The 2021 TEXSOM International Wine Awards attracted almost 2,400 entries from 29 countries including the USA where 16 States had wines entered into the competition. The 44 wine judges sipped, slurped, swished, and spat these wine during the judging on April 25th, 26th, and 27th at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. Teams of these hand-picked, renowned wine judge tasted and judge about 70 to 80 wines per day. After the end of the wine spitting, judges awarded 89 Platinum Medals (equivalent to a Double Gold Medal), 189 Gold Medals, 731 Silver Medals, and 805 Bronze Medals. In addition, there were 89 entries that were nominated for the Judges Selection Award with 51 getting the Judges Selection Award. Those receiving the Judges Selection Award were also awarded a Platinum Medal. Two Texas wines were chosen for the Judges Selections Award which were:
• Spicewood Vineyards 2017 Battle of Toro (Texas Hill Country Red Wine)
• William Chris vineyards 2020 Roussanne (La Pradera Vineyards White Wine)
Congratulations to the six Texas wines earning Platinum Medals. Those wines included:
• Bent Oak Blanc du Bois 2019
• Bent Oak Sauvignon Blanc 2019
• Kerrville Hill Winery Semillon Rustic Spur 2019
• Llano Estacado 1836 Red 2018
• Lost Draw Cellars Mouvedre 2018
• Stoneledge Winery and Vineyard Malbec2018
All of these Texas Wine Winners were made from Texas grapes. In fact, ALL 180 of the Texas Medal Winners were made from Texas grapes. Texas wineries proudly make their Texas Wines from Texas Grapes.
A summary of the medals earned by the 41 Texas Wineries is provided below:
Local wineries include Messina Hof in Bryan and Wild Stallion Vineyards south of The Woodlands. It has taken years, but Texas Wineries using Texas Grapes are now reaping top awards in international competition. Now it is time for Texas Restaurants to showcase Texas Wines on their Wine Lists. Local foods and local wines are always a great pairing!