Michael Wangbickler

TEXSOM Announces Prowein Contest Winners

TEXSOM ANNOUNCES PROWEIN CONTEST WINNERS

Sommeliers Amie Hendrickson and Julia Dixon selected to attend ProWein 2018

Irving, Texas (September 11, 2017) –– TEXSOM today announced that Sommeliers Amie Hendrickson and Julia Dixon were selected as winners of the ProWein social media contest that took place during TEXSOM 2017. The two winners will attend ProWein 2018, the world’s leading trade fair for wine and spirits.

Amie Hendrickson is a long-serving volunteer for not only the TEXSOM Conference, but also as part of the sommelier panel at the TEXSOM International Wine Awards. Her wine descriptions have been published in Sommelier, a publication of TEXSOM and the TEXSOM International Wine Awards. Amie currently manages Edmond Wine Shop in Edmond, Oklahoma. In addition to her continuing education and management duties at the shop, Amie served as the 2015 and 2017 Education Coordinator for Oklahoma State University’s Wine Forum of Oklahoma, a biennial wine education event that raises scholarship funds for hospitality students in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration.

“Amie is a driving force in the Oklahoma market,” says James Tidwell MS, co-founder of TEXSOM. “She was instrumental in bringing Oklahomans to TEXSOM and in bringing the Court of Master Sommeliers and Guildsomm to Oklahoma. Not only is she deeply thoughtful, but she also gets things done! That is a very important virtue for a top wine professional.”

Julia Dixon is an active member of the Austin sommelier community, and a former wine buyer and manager at Perla’s Seafood and Oyster Bar Restaurant of the MMH Group. She is involved in both the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS) programs. Julia is an annual volunteer at TEXSOM, a place where she fell in love with the Texas wine community. She recently opened a wine import company, Gravity Imports, which focuses on importing clean, pure wines to the U.S. from all over the world.

“Julia is a rising star on the Austin wine scene,” says Tidwell. “Unwavering dedication to her studies, and to exploring new and interesting wines of the world, make attendance at ProWein the perfect opportunity for her. Like Amie, she is thoughtful and hardworking, producing great results!”

“As a new platinum partner we are delighted that we could also offer the social media contest for sommeliers for the first time. The performance and commitment of the two winners impressed us very much. We are excited to see which topics they will focus on when they will come to Germany next March to visit ProWein in Düsseldorf, ” stated Marius Berlemann, Global Head Wine & Spirits at Messe Düsseldorf.

The contest was open to those individual volunteers who devoted their time and energy to making TEXSOM 2017 a great success. In order to qualify, entrants had to:

  • Follow ProWein (@prowein_tradefair) and TEXSOM (@texsom) on Instagram & Twitter
  • Post a photo on Instagram and/or Twitter showcasing the partnership between ProWein & Texsom
  • Tag ProWein & Texsom
  • Use hashtag #PROWEINxTEXSOM

The two winners were selected from among all entries.

Held August 12 to 14 at the Four Seasons, TEXSOM is the only event of its kind in the United States.  The speakers and judges constitute a who’s who list of the nation’s top wine professionals. Dozens of Master Sommeliers (MS), Certified Wine Educators (CWE), Masters of Wine (MW) and other respected industry professionals continue to be integral parts of the conference. Key not-for-profit educational organizations GuildSomm, SOMMFoundation, Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas, Wine & Spirit Education Trust, and Society of Wine Educators are presenting sponsors.

ProWein is the world’s leading trade fair for wine and spirits, and is the largest industry meeting for professionals from viticulture, production, trade and gastronomy. Professionals from around the world gather to meet at ProWein to conduct business, discuss industry trends, and recognize excellence in the world of wine and spirits. The trade fair is recognized particularly for the quality of the visitors that has given ProWein its reputation of being a unique business platform for the wine and spirits trade.

Information about the TEXSOM Conference, including a conference schedule, list of speakers, list of sponsors, and certification opportunities are available on the website at texsom.com.

ABOUT TEXSOM

Founded in 2005, the TEXSOM conference was started by Master Sommeliers James Tidwell and Drew Hendricks to help promote professional wine service standards, outline paths for further wine education and certification, and raise public awareness about the professional standards and certifications for sommeliers. Today the conference draws more than 1,200 attendees, of whom more than 800 are sommeliers and other beverage industry professionals. In addition to the conference, the group also manages the TEXSOM International Wine Awards, one of the largest, most respected, and longest-running in the United States.

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Michael Wangbickler

Wineries of Santa Clara Valley Host 2017 Fall Passport Weekend

Wines of Santa Clara Valley

Wineries of Santa Clara Valley Host 2017 Fall Passport Weekend

 More than 25 wineries to host guests throughout the Bay Area
with an array of wine, food, music & entertainment

September 6, 2017 (Santa Clara County, CA): The Wineries of Santa Clara Valley will host their 2017 Annual Fall Passport Weekend from Friday, October 13th through Sunday, October 15th. Bay Area wine and food enthusiasts will have a second opportunity this year to enjoy the fun, food and wine at more than two dozen wineries in the Santa Clara Valley wine growing region (AVA). The passport weekend was sold out last March, and had its largest attendance since its inception.

During the 2017 Fall Passport Weekend, Passport Holders will meet the talented winemakers and staff of the Santa Clara Valley’s wineries, and learn how they produce some of the world’s finest wines. Participating wineries will have food and entertainment, pour special select or library wines, offer barrel samples and many will offer attractive discounts over the weekend. Local businesses will also offer special discounts to Passport holders.

A Passport entitles guests to attend all three days beginning on Friday, October 13th from 6-8pm at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. Saturday and Sunday, October 14th and 15th from 12-5pm, guests will visit participating wineries located around the Santa Clara Valley.

Throughout the weekend Passport Holders will carry a souvenir glass to each winery where they can expect up to 4 one-ounce pours during each wine tasting. The wineries will use a unique stamp to record a visit in each Passport, much like an entry visa.

Tickets in the form of passports entitle guests to attend all three days of fun, and can be purchased online for $40. Passports may be available the day of the event, if supplies last, for $45. To enter, guests must be 21 years or older.

Dating back to the first plantings at the Santa Clara Mission in 1798, the Santa Clara Valley represents one of the oldest growing traditions in the U.S. The valley is home to over two-dozen wineries, of every size and shape, from long established family operations to relatively small newcomers, working out of their garages. Owners are the winemakers, vineyard managers and general managers who will often personally pour visitors a glass of wine.

Karen Seeker, Owner of Seeker Vineyard and President of the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley, says “I look forward to connecting with new customers and growing the awareness for the Santa Clara Valley AVA. Folks in the Bay Area are realizing that there is a remarkable selection of wines right here on the San Francisco Peninsula. Visitors really enjoy the beauty of the area, the diversity of the wineries and the wines they pour, and the friendships they make by becoming frequent guests.”

About the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley

The Wineries of Santa Clara Valley is an association representing member wineries that grow and produce wines in one of the oldest wine producing regions of California.

With the first plantings at the Santa Clara Mission in 1798, the region of Santa Clara Valley represents one of the oldest growing traditions in the country. The Santa Clara Valley is now home to over two-dozen wineries, of every size and shape, from long established family operations to relatively small newcomers working out of their garages. On March 28, 1989, the Santa Clara Valley received AVA status; prior to this the region’s wines were typically labeled ‘Central Coast’ or ‘Santa Clara County’.

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Balzac Communications

Balzac Communications & Marketing Announces Management Changes

Balzac CommunicationsBalzac Communications & Marketing Announces Management Changes

Paul Wagner retires and Michael Wangbickler takes title of President

Napa, CA (August 31, 2017) – Balzac Communications & Marketing, a leading craft food and beverage marketing communications agency, announced today that Paul Wagner has stepped down as President of the company and relinquished the title to current Chief Executive Officer Michael Wangbickler. Wagner will take the title of President Emeritus as he retires from day-to-day operations of the firm.

“Over the past three years, we’ve been a company in transition,” says Wagner. “As I’ve stepped back from the management of the agency, Mike has taken on a greater role in the daily operations of the business. Now it’s time to hand over the reins, and begin a new era for the firm. I’ve been impressed with how quickly Mike has grown into the role, and I have every confidence in his ability to help grow and nurture the company I started more than 25 years ago.”

“I am incredibly grateful to Paul for his guidance throughout my tenure at Balzac,” says Wangbickler. “Paul has built one of the premier marketing communications companies in the food and wine business. I’m looking forward to shepherding the agency into the next phase of its evolution. We have a clear vision in place, and we have the team in place to execute that vision.”

As President Emeritus, Wagner will remain a strategic consultant to the agency, but leave the ongoing management of the company in the hands of Wangbickler. Wangbickler will retire the title of Chief Executive Officer and take the title of President.

Wangbickler has been with the agency since 2004, and has managed the company for the last three years. Throughout his time at the firm, he has worked with a diverse range of clients, from small, family-owned wineries to large wine companies and regions to public works/policy projects. He is recognized as an expert on the topics of food and beverage marketing strategies.

About Balzac Communications & Marketing

Founded in 1991, Balzac Communications & Marketing is a marketing communications agency with a no-nonsense approach to combining the strategies and tactics of marketing, public relations, event management, digital marketing, advertising and creative services to assist the business goals of its clients. The experience, creativity and determination of the staff distinguish Balzac from their competition. They use these assets to develop and execute cost-effective campaigns which have won international communications awards. The agency is in Napa, California, and provides services to companies and organizations throughout the world.

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Michael Wangbickler

Winery Khareba Selects Balzac Communications & Marketing

Winery Khareba Selects Balzac Communications & Marketing
Contracted to Initiate Campaign to Introduce Premium Georgian Wines to U.S. Market

(Napa, California and Tbilisi, Georgia) – Winery Khareba, the leading winery in the country of Georgia, has retained Balzac Communications & Marketing, the leading wine marketing agency in the U.S., to commence a communications campaign to introduce the company’s wines to the U.S. Market. This announcement follows recent news in which the country of Georgia was the focus of international attention due to last week’s visit by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his pledge to the Georgian people of U.S. support.

“We are thrilled to be working with the skilled team at Balzac Communications & Marketing,” said Nika Zautashvili, General Manager for Winery Khareba. “Their expertise in the U.S. wine market was a natural fit for us, as we expand our interests in the country and promote wines from our special country of Georgia.”

“Historically, Georgia and the Caucasus Mountains are the cradle of wine,” said Michael Wangbickler, CEO & Partner at Balzac Communications & Marketing. “Wines from the region have received considerable attention in recent years and we see the great growth potential of Georgian wines in the U.S. It’s a real privilege to be working with the leading winery in this fascinating region… a legitimate candidate for the Garden of Eden.”

About Winery Khareba
Winery Khareba is a modern winery which builds upon ancient traditions. The company combines ancient methods and modern technologies in the growing and production of their wines. The Company owns nearly 2,500 acres of vineyards, cultivating both unique Georgian and European vine species. Wines are made from the Kakheti, Imereti and Racha-Lechkhumi wine regions.

About Balzac Communications & Marketing
Balzac Communications & Marketing is a marketing communications agency with a no-nonsense approach to combining the strategies and tactics of marketing, events, public relations, advertising, and graphic design to achieve the business goals of its clients. The experience, creativity and determination of the staff distinguish Balzac from their competition. They use these assets to develop and execute cost-effective campaigns, which have won international communications awards. The results speak for themselves. The agency is located in Napa, California, and provides services to national and international clients.

Balzac Communications & Marketing founder & Partner Paul Wagner (left) with Winery Khareba Chief Winemaker and Project Director Vladimer Kublashvili (right) in front of the old parliament building in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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Michael Wangbickler

Andres Blanco of Caracol Restaurant Named Best Sommelier At 13th Annual TEXSOM

 

ANDRES BLANCO OF CARACOL RESTAURANT NAMED
BEST SOMMELIER AT 13th ANNUAL TEXSOM

2017 TEXSOM Best Sommelier Competition Presented by Texas Monthly

Irving, Texas  – TEXSOM co-founders and Master Sommeliers Drew Hendricks and James Tidwell today announced at the TEXSOM Grand Tasting presented by ProWein that Andres Blanco of Caracol Restaurant in Houston is the 2017 TEXSOM Best Sommelier. The 2017 TEXSOM Best Sommelier Competition, presented by Texas Monthly, takes place during TEXSOM, the most prominent and influential wine education conference in the United States, held annually at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas.

Blanco topped an impressive field of 26 other competitors in a rigorous three-part wine examination involving service, blind tasting and theory. An elite panel of Master Sommelier judges named Blanco the 2017 TEXSOM Best Sommelier at a ceremony on Monday evening. The competition is a key part of TEXSOM. To participate, candidates must be a current resident of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, or Texas and must not have passed the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced Sommelier Examination.

“TEXSOM was founded on an idealistic vision to advance our industry and elevate standards in a constant quest for excellence,” said Tidwell. “The TEXSOM Best Sommelier Competition is an opportunity for those individuals who show real promise in these areas to demonstrate their prowess. We offer enthusiastic congratulations to Andres for winning the competition this year. We see a bright future for him and look forward to following his career with interest.”

In addition to laying claim to the title of “2017 TEXSOM Best Sommelier,” Blanco received a scholarship of $2,500 from SommFoundation to be used for a Court of Master Sommeliers certification program. Mandi Nelson of New Waterloo in Austin was the runner up and will receive a $1,500 scholarship, and the 3rd place winner David Donalson of Classified Wines in Dallas will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Held August 11th to 14th at the Four Seasons Resorts and Club and co-presented by the not-for-profit organizations Court of Master Sommeliers-Americas; GuildSomm; SommFoundation; Wine & Spirits Education Trust; and Society of Wine Educators – TEXSOM is the only event of its kind in the United States. The speakers and judges constitute a who’s who list of the nation’s top wine professionals. Dozens of Master Sommeliers (MS), Certified Wine Educators (CWE), Masters of Wine (MW) and other respected industry professionals were integral parts of the conference.

The 2017 TEXSOM conference featured a stellar line-up of speakers and competition judges, including:

• Serafin Alvarado MS
• Gillian Ballance MS
• Christopher Bates MS
• Wayne Belding MS
• Shayn Bjornholm MS
• Bree Boskov MW
• Dilek Caner PhD MW
• Christy Canterbury MW
• Elaine Chukan Brown
• Jim Clarke
• Charles Curtis MW
• Frederick L. Dame MS
• Matt Deller MW
• Laura DePasquale MS
• Mary Ewing Mulligan MW
• Jay Fletcher MS
• Keith Goldston MS
• Jamie Goode PhD
• Mary Gorman-McAdams MW
• Peter Granoff MS
• Nicole Hakli
• Greg Harrington MS
• Ian Harris DipWSET
• Jay James MS
• Geoff Kruth MS
• Pascaline Lepeltier MS
• Shelley Lindgren
• Michael Madrigale
• Mary Margaret McCamic MW
• Andrew McNamara MS
• Sally Mohr MS
• Melissa Monosoff MS
• Antony Moss MW DipWSET
• Peter Neptune MS
• Nicholas Paris MW
• Luis Pato
• Francis Percival
• Josh Raynolds
• Sean Razee MS
• Jean K. Reilly MW
• Laura Rhys MS
• Treve Ring
• Sheri Sauter Morano MW
• Ronan Sayburn MS
• Jane Skilton MW
• George Skouras
• Joseph Spellman MS
• Larry Stone MS
• Guy Noel Stout MS
• Bernard Sun
• Kelli White
• Nigel Wilkinson MS
• Laura Williamson MS
• Debbie Zachareas

2017 Sponsors: The event is made possible by the generous support of many sponsors, with scholarships provided by the SommFoundation.

Sponsors include:

(Presenting Sponsors) Court of Master Sommeliers-Americas; GuildSomm; SommFoundation; Wine & Spirits Education Trust; and Society of Wine Educators.

(Platinum Sponsors) Aqua Panna; Balzac Communications & Marketing; Broadbent Selections; Classic Wine Merchants; Fortessa; Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas; Napa Valley Vintners; ProWein; Republic National Distributing Company; Ribera y Rueda; San Pellegrino; The Sorting Table; Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits; TEXSOM International Wine Awards; Washington State Wine; Wines of Chile; Wines of Spain.

(Gold Sponsors) Australia Classic & Rare; Banfi Vintners; Banville Wine Merchants; Classic Wine Imports; Champagne Taittinger; Chappellet Winery; De Grazia Imports; Dreyfus, Ashby & Co.; E&J Gallo Winery (LUX Wines); GoVino; Irving Texas Convention & Visitors Bureau; Italian Wine Central; Kistler Vineyards; Lake County Winegrape Growers; Loosen Bros. USA; Louis Roederer Champagne; Mutual Trading Company; Old Bridge Cellars; Oregon Wine Board; Rhone Valley Wines; Texas Fine Wine; Vino Nobile di Montepulciano; Wilson Daniels; Wine Ring; Wines of South Africa; The World of Fine Wine.

(Silver Sponsors) Brazos Wine Imports; Cape Classics; DSWS; Domaines Albert Bichot; Empson USA; Esprit du Vin; Europvin USA; Folio Fine Wine Partners; Gerard Bertrand; Iron Horse Vineyards; Jackson Family Wines; Jeroboam; Kobrand Fine Wine and Spirits; Laureate Imports; Les Vins de Graves; Multicarte Inc.; MundoVino; New Zealand Wine; North Berkeley Imports; Old World Vines; Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance; Rioja; Serendipity Wines; Sideshow Wine Freaks Tour; Sogevinus; Terlato Wines; TexasMonthly; The Cultured Cup; Vina Cobos by Paul Hobbs; West Sonoma Coast Vintners; Wine Australia for Australian Wine; Wines of Germany; Wines of Greece; Wines of Portugal; Wine of Uruguay; Vintus; Winesellers, Ltd; Yraden Inc.

(Bronze Sponsors) Achaval Ferrer; Adelsheim; Alexander Valley Vineyards; Almaviva; Ambiente; Araex Brands; Arinzano; Austrian Wine; Avignonesi; Barnett Vineyards; Becker Vineyards; Bellavista; Bending Branch Winery; Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana; Champagne Jacquart; Classic Wines Bonafide Wine Estates; Clos du Val; Compagnie Medocaine des Grands Crus; Constellation Brands; Copain Wines; Cornell Vineyards; Craft + Estate; Crimson Wine Group; Dalla Terra Winery District; Dunstan Wines; Ehlers Estate; Emeritus Vineyards; Fisher Vineyards; Flowers Vineyard & Winery; Fredrick Wildman & Sons; Gonzales Byass; Groth Vineyards & Winery; Hahn Family Wines; Hanzell; Hently Farm; The Hess Collection; Hope Family Wines; Jordan Winery; Joseph Phelps Vineyards; Keenan Napa Valley; Lang & Reed Wine Company; Le Grand Courtage; Leonard Locascio Selections; Lede Family Wines; Left Coast Cellars; Lewis Wines; Llano Estacado; Long Meadow Ranch; Messina Hof Winery & Resort; Meteor Vineyard; Mionetto USA; Ontanon; Pahlmeyer Wayfarer; Patz & Hall; Penfolds; Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance; Premium Port Wines; R & R Selections; Ramey Wine Cellars; Ranchos de Ontiveros; Revana Family Vineyard; Revelry Vintners; Rex Hill; Rodney Strong Vineyards; Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans; SM Wine Group; Spring Mountain Vineyard; Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery; Tabali; Talley Vineyards; Tamber Bey; Trefethen Family Vineyards; Torbreck; Villa Maria; Ventisquero; Vineyard Brands; Vinkara; Vino del Sol; Vintage Point; William Chris Vineyards; ZD Wines; Zuccardi.

ABOUT TEXSOM

Founded in 2005, the TEXSOM conference was started by Master Sommeliers James Tidwell and Drew Hendricks to help promote professional wine service standards, outline paths for further wine education and certification, and raise public awareness about the professional standards and certifications for sommeliers. Today the conference draws more than 1,200 attendees, of whom more than 800 are sommeliers and other beverage industry professionals. In addition to the conference, the group also manages the TEXSOM International Wine Awards, one of the largest, most respected, and longest-running in the United States.

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Michael Wangbickler

Furmint: The Grape with Momentum

Furmint: The Grape with Momentum

FurmintUSA Continues to Attain Recognition for Dry Furmint Wines in the U.S. Market

(Budapest, Hungary)  – Tokaji wine has long enjoyed a high-class reputation (King Louis XIV called it “the wine of kings and the king of wines”). Now dry versions, moderately priced, aromatic, and complex, have positively captured the imagination and palates of American wine drinkers.

Two years ago, FurmintUSA began captivating the U.S. market with a campaign to promote Hungarian wines made from the indigenous dry Furmint grape. FurmintUSA’s success draws well-deserved attention both nationally and internationally to this important Tokaj grape variety. Upholding their momentum, the Hungarian government fortuitously declared 2017 the Year of Furmint.

“Our goal is to constantly spellbind U.S. wine consumers with specialties from Hungary, the home of the world’s first closed wine appellation on record: Tokaj, 1737. We strongly believe that Hungarian wine – and Furmint in particular – is on track to becoming a key participant in the U.S. wine market,” says László Bálint dip. WSET, director of operations at FurmintUSA.

Over the past two years Hungarian winemakers, under the FurmintUSA marketing initiative, have hosted more than 70 tastings in over nine states. FurmintUSA wines have also consistently achieved high recognition in wine competitions and scoring publications. Earlier this year, winemakers completed their latest round of bi-coastal promotional roadshows on the East Coast (New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia), and on the West Coast (California). A new shipment arrived on the West Coast in July 2017, and dry Furmint wines are now widely available in nine U.S. states.

Excitement for dry Furmint wines escalated throughout 2016. FurmintUSA held tastings in March and August at the Hungarian consulates in San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles. Wine presentations were held in April at Cal Poly Pomona, Napa Valley Wine Academy, and San Francisco Wine School, introducing dry Furmint wines to VIPs, sommeliers and wine students. This success followed awards FurmintUSA garnered in 2016 at the Sunset International Wine Competition in May, with Best of Class and Gold medal for Barta 2013 Furmint Szamorodni Oreg Kiraly Dulo, and a Gold medal for Béres 2011 Dry Furmint, Lőcse. Wines from seven other wineries in the portfolio won eight Bronze medals.

In July 2016, attendees at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, and the TEXSOM conference in August, had the opportunity to taste the wines for the first time. In October, FurmintUSA hosted a trade visit to the Tokaji region of Hungary. Then at the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival in November, festival-goers experienced the different styles and varied flavors of the dry Furmint wines. In November, at the 2016 SommCon San Diego, Master Sommelier Tim Gaiser introduced dry Furmint during a master class on “Hungarian Furmint: Ancient Grape, Modern Wines.”

This year FurmintUSA continued its successful momentum by winning numerous awards at the TEXSOM International Wine Awards. Holdvölgy 2013 Vision won the “Judges’ Selection Hungarian Wine” and a Gold medal. Silver medals were awarded to Barta 2013 Öreg Király Furmint and Kvaszinger 2013 Estate Furmint. Additionally, five Bronze medals were awarded to Gróf Degenfeld 2015 Dry Furmint, Gróf Degenfeld 2015 Zomborka Furmint, Erzsébet Pince 2012 Estate Furmint, Majoros Deák 2013 Furmint, and St. Donat 2015 Márga Furmint.

In April 2017, winemakers Dávid Regéczy-Béres (Béres Winery), Sándor Zsurki (Gróf Degenfeld Winery) joined Balazs Humayer at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) 74th Annual Convention & Exposition in Orlando, Florida. Together the group had an opportunity to meet with potential distributors and key accounts, and to showcase a selection of wines from the FurmintUSA portfolio.

Wine Enthusiast’s May 2017 issue gave FurmintUSA’s wines significant recognition with scores up to 93 points. Béres 2007 Aszú Puttonyos garnered 93 points, Barta 2013 Öreg Király Dulo Mád Furmint scored 91 points, and three other wineries scored 90 points (Béres 2015 Lőcse Vineyard Estate Bottled Dry Selection Furmint; Gróf Degenfeld 2015 Zomborka Furmint; and Kvaszinger 2015 Hatalos Furmint).

Most recently, FurmintUSA’s Barta Winery won the Best Furmint Award, Double Gold medal with 95 points for their 2015 Furmint, Király, Oreg, Dulo Mad at the 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition. Somlói Vándor 2015 Furmint, Grófi dűlő Nagy-Somló also won a Double Gold medal, with 94 points. Six other wineries in the FurmintUSA portfolio won three Gold medals [Erzsébet 2015 Furmint Estate, Pince Zafír (92 points); Kvaszinger 2015 Furmint, Hatalos (91 points); Béres 2015 Furmint, Lőcse (90 points)], and six Silver medals (St. Donát 2015 Furmint, Márga, Balatonfüred-Csopak; Béres 2016 Furmint Estate; Gróf Degenfeld 2015 Furmint, Zomborka; Gróf Degenfeld 2015 Furmint; Slopes Winery 2015 Dry Furmint; and Serpens 2016 White Blend Dry).

In recognition of the growing popularity of Furmint, four FurmintUSA wines have been selected for presentation at the prestigious TEXSOM Conference on August 12 -14. Somlói Vándor 2015 Furmint, Erzsébet Cellar 2015 Estate Furmint, Kvaszinger 2015 Hatalos Furmint 2015, and Holdvölgy 2013 Vision will be poured at seminars led by distinguished Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine from around the country.

FurmintUSA’s portfolio of wines is available through MHW Ltd., in New York they are distributed through Palinkerie Fine Hungarian Imports , in D.C., Maryland and Virginia are distributed through Georgian Wine House .

California distribution for five wineries in the FurmintUSA portfolio, Béres, Grof Degenfeld, Erzsébet, Majoros and Szent Donát, is through San Francisco-based Swirl Wine Brokers . FurmintUSA wines are now available through distribution in Oklahoma from Thirst Wine Merchants.

About FurmintUSA

Founded in 2014, FurmintUSA is an educational campaign to promote dry Furmint wines from the Tokaj region. FurmintUSA strongly believes that dry Furmints are Hungary’s flagship dry white wines. More information about FurmintUSA is available on their website, on YouTube  and Facebook . 

 

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