The 23rd Annual Jefferson Cup Invitational took place on November 18, 2022, in Mission, Kansas. The Jefferson Cup is a different sort of wine competition, in that it is an invitational in which 575 wines are pre-selected which exemplify top viticulture and winemaking throughout America. Four Texas wines won a Jefferson Cup.
- Pedernales Cellars Grenache 2020, Texas High Plains
- Pedernales Cellars Block Zero 2018, Bell Mountain
- Ron Yates Friesen Blend 2019, Texas High Plains
- Spicewood Vineyards Tandem 2019, Texas High Plains
Out of 575 participating wines, the judges selected just 90 wines to receive the Bronze Medals, honoring wines exemplary of their regions and varieties, 274 wines received Silver Medals, and the judges found 88 wines to be worthy of Gold Medals and 26 being granted Double Gold Medals. These are truly great wines, reflecting our goal of finding and praising wines of true American excellence.
The 57 Jefferson Cup Nominees included wines from 14 states. They were tasted by the entire group of 18 judges. Out of those honored wines, the judges collectively picked 40 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.
“In most other competitions there is ‘open’ seating,” says Frost,” and California represents 90% of the entries. As a result, it usually captures 90% of the honors,” he said. “What we are doing is following Mr. Jefferson’s example and allowing every quality wine-producing region in America a place at our table. Each year we select great wines from across America; the 2022 competition included wines from 24 states.”
Following the Jefferson Cup competition, the remaining wines are donated for an annual event that benefits children and adults in need. This year the Jefferson Cup raised more than $200,000 for AngelFlight Central (www.angelflightcentral.org). In more than a decade of assisting AngelFlight Central, the Jefferson Cup has raised nearly two million dollars.
Here are the Texas winery results:
|McPherson Cellars||Picpoul Blanc 2021 Texas||Gold|
|McPherson Cellars||Mourvedre Block Select 2019 Texas High Plains||Silver|
|McPherson Cellars||Sangiovese 2019 Texas High Plains||Silver|
|McPherson Cellars||Mourvedre Rose 2021 Texas||Silver|
|Pedernales Cellars||Grenache 2020 Texas High Plains||Jefferson Cup|
|Pedernales Cellars||Block Zero 2018 Bell Mountain||Jefferson Cup|
|Pedernales Cellars||Viognier Reserve 2021 Texas High Plains||Bronze|
|Pedernales Cellars||Valhalla 2019 Texas High Plains||Gold|
|Pedernales Cellars||Tempranillo Reserve 2019 Texas||Silver|
|Pedernales Cellars||Vermentino 2021 Texas High Plains||Silver|
|Red Caboose Winery||Some of the Red Texas (?)||Silver|
|Ron Yates||Friesen Blend 2019 Texas High Plains||Jefferson Cup|
|Ron Yates||Merlot 2019 Texas High Plains||Bronze|
|Ron Yates||The Good Guy 2019 Texas High Plains||Gold|
|Ron Yates||Amalgamation 2018 Texas High Plains||Gold|
|Ron Yates||Tempranillo 2019 Texas High Plains||Silver|
|Ron Yates||Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 Texas High Plains||Silver|
|Spicewood Vineyards||Tandem 2019 Texas High Plains||Jefferson Cup|
|Spicewood Vineyards||The Good Guy 2018 Texas Hill Country||Bronze|
|Spicewood Vineyards||Tempranillo Black Label 2019 Texas High Plains||Gold|
|Spicewood Vineyards||Tempranillo Estate 2019 Texas High Plains||Gold|
|Spicewood Vineyards||The Independence 2019 Texas High Plains||Gold|
|Spicewood Vineyards||Syrah 2018 Texas Hill Country||Silver|
|Spicewood Vineyards||Tempranillo Red Label 2019 Texas High Plains||Silver|
|Spicewood Vineyards||Cabernet Claret 2019 Texas High Plains||Silver|
|Texas Hills Vineyard||Syrah Estate 2015 Texas Hill Country||Bronze|
|Texas Hills Vineyard||Sangiovese Newsom Vineyrd 2015 Texas Hill Country||Silver|
|Texas Hills Vineyard||Kick Butt Cabernet Sauvignon Newsom Vineyard 2016 Tex||Silver|
|Torr Na Lochs Vineyards||Malbec 2019 Texas||Silver|
|Torr Na Lochs Vineyards||Petite Sirah 2019 Texas||Silver|
You state that of 175 wines, 90 received bronze medals and that 274 received silver medals. How does that work?
Jeff Cope says
You have heard of “new” math, that’s “newer” math. 🙂 Thanks for finding the typo – it’s been corrected.