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Announcing TEXSOM International Wine Awards 2016


Early Submission Period Now Open

TEXSOM int wine awardsIrving, Texas (September 28, 2015) –– TEXSOM Co-founders and Master Sommeliers Drew Hendricks and James Tidwell today announced that the TEXSOM International Wine Awards is accepting entries for the 2016 competition to be held February 22-23, 2016 at the Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas.

“We saw unprecedented success with the competition last year,” said Tidwell. “We received close to 3,600 entries, which was up roughly 30% from the previous year, and we expect to do even better this year. In addition, the number of promotional opportunities for award-winning wines continue to expand. Excitement is such that even before entries opened this week, several wineries have already tried to enter. The first winery to call was a special iconic winery that has never entered before. Needless to say, I’m very excited for this year’s Awards!”

The following is a timeline with corresponding entry fees:

Early Submission Period                           
September 28, 2015 – December 31, 2015
$95 + 4 bottles of wine per entry

Submission Period   
January 1 – 31, 2016
$105 + 4 bottles of wine per entry

Wine Delivery is preferred as early as possible to allow for the rigorous verification process conducted by TIWA, but with a deadline of February 1, 2016

Late Expedited Submission Period              
After January 31, 2016
$120 + 4 bottles of wine per entry

Special arrangements will need to be made for expedited wine delivery.

All award-winning wineries are asked to reserve at least two additional bottles of each award-winning wine for possible promotion and feature opportunities, such as inclusion in the Wine Awards hospitality suite at the TEXSOM conference; TEXSOM’s newest venture, the publication Sommelier; and in tastings outside the TEXSOM conference. Award-winning wines are candidates for consideration in TEXSOM seminars, but no guarantees are made regarding an individual wine’s use in seminars. Aside from the two bottles requested by TEXSOM International Wine Awards, restaurant and retail partners might contact award-winning entrants for participation in promotional tastings, dinners, wine list features, etc. Participation in events with restaurant and retail partners is at the discretion of the entrant.

In addition to the activities listed above, the following is a list of benefits for award winners:

  • Award-winning wines announced via social media, email messaging, website, press release, and publication partners.
  • The entire list of award-winning wines will be presented online by the presenting sponsor, Texas Monthly.
  • Listing of all award-winning wines and featured content on select award-winners in Sommelier, TEXSOM’s newest publication for sommeliers, wine buyers, other beverage professionals, and engaged consumers.
  • Exposure to TEXSOM’s international network of sommeliers and wine buyers with a tasting of medal-winning wines at the TEXSOM conference hospitality suites in August 2016.
  • Award-winning wines presented at events throughout the country through wine tastings, wine dinners and special events with restaurant and retail partners.
  • Award-winning wines featured on the TEXSOM International Wine Awards website throughout the calendar year.
  • Results available through the TEXSOM International Wine Awards searchable online database.
  • Recognition of the quality of the wines by a group of the best palates in the country, including the judges and Sommelier Panel. The Sommelier Panel is unique to TEXSOM International Wine Awards. The Panel consists of prominent sommeliers from around the country who write expository content following the awarding of medals by judges during the blind tasting.

Wineries interested in submitting their wines for judging may visit the TEXSOM International Wine Awards website at http://texsomiwa.com. Further inquiries may be made by emailing [email protected] or by calling 214.886.1665.


Founded in 2005, TEXSOM 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 1,000 attendees, of whom more than 800 are sommeliers and other beverage industry professionals. The TEXSOM group purchased the competition now known as the TEXSOM International Wine Awards in April 2014. One of the largest, most respected, and longest-running in the United States, the competition was founded in 1985 by journalist and wine expert Rebecca Murphy.

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