Lone Star International Wine Competition: Call for Wines

It is time to make your entry selections, complete the paperwork and send in your wine. 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of this wine competition. To help celebrate the occasion, new award categories have been added – Best Varietal and Wine Bottle Label Awards.

30th Annual Lone Star International Wine Competition

The 2013 Lone Star International Wine Competition will be held on June 3-4 at the Grapevine Convention Center. Judges from Texas and California will judge wines from all over the world entered in three competitions – Texas Competition, International Competition and Limited Production Competition. Download Entry FormDownload Rules.

Awards are given for Grand Star – Best of Show – in all three competitions in the Red Wine, White Wine, Fortified Wine, Late Harvest/ Dessert/Ice Wine, and Rose’/Blush Divisions. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded. Best Varietal and Wine Bottle Label awards have been added for the 2013 competition.

In the 2012 competition, 11 wines won Grand Star – Best of Show. Fifteen wines were honored with a Double Gold Award. Gold medals were given to 36 wines, Silver medals to 171 wines, and Bronze medals to 203 wines.

Texas wines won seven Grand Star – Best of Show – Awards, six Double Gold Awards, 20 Gold Medals, 114 Silver Medals, and 144 Bronze Medals.

About our Co-chairs—

Michael Zerbach has served as the LSIWC Committee Chair since 2004.  Michael has won several awards for his dedication to the industry including the 2009 John E. Crosby, Jr. Award for his achievement increasing the stature and visibility of the Lone Star Wine Competition.
Barbara Werley, M.S. is Pappas Brothers Steakhouse’s Master Sommelier and Beverage Director. She was the fourth American woman and one of only 13 women worldwide to have completed the rigorous exams. Barbara has judged competitions including the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition, The Governor’s Cup in Virginia, the Jefferson Cup and the Los Angeles County Fair. She is a member of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, and has been a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, D.C. Chapter, the Chaine de Rotisseurs (N.Virginia Chapter), a Board Member of the Society of Wine Educators, and was a speaker at the Monterey Wine Festival. Currently, Barbara is actively involved in the Court of Master Sommelier as an examiner.

Dr. Roy Renfro has joined the competition Steering Committee in 2013. Dr. Renfro, a long-time judge at the competition, is Executive Director of Grayson County College’s T.V. Munson Viticulture Enology Center. Dr. Renfro, a scholar of Texas viticultural history, and co-author Sherrie S. McLeRoy won the 2009 international Best of the Best Award in Drinks History Books at the Gourmand World Cookbooks Awards. The equivalent of a Nobel Prize for wine and food literature, the awards competition is administered by the Gourmand Foundation of Madrid, Spain and Stockholm, Sweden. The annual event awards books in virtually every wine and food sub-genera. Dr. Renfro is a valuable addition to the Lone Star International Wine Competition team.


Important dates to remember: 

June 3 – 4, 2013: 30th Annual Lone Star International Wine Competition in Grapevine, TX

June 24, 2013: Press Release announcing 2013 winners

July 29, 2013: Deadline for Medal winning wine shipments to Arrive:
                              Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association
624 S. Dooley Street
Grapevine, TX 76051

Grand Star Winners: 6 bottles
                            Gold Medal Winners: 6 bottles
Best Varietal: 4 bottles
Wine Bottle Label Winners: 2 bottles

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