First Ever “Taste Texas Wines” Hospitality Suite At Texsom: Somms, Ethusiasts, Get Your Taste of Texas

Texas IS the Mediterranean of the USA!

First Ever “Taste Texas Wines” Hospitality Suite At Texsom: Somms, Ethusiasts, Get Your Taste of Texas

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

News Release – 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 Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery, McPherson 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. The list of wines to be tasted is given at the bottom of this release.

VintageTexas note: Notice that there is almost not a Texas Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet or Pinot to be had. FINALLY! Texas IS the Mediterranean of the USA! Something that I’ve said before is “Texas is not Bordeaux and  it sure as hell ain’t Burgundy!”  It’s about time that we embrace what our wine country can deliver: grapes that stand up to the heat and make wonderful wines in the style of the Mediterranean.

“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 2013 Dallas 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

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