|LONE STAR INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION - June 3-4, 2013
30th Annual Lone Star International Wine Competition
The Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association hosted the 30th Annual Lone Star International Wine Competition (LSIWC) on June 3-4 at the Grapevine Convention Center. This competition is the oldest wine competition in the State of Texas. This year 514 wines from around the world were 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 were Barbara Werley, M.S., Pappas Brothers Steakhouse’s Master Sommelier and Beverage Director; and Michael Zerbach, long time chair of the event and winner of the John E. Crosby, Jr. Award for his achievements in increasing the stature and visibility of the Lone Star Wine Competition awarded by the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association Board of Directors. Dr. Roy Renfro, Grayson College Vice President for Resource and Community Development, served on the Competition Steering Committee and will move into the Co-Chair position in 2014.
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 was hosted for the judges, volunteers, and consumers. Gold and Silver medal and Grand Star winning wines were available for all in attendance.
Forty-six Gold, 194 Silver and 207 Bronze medals were awarded to entries from all over the world. Fifty-two Texas Wineries entered 360 Texas wines. Texas Wineries were awarded 304 total medals: 28 Gold, 131 Silver and 145 Bronze. Texas won six Grand Star and six Double Gold awards. Four Texas wines were chosen as Best in Varietal, which was a new competition division in 2013.
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 275 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 27th 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 27th Annual GrapeFest will take place on September 12-15, 2013 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.