Texas Hill Country Wineries has been invited to participate in the Regional Wine Tasting Reception at the 65th ASEV National Conference in June 2014 in Austin. This is a private tasting event for ASEV conference attendees only. The American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) was first established in 1950 by researchers from the University of California and California winemakers. Over the years it has matured into a professional society dedicated to the interests of enologists, viticulturists, and others in the fields of wine and grape research and production throughout the world.
With 38 members in the THCW group, it was decided to have the membership choose which wines to pour at the ASEV tasting via a blind tasting. Members take this opportunity seriously, wanting to put their best foot forward in front of this group of industry professionals from across the US.
The main focus of the ASEV Regional Tasting will be Hill Country wines, and then Texas wines by the Hill Country Wineries membership. Members were asked to bring Hill Country and other Texas AVA wines to the tasting. A total of 73 wines were tasted, which surprised even the members, as they hoped for at least 30.
16 members tasted the wines, which were all wrapped in traditional brown paper bags and numbered. The ‘voting’ was very general, a simple YES or NO to a wine. “I was the only one who knew what they were, to keep it fair,” says January Wiese, Executive Director of THCW. Votes were tallied and those with the most yes votes will be the wines poured at the ASEV tasting. 25 wines will be headed to Austin in June: 11 wines from Texas Hill Country AVA and the remainder are Texas and High Plains.
“All I can say is the group that stayed and tasted are troopers. They tasted, spit, evaluated, tasted, spit, evaluated. It was a lot of wines to get through, and from what I saw and heard they really enjoyed it. It was really interesting to observe.” January Wiese
Below are the top 25 wines that will be tasted at the ASEV Regional Tasting in Austin this coming June:
- Becker Cabernet Reserve, Texas
- Becker Prairie Rotie, Hill Country
- Becker Raven, Hill Country
- Bending Branch Tannat, Hill Country
- Compass Rose Pinot Grigio, Hill Country
- Driftwood Lone Star, Hill Country
- Driftwood Cabernet, Texas
- Duchman Trebbiano, Texas
- Duchman Bianco, Texas
- Flat Creek Super Texan, Texas
- Hye Meadow Viognier, Texas
- Lewis Tempranillo, Hill Country
- Lewis Viognier, Texas
- Lewis Texas White, Texas
- Messina Hof Primitivo, Texas
- Pedernales Tempranillo Reserve, Hill Country
- Perissos Aglianico, Hill Country
- Perissos Roussane, Hill Country
- Spicewood Tempranillo, Hill Country
- Wedding Oak Viognier, Texas
- William Chris Mary Ruth ’13, Texas
- William Chris Artist, Texas
- William Chris Merlot ’12, Hill Country
- William Chris Enchante ’12, Hill Country
- William Chris Enchante ’11, Hill Country