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First English Sparkling Wines Exported to the USA Sweep the 2016 TEXSOM International Wine Awards

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Ridgeview Estate WineryLAS COLINAS, TEXAS, March 25, 2016 – Ridgeview Estate, the first and largest exporter of English sparkling wine to the USA, is delighted to announce that last week the judges at the 2016 TEXSOM International Wine Competition granted all five of Ridgeview’s entries with gold, silver or bronze medals.

With 67 judges, 29 Sommelier Retreat members, 86 team members, and nearly 3,200 entries, TEXSOM encompasses the breadth of the wine world at the Awards to execute the blind tasting and awarding of medals. According to the Awards’ official media partner, Texas Monthly, the “TEXSOM International Wine Awards 2016 was more diverse and international than any previous year. The Awards garnered almost 3,200 entries representing 25 countries and 25 US states.”

This year for the first time, the judging committee evaluated five entries from Ridgeview Estate, located near the south coast of England. All five were awarded medals as follows:

  • Ridgeview Rosé de Noirs 2010 – Gold
  • Ridgeview Blanc de Blancs 2013 – Silver
  • Ridgeview Blanc de Noirs 2013 – Bronze
  • Ridgeview Bloomsbury 2013 – Bronze
  • Ridgeview Cavendish 2013 – Bronze

Ridgeview Estate has exported its wines to the USA for only a few years but is currently benefiting from a rapid USA export expansion plan, in concert with the English wine industry’s broader pursuit of export markets as the category grows. As Ridgeview CEO Tamara Roberts noted, “to achieve this level of recognition from the USA’s preeminent professional wine competition developed by and for the sommelier trade is a testament to the dedication of our team and also to the strides being made in the English wine industry more broadly. These medals represent our ongoing commitment to providing superior quality English sparkling wines to US wine enthusiasts.”

About Ridgeview Estate Winery

Ridgeview Estate Winery was founded in 1995 by the Roberts family, pioneers in English sparkling wine production. In just 16 years of sales Ridgeview has won over 200 medals (of which 30 are gold medals) and 27 trophies in national and international competitions. Located less than 90 miles from the Champagne region, near the south coast of England, the winery has produced traditional method sparkling wine from the beginning. In 2010 Ridgeview’s Blanc de Blancs was awarded the ultimate accolade for the trophy for best sparkling wine in the world in Decanter World Wine Awards, the only time this trophy has been awarded to a wine from outside Champagne. Ridgeview’s Fitzrovia Rosé 2004 was served for President Obama on a State visit to Buckingham Palace that was also attended by Tom Hanks and Kevin Spacey. Bloomsbury 2009 was served for the Queen’s official Diamond Jubilee celebrations at Mansion House, while the 2008 Blanc de Blancs was served at Her Majesty’s 80th birthday celebrations.

Ridgeview wines are sold in 14 countries worldwide including the USA, the Netherlands, Japan, Australia and Finland. Distribution inquiries should be directed to [email protected].

About TEXSOM

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 a total of 1,100 attendees, which include beverage professionals, wine educators and media from over 35 states and 8 countries.

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