At the 2013 TEXSOM, a professional wine education conference and sommelier competition, wine professionals from around the world crowded into a hospitality suite at the Four Seasons Resort at Las Colinas in Dallas, clamoring for sips of award winning wine. How is that newsworthy? Because the wine was from Texas.
In a scene that wasn't possible even a decade ago, four Texas wineries with more than two dozen national and international awards between them demonstrated that Texas wines have matured into major national contenders.
‘This is not a fad and the guys in that room aren't rookies. These guys are serious wine makers.”
Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery, McPherson Cellars and Pedernales Cellars poured their acclaimed Texas appellation wines, made only from grapes grown in Texas, to an enthusiastic crowd of sommeliers, wine buyers and connoisseurs in the Taste Texas Wines suite on August 11 and at the Grand Tasting which was held the following evening.
“We can finally get our wines out in front of a lot of different sommeliers from around the country to show that we make great wines in Texas,” said Kim McPherson of McPherson Cellars.
The suite was sponsored by Texas Monthly and allowed folks to sip heralded wines while peppering the winemakers with questions about their technique and operations.“The response tonight says a lot, not just for Duchman, but for Texas wines in general,” said Jeff Ogle, general manager of Duchman Family Winery. "The Texas wine industry has really evolved with a lot of hours invested in the vineyard and in the cellar as well."
Texas Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator Guy Stout observed that participating at a highly regarded industry event like TEXSOM was the culmination of decades of hard work by Texas winemakers and grape growers alike. “We're really starting to put the right grapes in the right place and it's all coming together,” he said. ‘This is not a fad and the guys in that room aren't rookies. These guys are serious wine makers.”
Not surpri singly, that Texas tenacity is showing up in the glass to the delight wine enthusiasts everywhere.
Wines sampled at the Taste Texas Wine Hospitality Suite:
2011 Dark Horse
2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Duchman Family Winery
2012 Les Copains
2011 La Herencia
2012 Dry Rosé Vin Gris
2012 Dry Chenin
2012 Viognier Reserve
2011 Texas Tempranillo
2010 Texas High Plains Tempranillo