Rodeo Uncorked! Wine Events

Rodeo Uncorked! highlights wine production in agriculture. Before the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™, the Rodeo hosts an International Wine Competition, a food competition and wine auction. During the Rodeo, visit the Champion Wine Garden where the champion wines from the International Wine Competition are served. 

Nov.

13-15

International Wine Competition

The 2021 competition was held Nov. 13 – 15 at NRG Center, with health and safety protocols in place throughout its duration. A total of 2,601 entries from 18 countries including wines from Argentina, England, France, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and Spain. Texas wines represented 346 entries and 351 entries came from this year’s featured region, Sonoma County, California.

Participation Information 2021 Competition Press Release

Feb.

21

Roundup & Best Bites Competition

  • NRG Center, Halls D & E
  • 6:30 p.m.

Join us to support the Rodeo by participating in one of the world’s largest gourmet food events paired with more than 450 award-winning wines, including the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion of the International Wine Competition. At the Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup & Best Bites Competition, you will have the opportunity to sample signature dishes from approximately 100 of the area’s top restaurants and culinary institutions, and vote for your favorites in the Best Bites Competition.

Premium tables (seats 10): $2,500
Reserved tables (seats 10): $2,000
Individual tickets: $165

Tickets

For additional information about Best Bites, contact your valued Wine Sales Committeeman or email wine@rodeohouston.com.

2020 RESULTS

Feb

28

Champion Wine Auction & Dinner

The Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Auction and Dinner is an exciting way to kick off the Rodeo season. Begin your evening with an exquisite cocktail hour, including an exciting silent auction where you can bid on unique wines, unforgettable trips, and other great items. Then join us in the ballroom to enjoy a sumptuous seated dinner complemented by champion wines. Following dinner, you and your guest can join the excitement by bidding on award-winning wines to support the Rodeo. Purchased items are available immediately following the auction for you to take home.

Tables

Grand Champion

  • Wine: Piper-Heidsieck Brut, Champagne, NV
  • Price: $220,000
  • Buyers: Katherine Cornell and Tom Pirtle, Kristina and Paul Somerville, Jennifer and Joe Van Matre, and Sheridan and John Eddie Williams
  • Rodeo Record: $232,000 (2015)

Reserve Grand Champion

  • Wine: Cavaliere d’Oro Bellezza Chianti Classico Gran Seleizione DOCG, 2015
  • Price: $215,000 (Rodeo record)
  • Buyers: Lisa Blackwood, Abbot Downing, Randa and Ray Gilliam, and The Murski Family Foundation
  • Rodeo Record: $215,000 (2020)