

Right now, there are over 35 grape varieties growing across Texas’ five wine regions. In time that number will surely shrink as each vintage brings added learning about what to plant where, how to ripen the fruit, and how to make the most delicious wine from it.

It’s fair to assume that Texas wine lovers have no interest in waiting to see how it all shakes out. You want to know what’s good now. The answer, based on our wholly unscientific review of recent tasting competitions and the palates of people we trust, is: Mourvedre, Tempranillo and Tannat for the reds. And Roussanne, Viognier and Vermentino for the whites.