Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s 2020 Rodeo Uncorked!® International Wine Competition, held Nov. 16-17 at NRG Center, included 3,528 entries from 19 countries, including France, Spain, Bulgaria, Italy, Israel, Argentina and South Africa.
“Look for these award-winning wines at retail locations and plan to enjoy a selection at the Champion Wine Garden during the 2020 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.” Joel Cowley, Rodeo president and CEO
2018 Les Hauts de Lagarde Bordeaux Rouge received a Gold Medal in the prestigious competition. The wine Made with 100% Organically Grown Grapes is a beautiful right-bank Bordeaux blend of 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. “Dark garnet color. Smoky aromas and flavors of charred nuts, roasted berries, and clay with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a medium-long nuts, craisins and cassis, and earth finish with woody, tannins. This fun, earthy red is ready for the table or cellar.” (Tastings.com).
The wine comes from family owned Maison Raymond, producing the highest quality AOC Bordeaux organic wines. Located in the Entre-Deux-Mers region, not far from the city of Bordeaux, their wines have grown in the villages of Saint-Laurent-du-Bois, Saint-Martial, and Saint-Felix de Conclude since medieval times. The Raymond family has a long history of growing wine, dating back to 1850.
The family property of the domaine du Château de Lagarde has been built up over the years by successive generations. Today, the winery honors its heritage by using a special mixture of ancestral tradition and the most efficient modern technology along with the finest organic practices in the vineyard and production.
2016 Tarantas Tempranillo Crianza was awarded a Silver Medal and Reserve Class Champion designation. Made with 100% organic Tempranillo, the wine is “garnet black color, with savory aromas of cranberry, black olives, jamon iberico, roasted marcona almonds, caramelized eggplant, and raisin with an vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long cherry relish, toast, licorice, and orange zest finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A scrumptious Tempranillo with a great sense of place.” (Tastings.com).
Tarantas Spanish Organic Wines — “Wine with Body and Soul from the Heart of Spain.” The Tarantas brand name and label were inspired by the free-flowing, open art form of Flamenco song and dance of the same name, celebrated in Southeast Spain. Located in the Utiel-Requena DO region near Valencia, Bodegas Iranzo has exclusively produced Spanish organic wines since 1994, making it one of the oldest-established vineyards in Spain to apply this European organic regulation.
Both of these award-winning organic wines can be found at Whole Foods Market and other fine retailers and restaurants nationwide.
About Rodeo Uncorked!
Award-winning wines from the annual competition will be paired with gourmet dishes at the 2020 Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup & Best Bites Competition, Sunday, Feb. 23 and will be sold at the 2020 Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Auction & Dinner, Sunday, March 1.
Visitors can enjoy many of these award-winning wines by the glass or bottle in the Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Garden, presented by Frost Bank, during the 2020 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The Rodeo is scheduled for March 3 – 22, 2020. For more information on the Rodeo Uncorked! events, visit rodeohouston.com/wine.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginning in 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $500 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 2020 Rodeo is scheduled for March 3 – 22.