McPherson Cellars has hit it out of the park again with their 2013 Les Copains Dry Rosé. That should be no surprise as it has been winning awards around the country. The 2013 Les Copains Dry Rosé was a Grand Star winner for a Texas Rosé at the Lone Star International Wine Competition in June, 2014. They followed that up later that month with a silver medal at the 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition.
At the 10th annual TEXSOM conference, Joelle Cousins from the Red Room Lounge won the Texas’ Best Sommelier competition presented by Texas Monthly. There were 25 competitors from around the state of Texas who participated in the competition. The competition included a rigorous three-part wine examination involving theory, blind tasting, and service. A panel of Master Sommelier judges named Cousins the Texas’ Best Sommelier 2014 during the Grand Tasting Monday evening on the last day of the conference.
Bending Branch Winery has been awarded three Best of Appellation Double Gold Medals and one Gold Medal for four Texas wines from Appellation America, an online source of information on North American wines and wineries. Its Best-of-Appellation program recognizes the distinctive character and “sense of place” of wines produced in different regions and appellations. “Being recognized for Best of Appellation (BOA) wines for four different varietals grown in Texas is a milestone for Bending Branch Winery,” said Robert Young, MD, [Read More...]
Texas wines from William Chris Vineyards earned three medals – two gold and one silver – at the 2014 Concours International de Lyon, France. Chris Brundrett, co-owner of William Chris Vineyards, said, “While our Texas wine growing focuses on sharing a piece of our world with our guests here in the Hill Country, the competition in Lyon, France is important in that it allows us to benchmark a few wines we believe are special for the future of Texas wine. [Read More...]
On Saturday, September 6, the 28th Annual GrapeFest – A Wine Experience will kick off festival week with the Texas Wine Tribute, a black-tie gala and one of the most prestigious annual Texas Wine Industry events. The Texas Wine Tribute features the presentation of the highly-anticipated annual “Tall in Texas” award, bestowed to a Texas winery in recognition of the winery’s leadership role in the dedication to, support of and promotion of the Texas Wine Industry. The 2014 recipient of [Read More...]
http://www.pellelegna.com Pelle Legna Vineyards and Winery is located in Tyler and is owned by Dawn and Harry Leatherwood. The name of the winery, Pelle Legna, is Italian for “leather wood,” their last name. Pelle Legna is pronounced (pèl-le lé-nah). Dawn decided to use the Italian theme for all their wines too. On their 1,500 acre cattle ranch, Rio Neches Ranch, Dawn first planted eight acres of vineyard in 2007. With later plantings, there are now 9.5 acres of vines and [Read More...]
http://www.graysonhillswinery.com Grayson Hills Winery is located in Whitewright and is owned by Rick and Connie Magers. They planted a vineyard from 1999 to 2001 and when the dry county changed in 2002, they started planning on a winery which opened in 2006. During that time Rick made the only estate bottled wine in Texoma County which was a 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon. It ended up winning a Bronze medal at the 2007 Lone Star International Wine Competition.
We already reported on the Texas appellation winners from the Dallas Morning News and TEXSOM Wine Competition. Out of those wineries, Texas Fine Wine wineries – Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery, and Pedernales Cellars – won 13 gold and silver medals at the 2014 Dallas Morning News and TEXSOM International Wine Competition. Considered one of the top competitions in the industry and one of the largest outside of California, the Dallas Morning News and TEXSOM Wine Competition received 2,729 wines from 27 [Read More...]
The 38th annual Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association (TWGGA) conference and trade show was held in Frisco from February 13-15. During the three days attendees could attend educational sessions, visit a trade exhibit hall, a special Riedel tasting, dinner and train ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, and ending with the ever popular Vintner’s Gala and Auction.
http://winesofnolancreek.com Nolan Creek Winery is located in downtown Belton and is owned by Phil Monge and Vira Chudasma. The urban winery opened in February 2013. I found the winery in “The Gin” which is a marketplace in Belton with restaurants and stores. As their website states, “they have joined winemaking with a wine bar,” and what a nice wine bar with a large wine selection they have. The menu is often changed so it is different.