2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition – Texas Results

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

After receiving 6,417 entries from more than 25 states, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, recognized as the largest competition of American wines in the world and presented by BevMo!, released their results. All the results can be seen on the website winejudging.com Following are the Texas wineries who won medals.

2015 Spring and Summer Wine Festivals


Here are the 2015 spring and summer 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. We will update the dates as we know them. If you know of dates or a festival we missed, please let us know.

2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition – Texas Winery Results

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

The top winners in the 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition were recently announced. Along with that announcement, it stated they judged wines from 43 Texas wineries. I am not sure where they got that number because according to the official results of all medals, there are 46 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 Driftwood Estate Winery [Read More…]

Battle of the Texas Tempranillos

Battle of the Texas Tempranillos - judging

It seems a Battle of Texas wines is a regular event now at Texas Wine Lover. Last year we had the Battle of the Texas Roussannes. Since we had previously done two white wines, it was now time for a red wine. Tempranillo is arguably the signature red wine of Texas, so it was only fitting that the next battle be the Battle of the Texas Tempranillos. We started planning the Battle in May and invited all Texas wineries we [Read More…]

November 2014 #TXwine Twitter Thursday

TXwine Twitter Tuesday International Tempranillo Day

November’s #TXwine Twitter Tuesday will actually be held on Thursday, November 13. This change comes as our normal #TXwine Twitter event will be celebrating International Tempranillo Day along with many other Tempranillo lovers on that Thursday.

Meet the new Texas Wine Lover Team


I can’t believe it has already been 3½ years since the Texas Wine Lover® blog was born. Before then, my fiancée Gloria made fun of me (and still to this day) for having a box wine in my refrigerator when we first met, so she then introduced me to finer wines – yes, I really did have a box wine. Gloria has lived in Texas for over 30 years and surprisingly, even though she enjoyed wine, had never made a [Read More…]

Taking the Level 1 Introductory Sommelier Course & Exam

Introductory Sommelier Course

I recently took the Court of Master Sommeliers Level 1: Introductory Sommelier Course & Exam at the 2014 TEXSOM conference. You may have seen the movie SOMM which documents the efforts of candidates preparing for the Master Sommelier exam, the fourth and final level of the program. In order to start on the journey to be a Master Sommelier, the first step required is the Introductory Sommelier exam, commonly referred to as Level 1. I have friends, including other wine [Read More…]

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 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

I received the product for review and all opinions are my own. Clicking on or purchasing via the product link may result in commissions for this site at no additional cost to you. Thanks for your support in this way! 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 [Read More…]