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Texas Wine Journal keeps wine aficionados up-to-date

Arianna Auber

Because Texas wine continues to capture national attention — earlier this year, Wine Enthusiast named the Hill Country as one of the top worldwide wine destinations, right alongside France and other big wine regions — a group of wine lovers and writers thinks it’s important to educate people about all the reds, whites and rosés that Texas has to offer.

Hence their online publication called the Texas Wine Journal. Designer and editor Matthew Champion, tasting director Daniel Kelada and marketing director Phil West have created a site that releases monthly Texas wine ratings, tasted blind and given a score through 100, that are organized by wine types and styles. The judges of each of the ratings are the same each time, and the three founders of the journal aren’t among them.

The Texas Wine Journal also includes vineyard reports from wineries and grape growers throughout the state and news stories about the people, trends and developments in the Texas wine industry, such as a June piece about Pedernales Cellars’ newly opened Reserve Room, a tasting option that allows people to try the Pedernales wines in an intimate gathering led by a sommelier or other wine professional.

Plus, it’s now partnering with Somm Journal, a bimonthly magazine, to include the Texas wine ratings in Somm’s issues and, starting in early 2015, to feature the Texas Wine Journal’s top-rated wines of the year in an annual issue. To explore the Texas Wine Journal, go to