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    19 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

    Come for the Private Events: Stay for the Conference

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    18 readers - By Dallas Wine Chick

      Texsom 2014: Ten Years Old and Thanks to These Guys

      Vintage Texas Blog - - 15 readers - Drew Hendricks MS and James Tidwell MS: Founders of TEXSOM Texsom 2014: Ten Years Old and Thanks to These Guys We all have these guys (Drew Hendricks and Jame Tidwell) to thank them for creating what is today…TEXSOM! It started small and grew from it’s humble roots ten years ago to the preeminent position it has today.

      Learn About Livermore Valley Wine Country (VIDEO)

      Wine Oh TV - - 11 readers - Livermore Valley Wine Legends Welcome to one of California’s oldest wine regions and a wine region that helped shaped the California wine industry that we know and love today. The Livermore Valley planted its first wine grapes in the 1760′s and has been making wine history ever since.

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      Edmeades Perli Vineyard Late Harvest Zinfandel 2006, Mendocino, California

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      Spier Creative Block 3 2009, Coastal Region, South Africa

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      The Society’s Vin d’Alsace 2012, France

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      Morrisons Soave 2013, Veneto, Italy

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      Ceps Du Sud Viognier 2012 Pays d’Oc, France

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      Seifried Estate Gewürztraminer 2012, Nelson, New Zealand

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