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TEXSOM Awards Deliver Platinum Award to Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet 2018

Based in Dallas, Texas, the TEXSOM review panel includes 42 judges, 43 Retreat Scholars and Mentors, 79 production team members, who reviewed 2,356 total entries. The group claims it is one of the most dynamic in the history of the Awards.

“We truly had the breadth of the beverage world represented. Of the entries judged, the judges awarded 1,677 medals: 19 Judges’ Selection medals, 76 Platinum medals, 233 Gold medals, 676 Silver medals, and 673 Bronze medals.”

Beverages demonstrating quality and unique character that are exceptional even amongst their medal-winning peers may be nominated by judging panels for Judges’ Selection categories. A total of 95 entries received a Judges’ Selection nomination and were elevated to Platinum medal – among them is Leeuwin Estate’s Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 vintage. 

Winners among Old Bridge Cellars imported and distributed wines include:

Leeuwin Estate, Art Series, Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, 2018, Platinum Medal

Brokenwood, Semillon, Hunter Valley, 2022, Gold Medal

John Duval Wines, Entity, Shiraz, Barossa, 2021, Gold Medal

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Leeuwin Estate, Brokenwood, John Duval Wines, and Robert Craig Winery achieved top medals in 2023 TexSom Awards judging.

Robert Craig, Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2019, Gold Medal

The Journal of Wine Economics published a paper in which TEXSOM Awards figured prominently for the competition’s ability to differentiate quality and offer judging consistency year-on-year. At the same time, the paper noted that of the competitions evaluated, some of the most recognized in the United States, that TEXSOM is the most selective. The summation is that the high level of our judges, their broad experience and global perspective, leads to a more selective, and more meaningful, medal distribution. By the group’s estimation, this validates their belief that any medal received at the Awards is a high accomplishment. 

By entering submissions in the TEXSOM Awards, entrants support the education and growth of students and future tastemakers, and benefit from increased exposure to this key audience. A total of 43 students were in attendance: 28 attendees from 16 states and 15 mentors. 

TEXSOM Awards arranges award entries by category of beverage, place of origin, and type. Medals are awarded on a merit basis as bronze, silver, gold, platinum, and Judges’ Selection. For more information on the TexSom Conference in Dallas in August, and on the competition itself:

Old Bridge Cellars is proud to represent the wines of Leeuwin Estate (Margaret River, Western Australia), Brokenwood (Hunter Valley, New South Wales Australia), John Duval Wines (Barossa Valley, South Australia), and Robert Craig Winery (Napa Valley, California) and all the wines in their extensive portfolio with exceptional wines from around the world.