Rodeo Uncorked! Wine Show
I have been working as a volunteer with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo over the past year. If you are not familiar with the HLSR, it’s a huge volunteer operation that puts on the Rodeo as well as several other related events each year and raises millions of dollars for education scholarships. As the largest livestock show and rodeo in the world, and one of the premier charitable events in the Southwest,Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has committed more than $230 million in direct educational support to the youth of Texas since the inception of it’s scholarship program in 1957.
As you can imagine, it’s a huge endeavor and consists of several committees, each responsible for a specific aspect of the HLSR. I am on the Wine Auction Committee, specifically working with the public relations group, and Isabelle and I have created several photo montages and video presentations shown at various events.
While it has been a lot of work, it’s also a lot of fun.
This past weekend, we attended the Rodeo Uncorked! Best Bites Competition. Over 4,500 people got to taste the award-winning wines that were judged at the International Wine Competition held in November of 2008, and sampled signature bites from the participating Houston-area restaurants and catering institutions. As we ate our way through the hall, we got to cast our votes for our favorite foods by putting beads into canisters at each vendor’s table. Unfortunately my favorites didn’t seem to win but there was a lot to choose from and it was difficult to choose which was best.
The award winning wines will be auctioned off at the Wine Auction and Dinner on March 7, 2009. Last year’s auction set two new record prices. Grand Champion, Stags’ Leap Napa Cabernet California, for $201,000 and Reserve Grand Champion, Orogeny Vineyards Pinot Noir Green Valley, for $126,000. The 2008 Champion Wine Auction brought a total of $1,120,900.
I did get to taste last years’ winning Grand Champion Cabernet and it really was delicious. Good choice! I’m looking forward to seeing what this year’s auction will fetch.
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