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Wedding Oak Winery Wins Double Gold Medal at Experience Rosé Wine Competition


SAN SABA, Texas, May 26, 2022 —  Wedding Oak Winery was awarded a double gold medal and a 97-point score for its 2021 Castanet rosé at the 2022 Experience Rosé Wine Competition. Held May 4th – 5th, 2022, the 2022 Experience Rosé Wine Competition, produced by Wine Competitions Management & Production, is unique in that it is exclusively focused on identifying excellence in rosé wine, domestic and international, all styles. It is the largest rosé competition in the U.S.

Now in its fifth year, Experience Rosé was founded to help curious consumers confidently explore this emergent fine wine category. The prestigious international wine competition drew hundreds of rosé wine submissions from wineries around the world. Wedding Oak Winery was the only winning winery from Texas. Wines were scored by an expert panel of judges which included winemakers, sommeliers, retail buyers, wine educators, and journalists.

“It is truly an honor for our 2021 Castanet rosé to be recognized as one of the best wines in the world at the 2022 Experience Rosé Wine Competition,” says Mike McHenry, managing partner, Wedding Oak Winery. “Our talented winemaker, Seth Urbanek created Castanet in the traditional method using Cinsault grapes from the Texas High Plains. The fruit was harvested at the ideal acidity and ripeness for rosé winemaking, pressed immediately, and cold fermented. The result is a beautiful rosé. Our customers love this wine as much as the judges.” 

Double Gold Winning 2021 Castanet Rosé

The 2021 Castanet rosé has a lovely pale salmon color with aromas of strawberry shortcake, grapefruit, candied peaches, and flint. It is a delicious wine to enjoy year-round with flavors of tart grapefruit, white peach, and melon with a silky finish. Its bright flavors make it a perfect pairing for summer salads, grilled fish, paella, and chicken tinga tacos. Castanet rosé is available in the Wedding Oak Winery tasting rooms located in Burnet, Fredericksburg, and San Saba, Texas and online.

The judges described this 97-point scoring wine as having, “lovely aroma with papaya character. It’s mouth filling. Unusually rich feeling.”

Wedding Oak Winery has earned critical acclaim with hundreds of medals from international wine competitions in the past decade. In addition to this honor, recent awards include the Granitique 2019 and the Tempranillo Reserve 2019 Texas Hill Country both earning Gold Medals at the 2022 San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition. The Roussanne 2019 was named a Top Texas Wine in the 2021 Vintner’s Cup wine competition. 

About Wedding Oak Winery

Wedding Oak Winery was established in 2012 by viticulturist Mike McHenry and a group of friends with the passion to bring the burgeoning Texas wine industry to the heart of small-town Texas. The historic 1926 tasting room and 10,000 case winery, located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 190 and State Highway 16, is a central part of the renaissance of San Saba. Wedding Oak Winery takes its inspiration and name from the majestic, 400-year-old oak tree, known as the Wedding Oak Tree, which grows about 2.5 miles northwest from the winery. With gracious tasting room facilities in Fredericksburg and Burnet, Texas, Wedding Oak Winery offers 100% Texas-grown wines of distinction from the top of the Hill Country appellation in San Saba to the heart of Wine Road 290. Using 100% Texas grown grapes, Wedding Oak Winery makes wines that celebrate the Texas terroir and wine-growing conditions. Wedding Oak Winery embodies the casual beauty, friendly personalities and relaxing hospitality that defines small town Texas. Connect with Wedding Oak Winery on Facebook, and Instagram.

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