Congrats TEXSOM on 10 years of great wine education, amazing tastings and professional and personal networking. My favorite weekend of the year, TEXSOM is like candyland for people who love wine.
Here are some highlights of the weekend.
Dinner at Pappas Bros Steakhouse where wine friends Rachel, Ed, Adam and others enjoyed some amazing wines, including this Jacques Selosse champagne, Chablis Premier Cru from Montee de Tonnerre, and Gaja. The talented Jason Huerta (Top Texas Sommelier in 2010) took care of us!
Speaking of bubbles, I attended the Franciacorta (italian bubbles) session where the Bellavista Rose Grand Cuvee Millesimo knocked my socks off.
Also, during the “Beyond the Big Three” session, the Gruet Grand Rose from New Mexico confirmed it will always have a place in my wine fridge.
Other wine favorites: 2013 Kruger-Rumpf Estate Riesing Dry and Chappellet Chenin Blanc. From Chile: the Cono Sur Pinot Noir from Chile, Concha y Toro Carmin de Peumo Carmenere, and Mendel Semillon.
From Portugal, the Quina Dos Roques was a terrific surprise.
I was fortunate to host a hospitality suite with the Texas Fine Wine wineries: Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery, and Pedernales Cellars.
(L-R) Bob Young with Bending Branch, Pat Brennan with Brennan Vineyards, Julie Kuhlken with Pedernales Cellars, Jeff Ogle with Duchman Family Winery, Fredrik Osterberg with Pedernales Cellars
Cheers to my friends and colleagues!
My study bunnies Matt and Jessica
Me and study bunny Margaret
Michael Wangbickler, Jessica Dupuy, Matt McGinnis, Dave McIntyre, James Tidwell
TEXSOM Founders James Tidwell and Drew Hendricks
Devon Broglie and Guy Stout
Craig and April Collins
Craig Colins, Kristi Willis and me
Last, but definitely not least, the one and only Fred Dame
The weekend is not complete with a poolside Negroni.