Congratulations to Pedernales Cellars and Spicewood Vineyards for winning Best of Class awards at the 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of North American wines. This year, more than 5,800 wines from nearly 1,000 wineries were judged in this prestigious competition.

Pedernales Cellars won for its 2019 Texas High Plains Vermentino and Spicewood Vineyards for its 2019 Black Label Tempranillo, Dutton Vineyards.

Bending Branch also brought home Double Gold for its 2018 Tannat, Newsom Vineyards.

Here’s what long-time SFCWC wine judge Mike Dunn had to say about the Pedernales and Spicewood winners.

Pedernales 2019 Texas High Plains Vermentino:

“Vermentino isn’t yet positioned to challenge Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio or even Sauvignon Blanc among white wines preferred by Americans, but as more takes like this reach the market it will draw attention just as steers draw lariats during team roping at the rodeo. From its gold-flake sheen to its suggestions of peach, melon and caramel, the Pedernales Vermentino is dry, loping and surprisingly long for a white wine.”

Spicewood Vineyards 2019 Texas High Plains Tempranillo:

“Inviting floral scent opens the door to a Texas Tempranillo that runs to the sassy plum side of the variety’s flavor spectrum. Its dryness, elastic tannins and refreshing acidity make the Spicewood fitting for a wide variety of beef dishes, from straight-forward grilled steaks to hamburger casserole.”


Here are other awards brought home by the Texas Fine Wine group:


Bending Branch Winery

Double Gold – 2018 Tannat, Newsom Vineyards

Silver – 2017 Tannat Port-Style, Newsom Vineyards

Silver – 2018 Tannat, Tallent Vineyards


Duchman Family Winery

Silver – 2016 Aglianico, Oswald Vineyard

Silver – NV Progression 2

Silver – 2017 Montepulciano, Oswald Vineyard

Silver – 2019 Trebbiano, Bingham Family Vineyard

Silver – 2020 Roussanne

Silver – 2016 Tempranillo, Salt Lick Vineyard

Silver – 2019 Vermentino, Bingham Family Vineyards

Silver – 2019 Viognier, Bingham Family Vineyards


Pedernales Cellars

Best of Class — 2019 Vermentino, Texas High Plains

Gold – 2019 Texas Mourvedre

Gold – 2018 Tempranillo, Texas High Plains

Silver – 2018 Newseaux

Silver – 2019 GSM Melange

Silver – 2018 Tempranillo Reserve

Silver – 2019 Texas Tempranillo

Silver – 2019 Viognier Reserve, Texas High Plains


Spicewood Vineyards

Best of Class – 2019 (Black Label) Tempranillo, Dutton Vineyards

Silver – 2018 Tandem

Silver – 2017 Estate El Guey

Silver – 2020 Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Silver – 2018 Estate Syrah

Silver – 2019 (Red Label) Tempranillo, Friesen Vineyards