3,500 wines, 120 judges, 175 staging volunteers and a partridge in a pear tree. The officials results are in for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo’s (HLSR) 2020 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition. I spent 2 days in mid-November judging wines for the competition. HLSR is a 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to educating the state’s youth. Since its beginning, they have raised over $500 million for Texas youth and education. So yes, I was drinking 🍷for the kids!  

Part of HLSR’s efforts includes the signature Rodeo Uncorked! events which highlight wine production in agriculture. This includes the wine competition, a wine auction, and a Champion Wine Garden that will feature the winning wines during the Rodeo. In March 2019, they sold 5,600 cases of wine in 3 weeks in the Champion Wine Garden alone!

My great panel and I tasted 115 wines on day 1 and another 50 wines on day 2. We tasted everything from sparkling wines, to roses, to Italian varietals, to sweet whites, to dry whites, to Cabernet Sauvignon and more. Find a list of all the winners here. And if you’re around in March 2020, stop by the Champion Wine Garden and taste some of the winners.

Very tight security and segregation of personnel.
Gotta start the day with bubbly to prepare the palate.
One of the bubbles flights!
Think this may have been Piedmont varietals.
A plethora of pink wine!
Just sampling a few Cabs!
We had a little #RodeoUncorked fun too!

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