Howdy, wine friends! If you live in Houston then you already know what time it is! It’s Rodeo season! It’s been over a year since the last time I attended, but I’m back and checking out the wines of course!
So, this year, the Champion Wine Garden features more than 70 award-winning wines from the 2017 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition. There is literally something for every palate—red, white, sweet, dry, bubbly to wines made in Texas and internationally. The menu can be quite overwhelming, but there are volunteers available to help you decide. Wine is served by the glass and bottle. Prices by the glass range from $6 to $14, while prices by the bottle range from $20 to $140. I also noticed that the wine garden also sells snacks. You can purchase a cheese plate for $18 and/or charcuterie tray for $28. The Wine Garden has everything to make your wine experience complete.
During my visit, I started with a white wine and end with a red—just to make sure that I could try both. You know I’m a sucker for buttery Chardonnay and a friend of mine told me I had to try the 2015 Rombauer Vineyards because it was all that and more. The Rombauer Chardonnay did not disappoint! It was all types of buttery deliciousness! It had aromas of ripe apples, citrus, and melon. On the palate, you could definitely taste the oaked buttery flavors with a hint of creme brulee sweetness. Now a glass of this Chard ran for $14 and a bottle goes for $58. Next, I tried the 2015 Don Rodolfo Art of the Andes Pinot Noir. If I’m going to drink a red, 9 times out of 10, I’m going to choose a Pinot hands down. Now, I’m typically fond of Pinot Noirs from the Wiliamette Valley, but those were not on the menu. Instead, I opted for one from Argentina…reds tend to be very good from this region. Yup! And, I instantly fell in love with this red. It was sooooo good from the very first sip. You know I had to do my happy dance. Don Rodolfo Pinot has raspberry and cherry notes—very beautiful. On the palate you get those same cherries with hints of blueberries. I liked it soooo much that I want to find it in real life and add it to my wine collection.
I had a good time at the Wine Garden and wished I could’ve tried more wines. There is still a week left of the Rodeo, so if you haven’t gone (and even if you’ve been several times), it won’t hurt to go back again just to try the wine. It really is a great experience!