Cork Wine Bar in Dallas Offers Wine Education Series

Stephanie Rennells

Cork Wine Bar, West Village’s state-of-the-art wine bar and retail boutique, is proud to announce that after the success of its popular Wine 101 series, they will offer two new courses for wine lovers starting this April.

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...]

Court of Master Sommeliers Announces Updated Exam Schedule

Court Of Master Sommeliers

(Napa Valley, Calif.) – The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas has announced the 2014 exam schedule for the Introductory, Certified and Advanced Exams through August 2014. Courses and exams offered by the Court of Master Sommeliers are open to all beverage and hospitality professionals interested in pursuing the highest standards of wine service and product knowledge in a fine dining room setting. The Introductory Sommelier Course & Exam is a fast-paced introduction to the world of wine and beverages led [Read More...]

Bending Branch Cabernet Sauvignon wins Double Gold

Bending Branch Winery logo

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...]

Bishop Arts Winery

Bishop Arts Winery - outside Bishop Arts Winery is located in the Bishop Arts district of Dallas and is owned by Elias and Dolores Rodriguez. The winery opened May, 2013. It’s not often when I can’t tell you about my experience at doing a tasting at a winery, and in fact, I think this is the first time. The reason I can’t tell you at Bishop Arts Winery is because I was never able to actually have a tasting. I happened to be in [Read More...]

TEXSOM 2013 – Reflections Through a Wine Glass

TEXSOM 2013 - wine glass

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...]

TEXSOM 2013 – Day 2


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...]

TEXSOM 2013 – Day 1


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...]

Texas Viognier is Blind Tasted Against California and France

Pedernales Viognier Reserve 2012

Earlier in April we learned Pedernales Cellars had won a grand gold for its 2012 Viognier Reserve at the Lyon International Wine Competition. There were over 3,000 entries and out of approximately 200 grand gold medals, the Pedernales Viognier was the only one from the United States. A grand gold identifies a first place finish but also a unanimous vote among the judges. This past weekend, sixteen Texas Viognier wines went head to head competing with each other, two California [Read More...]

2013 TEXSOM Registrations Are Open


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...]