Pure Spirits

Blue Lotus Winery gives visitors tasty delights

By Lorelie Helmke

The Blue Lotus Winery is a winery and a Meadery. It all started while Michael Poole was in the Navy and he developed a passion for brewing beer. Michael developed a keen sense for making wine and dreamed of opening his own winery. When he and his wife, Melissa found their property on FM 20 near Seguin, they knew they found their home. On their Hill Country property, they produce meads, wines made from honey that are popular at renaissance festivals and well suited for Texas palates. Their wines are made from 100% Texas grown grapes and their meads are made 100% Texas bees. The Blue Lotus Winery offers something for everyone and has established itself as a venue for weddings, family gatherings and corporate events in Central Texas.

Left Bank Red
2015 Red Blend
4.5 stars
This is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petite verdot. Cigar box spice surrounds the nose intertwining with blackberry anise and brambleberry. The tannins are silky with good structure and long on the finish. Pair this cellar worth wine with a rib eye or Stilton style cheese.

2016 Texas
4 stars
The color is a garnet in glass. On the nose, spicy black pepper and cloves mingle with ripe cherries and black plum mingled with smoke and leather. There is a tingling o the tip of the tongue from the lovely acidity and an extended finish. This beautifully complex wine can be paired with wild game sausages or stew.

2015 Texas
3.5 stars
A bright yellow hay color adorns the glass. On first approach a lemony essence takes hold. There are white flowers, peaches and pear aromas that complement this light and crisp wine. A racy acidity makes the mouth salivate. This is a good foody wine. Pair with rosemary chicken or roasted pork dishes.

Grand Blanc
2012 White Blend
3 stars
Aged in oak, the white blend shows its age beautifully in both color and flavor. It’s a honey color and aromas of oak, vanilla, apple, and citrus make up the pieces of the white conundrum. It has a balanced acidity and a long finish. Great with smoked chicken or Gouda.

2016 Texas
4.5 stars
This semi-sweet wine displays a bright hay color and a solid viscosity in the glass. Scents of white flowers, sweet pineapple and Meyer lemon grace the nose and hints of guava leading to a medium-long finish please the palate. A perfect wine to serve with spicy dishes and bacon wrapped jalapeno.

2015 Moscato Greco
4 stars
Delightful Florals
Although this is a Muscat, it is not cloyingly sweet. The delightful floral aromas of honey and orange blossoms delight the senses. There are hints of white flowers and juicy fruit gum. Great on its own or with pepper jack cheese.

NV Sparkling
3.5 stars
Dispensed from a tap system, this sparkling beverage is made from grapes and raspberries. It has a unique flavor that resembles raspberry sherbet. A light and easy summer sparkler.