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Results of Rodeo Uncorked and Best Bites

More than 4,000 wine enthusiasts delighted their taste buds, sampling 300 winning wines from the Wine Competition in addition to savory bites from more than 70 local restaurants, catering and culinary institutions. Saddles, chaps and buckles were awarded to the 2011 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition champions and the 2011 Best Bites winners were named. 

The 2011 Wine Competition held boasted 1,788 wines from 592 wineries in Texas, across the United States and around the world. Sixteen countries participated in the competition and 1,146 medals were awarded by 15 panels of judges, consisting of local, national, and international wine experts. 

2011 International Wine Competition Champions:  

  • Grand Champion Best of Show – Alexander Valley Vineyards CYRUS, Alexander Valley, 2006
  • Reserve Grand Champion Best of Show – Stanton Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, 2007
  • Top Texas Wine – Becker Vineyards, Viognier, Texas, 2009
  • Top Spanish Wine – Acústic Cellar Blanc, Montsant, 2009
  • Top All-Around Winery – d’Arenberg, Australia
  • Top Wine Company – E&J Gallo Winery
  • Top Sparkling Wine – Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Blue Top Brut, Reims, NV
  • Top White Wine – Vasse Felix Chardonnay, Margaret River, 2008
  • Top Red Wine – Vision Cellars Pinot Noir, Gary’s Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, 2008
  • Top Sweet Wine – Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars Riesling, Bunch Select Late Harvest, Finger Lakes, 2008
  • Top Value Wine – Fat Monk Merlot, Central Coast, 2009 

A panel of celebrity judges awarded 5 buckles.  In addition, 1st and 2nd place ‘Popular Choice Awards’ were decided by event guests. 

2011 Best Bites Competition Winners

Popular Choice Award

First Place – Royers Round Top Café

Second Place – Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

Trailblazing Appetizer/Entrée Award

First Place – Beef Short Rib Roast Ragu on Polenta Grand Parma – Hasta la Pasta Italian Grill

Second Place – Pork Taquito with Green Sauce – Molina’s Cantina

Third Place – Blackened Tenderloin and Fleming’s Potatoes – Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Two-Stepping Bread/Cheese/Dessert Award

First Place – Veldhuizen Cheese

Second Place – Richly Flavored Texas Coffee – Pip’s Just Great Coffee 

All champion wines will be auctioned at the Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Auction and Dinner, Saturday, March 5, 2011, 5:30 p.m., Reliant Center, 600 series meeting rooms. A separate ticket is required to attend the auction. 

Winning wines from the 2011 International Wine Competition will also be available at the Champion Wine Garden, located in Carruth Plaza, by the taste, glass or bottle. The Champion Wine Garden is open Monday through Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.  In addition to its regular hours, the Wine Garden also will be open this year during the World’s Championship Bar-B-Q Contest, February 24 – 25, 4 to 11 p.m., and February 26, 2 to 11 p.m., next to The Hideout. 


About John DeMers

I've been a journalist and author forever. My favorite single word in the English language is "foodandwine." This spirit drives my 45 published books and my weekly radio show heard in Houston, Dallas and Austin.

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  1. We were so surprised to place at the Best Bites competition last night. It was an honor for our small coffee roasting business to be recognized among Houston’s finest chefs, bakers and wineries. We had a great time and we’ll be back in 2012!

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  4. Hasta la Pasta was thrilled to take home a Best Bites buckle for the second consecutive year! Our Braised Beef Short Rib Ragu on Polenta Grana Podano won first place in the Trailblazing Appetizer/Entree category. We enjoyed sharing the moment with friends who joined us on our rodeo buses from each of our locations. Nice event to kick up our heels and sample the fare from so many restaurants at once!

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