2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition Results

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Top wines were selected from thousands of entries in the 2015 Rodeo Uncorked!® International Wine Competition, held Nov. 15 – 16, 2014, at NRG Center. The 2015 International Wine Competition judging boasted 2,578 entries, including wines from 43 Texas wineries and 16 different countries. Medals were awarded to 2,221 wines by 20 panels of judges, consisting of wine experts, collectors and knowledgeable consumers.

Battle of the Texas Tempranillos – Analysis

Battle of the Texas Tempranillos - judging

The Battle of the Texas Tempranillos was a big success with 28 wineries participating and providing their best Tempranillo. After 15 judges finished, there was a list of their favorites and we posted the top 11 wines because there was a tie for 9th place. Let’s take a little closer look at those 11 wines. It was interesting most of the top rated wines were 100% Tempranillo, or at least which was revealed when technical sheets were received as requested. [Read More…]

Battle of the Texas Tempranillos – Video

Battle of the Texas Tempranillos - judging

The Battle of the Texas Tempranillos was held by Texas Wine Lover on November 8th at the Nice Winery in Houston, Texas. The Battle allowed only one Tempranillo from each winery, so if a winery makes more than one Tempranillo, they had a tough decision to decide on their best Tempranillo to enter. 28 wineries entered the Battle meaning there were 28 wines to rate by 15 judges. Following is a short video of the event. Enjoy!

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…]

Becker Vineyards Named as “Tall in Texas” Award Recipient

Dr. Richard and Bunny Becker

As was reported in July, Becker Vineyards of Stonewall, Texas, and Dr. Richard and Bunny Becker have been named the recipient of the annual “Tall in Texas” Award. The award was presented on September 6 at the Texas Wine Tribute, as part of the 28th Annual GrapeFest – A Wine Experience in Grapevine, Texas.

Robert H. Fritz of Solaro Estate Winemaker Profile

Robert H. Fritz

Robert H. Fritz is the winemaker and co-owner at Solaro Estate now with two locations. The primary winery is located in Dripping Springs and a new Urban Winery is in Houston. Solaro Estate has been winning many awards with their Texas wines including wines from their large estate vineyard. Robert Fritz answered our questions about his background and winemaking.

Review of Becker Vineyards Reserve Merlot 2012

Becker Merlot bottle

Hill Country breezes, ample sunshine, and intoxicating aromas of fresh lavender awaken the senses when you pull up to Becker Vineyards. The winery sits on a beautiful plot of land just a hop, skip, and a jump from Highway 290. As one of the oldest wineries on the 290 wine trail in the Texas Hill Country, Becker Vineyards has been producing a wide array of wines for some time. Founded in 1992 by Dr. Richard Becker and his wife, Bunny [Read More…]

Review of McPherson Cellars Les Copains Rosé 2013

Les Copains Dry Rosé - front

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.

Joelle Cousins Named Texas’ Best Sommelier

Joelle Cousins and Fred Dame MS

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 Wins Appellation America Awards

Bending Branch Wines

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…]