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 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...]
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:
We have gone to Bending Branch Winery when we visit Fredericksburg and can escape south to Comfort and have enjoyed every visit. In the past year, we have met at various times both Jennifer Beckmann, Director of Marketing of Bending Branch, and John Rivenburgh, co-founder & VP of Winery and Vineyard Operations. At TEXSOM this year I got the chance to finally meet co-owner and winemaker Robert (Bob) Young. During my trip to Grape Camp this year, Jennifer Beckmann invited me [Read More...]
http://www.edenhill.com Eden Hill Vineyard is located in Celina and is owned by Linda and Clark Hornbaker. Their son Chris Hornbaker is the winemaker. The winery opened January, 2010. I first got a chance to meet the Hornbakers in the High Plains in April and then taste some of their wine for July 2013′s Twitter Tuesday when their 2012 Albarino-Viognier was featured. After tasting the award winning wine, I knew I had to make a trip to North Texas to visit the [Read More...]
http://www.caneycreekwines.com http://www.caneycreekwines.com Caney Creek Winery is located in Grapeland and is owned by Bill and Rebecca Gayle. They planted four acres of vineyard in 2006 and two more acres later. The winery was bonded June, 2012 and opened July 4, 2013 as the first winery in Houston County. I had followed Bill Gayle on Twitter for a while so it was going to be an interesting visit, especially after hearing how they had done so well at their first wine [Read More...]
As previously reported here, the Austin County Fair had their Non-Commercial Wine competition at the Austin County Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 12, 2013. I was asked to be a judge for the competition which I promptly accepted since it was my first wine judging experience. These are the results of the Austin County Fair wine competition.
October 11: Bending Branch Winery is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a total of 11 medals, including a prestigious Double Gold, in the 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition. We feel that the significance of this elusive medal is considerable. The Double Gold is awarded to a wine that has unanimously received a Gold Medal from every judge on the panel. The 2010 Bending Branch Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Newsom Vineyards, was awarded this medal in what is [Read More...]