Texas wine may be approaching a crossroads, something that was evident during the 31st annual Lone Star International wine competition this week. That’s because some of the best wines at the competition weren’t Texas, but included California wines sold by Texas producers. Which is not supposed to be the point of what we’re doing here.
Years ago, when a lot of Texas wine left much to be desired, what happened this week wasn’t unusual. Or, as I told the competition organizer when I first judged Lone Star in 2005, “Give us better wines, and we’ll give you gold medals.”
Given the revolution in Texas wine quality and production over the past decade, I had hoped those days were gone. But the uneven quality of many of the wines I judged, this year and last, has me wondering. Has Texas wine reached a plateau, where quality isn’t going to get any better given the state’s resources and climate? Or is something else going on?
After the jump, my take on what’s happening: CLICK HERE
Jeff Siegel is a nationally known wine writer whose work has appeared in a variety of newspapers. regional and national magazines, and websites. “In everything I write, my philosophy is the same: The wine industry tries to intimidate consumers instead of educating them — and nuts to that. That means you won’t see winespeak here, wine scores and ratings, or hoity-toity writing that implies that I’m better or cooler or neater than you are. Because I’m not. I just drink more wine. My goal: To help Americans see wine as Europeans do, as something to drink every day. Even if it kills me.”