The Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association hosted the 31st Annual Lone Star International Wine Competition (LSIWC) on June 2-3 at the Grapevine Convention Center. The competition is the oldest wine competition in the State of Texas. This year 534 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. The co-chairs were 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 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 was on the Steering Committee.
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-two Gold, 190 Silver and 250 Bronze medals were awarded to the wine entries. Sixty Texas Wineries entered 396 Texas wines. Texas Wineries were awarded 354 total medals: 27 Gold, 135 Silver and 188 Bronze. Texas won eight Grand Star and three Double Gold awards. Six Texas wines were chosen as Best in Varietal – Tempranillo, Merlot, Viognier, Blanc du Bois, Roussanne, and Rose’.
Grand Star Awards
Best in Varietal
Winners by Competition
Winners by Division
Winners with Distributor Information
2014 Press Release