Feb 212012
 

#HLSR 2012 Rodeo Uncorked and Best Bites Competition Winners

A sold-out crowd of more than 4,000 wine and food enthusiasts filled Reliant Center at the 2012 Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup and Best Bites Competition on Sunday. The event included the tasting of the 2012 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition champion wines, as well as a food sampling and competition featuring area restaurants and catering institutions.

Attendees sampled wines and tasted and cast votes in the Best Bites Competition:

2012 Best Bites Competition Winners

Popular Choice Award

First Place Royers Round Top Café – Assorted Handmade Café Pies (I’d forgotten to mention these yesterday – but I’d grabbed some pie and a glass of #HLSR award-winning Messina Hof Winery Solara Sherry)

Second Place – Hasta La Pasta Italian Grill – Savory Risotto Cake with Aged Beef Tenderloin

Trailblazing Appetizer/Entrée Award

First Place Valentino Vin Bar – Slow Smoked Flank Steak with Fregola and Smoky Tomato Demiglace

Second Place – Straits Asian Bistro and Lounge – Braised Singaporean Spice Short Rib Rendang

Third Place – Beaucoup Bar & Grill – BBQ Shrimp and Grits

Two-Stepping Bread/Cheese/Dessert Award

First Place Veldhuizen Cheese – Raw Milk Artisan Cheese

Second Place – Ooh La La Dessert Boutique – Blackberry Pie Bars

Chairman’s Award

Tasso Bite with Celery Jam and Goat Cheese on Brioche Toast – Houston Community College, Central, Culinary Students

The 2012 International Wine Competition had 2,454 wines entered from 736 wineries in Texas, across the United States and 20 countries, with 1,817 medals awarded by 18 panels of judges, consisting of local, national and international wine experts.

More on these award winners at: http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=5694

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