Wedding Oak Winery won three medals including an impressive Double Gold medal and Best Albariño recognition at the 35th Annual San Francisco International Wine Competition, held June 12–14, 2015. The judges selected the winning Wedding Oak wines from among more than 4,900 wines from around the world. With the Double Gold and two Bronze medals from this competition, the Texas winery has been recognized with 26 significant awards in its three years in business.


The competition selected the Wedding Oak Winery Albariño 2013 as the “Best Albariño” among all entries and it received a Double Gold medal, a distinction given when a wine unanimously wins a gold medal by all the judges evaluating it. The 2013 Albariño scored a stellar 96 points on a 100 point scale.  This delicious dry white wine is Spanish in style and made with 100 percent grapes grown in Edna Valley, California. This fresh, dry and versatile Albariño has distinctive aromas of white flowers, peach and apricot along with bracing sea spray, lemon, peachy stone fruits and mango flavors. The unoaked wine pairs with incredibly well with shellfish.


Wedding Oak Winery was among 40 wineries from eight different countries and 18 different U.S. American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) who received “Best” awards for a specific category. The winery was also recognized with bronze awards for its Rhône blend, Terre Rouge, Texas Hill Country, made with estate grown grapes, and its

2013 Sangiovese, Texas Hill Country.


Winemaker, Penny Adams, is a strong advocate for wines made with Texas-grown grapes. In 2013 late frosts decimated the Texas Albariño crops, so she chose to make the wine with grapes from California. The majority of Wedding Oak Winery’s lineup of wines are made with grape varieties that grow best in the Texas environment and reflect the distinctive Texas terroir.


The San Francisco International Wine Competition is the largest, and one of the most distinguished international wine competition in the United States. This year saw a record number of entries, with more than 4,900 wines from 26 countries and 29 states judged by 50 a prestigious panel of nationally recognized wine experts from the U.S., Australia, Germany and New Zealand. Judges with years of experience in wine, retail, wholesale, restaurants, wineries, journalism, winemaking, and consulting evaluated wines in a blind, consensual procedure, ensuring an unbiased wine competition.


“We’re absolutely thrilled to have this recognition for our Albariño from one of the most prestigious wine competitions in the U.S.,” said Mike McHenry, partner, Wedding Oak Winery. “This 2013 Albariño has previously won a Double Gold at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Wine Competition, a Gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, a Silver at the 2015 TEXSOM International Wine Awards and a Silver at the 2015 Lone Star International Wine Competition. It’s clearly a well-made wine. We are honored to earn impressive recognition for our wines at these competitions and we know it gives our customers peace of mind to know they are buying award-winning, elegant wines of distinction produced in Texas.”


A complete listing of winners can be found at on June 30, 2015.


2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition Awards

v  Wedding Oak Winery Albariño 2013, Edna Valley — Double Gold, BEST ALBARIÑO

v  Wedding Oak Winery Terre Rouge, Texas Hill Country 2013 — Bronze

v  Wedding Oak Winery Sangiovese 2013, Texas Hill Country,  — Bronze


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About Wedding Oak Winery

Wedding Oak Winery was established in May 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. Our 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 the Wedding Oak Tree, which grows about 2.5 miles northwest from the winery.  Just as the casual beauty, friendly personalities and relaxing hospitality defines small town Texas, Wedding Oak Winery is committed to making Texas wines that celebrate our Texas terroir and wine-growing conditions.


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