|LONE STAR INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION - June 2-3, 2014
31st Annual Lone Star International Wine Competition
The Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association will host the 31st Annual Lone Star International Wine Competition (LSIWC) on June 2-3, 2014 at the Grapevine Convention Center. This competition is the oldest wine competition in the State of Texas. Wines from around the world are judged in 30+ categories by a panel of restaurant owners, sommeliers, chefs, media, and other wine experts from Texas, California, and New Mexico. The co-chairs are Barbara Werley, M.S., Pappas Brothers Steakhouse’s Master Sommelier and Beverage Director; and Daniel Kelada, Executive Sommelier, Master Candidate and Senior Wine Instructor with the International Wine Guild. Michael Zerbach, long time chair of the event, is serving on the competition Steering Committee along with Debbie Reynolds, Executive Director of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association.
The LSIWC is three competitions in one – a Texas Competition, an International Competition, and a Limited Production Competition. To qualify for the Texas Competition, the wine must be 75% volume from Texas grapes. There are no restrictions on where the grapes are grown to enter the International Competition, although 200 cases or more of the wine must have been produced. The Limited Production Competition judges wines from around the globe with production levels below 200 cases. Wines could have been entered in more than one competition should they have met the requirements for more than one competition.
Following the blind competition judging, a public tasting will be hosted for the judges, volunteers, and consumers. Gold and Silver medal and Grand Star winning wines are available for all in attendance from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Grapevine Convention Center located at 1209 Main Street, Grapevine, TX.
In 2013, 514 wines were entered and 447 wines received medals and awards.
Based in Grapevine, the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association is a 501 (c) 6 trade association whose membership is winery management/owners, wine makers, wine grape growers, suppliers to the industry and the general public – Friends of TWGGA. Texas is the fifth-largest wine producing state in the nation, with over 295 bonded wineries and 4,500 acres of family-owned vineyard land. The total economic impact to the State of Texas from wine and wine grape industry is over $1.8 billion.
The Lone Star International Wine Competition is one of two annual premier events located in Grapevine, TX where Texas wines are prominently featured. The 28th Annual GrapeFest - A Wine Experience - hosts the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the U.S. During the ten People’s Choice sessions, consumers taste and judge over 125 wines and vote on their favorites in ten categories. The 28th Annual GrapeFest will take place on September 11-14, 2014 on Main Street in Grapevine. Texas wines will also be featured at the Vintner’s Auction and Wine Tribute Dinner during the week of the festival. More information can be found on www.grapevinetexasusa.com.