Gillespie wineries win big at tasting

Texas wines, including two from Gillespie County establishments, won the top six spots in a blind taste test judged by seven professional sommeliers June 15-16 in Dallas.

Pitting Viognier wines from Texas, California and the modern home of the grape —Condrieu, France — head-to-head in the blind taste test resulted in the first-place being won by the 2012 Pedernales Cellars Reserve.

While the 2011 Brennan Vineyards wine took second, another Gillespie County winery won third place with its 2012 Becker Vineyards wine.

Another 2012 Becker Vineyards wine won sixth place in the contest.

The organizer of the event, Andrew Chalk, editor of “CraveDFW” said, “I put together this tasting because, after four years touring over 80 Texas wineries, I concluded the Viognier was the white grape that was most successful in the state. In fact, I felt it was reaching a level comparable with California Viognier (although maybe not that of France.)”

“I was baffled that the national media did not include Texas wines when they evaluated Viognier. Clearly, this was a matter that only the fact would settle: a blind tasting of French, California and Texas Viognier by expert palates to determine where the wines stood,” Chalk said.

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