This just in from Solaro Estate Winery of Dripping Springs, Texas. They won Best of Class for their 2011 Solaro Estate Barbera, Estate Grown, Texas Hill Country in the 2013 International Women’s Wine Competition held in Sonoma County, CA in July and organized under the auspices of the respected industry magazine “Vineyard and Winery Management” (if you want to know how many vines to plant per acre this is the magazine for you).
The significance of the ‘Women’s’ in the event title is that all the wine judges are women. They blind tasted all of the entered wines and gave the Solaro wine a double gold medal (meaning all the judges agreed that it was the best Barbera) and that made it the best in the Barbera class. Solaro Estate also won a Gold Medal for their 2010 Estate Barbera and a Silver for their 2012 Miscela Bianco (‘miscela’ is Italian for blend. The winery says that this wine is predominantly Viognier, but I have not heard back regarding exact composition).
These awards are on top of medals at the New York International Wine Competition for Solaro’s 2011 Estate Barbera and its 2012 Reserve Tempranillo which also won Gold in the 2013 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition.
Solaro Estate is a CraveDFW Winery To Watch.