Becker Vineyards wins double gold at competition

Becker Vineyards won double gold at the 34th annual San Francisco International Wine Competition, held June 20-22 after judging more than 4,500 wines from around the world.

The local vineyard won Best Rosé, Double Gold Medal 95 points with the 2013 Becker Vineyards Provencal (Mourvedre), Tallent Vineyard.

Richard and Bunny Becker, proprietors of Becker Vineyards, own three vineyards but also purchase grapes from several grape growers, including the Mourvedre grapes from Drew and Laura Tallent of Tallent Vineyards in Mason.

The Mourvedre grapes were fermented into wine by Jonathan Leahy, winemaker, and Rachel Fanning, oenologist, and the winery team. There was limited skin contact with the juice, creating a pale salmon color. It was also fermented completely dry.

“We were at an outdoor café in Tavel (France) sipping on a dry rosé.  It was so delightful,” Bunny Becker said. “I told Richard, ‘I wish we could make a dry rose’ and he said, ‘I’ll make you one’.  And, although we’ve been making this wine for several years, it is a limited production.”

“It is also a food friendly wine,” she added. “It pairs well with deli meats and is a great bottle to bring on a picnic or to sip on a hot, Texas day.”

Four silver and six bronze medals were also awarded to the following Becker Vineyards wines: 

Silver Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Culinaria;  Silver Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Reserve Cabernet Franc Bingham Vineyards; Silver Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon; Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Barbera-Merlot; Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Raven (75% Malbec, 25% Petit Verdot); Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2013 Prairie Rotie (Rhone-style blend); Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Claret; Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Newsom Vineyard Reserve; and Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Fleur Sauvage (and off-dry white wine blend).

Becker Vineyards is located 11 miles east of Fredericksburg, off U.S. Highway 290 at Jenschke Lane.  Business hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 12–6 p.m.

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