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Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
News Release
Monday, February 20, 2012


HOUSTON — A sold-out crowd of more than 4,000 wine and food enthusiasts filled Reliant Center at the 2012 Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup and Best Bites Competition Feb. 19, 2012. The event included the tasting of the 2012 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition champion wines, as well as a food sampling and competition featuring area restaurants and catering institutions.

The 2012 International Wine Competition had 2,454 wines entered from 736 wineries in Texas, across the United States and 20 countries, with 1,817 medals awarded by 18 panels of judges, consisting of local, national and international wine experts.

2012 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition Champions:

Grand Champion Best of Show – Marchesi Antinori Srl Guado al Tasso, Bolgheri, 2007

Reserve Grand Champion Best of Show – Cellar Costers del Ros L’Obila, Priorat, 2004

Top Texas Wine – Messina Hof Solera, Texas, 2004

Top French Wine – Vincent Girardin Pouilly Fuisse, Vieilles Vignes, Pouilly Fuisse, 2009

Top All-Around Winery – Francis Coppola Winery, Nappa Valley

Top Wine Company – Trinchero Family Estate

Top Sparkling Wine – Laetitia Vineyard & Winery Brut Rose, Arroyo Grande Valley, 2007

Top White Wine – Marchesi Antinori Srl Castello della Sala Estate  Cervano della Sala, Umbria, 2009

Top Red Wine – Niner Wine Estates Twisted Spur, Paso Robles, 2008

Top Sweet Wine – Hardy’s Whiskers, South Eastern Australia, NV

Top Value Wine – Red Diamond Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington State, 2008

While pleasing their palates with award-winning wines, attendees also tasted and cast votes in the Best Bites Competition:

2012 Best Bites Competition Winners

Popular Choice Award

First Place – Royers Round Top Café – Assorted Handmade Café Pies

Second Place – Hasta La Pasta Italian Grill – Savory Risotto Cake with Aged Beef Tenderloin

Trailblazing Appetizer/Entrée Award

First Place – Valentino Vin Bar – Slow Smoked Flank Steak with Fregola and Smoky Tomato Demiglace

Second Place – Straits Asian Bistro and Lounge – Braised Singaporean Spice Short Rib Rendang

Third Place – Beaucoup Bar & Grill – BBQ Shrimp and Grits

Two-Stepping Bread/Cheese/Dessert Award

First Place
– Veldhuizen Cheese – Raw Milk Artisan Cheese

Second Place
– Ooh La La Dessert Boutique – Blackberry Pie Bars

Chairman’s Award
Tasso Bite with Celery Jam and Goat Cheese on Brioche Toast – Houston Community College, Central, Culinary Students

All champion wines will be auctioned at the Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Auction, Saturday, March 3, 2012, at 5:30 p.m., in Reliant Center, 600 series meeting rooms. A separate ticket is required for the auction and dinner.

A selection of winning wines will be available for tasting, or by the glass and bottle, throughout the run of the Show, Feb. 28 to March 18, in the Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Garden, located in Carruth Plaza. In addition to live music, the Champion Wine Garden offers a variety of educational wine seminars for $30 or $50 per person.

During the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, the Champion Wine Garden, located next to The Rockin’ BBQ Saloon, will be open Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23 – 24, 5 to 11 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 25, 2 to 11 p.m.

Starting Feb. 28, the Champion Wine Garden in Carruth Plaza is open Monday through Friday, 4 to 11 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sundays, noon to 10 p.m.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed approximately $283 million to the youth of Texas. For tickets and more information, visit

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