Top Texas wine, the 2009 Becker Vineyards Viognier, Goes for $100,000 at Houston Rodeo Auction

from Dale Robertson / Houston Chronicle

The top Texas wine from the 2011 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition, the 2009 Becker Vineyards Viognier, went for $100,000 and the top Spanish wine, the 2009 Acustic Cellar Blanc from Montsant brought $92,000. Spain was the featured country this year.

The “big dog” of the competition, 2006 Alexander Valley Vineyards’ Cyrus, the Grand Champion Best of Show┬áraised more than $1.2 million with a nine-liter bottle that sold for $210,000 to a four-buyer partnership.

The top red wine, the 2008 Vision Cellars Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir, was sold for $38,000, and the top white, the 2008 Vasse Felix Chardonnay from Margaret River in Australia, was sold for $27,000.

The money goes to support the rodeo’s mission of providing scholarships and supporting programs for Houston-area youths.

More from wine/sports writer Dale Robertson can be found in his weekly Houston Chronicle wine column at ( on Twitter @sportywineguy.

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