2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition Texas Results

San Francisco International Wine Competition

The 34th annual San Francisco International Wine Competition took place at the Nikko Hotel in downtown San Francisco on June 20, 21, and 22, 2014. 4,570 products were entered from 26 states and 31 countries. The best of show results were the wines which the entire judging panel selected as the best in each category and these are the Texas wineries who won best of show: Best Rosé Becker Vineyards 2013 Mourvèdre Rosé, Provencal, Tallent Vineyard, Texas Hill Country Best Cabernet [Read More...]

2014 Fall Wine Festivals


Here are the 2014 Fall wine festivals we are aware of in Texas. Note: It is too early for some planning committees so the dates are not yet set for some festivals and those have question marks. We will update the dates as we know them. If you know of dates or a festival we missed, please let us know.

2014 Lone Star International Wine Competition results

Lone Star International Wine Competition

These are the results from the 2014 Lone Star International Wine Competition in the 31st year of the competition. It is the oldest wine competition in Texas. The first two tables include both Texas and non-Texas winery wines. The last table is just Texas wineries with their medals. Some of the Gold medal photos can be seen on the TXWineLover Facebook page. Grand Star Awards Brand Name Label Grape Varieties Vintage International Late Harvest, Dessert, & Ice Wine Arrington Vineyards La [Read More...]

NewAir AW-180E Wine Cooler Review

NewAir AW-180E - closed

The NewAir AW-180E wine cooler is an 18 bottle single zone wine cooler. It is a thermoelectric wine cooler which means it’s really quiet whereas a compressor wine cooler can be louder. The wine cooler arrived safely in a nicely packaged box to ensure there was no damage. After removing the wine cooler from the box, I could see the door was taped to the sides to ensure it did not open during transport.

An Interview with Johnny Schuler of Pisco Portón

Johnny Schuler - featured

Johnny Schuler, Master Distiller for Portón, was recently in Houston for various events and to further promote Pisco Portón to the United States market. Pisco is a white spirit distilled from fermented grape juice, essentially wine, and is the national drink of Peru where Pisco Portón is made. Gloria and I were invited to meet with Mr. Schuler and since Gloria is also from Peru, we gladly accepted the invitation. Gloria and I have been to Peru and visited Ica, [Read More...]

Ste. Genevieve Winery – Part 1 of 2

Ste. Genevieve - outside

http://www.stegenwines.com Ste. Genevieve Winery is located about 27 miles east of Fort Stockton. It is the largest winery in Texas and the 24th to 26th largest winery in the United States. Outside of California, one winery in Washington which is larger is Ste. Michelle Wine Estates who has multiple wineries in their portfolio including Columbia Crest. Ste. Genevieve used to offer tours at the winery but since it is isolated and largely a commercial business with no romantic feel, which [Read More...]

2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition – Texas Winners

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

The 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition results are in on their website and Texas was very well represented. A total of 5,825 entries from 1,500 wineries from over 25 states in America participated. 20 Texas wineries won a total of 87 medals.

2013 Year in Review – 2014 Resolutions


Another year has quickly passed and another one is about to begin. I made some 2013 New Year’s Resolutions earlier in the year. Let’s see how I did.

2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition Texas Winery Results

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

The top winners in the 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition were recently announced. Along with that announcement, it stated they judged wines from 40 Texas wineries. I am not sure where they got that number because according to the official results of all medals, there are 47 wineries in the list that operate a winery in Texas. Perhaps it is how the winery entered the competition. As a reminder, the Top Texas Wine was the Bending Branch [Read More...]

Interactive Texas Wineries Map

Texas state map

The Texas Wine Lover blog has long contained the most accurate list of Texas wineries which are open or soon to be opened. Today is the unveiling of an interactive Texas wineries map which has long been in the planning and development stages. The map is just the start of what it will eventually be, but is being unveiled in time for October being Texas wine month. Currently the Texas wineries map contains all currently open Texas wineries making wine. [Read More...]