Rodeo Uncorked

If you missed the Best Bites event at the rodeo 2 weeks ago…I’m so sorry! It was a blast with amazing food and wine. Thousands and thousands packed the floor of the Astrodome to sample food and wine. Many of us (yep, me included) were like pigs in mud! My favorite food was Joyce’s Ocean Grill’s white chocolate bread pudding. As a member of the Wine Committee I was “working” on the “maintenance” team to keep the tables clean. Yes, we worked but also tasted and sampled a little too.

The next food/wine/rodeo event is Saturday March 8th at the Methodist Training Center. Unfortunately individual tickets are sold out for Rodeo Uncorked but there are tables still available. The event will kick off with a reception with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, featuring more than 200 award-winning wines. At 8 p.m., a sumptuous five-course seated dinner and winning wines will be auctioned to the highest bidders in the live auction. Various wine-related packages will be offered in a silent auction.

In 2008, 1,969 entries from 606 wineries and 16 countries competed in the International Wine Competition. Winners in 70 classes were awarded buckles, chaps and saddles.

And the winners are…

2008 GRAND CHAMPION BEST OF SHOW:
Stags Leap Napa Cabernet, California, Stags’ Leap Winery, 2004

2008 RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BEST OF SHOW
Orogeny Vineyards Pinot Noir, Green Valley, Orogeny Vineyards, 2005

2008 TOP TEXAS WINE
Brennan Vineyards Viognier, Brennan Vineyards, 2006

2008 TOP ALL AROUND WINERY
d’Arenberg

2008 TOP WINERY OUTFIT
Constellation

2008 TOP RED WINE
6th Sense Syrah, Michael-David Winery, 2004

2008 TOP WHITE WINE
Pacific Rim Chenin Blanc, Pacific Rim Winemakers, 2006

2008 TOP SPARKLING WINE
Forget-Brimont Rose Premier Cru, Forget-Brimont

2008 TOP DESSERT WINE
Oremus Tokaji Aszu 3 Puttonyos, Oremus KFT, 2000

2008 TOP VALUE WINE
Marquis Philips Cabernet, Marquis Philips, 2006

Click here for Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine and Auction Dinner tickets and information, or call 832.667.1128, or e-mail wine@rodeohouston.com.

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