Wedding Oak Winery Won Six Medals at the 37th Annual San Francisco International Wine Competition

8th Aug 2017 @ 05:38 by Matt

Our wines continue to impress on the global stage, with six medals won at the 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition. The judging panel evaluated our wines against thousands of others based on varietal and vintage, and our wines were deemed finely crafted wine, well above average, or well-crafted wines that deserves recognition.

Winning any award is a thrill, and a great indication to our customers that Wedding Oak Winery produces world-class wines. However, we are particularly thrilled to be recognized at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. It is easily one of the most prestigious, and the largest international wine competitions in the United States. More than 4,300 wines from more than 30 countries around the world were evaluated by a panel of 58 judges at the 37th San Francisco International Wine Competition. These distinguished and discerning judges really put the wine through its paces. Medal winners are chosen through a rigorous judging process held over four days of precise blind tastings.

We are particularly thrilled that our three single-variety, Texas-grown Rhone style white wines each won a silver medal: our Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne.

One of our flagship wines, the 2016 High Valley Estate Viognier is made with estate-grown grapes grown high atop a hill in in San Saba county where they reach optimum ripeness. They are hand harvested in early morning, arriving at the winery early and cool where they are whole-berry pressed. The juice goes through a long, slow fermentation resulting in an elegant, lean-style wine with white flower, tropical fruit and stone fruit aromas. This wine has lovely honeyed melon, apple, nectarine and pear flavors with a crisp Meyer lemon lingering finish. It’s an incredibly food-friendly wine that goes really well with roasted chicken, and grilled vegetables.

We love working with the Roussanne grape, and our 2016 harvest was stellar. It was so good, that we made our first single variety Roussanne 2016 with grapes harvested from the Narra Vineyard in the Texas High Plains. This wine has a beautiful golden straw color, powerful scents of fresh flowers, peaches, spice tea, roasted nuts and pepper. The sumptuous wine has a velvety mouthfeel with honeyed pear and white apple flavors with lively acidity that let it pair incredibly well with seafood, grilled pork, and dishes with savory sauces. This wine recently won a gold medal at the prestigious 34th annual Lone Star International Wine Competition.

Another Rhone variety that we made in a single vineyard, single variety wine is Marsanne, which is grown atop a mesa overlooking Cherokee Creek with deep limestone and clay soils in our estate High Valley Vineyard in San Saba County. Our first bottling, the 2016 Marsanne, is as pleasingly bright with a rich, mineral texture that will become more complex with time. It’s generous with spicy aromatics, and packed with zesty Meyer lemon and roasted almonds flavors, with a creamy vanilla finish. It’s a great wine to serve with rich seafood dishes, and grilled chicken or pork tenderloin.

We hope you will try all of our award winning wines.

2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition Awards

  • Wedding Oak Winery Marsanne Estate Texas Hill Country $29 — Silver
  • Wedding Oak Winery 2016 Viognier Estate Texas Hill Country $28 — Silver
  • Wedding Oak Winery 2016 Roussanne Texas High Plains $28— Silver
  • Wedding Oak Winery 2015 Sangiovese Texas Hill Country $29 — Bronze
  • Wedding Oak Winery 2015 Red Blend Tioja Texas Hill Country $29 — Bronze
  • Wedding Oak Winery 2016 Dolcetto Rosé Texas High Plains $24 — Bronze