GRAPEVINE, TEXAS - (September 20, 2015) - Large crowds enjoyed beautiful weather, delicious wines, live entertainment, family fun and more during the 29th Annual GrapeFest presented by Bank of the West, September 17, 18, 19 and 20. With a salute to the wines of Texas, and the added experience of select wine from Oregon and Argentina, attendees celebrated along Grapevine's Historic Main Street throughout the four-day festival.
Guests participating in the People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation, had the opportunity to sample 162 wines from 43 Texas wineries. After sampling the wines, guests then voted on their favorites in ten categories.
"The People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic is the perfect opportunity for festival guests to taste a variety of premium Texas wines. The quality of these wines, paired with the opportunity to talk with Texas winemakers and winery representatives, showcases one of the most unique wine tasting experiences in the nation," said Doug Evans, festival co-chair.
The winners of the People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic are:
White Wines: Blend
Gold: Llano Estacado Winery - Signature White, 2014
Silver: St. Rose Vineyard & Winery - Foxy Peach, 2013
Bronze: Bingham Family Vineyards - Cloudburst, 2014
White Wines: Dry
Gold: Blue Ostrich Winery & Vineyard - Viognier, 2014
Silver: Messina Hof Winery - Private Reserve Chardonnay, 2012
Bronze: Haak Vineyards & Winery - Blanc du Bois, 2013
White Wines: Off Dry
Gold: Messina Hof Winery - Father and Son Riesling, 2014
Silver: Enoch's Stomp - Blanc DuBois - Off Dry, 2012
Bronze: Wedding Oak Winery - Bridal Veil, 2014
White Wines: Sweet
Gold: Messina Hof Winery - Angel Late Harvest Riesling, NV
Silver: Wedding Oak Winery - Bridal Bliss, 2014
Bronze: Landon Winery - Yellow Rose, NV
Gold: Valley Mills Vineyards - Red Velvet, NV
Silver: Blue Ostrich Winery & Vineyard - Pink Muscat, 2014
Bronze: Wedding Oak Winery - Bridal Blush, 2014
Red Wines: Blends
Gold: Llano Estacado Winery - Viviano, 2010
Silver: Wedding Oak Winery, Tioja, 2013
Bronze: Landon Winery - The Texan, NV
Red Wines: Bold
Gold: Texas Hills Vineyard - Kick Butt Cab Newsom, 2012
Silver: Red Caboose Winery - Quickdraw Syrah, 2012
Bronze: Lost Oak Winery - Tempranillo, 2014
Red Wines: Light
Gold: Messina Hof Winery - Private Reserve Pinot Noir, 2014
Silver: Pillar Bluff Vineyards - Tempranillo Rosé, 2011
Bronze: The Vineyard at Florence - Roma, 2011
Red Wines: Medium
Gold: Red Caboose Winery - Cab Franc/Tempranillo, 2009
Silver: Blue Ostrich Winery & Vineyard - Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013
Bronze: Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards - Texican, 2014
Red Wines: Sweet
Gold: Homestead Winery - Chocolate Rose, NV
Silver: Landon Winery - Chocolate Finale, NV
Bronze: Chisolm Trail Winery - Bad Ass Blush, 2013
Festival guests were also treated to new wine experiences including the Oregon Wine Experience, featuring wineries and winemakers from Oregon and the Argentina Wine Experience, featuring wines from Argentina. Participants included John Bell of Cathedral Ridge Winery, Jennifer Kerrigan of Del Rio Vineyards, Cara Early of Giradet Winery and Robert Morus of Phelps Creek Vineyard. Argentine Wine Consultant Agustin Alvarado was available to discuss premium Argentine wines including selections from Antigal Winery and Estates, Family Cecchin, Finca La Linda, Ricardo Santos and TintoNegro.
In 2016, the 30th Annual GrapeFest will occur September 15, 16, 17 and 18.
For more information, visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/GrapeFest.