Rodeo Houston Wine Experience 2017

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!

Wicked Wine Run Review

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I did it for the wine, but all I got was a t-shirt *kanye shrug*

*WHINE ALERT* Today, I participated in the Wicked Wine Run “Galveston.” I use air quotes because the run actually takes place at Haak Vineyards & Winery in Santa Fe, Texas. My friends and I decided to do the 1K Tasting Run, which included “four wine tasting stops around the beautiful Haak Vineyards.” Again, I’m using air quotes.

*INSERT ANNOYING BUZZARD* Wrong!!

Disappointment doesn’t even begin to describe how I felt about the 1K at the Wicked Wine Run. So, first off the 1K was supposed to start at 6 p.m. We didn’t officially start walking until around 6:20 p.m. Second, there were THREE not FOUR tasting stops and at these stops we were given little communion size cup samples of wine. Now, wait a minute! I thought we were supposed to be wine tasting along this trail?! *scratches head* The tasting stops included a dry Rosé, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. None of the wines really stood out to me. The Cab was okay…nothing to rave about. So, as I mentioned we started walking around 6:20 p.m. and we’re literally done within 10-15 minutes. I swear it took the organizers longer to get in place to begin the walk than it did to actually walk the course. I understand that a 1K is not long, but damn Gina!! By 6:45 p.m., we were back on the shuttle to return to our cars.

The Wicked Wine Run is a waste of money! I can’t believe I paid $30 to drive all the way to Santa Fe and I have three sips of wine. I could’ve gone to HEB got the same samples for FREE…smh. If the Wicked Wine Run comes to your city don’t even bother!! I feel like I had more fun before the IK started, here are some pictures…

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