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...]
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...]
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...]
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.
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.
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...]
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...]
I started my second day at TEXSOM in the amphitheater watching the SOMM documentary by director Jason Wise. I had seen the movie previously at home but decided watching the movie among Master Sommeliers, including some who were in the movie, along with director Jason Wise being present would be a treat. We started the session with a toast of sparkling wine by Iron Horse Vineyards. The sparkling wines available were Iron Horse Brut Classic, Russian River 2008 and Iron Horse [Read More...]
The TEXSOM (Texas Sommelier Conference) is being held from August 11-12 in Las Colinas, Texas. This year’s conference was set up differently by holding parallel sessions instead of one session for everybody. The primary reason is the number of attendees has grown every year and separating into different rooms helped that. In addition it also allowed people to select the topic they were most interested in. The first session I attended Sunday morning was “Traditional Method: Sparkling Wines from Around [Read More...]
The 9th annual TEXSOM conference will be held August 10th through August 12th at the Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas. This has always been a fantastic conference and you will want to register before they are sold out which happened last year. TEXSOM’s mission is “To promote professional wine service standards, outline paths for further wine education and certification, and raise public awareness with respect to the professional standards and certifications for sommeliers and other beverage professionals.” [Read More...]