Irving, Texas (November 13, 2014) –– TEXSOM Co-founders and Master Sommeliers Drew Hendricks and James Tidwell today announced that they are rebranding The Dallas Morning News and TEXSOM International Wine Competition as the TEXSOM International Wine Awards. The TEXSOM International Wine Awards is now accepting entries for the 2015 competition, which will be held Monday, February 23 and Tuesday, February 24, 2015, in Irving, Texas.
The TEXSOM International Wine Awards (formerly The Dallas Morning News and TEXSOM International Wine Competition) was founded by Rebecca Murphy, who sold the competition to Tidwell and Hendricks earlier this year. Murphy founded and grew the competition to be one of the largest, most respected, and longest-running competitions in the United States. Murphy is continuing to consult on the project as the TEXSOM team endeavors to continue the growth and influence of the competition.
“The competition is now in its 31st year,” said Tidwell. “It has grown to become one of the best wine competitions in the United States. The judges’ list is a ‘who’s who’ of the most accomplished and influential luminaries in the wine world. Much of that success is due to the efforts of Rebecca Murphy, and we are thankful that she has entrusted this marquee event to our keeping. We hope to continue the positive trend and invest in this becoming an even more successful competition for promoting the beverage that we all love.”
“I founded the competition in 1985, and with the sponsorship and support of The Dallas Morning News, we built it into a world-class wine judging,” said Murphy. “Its success is due to the processes we have developed, the hard work and dedication of the many people who have worked in the backroom staff, and the expertise, knowledge and talent of our world-class judges. As we approached our 30th year, I began to think about how to ensure the future of a project that has been so important to me. I watched Drew and James create and build the TEXSOM conference, which is the best professional wine educational event in the country, and I recognized kindred spirits. It wasn’t difficult to convince them!”
In addition to the new name, TEXSOM has launched a new website to better feature the award-winning wines, the judges, and the hard-working team behind the competition. The website will offer search access to award-winning wines from numerous competition years. Also, each day after the 2015 awards will feature a different award-winning wine, and the ability to search detailed information for the entire slate of each month’s featured wines. Tidwell and Hendricks are finalizing numerous opportunities with a variety of outlets for marketing and promoting the awards. They plan to announce these exciting new partnerships in the near future.
Wineries interested in submitting their wines for judging may visit the TEXSOM International Wine Awards website at dallaswinecomp.com.
Founded in 2005, TEXSOM was started by Master Sommeliers James Tidwell and Drew Hendricks to help promote professional wine service standards, outline paths for further wine education and certification, and raise public awareness about the professional standards and certifications for sommeliers. Today, the conference draws a total of 900 attendees, of whom 700 are sommeliers and other beverage industry professionals. The TEXSOM group purchased The Dallas Morning News and TEXSOM International Wine Competition in April 2014 and now operates the competition as the TEXSOM International Wine Awards.