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…]

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.

American Wine Society 2014 Commercial Competition: Texas Results

American Wine Society Logo

The 2014 American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition was held early November at the Embassy Suites in Concord, N.C. More than 600 wines were entered from across North America in this competition, one of the oldest in the nation. They earned 44 gold medals and 48 double gold medals. Double gold is awarded by unanimous choice of a judging panel. The entire results can be seen at the American Wine Society website, but here are the Texas wineries which received [Read More…]

TEXSOM International Wine Awards

EXSOM International Wine Awards

Irving, Texas (November 13, 2014) –– TEXSOM Co-founders and Master Sommeliers Drew Hendricks and James Tidwell today announced that they are rebranding The Dallas Morning News and TEXSOM International Wine Competition as the TEXSOM International Wine Awards. The TEXSOM International Wine Awards is now accepting entries for the 2015 competition, which will be held Monday, February 23 and Tuesday, February 24, 2015, in Irving, Texas.

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…]

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.

Houston Sommeliers to Compete for Texas’ Best Sommelier

TEXSOM Day 2 - Scott Ota wins

The 10th anniversary of TEXSOM will take place at the Four Seasons Resort & Club in Las Colinas, Texas, from August 9 to 11. The Texas Sommelier’s Conference hosts wine professionals and connoisseurs from around the world allowing them to attend educational seminars, network, and participate in certification opportunities. One of the highlights of TEXSOM is the Texas’ Best Sommelier Competition. The competition presented by Texas Monthly will include 25 Texas Sommeliers competing for the title. The competition pits sommeliers from [Read More…]