Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Their co-nominees are: Abacela (Roseburg, OR) Oregon’s first commercial Tempranillo. (???-SK) Gramercy Cellars (Walla Walla, WA) darling boutique winery founded by master sommelier Greg Harrington and his wife, Pam. Justin Winery (Paso Robles, CA) Founded in 1981, widely recognized the winery that put Paso on the map. Schramsberg (Calistoga, CA) Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and branched out into high-end Napa reds with the J. Davies Estate label! This is some tough competition, all VERY deserving of recognition.
This is recognition that the Beckers and their team have earned, I am convinced they should receive this award. It will be great for them and it is time for Texas to get recognition as a wine region!
The other aspect that is amazing about this is just how widely available the Becker wines are to us in South Texas. They are everywhere! Abacela and Gramercy wines I can not find in San Antonio wine shops. Justin and Schramsberg I can find at specialty shops like Joe Saglimbeni’s Fine Wine and Gaberiel's. Granted; outside of Texas, where most of Wine Enthusiast readers reside, they will find Becker wines harder to find. Too bad for them! But, for us, we can pick up a bottle of Becker wine and a carton of Blue Bell ice cream from HEB on the way home! And, you should, get a bottle of Becker wine today and toast one of the nominees for American Winery of the Year!