Croatian Winemakers Shine at TEXSOM Awards 2022

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“We are thrilled that the judges at TEXSOM are recognizing the quality of Croatian winemaking and we look forward to showcasing these indigenous varieties at TEXSOM Expo in August,” said Mirena Bagur, founder of Croatian Premium Wine Imports, Inc., an importer and online retailer with 70+ Croatian wines shipped to most US states, and leader of the Croatian Wine Alliance. “The Croatian Wine Alliance of importers, distributors and winemakers works together to spread knowledge about Croatian indigenous varieties, many of which were represented at TEXSOM, and are obviously being well-received by the American judges. In addition, Americans while travelling to Croatia taste the local wines, so naturally there is an increased interest in continuing to sip them at home.”


The wineries and the awards are:

Judges’ Selection: Fakin Winery, Istria for Malvasia Istriana 2020
Rizman Winery, Komarna for Tribidrag 2017 (aka Zinfandel)
Saints Hills, Komarna for Black Plavac Mali 2017 and Posh Pošip Sv. Ante 2019
Terra Madre Winery, Komarna for Plavac Mali Barrique 2016
Black Island Winery, Korčula for Merga Victa Pošip 2019
Saints Hills, Komarna for St. Roko Plavac Mali 2016 & Mala Nevina 2021
Testament Winery, Šibenik for the Dalmatian Dog Babić 2017

“We are honored that our Malvasia Istriana is awarded The Judges’ Selection at TEXSOM, and it is a great confirmation that our work with this local variety, with already high reputation in Europe, has finally crossed the ocean and affirmed its standing in the United States,” said Marko Fakin, owner, and winemaker of Fakin Winery, Motovun, Istria. “Croatian winemaking is at its best, and we invite American judges and sommeliers to get familiar with many indigenous varieties from all Croatian wine regions.”

TEXSOM Awards is applauded for its ability to differentiate quality and offer judging consistency year on year and as being the most selective, by The Journal of Wine Economics. The summation is that the high level of judges, their broad experience and global perspective, leads to a more selective, and more meaningful, medal distribution. Details on results:

About 2022 TEXSOM Awards

TEXSOM Awards and TEXSOM Retreat are a community making the event — with 40 judges, 29 TEXSOM Retreat members, 75 production team members, and 2,036 total entries, the 2022 Awards became one of the most dynamic in the history of the competition. TEXSOM Awards arranges award entries by category of beverage, place of origin, and type. Medals are awarded on a merit basis as bronze, silver, gold, platinum, and Judges’ Selection. Of the entries judged, the judges awarded 1,541 medals: 70 Judges’ Selection medals, 70 Platinum medals, 91 Gold medals, 608 Silver medals, and 702 Bronze medals.

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