Best of Class X 2: Texas’s Own Perissos Vineyards Takes Top Honors Twice At Largest San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition To Date

By on January 12, 2016 Texas Wine News


The 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition officially released its results and Perissos Vineyards has major cause to celebrate, winning two “Best of Class” titles. The highly coveted “Best of Class” designation is considered a top honor at every wine competition, but is an exceptionally prized title when awarded in San Francisco due to the influence this competition’s results have on consumer consumption.

As the largest competition of American wines in the world, 2016 marked the San Francisco Chronicle’s 16th year. This year also set a new record, receiving a whopping 7,162 entries compared to the previous year’s 6,417. That’s nothing to whine about! 65 judges from around the world spent four days tasting and judging wine entries from 28 states across the nation.

“What was once a modest regional event has developed into the largest competition of American wines in the world,” said Bob Fraser, Executive Director of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. “I’m honored to be associated with a nationwide competition of such quality and integrity.”


2014 Estate Aglianico

2014 Montepulciano, Oswald Family Vineyards – Texas High Plains


2014 Estate Viognier, Double Gold

2014 Roussanne, Oswald Family Vineyards, Gold

Perissos received several more awards including Silver for their 2014 Estate Petite Sirah and Bronze for their Tempranillo, Dolcetto, Serendipity, Malbec and Italian Stallion.

Winning at the San Francisco Chronicle competition becomes a repeatable accomplishment for Perissos Vineyard’s estate Aglianico, receiving Best of Class twice now, out of the three years its been entered. This family winery located in Burnet, Texas, makes only 100% Texas wines and sits just on the edge of the famed Texas Hill Country wine region, named as 1 of 10 top wine destinations in the world by Wine Enthusiast. In 1999, Seth and Laura Martin started out growing grapes next their home as a hobby, having no prior wine making knowledge. Together with their five children, this young family is today well known around the state not only for their award winning wines, but also for their dedication to the industry and genuine Hill Country hospitality. The winery and tasting room is open Friday through Sunday for visitors and is a member of the Texas Hill Country Wineries Association.

For more information on Perissos Vineyard and Winery awards and wines, please visit their website located here >

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