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Lone Star International Wine Competition 

The Lone Star International Wine Competition is one of two annual premier events located in Grapevine, TX where Texas wines are prominently featured.   It is the oldest wine competition in the State of Texas and open to wines from all over the world.

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Lone Star International Wine Competition – 2018

The Chair was David Sandri, CSW, WLS,  WSET Certified-Advanced, Wine Studies Program, College of Marin. 

Debbie Reynolds, Executive Director of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, served as the competition Director.

TWGGA hosted the 35th Annual Lone Star International Wine Competition (LSIWC) on June 4-5 , 2018,  at the Grapevine Convention Center.

Wines from around the world were judged in 30+ categories by a panel of restaurant owners, sommeliers, chefs, media, trade representatives and other wine experts from Texas and California. In 2018, 630 wines and 59 wine bottle labels were entered.  Awards and medals will be given to  605 wines and 35 wine bottle labels. 

Following the blind competition judging, a tasting was hosted for the judges.  Gold and Silver medal and Grand Star winning wines are available for tasting. 


The Lone Star Wine Competition, as it had been known from its inception in 1984, was limited to Texas Wines and Texas Wineries. In 2001 the Board of Directors of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association (TWGGA) made the decision to expand the competition internationally.

The first U.S. region included in this expansion extended from the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi River. It was important for the Great Plains to be the first region in this expansion, since Texas is very much a part of the Great Plains. We included Canada and Mexico in the spirit of the Free Trade Agreement; and Austria as a courtesy to the Grapevine, Texas sister city of Krems, Austria.

For the 2002 Competition, the committee decided to expand to the remaining wine states, except the largest producers New York, Oregon, Washington, and California.  In 2004 we continued to expand including all international and national commercial wineries.  Since 2004, with the LSIWC new commitments embracing and welcoming its national and international neighbors and friends, we’ve tripled the number of entries.








What’s in it for you?

The prestige that goes along with entering a well established and professionally run wine competition is only part of what you get when receiving a medal or rating from the Lone Star International Wine Competition.

The competition committee provides news releases of the winners to the major national and international wire services and to all major print and electronic media in the communities of participating winners. Texas wine distributors, industry professionals and major retailers also receive notification.

Following the competition on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, the judges will enjoy sampling the gold and silver medal winning wines.  Corresponding winery information and a full list of winners will be available to the judges.  

It is our pleasure to invite you to enter the 35th Annual Lone Star International Wine Competition to be held June 4-5, 2018. It is an event from which you will surely benefit and one which you’ll want to continue to participate in for years to come.

We have an experienced panel of judges primarily from the Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin and Houston Metropolitan area. As well, the competition welcomes the judges from outside the State of Texas.  Judges are carefully selected for their varietal knowledge and years of experience and expertise.

We are honored to have the Grapevine Wine Pouring Society helping.  They specialize in the presentation and and specifics of wine and are a tremendous asset to the professionalism of this competition.

David Sandri – Chair

He is regularly lectures through the Sonoma State University Wine Business Institute, and is a Faculty Member and Instructor in Wine Studies at the College of Marin. He has given presentations on wine through CIA-Greystone, Lodi Wine Country, VESTA (Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance), and Southern Oregon Wine Institute. David has also been published internationally, on topics ranging from Smoke Taint in Wine to Winery Compliance issues. In addition, he has previously served as a member of the Public Policy Committee for Wine Institute, on the board for the Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County, and on the board for the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance, and is a member of the Society of Wine Educators.

David Sandri, CSW, WLS, WSET® Certified – Advanced, has been in various parts of the wine industry for over 26 years. His experience ranges from retail wine buyer, broker, wholesaler, tasting room management, vineyard operations, winery operation, logistics, and regulatory issues. Over the past decade plus, he has focused on winery compliance and regulatory issues, as well as being an active wine judge, throughout California, the United States and Internationally. He is a Compliance Specialist at Compliance Connection in Santa Rosa, CA, and consults with many wineries throughout northern California.



Thank You 2018 Lone Star International Wine Competition Judges

Melissa Bartlett – Virginia
American Wine Society

Jay Bileti  – Sonoita, AZ
American Wine Society

Joann DeGaglia, CSW, CS – Chester, NY
Westchester Wine School

Mark Diehl – Atlanta, GA
American Wine Society

Sandi Diehl – Atlanta, GA
American Wine Society

Stephanie Fox, CSW, SGD – Austin, TX
Fox Wine Consulting, LLC

Andy Gonzales – Dallas, TX
Wineaux Guy

Carole Hackett – Kentucky
American Wine Society

Krista Hartman – Sadler, TX
Hartman Vineyard

Cleve Lancaster – Fort Worth, TX
Botanical Research Institute of TX

Scott Montgomery – Birmingham, AL
American Wine Society

Steve Murphey, CWE, WSET III – Dallas, TX
Advanced Sommelier

Brett Powers – Dallas, TX
Tequila Bartender

Sheryl Powers – Dallas, TX

Ray Raney – Fort Worth, TX
Certified Sommelier, Senior Wine Consultant and Instructor

Bill Rich – Dallas, TX
Wine Judge

Ivan Riggle – Pennsylvania
American Wine Society

Mary Riggle – Pennsylvania
American Wine Society

Carey Risinger – Dallas, TX
State Fair of Texas

Tom Roberson – Dallas, TX
Wine Judge

Dana Schrick – Hudson Oaks, TX
Schrick’s Liquors

Andrew Snyder, CSW – Denison, TX
Grayson College

Rick Wilbins – Dallas, TX
The Wilbins Group

Mary Ann Willis, CWE, CSS – Dallas, TX
Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits

Amela Zeba Sarac, CSW, WSET III – Murphy, TX