I’ve just left Houston’s Reliant Center after judging wines for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo International Wine Competition for the past two days. Here’s a shot of me from Super Panel late this afternoon, when we judged all of the wines which won their classes to determine to overall winners:
(Please pardon the wine-stained teeth.)
This was my second year judging for the Rodeo and, thanks to judging next to Deborah Parker Wong of the Tasting Panel and across from Mike Dunn of the Sacramento Bee last year, I was better prepared this year and ready to take on that massive flight of wines! (I was thrilled to be judging with Mike again this year.)
Here’s a shot of me with some of my fellow Super Panel judges:
And this one is of the panel I judged with yesterday and this morning:
So, after sorting through about 2,700 wines along with 99 fellow judges over the past two days, the top winners were announced tonight.
The top winners of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo International Wine Competition are…
Click on each winner’s name to visit the winery’s website.
Grand Champion Best of Show:
Reserve Grand Champion Best of Show
Top Red Wine
Top White Wine
Top Sparkling Wine
(This retails for about $15!!)
Top Texas Wine:
Top Chilean Wine:
Top Value Wine
Top Dessert Wine
Congratulations to all of these winners, as well as the other winners to be announced soon. And thank you to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo International Wine Competition for inviting me to serve as a judge again this year. It was a treat to evaluate and experience so many wines with such professional and fascinating judges. I look forward to trying many of these wines again at Best Bites and in the Wine Garden at the Rodeo in 2014.
In the meantime, I’ll probably snap a few up to enjoy and share with friends at home.