Don’t be startled; that sound you hear is probably just the folks over at Ridgeview Estate Winery tearing the proverbial roof off the proverbial sucker. They’ve got plenty worth celebrating, and none could blame them if the party’s still going: Ridgeview, the first and largest exporter of English sparkling wine to the United States, Ridgeview recently took home gold, silver, and bronze medals for all five of its entries in the 2016 TEXSOM International Wine Competition.
TEXSOM received an approximate 3,200 entries from 25 countries and 25 U.S. states in its search for excellence, with the 2016 competition marking its most globally diverse year on record.
In another first for this year, the judging committee evaluated five entries from family-owned Ridgeview Estate, situated near England’s southern coast. All five of them collected medals, as follows:
Ridgeview Rosé de Noirs 2010 – Gold
Ridgeview Blanc de Blancs 2013 – Silver
Ridgeview Blanc de Noirs 2013 – Bronze
Ridgeview Bloomsbury 2013 – Bronze
Ridgeview Cavendish 2013 – Bronze
Ridgeview Estate’s wines have only been in the U.S. for a few years, but its export initiatives are swelling at a rapid pace thanks to the English wine industry’s focus on broader export markets. What we’re saying is, if you haven’t already done so, it could be time to give English sparkling wine a try.
About Ridgeview Estate Winery
Founded in 1995, Ridgeview Estate Winery has won over 200 medals (30 of them gold) and 27 national and international competitive trophies. In 2010 Ridgeview’s Blanc de Blancs was awarded the trophy for best sparkling wine in the world by Decanter World Wine Awards, making the only time that a wine originating outside Champagne, France has taken the accolade.
TEXSOM was founded in 2005 by Master Sommeliers James Tidwell and Drew Hendricks to promote professional standards for wine service and educate the public about the professional standards and certifications for sommeliers. Its annual conference draws beverage professionals, wine educators, and media from more than 35 U.S. states and 8 countries.