Mar 142016
 

TEXSOM International Wine Awards

3200 Entries. The good news is that my panel didn’t have to judge them all!

As a judge at the TEXSOM International Wine Awards, there are always three things I look forward to doing.

  1. Meeting and chatting with the other judges. This is a wonderful collection of some of the finest palates in the world, and this group is particularly fun to talk and taste with. Many of us have judged for quite a few years here, and there is just a little bit of a sense of something between a reunion and a tontine about the whole event.
  2. Tasting some really good wines. This year the first day’s panel, chaired by Sharron McCarthy, worked through a whole series of wines from Latin America, and the second day I chaired a panel focused on California wines from RON: Regions other than Napa. And each day we found plenty to like and give bronze, silver and golds medals.
  3. James Tidwell and Drew Hendricks know how to put on a competition. With the foundation laid by Becky Murphy, this one is really well organized, from the reception and lodging of the judges to the logistics and table organization of the wines. I am sure there are a thousand small crises in the back room, but from what I could see as a judge, it was flawless.

Will I do this one again? Absolutely, assuming I’m invited back (every competition rotates judges from time to time to keep things fresh.) And in the meantime, I have a new appreciation of some of the wines and regions I judged this year. Can’t beat that!

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