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Texas Hill Country Wineries Are Awash in Medals

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Bending Branch is just one Hill Country winery to be honored recently.

Bending Branch is just one Hill Country winery to be honored recently.

It’s award season in the wine industry, and that means wineries across the Texas Hill Country are bringing home the gold, silver and bronze.

According to the Texas Hill Country Wineries’ March newsletter, the following wineries brought home some medals for their efforts, and we can second a number of the awards. Just this Wednesday, we sampled the Grand Star and gold medal-winning Bending Branch Winery 2009 Tannat RF Silvaspoons Vineyard with a bison ribeye and a short rib tamal. They pairing was a thing of beauty.

The 2010 William Chris Cabernet Franc, Dry Comal Creek’s 2009 Petit Verdot and Pedernales Cellars’ Texas Viognier are a few others that will show you just how good Texas wines are.

So, sample your way through the list, and enjoy some Lone Star treasures.

Bending Branch Winery

2012 Lone Star International Wine Competition

  • Grand Star/Gold Medal – 2009 Tannat RF Silvaspoons Vineyard
  • Bronze Medal – 2009 Tannat RF Bella Collina
  • Bronze Medal – 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition

  • Silver Medal – 2010 Picpoul Blanc
  • Silver Medal – 2009 Petite Sirah
  • Bronze Medal – 2009 Tannat RF Silvaspoons Vineyard

2013 KLRN San Antonio International Wine Competition

  • Silver Medal – 2010 Petite Sirah
  • Silver Medal – 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Newsom Vineyards
  • Bronze Medal – 2010 Tempranillo, Newsom Vineyards
  • Bronze Medal – 2010 Texas Tannat

Chisholm Trail Winery

2012 Lone Star International, Texas Division

  • Grand Star/Gold Medal – 2011 Belle Starr Blanc du Bois

Driftwood Estate Winery

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition

  • International Class Champion, Double Gold – 2010 Alamo Red
  • Texas Class Champion, Silver – 2010 Lone Star Cabernet
  • Texas Class Champion, Silver – 2011 Muscat Canelli
  • Silver – 2012 Viognier
  • Silver – NV Syrah
  • Bronze – 2010 Longhorn Red

2013 Dallas Morning News & TexSom Wine Competition

  • Silver – 2012 Viognier
  • Silver – 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Silver – 2012 Orange Muscat
  • Silver – 2010 Longhorn Red
  • Bronze – 2010 Lone Star Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards has some medal-winning wines waiting for you.

Singing Water Vineyards has some medal-winning wines waiting for you.

Dry Comal Creek Vineyards

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition

  • Silver – 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Dallas Morning News and TexSom Wine Competition

  • Gold – 2009 Petit Verdot

2013 KLRN San Antonio Wine Competition

  • Gold – 2009 Petite Verdot
  • Bronze – 2010 Demi Sweet French Colombard

2012 San Antonio Rodeo Wine Competition

  • Best of Class, Silver – 2009 Petit Verdot
  • Silver – 2010 French Colombard Demi Sweet
  • Silver – NV White Black Spanish
  • Bronze – NV French Colombard Demi Sweet Sparking
  • Bronze – NV French Colombard Bone Dry Sparkling
  • Bronze – NV Comal Red X
  • Bronze – 2010 French Colombard Bone Dry

Fiesta Winery

2013 KLRN San Antonio Wine Competition

  • Bronze – Savannah Rose
  • Bronze – Back Porch Sittin’

Grape Creek Vineyards

San Francisco Chronicle

  • Silver – 2011 Cuvee Blanc
  • Silver – 2011 Viognier, Lost Draw
  • Silver – 2011 Cab Blanc
  • Silver – 2011 Grand Rouge
  • Bronze – 2011 Riesling
  • Bronze – 2011 Pinot Grigio
  • Bronze – 2011 Muscat Canelli
  • Bronze – 2010 Bellissimo
  • Bronze – 2010 Rendezvous
  • Bronze – 2010 Mosaic

2013 KLRN San Antonio Wine Festival

  • Silver – 2011 Merlot
  • Silver – 2010 Mosaic
  • Silver – 2010 Cabernet/Syrah
  • Silver – 2010 Bellissimo
  • Bronze – 2010 Cab Trois
  • Bronze – 2011 Pinot Grigio
  • Bronze – 2011 Riesling
  • Bronze – 2011 Viognier, Lost Draw

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition

  • Reserve Class Champion, Gold – 2011 Cabernet Blanc
  • Texas Class Champion, Silver – 2011 Grand Rouge
  • Silver – 2010 Mosaic
  • Bronze – 2011 Viognier
  • Bronze – 2010 Serendipity
  • Bronze – 2010 Rendezvous
Many Hill Country wineries were honored in this year's KLRN San Antonio Wine Competition.

Many Hill Country wineries were honored in this year’s KLRN San Antonio Wine Competition.

Kerrville Hills Winery

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition

  • Silver – 2007 American Merlot
  • Bronze – 2009 Purple Cab (Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • Bronze – 2009 Gold Cab (Cabernet Sauvignon)

2013 KLRN San Antonio Wine Competition

  • Silver – 2009 Purple Cab (Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • Silver – Gold Cab (Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • Silver – American Merlot

Pedernales Cellars

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition

  • Top Texas Wine, Class Champion, Texas Class Champion, Double Gold – 2012 Texas Viognier
  • Gold – 2010 Texas Tempranillo
  • Texas Reserve Grand Champion, Silver – 2011 GSM

2013 KLRN San Antonio Wine Competition

  • Silver – 2012 Viognier
  • Silver – 2011 GSM
  • Silver – 2012 High Plains Tempranillo
  • Bronze – 2012 Texas Tempranillo
  • Bronze – 2010 Reserve Tempranillo

Singing Water Vineyards

2013 San Francisco Chronicle International Competition

  • Gold – 2010 Vintner’s Reserve
  • Silver – 2010 Freedom
  • Bronze – 2011 Merlot

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition

  • Silver – 2010 Freedom
  • Silver – 2011 Pinot Grigio
  • Bronze – 2010 Vintner’s Reserve
  • Bronze – 2011 Merlot
  • Bronze – 2011 Sweet Lupe

2012 Lone Star International Wine Competition

  • Silver – 2009 Freedom
  • Silver – 2010 Merlot
  • Bronze – 201 Vintner’s Reserve
  • Bronze – 2010 Pinot Grigio
  • Bronze – 2011 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Bronze – 2010 Sweet Lupe

Solaro Estate

2013 Dallas Morning News & TexSom International Competition

  • Bronze – 2011 Reserve GSM

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition

  • Gold – 2010 Tempranillo
  • Silver – 2011 Sangiovese
  • Bronze – 2010 Tempranillo

2012 Fingerlakes International Wine Competition

  • Bronze – 2010 Mourvedre
  • Bronze – 2009 Bordosso 27

2012 Denver International Wine Competition

  • Gold – 2011 Sangiovese
  • Gold – 2010 Tempranillo
  • Gold – 2011 Reserve Montepulciano

2012 Vineyard & Winery Management International Women’s Wine Competition

  • Silver – 2010 Tempranillo
  • Bronze – 2011 Miscela Bianco

2012 Dallas Morning News & TexSom International Wine Competition

  • Bronze – 2010 Lisse
  • Bronze – 2010 Montage

Stone House Vineyard

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition

  • Texas Reserve Class Champion – 2010 Claros

San Diego International Wine Competition

  • Gold – Claros
  • Silver – The Survivor

Riverside International Wine Competition

  • Gold – Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Silver – Claros
  • Silver – Riesling

Dallas Morning News International Wine Competition

  • Bronze – Claros

Pacific Rim International Wine Competition

  • Silver – Scheming Beagle Port
  • Silver – Angela’s Wish

Lone Star International Wine Competition

  • Silver – Riesling

San Francisco International Wine Competition

  • Silver – Angela’s Wish
Texas Hill Country wineries have won plenty of awards lately.

Texas Hill Country wineries have won plenty of awards lately.

Texas Hills Vineyard

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition

  • Silver – 2009 Newsom Vineyard Cabernet Franc
  • Silver – 2010 Merlot
  • Silver – 2010 Orange Moscato
  • Silver – 2009 Newsom Vineyard Toro de Tejas
  • Bronze – 2008 Port Rubino
  • Bronze – 2010 Newsome Vineyard Sangiovese

Texas Legato

Houston International Wine Competition

  • Texas Class Champion – 2009 Family Reunion
  • Bronze – 2010 Merlot

2013 KLRN San Antonio Wine Competition

  • Bronze – 2009 Family Reunion
  • Bronze – 2010 Merlot

2012 Wines of the Southwest Competition, Knoxville, TN

  • Silver – 2010 Malbec
  • Silver – NV GCP Mirtillo

William Chris Vineyards

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition

  • Double Gold & Best of Class – 2010 Cabernet Franc
  • Silver – 2011 Emotion
  • Silver – 2011 Mary Ruth
  • Silver – 2011 500 Block Merlot
  • Bronze – 2011 Malbec
  • Bronze – 2011 Jacquez

2013 KLRN San Antonio Wine Competition

  • Silver – 2011 Hunter
  • Bronze – 2010 Enchante

Dallas Morning News and TexSom Wine Competition

  • Silver – 2012 Blanc du Bois
  • Bronze – 2011 Artist

Jefferson Cup International Wine Competition

  • Silver – 2011 Emotion
  • Silver – 2011 Mary Ruth
  • Silver – 2010 Enchante

Woodrose Winery

Lone Star International Wine Competition

  • Silver – 2010 Cab/Syrah
  • Bronze – 2009 Tempranillo

Indy International Wine Competition

  • Bronze – 2009 Tempranillo

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition

  • Gold – 2009 Tempranillo
  • Texas Class Champion, Silver – 2010 Cab/Syrah

For information on Texas Hill Country Wineries, including special events, click here.

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