Texas Department of Agriculture Chairman Sid Miller appointed Jason Hisaw Texas wine ambassador on Thursday. In this honorary role, Jason will recognize restaurants that show exceptional support for the Texas wine industry. Commended restaurants will receive a Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) certificate that recognizes their support of Texas wines, wineries, growing regions, and grape producers. Qualifying wine lists must offer at least two Texas wines by the glass and at least four Texas wines by the bottle.
Texas Wine Lover profiled Jason in September. Readers will recall that Jason’s primary job is Texas portfolio manager of Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC). While RNDC is the largest distributor of Texas wines, the TDA role extends beyond the RNDC portfolio. With a “rising tides lift all boats” philosophy, Jason will be working to promote the Texas wine industry as a whole.
Jason states, “I look forward to increasing awareness of the quality of our state’s amazing growing regions and producers. Thank you for allowing me to be one of the many voices of these great growers and producers.”
Which restaurants come to mind when you think about Texas wines? Tag your favorite Texas wine list restaurants in the comments to let Jason know which restaurants he should recognize first.
Watch Jason’s new Instagram feed (@txwineambassador) to see which restaurants are first to receive this impressive designation.