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Becker Vineyards Reaps Medals at San Francisco Wine Competition


Becker Vineyards harvested a heap of medals during the 2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition, which was held June 12–14. The judges tasted more than 4,900 wines from around the world, and they gave the Hill Country winery medals in the following categories:

Some of Becker Vineyards' wines

Some of Becker Vineyards’ wines

GOLD AWARDS

Gold Medal, 90 pts, Becker Vineyards 2012 La Qualtro Stagioni, Primavera

Gold Medal, 92 pts, Becker Vineyards 2013 Tempranillo, Reserve, Texas High Plains

SILVER AWARDS

Silver Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 La Qualtro Stagioni, Inverno, Texas High Plains

Silver Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Vintage Port

Silver Medal Becker Vineyards 2014 Mourvèdre Rosé, Provençal , Tallent Vineyards, Texas Hill Country

Silver Medal Becker Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, White Wing (Estate), Texas Hill Country

BRONZE AWARDS

Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 La Qualtro Stagioni, Barbera/ Merlot

Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 La Qualtro Stagioni, Autunno

Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Zinfandel

Becker-Vineyards-logoBronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve, Newsom Vineyard, Texas High Plains

Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2013 Prairie Rotie, Texas Hill Country

Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve, Canada Family Vineyard, Texas High Plains

Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wilmeth Family, Reserve, Texas High Plains

Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2014 Pinot Grigio, Texas Hill Country

Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2013 Raven, Texas Hill Country

Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2014 Viognier, Reserve, Texas High Plains

Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc

Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Chenin Blanc

The San Francisco Wine Competition will post the results on their website the first week of July at www.sfwinecomp.com.

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Becker Provençal Rosé Wins Double Gold at SF Int’l Competiton


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.:  In its 34th year, the 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition was held June 20th thru 22nd at the Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco.

After more than 4,500 wines from around the world were judges, the results have been announced.  Becker Vineyards won Best Rosé, Double Gold Medal 95 points with the 2013 Becker Vineyards Provençal (Mourvedre), Tallent Vineyard.

Becker Vineyards 2013 Provencal croppedRichard and Bunny Becker, proprietors of Becker Vineyards, own three vineyards but also purchase grapes from several grape growers, including the Mourvedre grapes from Drew and Laura Tallent of Tallent Vineyards, Mason, Texas.  The Mourvedre grapes were fermented into wine by Jonathan Leahy, winemaker, and Rachel Fanning, oenologist, and the winery team.  There was limited skin contact with the juice, creating a pale salmon color.  It was also fermented completely dry.

The Beckers were inspired to make a dry rosé after a trip to the Provence region of France.  “We were at an outdoor café in Tavel sipping on a dry rosé.  It was so delightful.  I told Richard, ‘I wish we could make a dry rose’ and he said, ‘I’ll make you one.’  And, although we’ve been making this wine for several years, it is a limited production.”

She also added, “It is also a food-friendly wine.  It pairs well with deli meats and is a great bottle to bring on a picnic or to sip on a hot, Texas day.”

Four silvers and six bronze medals were also awarded to the following Becker Vineyards wines:

Silver Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Culinaria;  Silver Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Reserve Cabernet Franc Bingham Vineyards; Silver Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon; Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Barbera-Merlot; Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Raven (75% Malbec, 25% Petit Verdot); Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2013 Prairie Rotie (Rhone-style blend); Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Claret; Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Newsom Vineyard Reserve; and Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Fleur Sauvage (and off-dry white wine blend).

Becker Vineyards is located 11 miles east of Fredericksburg, off US Hwy 290 at Jenschke Lane.  Business hours are Monday thru Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Noon – 6 p.m.

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Becker Wines Win 7 Awards in San Francisco; More News


Becker winesBecker Vineyards won seven awards in the 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition, including a double gold medal for the Becker Vineyards 2011 Claret.

While the entire list of winners has not yet been released, Richard Becker, owner of the pioneering winery and vineyards in Stonewall, said he received word recently from the competition about the winning Becker wines.  These include:

Double Gold Medal Becker Vineyards 2011 Claret
Gold Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Cabernet-Syrah Reserve
Silver Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Tempranillo Reserve, Bingham
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Silver Medal Becker Vineyards 2011 Raven
Silver Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Dry Riesling, Ballinger Vineyard
Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2011 Merlot, Reserve
Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2012 Chenin Blanc

Also: at the Concours d’ Vin, Lyon, France, the 2012 Becker Vineyards Viognier won a silver medal.

New Releases

2012 Becker Vineyards Prairie Rotie, Rhone-style blend of Mourvedre, Grenache, and Syrah.
2012 Becker Vineyards Albarino, grown at the vineyard in Mason
2011 Becker Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (Canada Family)

chiliIndependence Day Chili Cook-off

Chili lovers, head for the annual Independence Day Chili Cook-off benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg. That will be Thursday, July 4th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Chili Cook-off schedule is as follows: 10 a.m. Chili Cooks’ Meeting; 11 a.m. Public Chili Sampling Begins ($5 for 10 samples); 11:30 a.m. Salsa Judging Begins; 2 p.m. Chili Judging Begins.  CASI rules can be downloaded at www.chili.org. Chili Cooks’/Salsa Registration Contact:  Alan Dean 512-567-2835.  Registration Fee:  $20 Chili/$10 Salsa.

And: Brian Mullin will play music from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  There will also be a Chili Dog Concession (benefiting the charity as well) and of course wine tasting of Beckers’ award-winning wines!

Becker Vineyards is located 11 miles east of Fredericksburg off US Hwy 290 at Jenschke Lane.  (Physical Address:  464 Becker Farms Road)

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Texas Wineries Shine at Various Competitions


Texas wines have shown well in recent competitions.

It’s been a good season for Texas wineries in competitions. Numerous producers from the Hill Country, the High Plains and beyond have brought home gold, silver and bronze medals. There was even a double gold for Flat Creek Estate.

Here are some of the winners of three competitions, the Long Beach Grand Cru, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the San Francisco International Wine Competition.

Congratulations to all of these wineries, who were competing against the likes of Italy’s Castello Banfi, France’s Champagne Collet and Nicolas Feuillatte, Washington state’s Col Solare, and Napa Valley’s Newton Vineyards and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars:

2011 Long Beach Grand Cru

Becker Vineyards:

  • 2009 Barbera Reserve – Bronze
  • 2009 Claret – Bronze
  • 2009 Merlot Reserve – Silver
  • 2010 Albariño – Bronze
  • 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah Reserve – Silver
  • 2010 Grenache Reserve – Silver

2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Bar Z:

  • 2004 Newsom Vineyard Texas High Plains Cabernet Sauvignon – Bronze

Becker Vineyards:

  • 2009 Fumé Blanc – Bronze
  • 2009 Texas Provencal – Bronze
  • 2008 Texas Claret – Silver

Brennan Vineyards:

  • 2009 Texas Viognier – Gold
  • 2008 Texas Cabernet Sauvignon – Silver
  • 2008 Texas Austin Street Red – Bronze

Bruno Collection:

  • Texas Cardinal Cranberry Wine – Silver

Grape Creek Vineyards:

  • 2009 Muscat Canelli – Silver
  • 2009 Texas Cuvée Blanc – Bronze
  • 2009 Cabernet Blanc – Bronze
  • 2008 Bellissimo – Silver
  • 2008 Mosaic – Bronze
  • 2008 Cabernet Trois – Bronze
  • 2008 Texas Cab/Syrah – Silver
  • Texas Port – Silver

McPherson Cellars:

  • 2009 Viognier – Silver
  • 2009 Texas Rosé of Syrah – Gold

Singing Water Vineyard:

  • 2008 Texas Texas Reserve – Bronze

White, red, sweet and dry - Texas has won wines in all categories.

2011 San Francisco International Wine Competition

Brennan Vineyards:

  • 2009 Buffalo Rhône – Silver
  • 2010 Viognier – Bronze

Duchman Family Winery:

  • 2009 Vermentino – Silver
  • 2009 Bianco – Silver
  • 2009 Dolcetto – Bronze
  • 2009 Aglianico – Bronze

Flat Creek Estate:

  • 2010 Viognier – Double Gold
  • 2009 Syrah – Gold
  • 2010 Pinot Grigio – Silver
  • 2010 Muscat Canelli – Silver
  • 2010 Rosé of Sangiovese – Bronze

Lone Oak Winery:

  • 2008 Tempranillo – Bronze

Pilot Knob Vineyard:

  • 2010 Sweet Rosé – Silver
  • 2010 Viognier – Bronze

Sandstone Cellars Winery:

  • 2009 VIII Red Blend – Silver
  • 2006 Touriga IV – Bronze

Sister Creek Vineyards:

  • 2010 Muscat Canelli – Silver
  • 2009 Red Blend – Silver
  • 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Sangiovese – Bronze
  • 2009 Red Blend – Bronze

Torre di Pietra:

  • 2009 Blanc du Bois Reserve – Bronze

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