It’s my favorite time of year…#RodeoHouston!! For three weeks in March, folks flock to NRG Stadium in their cowboy hats and boots for a good ‘ol Texas time. Although I have yet to embrace the cowboy culture, I enjoy seeing the farm animals, visiting the vendor booths, and of course eating all the fried foods. There’s just something about the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo that brings the whole city together that I love!
Aside from getting my funnel cake (a Rodeo must), I was determined to visit the Champion Wine Garden this year. The wine garden is stocked with award-winning wines from the Rodeo Uncorked International Wine Competition. And since you have to be a member of some secret society to be a part of Rodeo Uncorked (I kid…kinda), going to the wine garden was the next best thing.
So, with my non-drinking mom in tow, I got my sip on while she snapped photos. #thanksmom
It was quite the event, even if I was the only one drinking. Check out my experience below.
I was on cloud nine once I walked through the entry-way into the Champion Wine Garden. The area was packed and there was not an empty table in sight. While in line to buy drink tickets, I noticed two signs with extensive lists of red, white, sweet, and bubbly options.
Although, I would’ve liked to try them all, I had to be strategic (and cost-effective), so I decided to get one glass of red, white, and bubbly wine. That way I could sample each type. Plus, I was with my mom and I didn’t want her to think I was a complete lush. She was already concerned about my being able to drive home safely.
I started with the two whites and then went back for my red later. Shout out to the servers, who were hookin’ it up on the pours. #illdrinktothat
- My White Choice: The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc, Awatere Valley, 2014 (Gold, Reserve Class Champion)There were four SB choices and none of them were from New Zealand :( So, I chose the only one that was not from California (still not a fan of Californian SBs). The Crossings SB was very contradicting in smell and taste. The aromas of the wine popped out of the glass. I could smell hints of pear and apple. But, something was off when it came to the taste. It’s hard to explain…the wine was slightly tart, but had no aftertaste. I really tried hard to figure out the taste, but it was like as soon as I swallowed, the taste went immediately away.Overall Rating: 2 Corks
- My Red Choice: B.R. Cohn Cabernet Sauvignon “Silver Label,” North Coast, 2013 (Double Gold, Class Champion)Since, I’m more familiar with cabs, I decided to stay in this lane for my red selection. The B.R. Cohn Cab was amazing from the first sip. The deep smell of cherries was not overpowering. I found the cab to be very smooth, yet not too dry. With each sip, I could taste subtle tannins. This was definitely a good choice.Overall Rating: 4 Corks
- My Bubbly Choice: Zonin Process Italy NV (Class Champion, Gold)I was trying to avoid trying a moscato, so I opted for a prosecco instead. The Zonin Prosecco was very nice and light. It wasn’t too dry, which I appreciated. I’m not a fan of really brut bubbly wine. All in all, it was a very solid choice.Overall Rating: 4 Corks
The world would be a better place if every event had a designated wine area. #imjustsayin
I’m so happy that I got a chance to finally visit the wine garden. Next year, I’ll definitely have to bring my friends. If you’re in the Houston area be sure to stop by as well. If not, make it a trip next year. Until my next wine adventure…