Shadybrook Estate , Platiné Blanc, Semillon, Napa Valley, 2017, Platinum Medal
Shadybrook Estate , Malbec, Estate Vineyards, Napa Valley, Coombsville, 2016, Gold Medal
Unique amongst all other wine competitions, the TEXSOM International Wine Awards holds a Sommelier Retreat behind the scenes. This year a total of 69 participants were in attendance; 45 sommeliers from 16 states and two countries and 24 mentors (Master Sommeliers, Masters of Wine and Editors). While the judges and volunteers were hard at work facilitating the judging of over 2,800 wines, the panel of sommeliers tasted select medal-winning wines, received tutelage in writing about these wines from the esteemed editors also in attendance, practiced blind tasting techniques with Master Sommeliers and worked with the Wine Awards production team to understand the competition’s high standards and rigorous processes.
The TEXSOM International Wine Awards arranges award entries by category of beverage, place of origin, and type. Medals are awarded on a merit basis as bronze, silver, gold, or Judges’ Selection nomination, which are elevated to platinum.
Wines demonstrating quality and unique character that are exceptional even amongst their medal-winning peers may be nominated by judging panels for specific Judges’ Selection categories. All Judges’ Selection nominees are elevated to platinum medal. These platinum medal wines are blind tasted by special panels to award the winner for each category of Judges’ Selection medal. This year 52 Judges’ Selection medals were awarded.
Whether traveling to Napa for its exquisite wines or its picturesque vistas, Shadybrook Estate Winery at Rapp Ranch offers a truly unique experience that hearkens back to the Valley’s original ranchers. Located in a charming corner of Goombsville, the historic property offers guests a unique selection of small-lot Estate wines graciously crafted to showcase the balance and power of the Goombsville terroir. By appointment visits include an estate tour and tasting, either paired with cheese and charcuterie or for visitors with an adventurer’s spirit, a guided horseback ride through the vineyard.
The Antonio Brown saga may be one of the biggest storylines of “Hard Knocks” with the Oakland Raiders this season, but rookie safety Johnathan Abram became the talk of Twitter during Tuesday’s premiere on HBO.
Abram, this year’s 27th overall pick out of Mississippi State, kicked off the debut episode by enjoying a horseback ride in Napa Valley with a fellow rookie, defensive end Clelin Ferrell, which ignited a slew of reactions online.
“Clelin Ferrell and Jonathan Abram are my new favorite NFL duo. #HardKnocks,” one fan posted.
“And Clelin Ferrell quickly joins the quote machines. He and Jonathan Abram singing the Wayans Brothers theme and Old Town Road has be laughing,” another wrote.
“If #HardKnocks was just Johnathan Abram and Clelin Ferrell riding horses for an hour every week that would be fine,” a commenter shared.
Even the Raiders hyped up the blossoming broamance by sharing a gif of the pair on their account, tweeting, “We’re brothersss.”
Though Abram did garner attention for his performance at practice, it was his dinner exchange with quarterback Derek Carr that got social media wound up once more.
“Derek Carr telling Jonathan Abram how to pronounce salmon is why #HardKnocks is the best,” sports columnist Grant Paulsen posted.
“Notabale takeaways from Hard Knocks,” one fan wrote, adding, “Johnathan Abram refuses to pronounce salmon correctly.
Even with a slew of episodes to go, Skip Bayless tossed Abram’s hat into the ring for an early season MVP.
“Breakout star in tonight’s ‘Hard Knock’: rookie first-round safety Johnathan Abram. Every time I turned on a MissSt game, he flashed. Heat-seeking missile in the Jack Tatum mold. Raider Nation will love his fearlessness,” Bayless tweeted.
“Hard Knocks” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m.
Napa With the Family (Great Wine, Minimal Whine)
Ride Through the Vines
Another way to experience the spectacular landscape is by horseback. We signed on with Napa Valley Trail Rides for a 30-minute mosey through the rolling vineyards of Shadybrook Estate at Rapp Ranch (where there is also a tasting room). Our guides were hipster cowgirls and Brette got to visit the stables after the ride.
Hot Summer days spent poolside or warm nights by the campfire. Why not enjoy them with a glass of wine in hand?
JUMBO PRAWN CEVICHE SALAD
A once sleepy, understated grape growing region of the Napa Valley has long been the secret ingredient for many award-winning and 90-plus point wines. Acclaimed vintners like Robert Mondavi, Joseph Phelps, Louie Martini, Dario Sattui and Paul Hobbs, to name a few, sourced their grapes from the rocky soils that abut the shadows of Mt. George in the Valley’s southeast side.
Shadybrook Estate at Rapp Ranch
Just a few miles away from the bustle of downtown Napa, nestled in the foothills of the Vacas Range, Napa Valley opens its kimono to the quiet grace of Coombsville. With sprawling acreage home to vineyards, farms, ranches and a peppering of multi generation residential communities, Coombsville is one of Napa Valley’s hidden treasures. Having received its AVA designation in 2011, it is becoming one of Napa’s most sought after regions for wineries to establish a footing both as a premier location to produce grapes and to open space to welcome visitors.
This past weekend’s Napa Truffle Festival took us to one of Napa’s newest winery settings in the Coombsville appellation in Napa – Shadybrook Estate at Rapp Ranch.
The Saturday afternoon luncheon was set on the beautiful expansive terrace of the stunning winery estate. Mother nature delivered a spectacular sunny warm day with gentle breezes and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valley. Guests sipped the extraordinary wines of Shadybrook beautifully paired with the truffle lunch prepared by Michelin star Chef Gabriel Kreuther of Gabriel Kreuther Restaurant. Chef was also assisted in the estates fabulous commercial kitchen by Napa Truffle Festival Host Chef, Ken Frank...
As one of nine recognized Great Wine Capitals, San Francisco | Napa Valley has awarded its hospitality leaders the 2018 Best Of Wine Tourism regional designations in seven categories.
The Best Of awards categories include accommodations; art and culture; architecture and landscape; innovative wine tourism experience; sustainable wine tourism practices; wine tourism restaurant; and wine tourism services.
The 2018 Best Of regional San Francisco Innovative Wine Tourism Experience is Shadybrook Estate Winery
Earlier this year, we submitted our wines into the infamous San Francisco International Wine Competition. Established in 1980, this long-standing competition sets the standard for professional wine judging across the globe on domestic and international wines. This competition is the largest international wine competition in the United States.
Out of the 4,600 wines submitted, our 2013 Malbec was awarded the Double Gold Medal! Our Malbec was not the only winner, the 2013 Cabernet received the Gold Medal and our 2014 Platine Blanc received the Silver Medal. We are elated and honored to be awarded this trifecta of medals and to be recognized as one of the world’s esteemed wine producers.
The SFIWC is considered to be one of the most influential wine competitions in the world and of all competitions, this is the one to win! A SFIWC medal has been established as a reliable indication of wine excellence and wines recognized as medal-worthy by our judges are universally understood to be among the very best. Competition judges are established wine-industry experts. Medal winners are chosen through a rigorous judging process – a highly controlled operation held over four days of blind tastings.
Congratulations to Rudy Zuidema, our esteemed winemaker, and the Shadybrook team for the well-deserved win on all three Shadybrook Estate Wines at the 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition!