Highlights of the 2014 TEXSOM Conference

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The 2014 TEXSOM Conference was held August 8th to 11th at the Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. The conference was co-presented by the organizations Guild of Sommeliers, Court of Master Sommeliers – Americas, Wine & Spirit Education Trust, and Society of Wine Educators. The conference attracts the nation’s top wine professionals and this year was no exception. There was a record total of 900 attendees including 39 Master Sommeliers (MS), 10 Certified Wine Educators [Read More...]

Vermouth – It’s Not Just for Cocktails

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One of the best things about attending TEXSOM is the education you can obtain. At this year’s 2014 10th annual TEXSOM conference, you could select from four different seminars per three sets of time periods for the two days. It was easy to find a topic you could be interested in. I saw a seminar entitled “Exploring Vermouths and Aromatized Wines” and thought that was kind of different among the usual wine seminars, but since I knew nothing about vermouth, [Read More...]

Texas Fine Wine will be at TEXSOM Again this Year

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CENTRAL TEXAS, July 21, 2014 – Celebrating one of the largest and most prominent wine education conferences for wine, spirits and beverage professionals, Texas Fine Wine is a proud sponsor of TEXSOM in its 10th year. Texas Fine Wine will co-host with Texas Monthly a Hospitality Suite on Sunday, August 10, for TEXSOM participants. Representing four distinguished Texas wineries, Texas Fine Wine will also pour wines for guests attending the August 11 Grand Tasting. Texas Fine Wine members include Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery and Pedernales Cellars, a [Read More...]

2014 TEXSOM Conference Registration Open

TEXSOM 2014

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 Newsom Grape Day

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The 2014 edition of Newsom Grape Day was held in the usual location, the “barnery” at Newsom Vineyards. For those who do not know what a barnery is, Neal Newsom said since his mother has a barn, he couldn’t call his a barn and since it’s not a winery, they called it the barnery. It’s the building where the storage equipment for Newsom Vineyards is stored and also doubles as an event center for events like Grape Day. The morning [Read More...]

Join TWGGA as a Consumer for Many Benefits

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Maybe you’ve heard about the Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association (TWGGA) and maybe you haven’t. If you’re in the Texas wine industry, you most assuredly have. If you’re a consumer, you may have not. This post is directed to you, the consumer of Texas wines. If you are interested in knowing more about what goes behind the scenes in making Texas wines, growing Texas grapes, or even just meeting and learning about the people who do, joining TWGGA is the [Read More...]

2014 Newsom Grape Day Preview

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Every year Neal Newsom and the Newsom family have a Grape Day in their “Barnery” to educate potential growers and winery owners, in addition to networking with involved Texas wine industry members and friends. This year’s event will be held on Friday, May 9. Neal Newsom believes they have the best conference ever planned. Dr. Ed Hellman of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Texas Tech helped get some of the best speakers from Texas.

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.

2013 Grape Camp

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I attended the first day of the Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association (TWGGA) 2013 Grape Camp. Grape Camp is a two day event with educational sessions for grape growers. Also available are vendor exhibits with the focus on grape growing. This year the first day was geared toward the new grape grower or people wanting to start growing grapes. The second day included educational sessions leaning toward topics for experienced growers. One of the nice things about Grape Camp is [Read More...]

TEXSOM 2013 – Reflections Through a Wine Glass

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After attending TEXSOM 2013 (Texas Sommelier Conference), I did a little reflection on what had taken place and wanted to put down my random thoughts of the conference. Okay, I tried to think of a clever title for this post and “Reflections Through a Wine Glass” was the best I could come up with quickly. With double the amount of people attending the conference, it required separating the people into multiple parallel sessions instead of everyone being in the ballroom [Read More...]