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TEXSOM Announces Relationship with The World of Fine Wine Magazine


The World of Fine Wine will be a TEXSOM International Wine Awards Media Partner in 2020

Dallas, Texas (February 7, 2020) — TEXSOM Co-founders and Master Sommeliers Drew Hendricks and James Tidwell, and The World of Fine Wine Editor and World’s Best Wine Lists Chairman Neil Beckett, today announced a new collaboration between TEXSOM and The World of Fine Wine magazine.

A natural fit, both organizations champion true quality in the wine business by making it their mission to highlight rising stars from writers to sommeliers, as well as curating educational content through their respective mediums.

TEXSOM International Wine Awards continues to gain international acknowledgement as The World of Fine Wine understands the organization’s stature within the United States. Known worldwide for high-quality journalism and its annual World’s Best Wine Lists awards, The World of Fine Wine’s relationship with TEXSOM further demonstrates the recognition of wine quality submitted to this judging. In addition, TEXSOM appreciates The World’s Best Wine Lists as the preeminent wine list awards in the world, and looks forward to promoting The World’s Best Wine Lists in conjunction with The World of Fine Wine in the US.

Welcoming the partnership, Neil Beckett commented: “I have long admired the experience, expertise, exemplary high standards, integrity, and industry with which Drew and James have developed TEXSOM and the TEXSOM International Wine Awards, making them the most relevant, rigorous, and respected events of their kind in the United States, rivaling any in the world. The world’s leading wine producers and trade professionals share my very high regard for all that they are doing to promote excellence in wine production and wine service alike, completing a virtuous circle in a uniquely worthwhile way. I could not be more delighted to be in what I regard as the perfect partnership with them, to advance our complementary interests and shared values in what is now the world’s most important and influential wine market.”

There is still time to send submissions for consideration in the 2020 International Wine Awards. The submissions deadline has been extended through February 9th; all wines must be received no later than February 14th in order to be presented to judges. Entries are blind tasted over a three-day period by renowned industry professionals hailing from around the globe.


Named Louis Roederer International Wine Publication of the Year all three years the award was offered (2010, 2011, and 2012), The World of Fine Wine, established in 2004, is an award-winning magazine, website, and app speaking to an international readership of discerning individuals who share a passion for wine. Described by Hugh Johnson as “The first cultural journal of the wine world,” it takes a sophisticated approach to the assessment of fine wine that is not dominated by fad or fashion, nor one individual palate, nor the latest over-hyped wines. The publication appeals to a broad spectrum of wine lovers because of the range of the subject matter and the quality and depth of the treatment. Working with many of the world’s most respected wine writers, The World of Fine Wine offers authoritative editorial content that makes it the go-to title for the global fine-wine aficionado. A quarterly publication with at least 220 pages in each issue, its subscribers extend across 35 countries.


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 1,200 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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