White wines from Texas were among those from around the world awarded Double Gold medals at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ 2021 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition held Nov. 13-15 at NRG Center in Houston.
A Double Gold medal is awarded to the entries that received a Gold medal rating by all five members of the judging panel. The Rodeo Uncorked! Handbook describes a Gold medal as “Of outstanding quality, superior to most. Reflects the best flavor, balance, style and winemaking for that class and price point.” A Double Gold is the most prestigious award a wine can receive. These Texas white wines were recognized as superior by their peers in the three-day competition.
Eden Hill Vineyard Albariño, Texas High Plains, 2019, earned a Double Gold medal and was named Class Champion and Texas Class Champion for Albariño, $15-$25. Eden Hill is a boutique family-owned and -operated vineyard located near Dallas, producing 2,000 cases of award-winning wines a year. The winery grows grapes in two vineyards: Eden Hill Estate Vineyard, with two acres of Tempranillo, Estate Reserve Tempranillo and Orange Muscat; and Christopher’s Vineyard, with three acres of Cynthiana (aka Norton), an American grape that produces an intense red wine. The winery also sources grapes from Oswald Vineyard near Brownfield, Texas, including Roussanne, Aglianico, Montepulciano and the award-winning Albariño. Native to Spain, the Albariño grape produces crisp wines that pair perfectly with seafood, especially fried or raw oysters, grilled fish or fresh clams. For more information, visit edenhill.com.
English Newsom Old Vine Chenin Blanc, Texas, won a Double Gold medal and Class Champion and Texas Class Champion awards for Dry Chenin Blanc, $15+. English Newsome Cellars, owned by Tommy English and Steve Newsom, is in Lubbock, Texas. Grapes are produced in Sundown, Texas, west of Lubbock. English Newsome Cellars originated in 2013 when Tommy and Jana English purchased Caprock Winery in Lubbock. In 2018, they partnered with one of the largest grape growers in the state, Steve Newsome and his wife, Cindy, to acquire Newsome’s quality grapes. They rebranded the company and now, with one of the largest production facilities in Texas, release award-winning wines including Roussanne, Albariño, Pinot Grigio, Dry Muscat, Viognier, Picardan, Trebbiano, Dry Muscat, Malbec, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Muscat Canelli, Roussanne, Teroldego and Cabernet Franc. English Newsom Cellars is one of many Texas wineries producing Chenin Blanc, a versatile grape that thrives in the cool climate regions of France’s Loire Valley as well as in the marine-influenced regions of South Africa, and now, the Texas High Plains. For more information, visit englishnewsome.com.
Reddy Vineyards Reserve Viognier-Marsanne, Texas High Plains, 2019 took home a Double Gold medal and Reserve Class Champion and Texas Class Champion awards for Viognier, $22- $50. The winery, located in the center of the Texas High Plains American Viticulture Area near Brownfield, Texas, was founded by acclaimed viticulturist and Texas wine pioneer, Dr. Vijay Reddy. With an advanced degree in soil and plant science, Reddy has produced award-winning wines since his first planting led to a Gold Medal-winning Cabernet Sauvignon. Reddy’s 300-acre vineyard is planted with 38 different grape varieties, making it the most diverse vineyard in Texas. The award-winning Viognier-Marsanne is a blend of 75% Viognier and 25% Marsanne, two French grapes that are right at home in the Texas High Plains climate and soil. For more information, visit reddyvineyards.com.
The Spirit of Texas Winery White, Texas High Plains, 2019, received a Double Gold medal and awards for Class Champion and Texas Class Champion for Other Dry White Varieties and Blends, $23-35. The winery, located in Early, Texas, was opened in April 2017 by owners Brian and Moira McCue. Their winning wine called “Welcome,” is a 70/30 blend of Malvasia Bianca and Viognier from the Nogalero Estate Vineyard in the Texas High Plains. The Spirit of Texas produces a wide variety of wines, including, Tempranillo, Grenache, Petit Verdot, Dolcetto, Montepulciano, Aglianico, Sangiovese, Syrah, Petit Syrah, Malbec, Roussanne and Picpoul Blanc. For more information, visit spiritoftexaswinery.com.