Dec 042010
 

More Texas Wine Winners from 2011 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Wine Competition

Several weeks ago, I blogged about the announcement from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Wine Competition announcing its 2011 top winners. In this list was the top Texas wine: Becker Vineyards Viognier 2009. Recently the Rodeo Wine Committee announced their 2011 Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal winners. Below, I’ve presented the Texas winners as defined by wines from Texas wineries but which were also made from enough Texas grown grapes to qualify to be Texas Appellation. Enjoy and savor them well. Where can you get them? See at the bottom of this blog and GOTEXAN list of Texas wineries. For a complete list of winning wines, go to:

List of 2011 Winners – Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Wine Competition

Top Texas Wine in 2011 Competition

Becker Vineyards Viognier, Texas, 2009, Viognier (Dry and Semi Dry), Class Champion, Texas Class Champion

Gold Medals

Brennan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Texas, 2008, Cabernet Sauvignon $14.01 to $22.00, Texas Class Champion

Caldwell Family Winery & Vineyards Eaglefire Muscat Blanc, Texas, 2010, Other Dry White, Reserve Class Champion, Texas Class Champion

Fall Creek Meritus, Texas, 2005, Bordeaux-Blend Red and Meritage > $28, Texas Class Champion

Lightcatcher Winery Amour De Chocolat, Texas, NV, Chocolate Flavored Wines, Class Champion, Texas Class Champion

Llano Estacado Winery Cellar Select Port, Texas, NV, Red Port and Port-style wines (glass-aged, <5years in wood), Class Champion, Texas Class Champion

Llano Estacado Winery Viviano Red, Texas, 2007, Cabernet-Sangiovese and Sang-Cab Blends (not Chianti), Class Champion, Texas Class Champion

Messina Hof Merrill’s Vineyard Riesling Angel, Texas, 2009, Riesling – Very Sweet, Texas Class Champion

Silver Medals

Becker Vineyards Cabernet Franc, Texas High Plains, 2009, Cabernet Franc, Texas Reserve, Class Champion

Becker Vineyards Chardonnay, Texas, 2009, Chardonnay (incl. White Burgundy) all/part, $13.01 to $20.00, Texas Class Champion

Becker Vineyards Claret Bordeaux Red, Texas, 2008, Bordeaux-Blend Red and Meritage <= $28, Texas Class Champion

Brennan Vineyards Austin Street Red, Texas, 2001, Syrah or Shiraz < = $13.00, Texas Class Champion

Brennan Vineyards Syrah, Texas, 2007, Syrah or Shiraz $13.01 to $21.99, Texas Class Champion

Fall Creek Chenin Blanc, Texas, 2010, Chenin Blanc Sec and Demi Sec (including Loire), Reserve Class Champion, Texas Class Champion

Haak Vineyards and Winery 2005 Madeira Jacquez, Texas, 2005, Liqueur Muscat/Sherry/Madiera/Other oxidized fortified white

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

Haak Vineyards and Winery 2010 Dry Blanc Du Bois, Texas, 2010, Non Vitis Vinifera Whites and Roses, Class Champion, Texas Class Champion

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

Landon Winery Grand Finale, Texas High Plains, 2002, Tawny Port and other oxidized red fortified wines, Texas Class Champion

Lightcatcher Winery Happy Dog Sweet Red, Texas, NV, Sweet Red (under 14% alcohol), Class Champion, Texas Class Champion

Llano Estacado Winery Cellar Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Texas, 2008m Cabernet Sauvignon $14.01 to $22.00, Texas Reserve, Class Champion

Llano Estacado Winery Signature Melange, Texas, 2009, Other Rhone-style Varietals and Blends, Texas Class Champion

Messina Hof Chenin Blanc, Texas, 2009, Chenin Blanc Sec and Demi Sec (including Loire), Texas Reserve Class Champion

Messina Hof Father And Son Riesling, Texas, 2009, Riesling – Dry (1% or lower residual sugar), Texas Class Champion

Messina Hof Muscat Canelli, Texas, 2009, Other semi dry white, Texas Class Champion

Messina Hof Private Reserve Cabernet Franc, Texas, 2007, Cabernet Franc, Texas Class Champion

Messina Hof Private Reserve Merlot, Texas, 2009, Merlot $12.01 to $20.00, Texas Reserve, Class Champion

Messina Hof Sophia Marie Rose, Texas, 2010, Non Vitis Vinifera Whites and Roses, Reserve Class Champion, Texas Reserve, Class Champion

Messina Hof Unoaked Chardonnay, Texas, 2009, Chardonnay (incl. White Burgundy) unwood < = $12.99, Reserve Class Champion, Texas Class Champion

Perissos Vineyard Roussanne, Texas Hill Country, 2009, Other Rhone-style White Varietals and Blends, Texas Class Champion

Piney Woods Country Winery & Vineyards Texans Sweet-Tooth Cherry Chocolate, Texas, NV, Chocolate Flavored Wines, Reserve Class Champion, Texas Reserve Class Champion

Piney Woods Country Winery & Vineyards Texas Amber Port, Texas, 2010, Tawny Port and other oxidized red fortified wines, Texas Reserve Class Champion

Singing Water Vineyards Texas Reserve, Texas, 2008, Bordeaux-Blend Red and Meritage <= $28, Texas Reserve Class Champion

Texas Hills Vineyard Syrah, Texas Hill Country, 2009, Syrah or Shiraz > = $22.00, Texas Class Champion

Bronze Medals

Becker Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Texas High Plains, 2008, Cabernet Sauvignon $32.01 to 54.00

Becker Vineyards Port, Texas, 2009, Red Port and Port-style wines (glass-aged, <5years in wood)

Becker Vineyards Rhone White, Texas, 2009, Other Rhone-style White Varietals and Blends

Brennan Vineyards Viognier, Texas, 2009, Viognier (Dry and Semi Dry) please list residual sugar

Grape Creek Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah, Texas, 2008, Cab-Syrah or Syrah-Cab Blends

Haak Vineyards and Winery 2010 Semi Sweet Blanc du Bois, Texas, 2010, Non Vitis Vinifera Whites and Roses

Haak Vineyards and Winery 2010 Sweet Blanc du Bois, Texas, 2010, Non Vitis Vinifera Whites and Roses

Kiepersol Estates Winery Barrel 33, Texas Wish, Texas, 2007, Other Dry Reds

Kiepersol Estates Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Texas, 2007, Cabernet Sauvignon $14.01 to $22.00

Kiepersol Estates Winery Vit, Texas, 2009, Other Dry White

Llano Estacado Winery Viviana White, Texas, 2009, Sauvignon Blanc and SB-Dom Bl un > = $14.00

McPherson Cellars Rose of Syrah, Texas, 2009, White Zin and Dry Rose (RS <=1.5)

Messina Hof Barrel Reserve Cabernet Franc, Texas, 2005, Cabernet Franc

Messina Hof Barrel Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Texas, 2008, Cabernet Sauvignon < = $14.00

Messina Hof Merrill’s Vineyard Riesling Angel, Texas, 2007, Riesling – Very Sweet

Messina Hof Merrill’s Vineyard Riesling, Texas High Plains, 2008, Riesling – Dry (1% or lower residual sugar)

Messina Hof Paulo Cabernet Sauvignon, Texas, 2006, Cabernet Sauvignon $32.01 to 54.00

Messina Hof Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Texas, 2009, Cabernet Sauvignon $14.01 to $22.00

Messina Hof Reflections, Texas, 2008, Bordeaux-Blend Red and Meritage <= $28

Messina Hof Solara Cream Sherry, Texas, NV, Liqueur Muscat/Sherry/Madiera/Other oxidized fortified white

Perissos Vineyard Aglianico, Texas Hill Country, 2008, Other Italian Red Varieties and Blends, Texas Class Champion

Piney Woods Country Winery & Vineyards Pecan Mocca, Texas, NV, Flavored Wines (excluding Chocolate)

Piney Woods Country Winery & Vineyards Ports Of Texas Red Muscadine, Texas, NV, Sweet Red (under 14% alcohol)

Saddlehorn Winery Black Spanish Sweet Wine, Washington County, Texas, NV, Non Vitis Vinifera Reds

Salado Sweet Red, Bell County, Texas, NV, Fruit Wines

Texas Hills Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Texas High Plains, 2009, Cabernet Franc

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Where to get Texas wines. They can be hard to find. Here are some outlets that sell Texas wines:

Spec’s (Online searchable)  http://www.specsonline.com/

You can also contact the winery directly and most will ship directly to your doorstep (requires an adult signature). See GOTEXAN list of Texas wineries at:

HEB, Central Market, Kroger Signature Stores, Twin Liquors, others. However, BE CAREFUL! Many of the wines from Texas wineries sold in these venues are not made from enough Texas grapes to be called “Texas Appellation”. If you see “For Sale in Texas Only” or American Appellation on the label, remember: It’s not Texas wine!

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