Texas Fine Wine wins Four Gold Medals at Dallas Morning News & TEXSOM Wine Competition

Texas Fine Wine logo

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...]

2014 TWGGA (Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association) Conference

2014 TWGGA Exhibits

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.

Nolan Creek Winery

Nolan Creek - outside

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.

Perissos Vineyard & Winery Receives “Best of Class” Award at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Perissos - Aglianico

Burnet, TX, January 16, 2014:  The results from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition came in this week, and Perissos Vineyards was honored with the coveted “Best of Class” award for their 2012 Aglianico, a red Italian wine made from grapes grown on estate at Perissos Vineyards in Burnet, Texas.

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.

Val Verde Winery

Val Verde - outside

http://www.valverdewinery.com Val Verde Winery is located in Del Rio and is known as the oldest continuously running winery in Texas. The winery was established by Italian immigrant Frank Qualia in 1883. When he arrived in Del Rio, he found Lenoir grapes growing and founded the winery. After his death in 1936, his youngest son, Louis Qualia took over the vineyards. He introduced the French Herbomont grape to Texas. He in turn passed the winery in 1973 to his youngest son [Read More...]


Inniskillin - outside

http://www.inniskillin.com Inniskillin has two locations in Canada, one in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and the other in Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. The winery was started in 1975 by Donald Ziraldo and Karl Kaiser. Inniskillin is often mentioned as Canada’s first maker of Icewine which they produced in 1984. We visited Niagara Falls and were deciding what to do during the day after we visited the Falls. Our hotel had a wine store featuring Inniskillin Icewine and since we love Icewine, the decision [Read More...]

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...]

Bending Branch Winery Wins “Top Texas Wine” at Houston Rodeo

Bending Branch Logo

Bending Branch Winery in Comfort, Texas, has won the coveted “Top Texas Wine” from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition, earning the signature saddle award for the winery’s first Hill Country estate-grown Tannat 2011.  Its Texas Tannat, Texas High Plains 2011 also received a double gold medal, earning a Reserve Class Champion award, and its Tempranillo, Newsom Vineyards 2010 earned gold. “We are so proud to win Top Texas Wine at the Houston competition, particularly for our [Read More...]

2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition Top Winners

2014 Rodeo Uncorked

After a full weekend spent by 100 judges organized in 20 panels, from November 9-10, the results are in for the 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition. They judged 2,505 wines from 40 wineries in Texas and 16 countries, and 2,212 medals were awarded. Here are the top award-winning wines: