SAN SABA, Texas, June 8, 2015 – Wedding Oak Winery was recognized with 11 medals — including a Best in Varietal award — at the prestigious 32nd annual Lone Star International Wine Competition held June 1-2, 2015 at the Grapevine Convention Center. In less than three years in business, the young Texas winery has been recognized with 23 significant awards including one gold, six silver, and four bronze medals in this competition.
The competition selected the Wedding Oak Winery 2013 Sangiovese as a Best in Varietal wine, judged to be superior among all Gold medal winners in its category. Made with 75 percent Sangiovese, 24 percent Tannat, and 1 percent Petit Verdot grapes grown in the Texas Hill Country, this wine is reminiscent of fine Tuscan wines with a deep garnet hue, bold scents of cherry and persimmon splashed with cinnamon and jammy cherry, chocolate, and black tea flavors with balanced acidity and medium tannins. The small production wine is an excellent complement to pizza.
To make the award winning Wedding Oak wines, Penny Adams, winemaker, selects grape varieties that grow best in the Texas environment and reflect the distinctive Texas terroir. Adams use classic old world winemaking techniques, blending complementary grapes and using minimal oak aging to let the grapes express their true qualities. Nine of the 10 award winning wines are made exclusively with Texas-grown fruit.
The Lone Star International Wine Competition, hosted by the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, is the oldest wine competition in Texas. The competition is led by chairman, Daniel Kelada, who is an executive sommelier, Master Candidate and senior wine instructor with the International Wine Guild, and competition director Debbie Reynolds, who is the executive director of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association. A panel of judges made up of restaurant owners, sommeliers, chefs, media, and wine experts from Texas, California, and New Mexico selected for their wine knowledge and years of experience, evaluated wines from around the world more than 30 categories.
“It is an honor to receive this impressive recognition for our wines among our peers from the venerable Lone Star International Wine Competition,” said Mike McHenry, partner, Wedding Oak Winery. “Our customers have long recognized the elegant wines of distinction that we are producing Texas. Texas wine drinkers have sophisticated palates and demand the industry make great wine. Awards from competitions like the Lone Star International Wine Competition help consumers find top quality wines to enjoy at home.”
- Wedding Oak Winery Sangiovese 2013 — Gold, Texas, BEST IN VARIETAL
- Wedding Oak Winery Harmony Ridge 2012 — Silver, Texas
- Wedding Oak Winery Tioja, Texas High Plains 2012 2013 — Silver, Texas
- Wedding Oak Winery Viognier 2014 — Silver, Texas
- Wedding Oak Winery Viognier 2014 — Silver, International
- Wedding Oak Winery Terre Rouge, Texas Hill Country 2013 — Silver, International
- Wedding Oak Winery Albariño 2013, Edna Valley — Silver, International
- Wedding Oak Winery Terre Blanc 2014, Texas Hill Country, High Valley Vineyard — Bronze, International
- Wedding Oak Winery Terre Blanc 2014, Texas Hill Country, High Valley Vineyard — Bronze, Texas
- Wedding Oak Winery Syrah Reserve 2013 — Bronze, Texas
- Wedding Oak Winery Terre Rouge 2013 — Bronze, Texas
About Wedding Oak Winery
Wedding Oak Winery was established in May 2012 by viticulturist Mike McHenry and a group of friends with the passion to bring the burgeoning Texas wine industry to the heart of small town Texas. Our historic 1926 tasting room and 10,000 case winery, located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 190 and State Highway 16, is a central part of the renaissance of San Saba. Wedding Oak Winery takes its inspiration and name from the majestic, 400 year-old oak tree, known the Wedding Oak Tree, which grows about 2.5 miles northwest from the winery. Just as the casual beauty, friendly personalities and relaxing hospitality defines small town Texas, Wedding Oak Winery is committed to making Texas wines that celebrate our Texas terroir and wine-growing conditions.