Texas Wineries at the 2014 TEXSOM


Several Texas wineries will be showcasing their wines at this year’s 2014 TEXSOM (Texas Sommelier Conference) in Irving, Texas. It was previously announced that Texas Fine Wine will co-host with Texas Monthly a Hospitality Suite on Sunday, August 10, in addition to pouring wines at the Grand Tasting on August 11. Texas Fine Wine comprises the Texas wineries Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery, and Pedernales Cellars. Four wines will be poured from the four wineries at the Grand Tasting: [Read More...]

Wine & Food Foundation of Texas Announces Charitable Gifts

Wine & Food Foundation of Texas

The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas (WFFT) will distribute more than $50,000 to four Texas-based, nonprofit organizations supporting health and education in the lifecycle of food and wine in the second half of 2014. The contributions further the WFFT’s mission to better the health and well-being of our community by funding culinary scholarships, educational grants and other deserving causes.

Texas Fine Wine will be at TEXSOM Again this Year

Texas Fine Wine logo

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, 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...]

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...]

2014 Dallas Morning News and TEXSOM Wine Competition – Texas Appellation Winners

2014 Dallas Morning News and TEXSOM Wine Competition

In the 2014 Dallas Morning News and TEXSOM Wine Competition, the judges tasted a total of 2,729 wines from 27 states and 20 foreign countries in two days of judging. A total of 227 gold, 629 silver, and 852 bronze medals were awarded.

Four Premier Texas Wineries Launch “Texas Fine Wine” Marketing Initiative

Texas Fine Wine logo

Four of Texas’ most distinguished wineries – Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards,  Duchman Family Winery, and Pedernales Cellars – have launched a new marketing initiative called “Texas Fine Wine” to promote their award-winning wines as some of the best in the state and their wineries as top wine tourism destinations. “Texas Fine Wine represents a distinctive group of highly respected wineries recognized for making quality Texas appellation wines, delivering excellent customer experiences, and setting the highest standards in the Texas wine industry,” [Read More...]

2013 Year in Review – 2014 Resolutions


Another year has quickly passed and another one is about to begin. I made some 2013 New Year’s Resolutions earlier in the year. Let’s see how I did.

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...]