FEB. 27, 2017 — HOUSTON —The sold-out Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup and Best Bites Competition featured dishes from 111 distinguished Houston restaurants, chefs and caterers paired with winning wines from the 2017 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition.

Champion wines were selected from 2,850 entries representing wineries from approximately 20 different countries, including Australia, Austria, France, Italy, Japan, Peru, South Africa and Spain. These entries included 105 wines from the 2017 featured region of Tuscany and 351 wines from Texas.


The champion wines are:

Grand Champion Best of Show – Arinzano Gran Vino Blanco, Pago de Arinzano D.O., 2010

Reserve Grand Champion Best of Show – Nice Winery Notorious Malbec, Mount Veeder, 2013

Top Texas Wine – Pedernales Cellars Texas High Plains Tempranillo, 2014

Top Sparkling Wine – Laetitia Brut Rosé, Arroyo Grande Valley, 2014

Top White Wine – Fall Creek Vineyards Chardonnay, Certenberg Vineyards, 2014

Top Red Wine – Trinchero Forte Red Wine, Napa Valley, 2012

Top Region Wine – Talosa Vino Nobile di Montelpulciano D.O.C., 2012

Top Sweet Wine – Bodegas Dios Baco, Baco de Elite Amontillado Sherry, Jerez D.O., NV

Top Value Wine – Aia Vecchia Lagone, Toscana I.G.T., 2013

Top All-Around Winery – Wilson Winery of Dry Creek Top Region Wine Company – Palm Bay International Top Wine Company – Trinchero Family Estates

Top Texas Winery – Kiepersol Vineyards & Winery


The 2017 Best Bites winners are:

Outstanding Showmanship Award

Grand Champion – Cupcake Kitchen

Most Creative – Brothers Produce


People’s Choice Award

Grand Champion – Killen’s STQ

Reserve Grand Champion – Royer’s Round Top Café


Tasty Traditions Award

Grand Champion – Mostly Chocolate – hazelnut and popecochs, goat cheese

Reserve Grand Champion – Merlion on 4th – Shrimp Raad Prick


Trailblazing Appetizer/Starter Award

Grand Champion – Revolve Kitchen + Bar, Hotel Derek – achiote braised pork sliders, jalapeño cabbage slaw, sriracha honey glaze

Reserve Grand Champion – Snooze: An AM Eatery – OMG French Toast Bites: French baguette with sweet mascarpone, topped with salted caramel and vanilla crème, and finished with strawberries, toasted coconut, and powdered sugar

Third Place – Cotton Culinary – duck roulade with candied jalapeño, wrapped with smoked hatch bacon


Lone Star Entrée Award

Grand Champion – Merlion on 4th – Shrimp Raad Prick

Reserve Grand Champion – Killen’s STQ – pork belly burnt ends with cherry habanero sauce and a side of creamed corn

Third Place – Hearsay Gastro Lounge Market Square – Southern-fried Texas quail on 5-year-aged sharp cheddar grits with a Thai chili, bacon, bourbon and butter honey


Two-Steppin’ Dessert Award

Grand Champion – Mostly Chocolate: hazelnut and popecochs, goat cheese

Reserve Grand Champion – CRAVE – red velvet mini cupcakes

Third Place – Brio Tuscan Grille – mascarpone cheesecake


Rookie Award

 Hearsay Gastro Lounge Market Square


All champion wines will be auctioned at the Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Auction, Sunday, March 5.

A selection of the champion wines will be available for tasting, by the glass and bottle, throughout the run of the Show, March 7 through 26, in the Champion Wine Garden, located in Carruth Plaza. Times are Monday through Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m.; Fridays, 4 p.m. to midnight; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to midnight; and Sundays, noon to 10 p.m. Educational seminars are available in the Champion Wine Garden, ranging from $45 to $65 per person. To learn more, visit rodeohouston.com/Visit-the-Show/Attractions-Activities/Wine-Garden.


The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news. The 2017 Show runs March 7 – 26.