January 26, 2024


Houston Rodeo Celebrates Texas Wines
It is only a matter of a few weeks before the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo starts. The days leading up to this mega-fest have jaw-dropping events for wine lovers and foodies. Best Bites will be held Sunday evening of February 18th which features the award winning wines selected from thousands of wines by the Houston Rodeo Uncorked Judges last November 10th thru 12th. These award-winning wines selected in the 21st Annual International Houston Rodeo Uncorked Competition will be paired with selections of about 100 of Houston area’s best restaurants for an event to be savored and remembered until next year. Tickets are selling fast so get your individual tickets at $165 per adult. This world class event will host thousands inside the huge NRG Center providing a lot of time for sipping, savoring, and renewing business acquaintances.
The 40th Annual World-Class BBQ Competition from February 22nd thru 24th features intense cooking competition among 250 cooking teams with winners getting bragging rights for 366 days.
The Houston Rodeo Uncorked Wine Dinner and Auction on February 25th is one of the highlights of the Pre- Rodeo Events. This annual wine auction brings in over a million dollars, ranking itself as one the TEN RICHEST in the world! This event will usually have the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Wines in Magnum bottles bring in around $400,000 for just two bottles of wine. In reality, no wine is worth that much, but the winning bidders have a big chance to get accolades while providing money for scholarships.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo kicks off on February 27th and runs thru March 17th with the Livestock Show being the largest in the World! The caliber of this show astounds everyone. This mega non-profit has raised hundreds of millions in scholarships while providing outstanding entertainment. One of the best values for entertainment is the Rodeo’s Champion Wine Garden sponsored by Frost Bank in Caruth Plaza near the NRG Stadium on the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Grounds. This wine garden has long hours of operation featuring around 75 of the Houston Rodeo Uncorked Champions for your sipping pleasures.
Please explore the Champion wines in the Champion Wine Gardens and you will be impressed with Texas Wines! By the way, you can reserve a table or a tent for up to 150 for a Texas-sized party.
There will be sixteen wine seminars hosted in the Champion Wine Gardens with two of those seminars focusing on Texas Wines. The popular “Taco ’Bout Wine” pairs Texas’ favorite food with wines from the Champion Wine Garden. Bill AStkins will host “Texas Wines and BBQ” which will dive into the journey of the Texas wine industry. This seminar features great Texas BBQ and outstanding Texas wines to pair with those smoked meats. Speaking of the Texas Wine Industry, it has grown into a 14+ Billion Dollar Industry in 48 years. Texas got its first new winery in 1976 after Prohibition ended in 1933. Over the last 48 years, our fledging wine industry has grown into a work horse. I predict we will surpass 1,100 wineries in Texas by the end of 2024. All of the great wine selections available in Texas should be also showing up in Texas Restaurants. Tell your favorite restaurants to start serving our great Texas Wines!

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