We are now accepting applications for wine, mead, sake, cider and spirits. Dallas, TX (January 13, 2021) — James Tidwell MC, owner and producer of the TEXSOM International Wine Awards, announces a call for entries for the 2021 competition, to be held January 25-27. April 2021 at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas in Las Colinas. New this year is the inclusion of alcohol (whiskey, gin, vodka, etc.), prepared cocktails, cocktail components and bitters. Competition is allowing producers of sake, cider and mead – all drinks rated in previous years – to better differentiate themselves.

Below you will find a calendar with the corresponding entrance fees:

The filing deadline for
is now 28. March 2021.

  • Wine: $95 + 4 bottles for online registration
  • With: $95 + 4 bottles for online registration
  • Sake: $95 + 4 bottles by appointment online
  • Cider: $95 + 6 bottles by appointment online
  • Spirits: $190 + 2 bottles per appointment online

Deadline for submission
29. March – 11. April 2021

  • Wine: $105 + 4 bottles for online registration
  • With: $105 + 4 bottles per online appointment
  • Sake: $105 + 4 bottles by appointment online
  • Cider: $105 + 6 bottles by appointment online
  • Spirits: $200 + 2 bottles per online appointment

Spirits have played an important role in the beverage and mixology industry, and craft distillers now operate in all 50 states and more than 1,000 countries around the world, explains Donaji Lira, event manager at TEXSOM. The inclusion of spirits in the awards will help improve the visibility of both traditional and craft distillers. Given the changing nature of the hospitality industry and the changing role of restaurants and retailers, this is an appropriate time to include this important category.

Improvements in the applications of mead, cider and sake, as well as the addition of spirits, increase our strategic value to returning winners and potential entrants, said Amie Hendrickson, Operations Manager at TEXSOM. Despite the major challenges we face as an industry in 2021, our team is committed to providing the exceptional level of care our participants, judges, volunteers and visitors have come to expect. We offer exhibitors a permanent space to showcase their offerings and welcome representatives from new and existing manufacturers from all 50 states and many countries.

Maximilian Cast MS is based in North Carolina and is the Director of Education and Sales in North Carolina for Broadbent Selections, an importing company. He explains: I’ve never seen such a concentration of the country’s best flavors in one place in my life. Contest winners can rest assured that the best among them are thinking tirelessly about these decisions.

Idaho residents were pleased with the response to their TEXSOM entries last year, says Eric Degerman, president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. A number of Idaho producers have stopped submitting their new releases to certain publications because they doubt that Idaho wines will be judged blind. That’s another reason why it’s important for this thriving wine region to showcase Idaho wines in their competition – with perhaps the most prestigious jury in the United States.

Alexandra Cherniavskaya, sommelier and senior wine consultant from Philadelphia, PA, shares her impressions: TEXSOM IWA gave me a broader view of the world and helped me understand who the important producers are in certain parts of the world and what grapes are important there. Czerniawski, a longtime retired TEXSOM sommelier and TEXSOM IWA 2020 volunteer, continues: He recommended wines in all price ranges and has a thorough knowledge of Texas wines that I would never have encountered otherwise.

The 2015 TEXSOM International Wine Awards combined the logistics team and infrastructure of this historic competition with the influence and strength of the TEXSOM brand. Competition increased by more than 33% and diversified to 32 represented countries and 18 U.S. states, covering suggested retail prices from $2.99 to $700 and vintages up to 36%. Previous results are available on the TEXSOM International Wine Awards research website.

The TEXSOM International Wine Awards contribute to the global conversation about beverages, showcase classic and emerging regions, and raise awareness and interest for all who invest in the experience. A unique set of benefits for winners includes :

  • The award-winning wines were announced via social media, email, website and press releases.
  • Winning wines will be featured on the TEXSOM International Wine Awards website and social media throughout the calendar year.
  • The results are available in the online database TEXSOM International Wine Awards.
  • Participation in the international TEXSOM network of sommeliers and wine buyers with a tasting of the medal winners selected at the TEXSOM conference in August.
  • Recognition of the quality of your wines by a group of the country’s top tasters, including an impressive pedigree of judges, sommeliers, professional buyers and writers.

The TEXSOM International Wine Awards team looks forward to working with the industry to identify and promote wines and beverages of quality and distinction from around the world. Distribution in Texas is not a requirement for participation and TEXSOM IWA can assist international wineries in obtaining COLA Waivers. Wine growers interested in applying should consult the updated application page, which outlines the steps to follow, fees and requirements. Additional information can be obtained at [email protected] or by calling 214-886-1665. An overview of the 2020 competition can be found here.


Established in 2005, TEXSOM promotes professional standards in wine service, identifies ways to advance wine education and certification, and increases public awareness of professional standards and sommelier certification. Today, the conference attracts more than 1,000 participants. In April 2014, the TEXSOM Group acquired one of the largest, most prestigious and oldest competitions in the United States, now known as the TEXSOM International Wine Awards.


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