Texas Wines Showcased at TEXSOM

TEXSOM,  an industry conference dedicated to the education of top beverage professionals in Texas and around the world, will feature an all Texas wine hospitality suite for the first time ever. What? A three day conference presented by the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and the Texas Sommelier Association hasn’t always been about Texas wine? Well, not exactly. It has dozen’s of educational sessions about wine from all over the world. I’m thrilled to see our home state getting a showcase in front of this stellar audience.

Instead of doing a full blog post, I’m just going to paste the official press release for you to read (yeah I’m totally lazy):


 Sponsored by Texas Monthly, Suite to Feature Four Premier Wineries Pouring Award-Winning Wines and Consumer Favorites


Pedernales Cellars at TEXSOMAUSTIN, Texas (July 19, 2013) – For the first time ever, four of the Lone Star State’s most distinguished wineries have joined together to host a “Taste Texas Wines” hospitality suite at the 9th annual TEXSOM, a two-day educational and tasting conference for sommeliers and wine buyers, enthusiasts and educators.  Featuring only Texas appellation wines, the Taste Texas Wines hospitality suite is Sunday, August 11 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for registered TEXSOM conference attendees.

Sponsored by Texas Monthly, the Taste Texas Wines hospitality suite features wines that were recognized as “Best Texas Wines of 2012,” which included 10 red and 10 white wines from Texas appellations.

Brennan VineyardsDuchman Family WineryMcPherson Cellars and Pedernales Cellars will share some of their finest wines, all of which have received national and international acclaim at prestigious wine competitions, and represent some of the best wines produced in Texas.   The owners of these wineries will be available at the suite to discuss their wines and the growing Texas wine industry.

James Tidwell, Drew Hendricks, TEXSOM Founders“We are happy that these four wineries have banded together to promote not only the individual wineries, but also the dynamic Texas wine industry as a whole,” says James Tidwell, MS, TEXSOM co-founder.  “While TEXSOM is an international conference, Texas wineries have a significant presence at the various events and activities, including the Grand Tasting and Awards Reception and educational seminars. The Taste Texas Wines Hospitality Suite is a natural extension that allows even more wine professionals from around the world to experience Texas wines and winemakers.”

Tidwell notes that Brennan Vineyards 2011 Lily as well as the Pedernales Cellars 2012 Viognier and 2010 High Plains Tempranillo won gold medals at the 2013Dallas Morning News and TEXSOM Wine Competition.

In addition, at the 2013 Lyon France International Wine Competition, Pedernales Cellars received grand gold for its 2012 Viognier Reserve.  At the 2013 Pacific Rim Wine Competition, McPherson Cellars was awarded gold and best in class for its 2012 Dry Chenin and Brennan Vineyards received gold for its 2011 Tempranillo.  Brennan Vineyards also won the chairman’s award (unanimous gold) for its 2011 Dark Horse at the 2013 Riverside International Wine Competition.

At the 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition, McPherson Cellars and Pedernales Cellars both earned gold medals for their 2011 La Herencia and 2011 Tempranillo Reserve, respectively.  Taking home silver at the competition was Pedernales for its 2011 GSM; Duchman Family Winery for its 2011 Trebbiano and 2011 Dolcetto, as well as bronze for its Tempranillo; and Brennan Vineyards earned silver for its 2012 Viognier, as well as bronze for its 2012 White Rhône Blend and 2011 Tempranillo.

At the 2013 Lone Star International Wine Competition, the Brennan Vineyards won gold and grand star award for its 2012 Lily; Pedernales Cellars won double gold for both its 2010 High Plains Tempranillo and 2010 Tempranillo Reserve and gold for its 2011 GSM ; and McPherson Cellars received gold for its 2012 Les Copains.

At the 2013 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition, Pedernales Cellars won double gold, Top Texas Wine, Class Champion and Texas Class Champion awards for its 2012 Texas Viognier, as well as gold for its 2010 Texas Tempranillo.

TEXSOM attendees will enjoy many of these award-winning wines and others at the Taste Texas Wines Hospitality Suite.  Here is a complete list of wines that will be poured:

  • Brennan Vineyards

–  2012 Viognier
–  2012 Lily
–  2011 Dark Horse
–  2011 Tempranillo
–  2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Duchman Family Winery

−        2011 Trebbiano
−        2011 Viognier
−        2011 Dolcetto
−        2011 Tempranillo

  •  McPherson Cellars

−        2012 Les Copains
−        2011 La Herencia
−        2012 Dry Rosé Vin Gris
−        2012 Dry Chenin
−        2010 Sangiovese

  •  Pedernales Cellars

−        2012 Viognier
−        2012 Viognier Reserve
−        2011 Texas Tempranillo
−        2010 Texas High Plains Tempranillo
−        2011 GSM


For more information about the Taste Texas Wines hospitality suite and the Texas wine industry go to www.TasteTexasWines.com

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Matt McGinnis

As a marketing strategist for Pen & Tell Us, Matt McGinnis provides marketing, branding and communications counsel to food and beverage as well as other clients globally. He is also an avid beverage enthusiast, chronicling his interests as a Food & Drink contributing writer for CultureMap, as the Food & Drink columnist for Austin Man Magazine, and as a blogger for What Are You Drinking?. He is passionate about the wine industry having previously worked at a winery in Oregon and in wine sales. He has served as Guest Host of Sommelier Cinema at the Alamo Drafthouse, and is a Certified Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. His writing has been recognized as a Top 10 Food Blog by the Austin Chronicle in 2013 and 2014, with a 2011 Texas Social Media Award from the Austin American-Statesman.

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