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...]

13 People from the United States Pass Advanced Sommelier Exam

Court Of Master Sommeliers

Three days of intense examination finished with 13 new names being added to the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas list of individuals who have passed the Advanced Sommelier Exam. The list of those who advanced included five from Texas. Three women and ten men passed the exam, which was held at the Four Seasons Resort in Irving, TX from July 1-3. Fifty-three candidates from 18 states and four countries sat for the exam, which is the third in a series [Read More...]

2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition Texas Results

San Francisco International Wine Competition

The 34th annual San Francisco International Wine Competition took place at the Nikko Hotel in downtown San Francisco on June 20, 21, and 22, 2014. 4,570 products were entered from 26 states and 31 countries. The best of show results were the wines which the entire judging panel selected as the best in each category and these are the Texas wineries who won best of show: Best Rosé Becker Vineyards 2013 Mourvèdre Rosé, Provencal, Tallent Vineyard, Texas Hill Country Best Cabernet [Read More...]

Pelle Legna Vineyards and Winery

Pelle Legna - featured 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...]

2014 TEXSOM Conference Registration Open


TEXSOM, the most prominent and influential wine education conference in the United States, is celebrating its tenth year, has announced that registration is now open for TEXSOM 2014. TEXSOM 2014 will take place August 9 -11, 2014 at the Four Seasons Resort & Club in Las Colinas, Texas. TEXSOM 2014 will include presentations by 39 Master Sommeliers, six Masters of Wine, and eight Certified Wine Educators. Seminars will include regional spotlights, variety intensives, sales instruction, and industry/sommelier roundtable discussions. The [Read More...]

2014 Lone Star International Wine Competition results

Lone Star International Wine Competition

These are the results from the 2014 Lone Star International Wine Competition in the 31st year of the competition. It is the oldest wine competition in Texas. The first two tables include both Texas and non-Texas winery wines. The last table is just Texas wineries with their medals. Some of the Gold medal photos can be seen on the TXWineLover Facebook page. Grand Star Awards Brand Name Label Grape Varieties Vintage International Late Harvest, Dessert, & Ice Wine Arrington Vineyards La [Read More...]

2011 Bending Branch Winery Tannat Available at Houston HEB Stores

2011 Bending Branch Tannat

Comfort, TX – The 2011 Bending Branch Winery Tannat CM, Estate Grown, was auctioned in large format bottle for $100,000 at the 2014 Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Auction benefiting Texas scholarship programs. The cornerstone of Bending Branch’s viticultural success lies in its experimentation with varietal choices and winemaking procedures that will best benefit the unique grapes that best suits our Texas Terroir. The Tannat grape has been the core of its red varietal program since this research began. As well, [Read More...]

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...]