GREAT AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
The Raise A Glass Foundation (RAGF) was created to support charities around the world. Many nonprofit organizations aiming to save and improve the lives of adults and children struggle to put on galas and fundraisers. Raise A Glass provides these organizations with award-winning wines, beers, and spirits for use in fundraising events, by hosting international wine, beer and spirit competitions. Following a competition, all unopened bottles are donated to a designated charity.
In 2005, James Tidwell MS and Drew Hendricks MS launched a conference for sommeliers— one with a vision of promoting professional wine service standards, outlining paths for further wine education and certification, and raising public awareness about the professional standards and certifications for sommeliers. From humble beginnings, that conference (TEXSOM) has become the leading sommelier conference in the world and draws nearly 1,300 of the wine industry’s most influential leaders to Dallas each year.
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL
The 38th San Francisco International Wine Competition was held November 17 through November 19, 2018. With entries from countries all around the world, 59 judges tasted over 4,500 wines. Blue Ostrich Winery won the Best Viognier of the competition. Seven Texas wineries won Double Gold medals with Becker Vineyards winning two Double Golds. One of the seven wineries was Sister Creek Vineyards getting a Double Gold with a Temecula Valley wine.