Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Toasts the Winners of the 19th Annual Rodeo Uncorked!® International Wine Competition
This evening, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced winners from the 2022 Rodeo Uncorked!® International Wine Competition, in honor of Charles M. “Bear” Dalton, held Nov. 12 – 14 at NRG Center. J. Lohr Vineyards Cuvee PAU Red, Paso Robles, 2017 was awarded the top honor of Grand Champion Best of Show. The Reserve Grand Champion Best of Show was awarded to Nice Winery Cabernet Franc, Paicines, 2018.
This 19th annual competition was held in honor of Dalton, founding member of the annual wine competition, as well as the Rodeo’s five wine committees. This year’s competition featured 2,862 entries from 17 countries, including France, Spain, Italy, Israel, Peru, Argentina and South Africa. Of those entries, 480 entries were from Texas wineries, and 203 entries came from this year’s featured region, Washington State, an established wine-growing region with a reputation for excellence in wine production.
“The wine industry is a vital sector of Texas agriculture, which is why we are incredibly proud to host one of the largest international wine competitions in the country, as it further supports our mission of promoting agriculture,” said Rodeo President and CEO Chris Boleman.
The 2022 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition champions included:
Grand Champion Best of Show
J. Lohr Vineyards Cuvee PAU Red, Paso Robles, 2017
Reserve Grand Champion Best of Show
Nice Winery Cabernet Franc, Paicines, 2018
Top Red Wine
Three Sticks Pinot Noir, Gap's Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, 2019
Top White Wine
Ruffino Italian Orvieto Classico DOC, 2020
Top Sparkling Wine
Meiomi Sparkling Rosé, North Coast, 2020
Top Dessert Wine
Pillitteri Estates Winery Vidal Icewine, Niagara On The Lake VQA, 2019
Top Value Wine
- Apothic Merlot, California, 2019 –
Top Region Wine
Revelry Vintners Limited Edition Reveler Red, Columbia Valley, 2018
Top Texas Wine
Hye Meadow Winery Boooom Red, Texas High Plains, 2017
- Top Wine Company – E&J Gallo Winery
- Top Region Wine Company – Ste Michelle Wine Estates
- Top All-Around Winery – J. Lohr Vineyards
- Top Texas Winery – Becker Vineyards
Award-winning wines from the competition will be paired with gourmet dishes at the 2022 Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup & Best Bites Competition, Feb. 20, and will be sold at the 2022 Champion Wine Auction & Dinner, Feb. 27. A selection of the Class Champion, Reserve Class Champions and medal-winning wines will also be available for purchase in the Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Garden, presented by Frost Bank, during the 2022 Rodeo, scheduled for Feb. 28 – March 20.
Additionally, the top-performing Texas wineries will also be invited to participate in Texas Wine Celebration Day in the Champion Wine Garden, March 3. For more information on Rodeo Uncorked! events, visit rodeohouston.com/wine.
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The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginning in 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $500 million to the youth of Texas and education. The 2022 Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 28 – March 20. The 2022 World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, presented by Cotton Holdings, is scheduled for Feb. 24 – 26. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest news.