The 2018 Jefferson Cup Invitational took place from November 15-16, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. At the end of the competition, wines from 12 states were awarded Jefferson Cups which is the highest award.
“While many competitions insist upon selecting a pre-ordained number of sweepstakes winners, our judges are allowed to find the top wines, whether there are only one, two or three, or even NO winners in some categories, as happened this year,” says Jefferson Cup Invitational founder Doug Frost. “In previous years, we’ve had muscadine wine and mead as winners, and this year saw a rosé and a fruit wine. There were once again great examples of wine, both from vinifera and non-vinifera grapes.”
Although many expect California to dominate the awards, Jefferson Cups were won by 11 other states as well: Washington, Oregon, Montana, South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, and New York. The Jefferson Cup nominees, all Double Gold recipients, included wines from 14 different states.
Many people have begun to call the Jefferson Cup Invitational, the “Olympics” of wine competitions. This competition is not open to every winery willing to submit an entrance fee. Rather we select the best of the best, culled from tastings and competitions in America throughout 2018. The Jefferson Cup Invitational was founded in 1999 in honor of Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson fathered our constitution, helped champion the international concept of human rights and was a seminal figure in America’s cultural, culinary (including wine) and agricultural history.
Out of 740 participating wines, the judges selected just 191 wines to receive the Bronze Medals, honoring wines exemplary of their regions and varieties, 311 wines received Silver Medals, and the judges found 96 wines to be worthy of Gold Medals, and 34 being granted Double Gold Medals. These are truly great wines.
Those 58 Double Gold wines (and Jefferson Cup nominees) were tasted by the entire group of 20 judges. Out of those honored wines, the judges collectively picked 24 wines to be awarded the Jefferson Cup. And by selecting both vinifera and non-vinifera wines for the Jefferson Cup each year, the goal is to respect the diversity of American viticulture and Jefferson’s own acceptance of native varieties and hybrids. Jefferson fathered our constitution, helped champion the international concept of human rights and was a seminal figure in America’s cultural, culinary (including wine) and agricultural history.
The one Texas winery who was awarded a Jefferson Cup in the red vinifera category was:
- Pedernales Cellars Valhalla 2016, Texas High Plains
All the results are located on the Jefferson Cup website. Here are all the Texas winery results:
|4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery||Hybrid White Blend||Symphony/Chenin Blenc Trillentrot Demi-Sec 2016 Califor||SILVER|
|4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery||Vinifera Red Blend||No. 4 2016 Texas||BRONZE|
|4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery||Vinifera Red Blend||SCS 2016 Texas||BRONZE|
|4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery||Vinifera Red Blend||Tempranillo Malbec Stampfenstier 2016 Texas High Plains||BRONZE|
|4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery||Viognier||Viognier Estate 2015 Texoma||BRONZE|
|4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery||Rosé from vinifera||Grenache Rosé Stampfenstier 2017 Texas||BRONZE|
|Eden Hill Vineyard||Negroamaro||Midnight in the Vineyard 2016 Texas High Plains||SILVER|
|Eden Hill Vineyard||Tempranillo||Tempranillo Winemaker's Reserve 2016 Texas||GOLD|
|Eden Hill Vineyard||Vinifera White Blend||Albarino-Viognier 2017 Texas||DOUBLE GOLD|
|Flat Creek Estate||Montepulciano||Montepulciano 2015 Texas High Plains||GOLD|
|Flat Creek Estate||Viognier||Viognier 2017 Texas High Plains||GOLD|
|Flat Creek Estate||Tempranillo||Tempranillo 2015 Texas High Plains||BRONZE|
|Flat Creek Estate||Sparkling||Blanco Brio 2017 Texas||BRONZE|
|Flat Creek Estate||Vinifera White Blend||Pinot Grigio 2017 Texas Hill Country||BRONZE|
|Fredericksburg Winery||Trebbiano||Devil's Claw 2017 Texas||SILVER|
|Fredericksburg Winery||Orange Muscat||Snow-on-the-Mountain nv Texas||BRONZE|
|McPherson Cellars||Viognier||Viognier 2017 Texas High Plains||SILVER|
|McPherson Cellars||Vinifera Red Blend||IFB Italian Field Blend 2017 Texas/New Mexico||BRONZE|
|OG Cellars||Syrah||Syrah Reserve 2016 Texas High Plains||BRONZE|
|Pedernales Cellars||Vinifera Red Blend||Valhalla 2016 Texas High Plains||JEFFERSON CUP|
|Pedernales Cellars||Vinifera Red Blend||GSM Mélange 2016 Texas High Plains||GOLD|
|Pedernales Cellars||Vinifera Red Blend||Kuhlken Vineyards Reserve 2016 Texas Hill Country||GOLD|
|Pedernales Cellars||Viognier||Viognier Reserve 2017 Texas High Plains||BRONZE|
|Red Caboose Winery & Vineyard||Tempranillo||Tempranillo La Reina nv Texas||SILVER|
|Red Caboose Winery & Vineyard||Fortified vinifera||Some of That Red nv Texas||SILVER|
|Red Caboose Winery & Vineyard||Malbec||Malbec 2013 Texas||BRONZE|
|Texas Hills Vineyard||Cabernet Franc||Cabernet Franc Newsom Vineyards 2012 Texas High Plai||BRONZE|
|Texas Hills Vineyard||Vinifera Red Blend||Cinque Vino Rosso Estate 2014 Texas Hill Country||BRONZE|
|Texas Hills Vineyard||Rosé from vinifera||Rosato di Sangiovese Estate 2016 Texas Hill Country||BRONZE|