Nov 282009
 

A Long List of Texas Wines Bring Home Awards from the 2010 Houston Rodeo Wine Competition

The 2010 Rodeo Uncorked! Wine Show began with the seventh annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition on Nov. 14 and 15. This private judging event determined the wines that will be featured at the 2010 Roundup and Best Bites Competition Feb. 21, 2010. Top winners will be awarded with custom-made saddles, chaps and buckles and auctioned at the Champion Wine Auction on Saturday, March 6, 2010. More information on these upcoming Houston Rodeo wine events can be found at:

http://www.hlsr.com/events/wine/international.aspx

1,761 wines from 583 wineries vyed for the prestigious title of Grand Champion Best of Show. Texas winning wines came from:

Becker Vineyards
Flat Creek Estate
Grape Creek Vineyards
McPherson Cellars
Sunset Winery
Brennan Vineyards
Bruno & George Wines
Circle S Vineyards
Haak Vineyards
KE Cellars
LightCatcher Winery
Llano Estacado Winery
Mandola Estate Winery
Messina Hof Winery & Resort
Peregrine Hill
Red Caboose Winery
Sandstone Cellars
Texas Hills Vineyard
Enoch’s Stomp
Fall Creek Vineyards
Georgetown Winery
Kiepersol Estates Winery
Red Road Vineyard
Retreat Hill Winery
Stone House Vineyard

Hats off to salute the winning Texas wines and wineries

The list of award winning Texas wines are given below.

To find and purchase these fine Texas wines, check your local markets, wine stores or get in touch with the wineries directly. Most will ship their wines directly to consumers within Texas (and some beyond). Find the link to the winery websites on the Texas Department of Agricultures GOTEXAN website at:

http://www.gotexanwine.org/findwinesandwineries/#wineListIntro_

Enjoy the growing excellence of Texas wines and their increasing popularity.

Drink Local Wine; Support your Local Growers and Winemakers

GOLD AWARDS

Becker Vineyards Fleur Sauvage, Texas, 2008
Chenin Blanc Sec/ Demi Sec (including Loire)
Class Champion, Gold, Texas Class Champion

Flat Creek Estate “Mistella”, Texas, NV
Sweet Fortified but Unoxidized White (Vin Doux Natural)
Top Texas Wine, Gold, Texas Class Champion

Grape Creek Vineyards Serendipity, Texas, 2007
Other Dry Reds, Gold, Texas Class Champion

McPherson Cellars dbs, Texas, 2007
Other Italian Red Varieties and Blends
Reserve Class Champion, Gold

Sunset Winery “Vintner’s Select” Orange Muscat, Newsom Vineyard, Texas High Plains, 2005, Other Sweet White (not fortified)
Gold, Texas Class Champion

SILVER AWARDS

Becker Vineyards Fume Blanc, Texas, 2008
Sauvignon Blanc and Blends, barrel aged
Silver, Texas Class Champion

Becker Vineyards Viognier, Texas, 2008
Viognier, Silver, Texas Class Champion

Brennan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Conmanche County Vineyard, Texas, 2007
Cabernet Sauvignon >$13 to $20
Silver, Texas Reserve Class Champion

Brennan Vineyards Viognier, Texas, 2008
Viognier, Silver
Texas Reserve Class Champion

Bruno & George Wines White Orchard Pear Wine, Texas, NV
Fruit Wines, Class Champion, Silver

Circle S Vineyards Corvina Amarone, Texas, 2008
Other Italian Red Varieties and Blends
Silver, Texas Reserve Class Champion

Haak Vineyards and Winery Blanc du Bois Madeira, Texas, 2006
Liqueur Muscat/Sherry/Madiera/Other oxidized fortified white
Silver, Texas Reserve Class Champion

KE Cellars 4 You Texas Merlot, Texas, 2007
Merlot >$12 to $20
Silver, Texas Class Champion

LightCatcher Winery Summer Sangria, Texas, 2005
Flavored Wines
Silver, Texas Reserve Class Champion

LightCatcher Winery Texas Roads Merlot, Texas High Plains, 2008
Merlot > $20
Silver, Texas Class Champion

Llano Estacado Winery Late Harvest Riesling, Texas, 2007
Riesling, very sweet
Silver, Texas Reserve Class Champion

Llano Estacado Winery Signature Red Meritage, Texas, NV
Bordeaux-Blend Red/Meritage <= $28
Silver

Llano Estacado Winery Viviana, Texas, 2008
Sauvignon Blanc and Blends, barrel aged
Silver, Texas Reserve Class Champion

Mandola Estate Winery Montepulciano, Texas, 2008
Other Italian Red Varieties and Blends
Silver, Texas Class Champion

Messina Hof Barrel Reserve Cabernet Franc, Texas, 2005
Cabernet Franc, Reserve Class Champion
Silver, Texas Class Champion

Messina Hof Private Reserve Port, Texas, 2005
Non Vitis Vinifera Fortified
Class Champion, Silver, Texas Class Champion

Messina Hof Reflections, Texas, 2004
Bordeaux-Blend Red/Meritage <= $28
Silver, Texas Class Champion

Messina Hof Riesling Angel Late Harvest, Texas, 2008
Riesling, very sweet
Silver, Texas Class Champion

Messina Hof Sangria, Texas, NV
Flavored Wines
Class Champion, Silver, Texas Class Champion

Messina Hof Solera Cream Sherry, Texas, NV
Liqueur Muscat/Sherry/Madiera/Other oxidized fortified white
Silver, Texas Class Champion

Messina Hof Tawny Port, Texas, 2004
Tawny Port/oxidized red fortified wines
Silver, Texas Class Champion

Messina Hof Texas Hold’Em Red, Texas, NV
Other Dry Reds, Silver

Peregrine Hill Chardonnay, Texas, 2008
Chardonnay and White Burgundy, unwooded
Silver, Texas Class Champion

Red Caboose Winery 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, Texas, 2007
Bordeaux-Blend Red/Meritage <= $28
Silver, Texas Reserve Class Champion

Red Caboose Winery 2007 Syrah/Tempranillo, Texas, 2007
Tempranillo and Blends > $20
Silver, Texas Class Champion

Sandstone Cellars Winery IV Vintage Style Port Wine, Texas, 2006
Red Port/ Port-Style wines (glass-aged <5years in wood)
Silver, Texas Class Champion

Sunset Winery “Sun Ray” Cabernet Sauvignon, Newsom Vineyard, Texas High Plains, 2004
Cabernet Sauvignon >$13 to $20
Silver, Texas Class Champion

Texas Hills Vineyard Kick Butt Cab, Newsom Vineyard, High Plains, 2007
Cabernet Sauvignon >$20 to $40
Silver, Texas Class Champion

BRONZE AWARDS

Becker Vineyards Claret, Texas, 2007
Bordeaux-Blend Red/Meritage <= $28
Bronze

Becker Vineyards Hidden House Reserve Chardonnay, Texas, 2008
Chardonnay > $13 to $21
Bronze

Becker Vineyards Prairie Rotie, Texas, 2007
Rhone-Style Red Varietals/Blends
Bronze

Becker Vineyards Provencal Rose, Texas, 2008
White Zinfancel/Dry Rose (RS <=1.5)
Bronze

Becker Vineyards Raven Malbec, Texas, 2007
Malbec > $15
Bronze

Becker Vineyards Syrah, Texas, 2008
Syrah/Shiraz >$14 to $22
Bronze

Brennan Vineyards Austin Street Red, Comanche County, Texas, 2007
Other Italian Red Varieties and Blends
Bronze

Circle S Vineyards Syrah, Texas, 2006
Syrah/Shiraz > $22
Bronze

Enoch’s Stomp 2007 Blanc Du Bois (Off Dry), Texas, 2007
Non-Vitis Vinifera Whites and Roses
Bronze

Enoch’s Stomp Blanc Du Bois (Off Dry), Texas, 2008
Non-Vitis Vinifera Whites and Roses
Bronze

Enoch’s Stomp Blanc Du Bois (Sweet), Texas, 2008
Non-Vitis Vinifera Whites and Roses
Bronze

Fall Creek Meritus, Texas, 2005
Merlot > $20
Bronze

Fall Creek Mission San Antonio de Valero, Texas, 2007
Cabernet Sauvignon <= $13
Bronze

Flat Creek Estate Pinot Grigio, Texas, 2008
Pinot Gris/Grigio, unwooded > $13
Bronze

Georgetown Winery Portejas, Texas, 2002
Red Port/ Port-Style wines (glass-aged <5years in wood)
Bronze

Georgetown Winery Super Texan, Texas, 2007
Cabernet-Sangiovese and Blends (excl. Chianti)
Bronze

Grape Creek Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah, Texas, 2007
Cab-Syrah or Syrah-Cab Blends
Bronze

Grape Creek Vineyards Viognier, Texas, 2008
Viognier
Bronze

Haak Vineyards and Winery Blanc du Bois Port, Texas, 2007
Dry Sherry, Dry Madeira, Dry Marsala, Dry White Port
Bronze

Haak Vineyards and Winery Dry Blanc du Bois, Texas, 2008
Non-Vitis Vinifera Whites and Roses
Bronze

Haak Vineyards and Winery Dry Blanc du Bois, Texas, 2009
Non-Vitis Vinifera Whites and Roses
Bronze

Haak Vineyards and Winery Jacquez Madeira, Texas, 2006
Dry Sherry, Dry Madeira, Dry Marsala, Dry White Port
Bronze

Haak Vineyards and Winery Reserve Blanc du Bois, Texas, 2008
Non-Vitis Vinifera Whites and Roses
Bronze

Haak Vineyards and Winery Semi-Sweet Blanc du Bois, Texas, 2009
Non-Vitis Vinifera Whites and Roses
Bronze

KE Cellars 4 You Texas Syrah, Texas, 2007
Syrah/Shiraz >$14 to $22
Bronze

Kiepersol Estates Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Texas, 2007
Cabernet Sauvignon >$20 to $40
Bronze

Kiepersol Estates Winery Merlot, Texas, 2007
Merlot > $20
Bronze

Kiepersol Estates Winery Syrah, Texas, 2007
Syrah/Shiraz >$14 to $22
Bronze

Llano Estacado Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Texas, 2007
Cabernet Sauvignon <= $13
Bronze

Llano Estacado Winery Cellar Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Mont Sec Vineyard, Texas, 2007
Cabernet Sauvignon >$13 to $20
Bronze

Llano Estacado Winery Cellar Reserve Chardonnay, Mont Sec Vineyard, Texas, 2007
Chardonnay > $13 to $21
Bronze

Llano Estacado Winery Cellar Select Port, Texas, NV
Red Port/ Port-Style wines (glass-aged <5years in wood)
Bronze

Llano Estacado Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Texas, 2008
Sauvignon Blanc, unwooded <= $14
Bronze

Llano Estacado Winery Viviano, Texas, 2005
Cabernet-Sangiovese and Blends (excl. Chianti)
Bronze

Mandola Estate Winery Aglianico, Texas, 2008
Other Italian Red Varieties and Blends
Bronze

Mandola Estate Winery Dolcetto, Texas, 2008
Other Italian Red Varieties and Blends
Bronze

Mandola Estate Winery Vermentino, Texas, 2008
Italian White Varieties and Blends
Bronze

Mandola Estate Winery Viognier, Texas, 2008
Viognier
Bronze

Messina Hof Barrel Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Texas, 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon <= $13
Bronze

Messina Hof Beau, Texas, NV
Sweet Red (< 14% alc.)
Bronze

Messina Hof Ivory Port of Call, Texas, NV
Liqueur Muscat/Sherry/Madiera/Other oxidized fortified white
Bronze

Messina Hof Merrill’s Vineyard Late Harvest, Texas, 2007
Riesling, very sweet
Bronze

Messina Hof Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Texas, 2006
Bordeaux-Blend Red/Meritage <= $28
Bronze

Messina Hof Private Reserve Chardonnay, Texas, 2008
Chardonnay > $13 to $21
Bronze

Messina Hof Private Reserve Zinfandel, Texas, 2007
Zinfandel <= $18
Bronze

Peregrine Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Texas, 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon <= $13
Bronze

Peregrine Hill Pinot Noir, Texas, 2008
Pinot Noir <= $18
Bronze

Red Caboose Winery Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon, Texas, 2007
Cab-Syrah or Syrah-Cab Blends
Bronze

Red Caboose Winery Tempranillo, Texas, 2007
Tempranillo and Blends > $20
Bronze

Red Road Vineyard and Winery “The Icehouse After Dark” Madeira, Texas, 1998
Dry Sherry, Dry Madeira, Dry Marsala, Dry White Port
Bronze

Red Road Vineyard and Winery Las, Texas, NV
Non-Vitis Vinifera Whites and Roses
Bronze

Red Road Vineyard and Winery Signature White, Texas, NV
Non-Vitis Vinifera Whites and Roses
Bronze

Retreat Hill Winery and Vineyard Blazin’ Blush, Texas, 2009
White Zinfancel/Dry Rose (RS <=1.5)
Bronze

Retreat Hill Winery and Vineyard Rustic Red Reserve, Rouge Valley, 2003
Bordeaux-Blend Red/Meritage <= $28
Bronze

Stone House Vineyard Claros, Texas Hill Country, 2006
Non Vitis Vinifera Reds
Bronze

Stone House Vineyard Scheming Beagle Port, Texas Hill Country, 2006
Non Vitis Vinifera Fortified
Bronze

2010 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition Top Wines

Grand Champion Best of Show – Davis Family Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2005

Reserve Grand Champion Best of Show – Laetitia Vineyard & Winery, Nadia Red Bordeaux Blend, Arroyo Grande Valley, 2005

Top Texas Wine – Flat Creek Estate, Mistella, Texas, NV

Top All-Around Winery – d’Arenberg, Australia

Top Argentina Wine – Bodega Elvira Calle, Ca’de Calle Malbec, Mendoza, 2008

Top Sparkling Wine – Domaine Ste. Michelle, Blanc de Blanc, Columbia Valley, NV

Top White Wine – Kallfelz Estate, Single Vineyard Riesling, Mosel, 2007

Top Red Wine – Sequoia Grove, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2006

Top Sweet Wine – Hopler Eiswein, Riesling, Austria, 2004

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