Ste. Michelle brands ride tall at Houston rodeo judging

By on January 13, 2017

The judging for the 2017 Rodeo Uncorked! the international wine competition for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, generated more than 2,850 entries. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

HOUSTON — Ste. Michelle Wine Estates brands 14 Hands, Anew and Chateau Ste. Michelle each won a best of class award at the 2017 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition, the wine judging for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

14 Hands Winery in Prosser, Wash., earned class champion/double gold medal honors for its nonvintage Brut. Anew received reserve class/double gold for its 2015 Rosé, and Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, Wash., won class champion/double gold for its 2013 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon.

Ste. Michelle also merited best of class for its 2015 Riesling from the Columbia Valley – the biggest production of Riesling from the world’s largest producer of the noble white grape from Germany.

Entries from across the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates portfolio pulled down a combined 11 gold medals.

Milbrandt Vineyards earned three gold medals, including a best of class. Goose Ridge Vineyards received two gold medals, include a best of class award.

Texas judging among nation’s largest

Master sommelier Guy Stout toasts Cally Mercer and regional sales director Joel Thompson on the Mercer Estates 2012 Reserve Cavalie as the top red Wine for the 2016 Houston Livestock and Rodeo International Wine Competition. Stout, Mercer and Thompson helped pour Mercer wines at the Roundup and Best Bites, an event staged Feb. 21 at the NRG Center in Houston and attended by an estimated 5,700 wine lovers. The wine, made by Jessica Munnell in her first vintage at Mercer Estates, finished No. 3 overall in the competition, staged in November 2015.

Master sommelier Guy Stout toasts Cally Mercer and regional sales director Joel Thompson on the Mercer Estates 2012 Reserve Cavalie, which won the sweepstakes title as top red wine for the 2016 Houston Uncorked judging. (Photo courtesy of Cally Mercer/Mercer Estates)

The judging of a record 2,850 entries was staged Nov. 12-13, 2016, at the NRG Center, across the street from the Houston Astrodome. More 15 countries entered wines in the competition, including 105 from Tuscany, which is this year’s featured region. Last year, the Pacific Northwest was the featured region.

As is the unique custom of Rodeo Uncorked, top winners of the competition receive custom saddles, chaps or belt buckles.

All champion wines will be paired with dishes from top chefs at the Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup and Best Bites Competition on Feb. 26, and sold at the Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Auction and Dinner on March 5.

Nearly 100 wines from the Pacific Northwest won a medal at the Texas judging, and rodeo patrons can sample award-winning wines by the glass or bottle at the Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Garden.

2017 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition

Houston's iconic Astrodome opened in 1965 as the world's first domed stadium. The 70,000-seat edifice, nicknamed the unofficial "Eighth Wonder of the World" upon completion by Texas businessman Roy Hofheinz, has been mothballed since 2009.

Rodeo Uncorked! is staged across the street from Houston’s iconic Astrodome, which has been mothballed since 2009. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

Class champion/Double gold
14 Hands Winery NV Brut, Columbia Valley, $15

Reserve class/Double gold
Anew 2015 Rosé, Columbia Valley, $15

Class champion/Double gold
Chateau Ste Michelle 2013 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $19
Hyland Estates 2015 Dry Riesling, McMinnville, $25
Milbrandt Vineyards 2012 The Estates Malbec, Wahluke Slope, $26
Dussek 2013 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $25
g fifty Sake NV Junmai Ginjo 40% Polish, Oregon

Gold medal/best of class
Chateau Ste Michelle 2015 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $15
Goose Ridge Vineyards 2012 g3 Red Blend, Columbia Valley, $24
Scott Paul Wines 2013 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $40

Gold medal
14 Hands 2014 Chardonnay, Washington, $15
A to Z Wineworks 2015 Pinot Gris, Oregon, $15
Browne Family Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $39
Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2014 The Expedition Cabernet Sauvignon, $15
Charles & Charles 2015 Cabernet Blend, Columbia Valley
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $15
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay, Horse Haven Hills, $24
Chateau Ste Michelle 2013 Indian Wells Merlot, Columbia Valley, $25
Columbia Crest 2014 Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $13
Columbia Crest 2014 H3 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $15
Columbia Crest 2013 H3 Les Chevaux Red Blend, Horse Heaven Hills, $15
Del Rio Vineyards 2015 Rosé, Rogue Valley, $15
Domaine Serene 2013 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $75
Dusted Valley Vintners 2014 Petite Sirah, Wahluke Slope, $50
Goose Ridge Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $15
King Estate 2014 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $30
Mercer Canyons 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $15
Mercer Canyons 2014 Red, Horse Heaven Hills, $15
Milbrandt Vineyards 2014 Traditions Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $14
Milbrandt Vineyards 2014 Traditions Merlot, Columbia Valley, $25
Pendulum 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $19
Revelry Vintners 2014 Block 18 Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $30

Silver medal
14 Hands 2014 Hot to Trot Red, Columbia Valley, $15
14 Hands NV Brut Rosé, Columbia Valley, $13
14 Hands 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $15
14 Hands 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Washington, $12
A to Z Wineworks 2015 Chardonnay, Oregon, $15
A to Z Wineworks 2014 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $20
Acrobat 2015 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $20
Acrobat 2015 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Oregon, $15
Anew 2015 Pinot Grigio, Columbia Valley, $15
Bookwalter Cellars NV Notebook Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $15
Boomtown by Dusted Valley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $19
Boomtown by Dusted Valley 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $25
Boomtown by Dusted Valley 2014 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $25
Browne Family Vineyards 2013 Tribute Red Blend, Columbia Valley, $25
Camaraderie Cellars 2012 Cabernet Franc, Washington, $28
Camaraderie Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $39
Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2013 Cherry Street Reserve, Horse Heaven Hills, $25
Charles & Charles 2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $15
Charles Smith Wines 2014 Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon, $24
Charles Smith Wines 2014 Eve Chardonnay, Washington, $15
Charles Smith Wines 2015 Kung Fu Girl Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $15
Chateau Bianca 2015 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $15
Chateau Ste Michelle 2014 Cold Creek Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $24
Chateau Ste Michelle 2013 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $34
Chateau Ste Michelle 2015 Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley, $9
Chateau Ste Michelle 2015 Harvest Select Sweet Riesling, Columbia Valley, $15
Chateau Ste Michelle 2013 Cold Creek Merlot, Columbia Valley, $40
Chateau Ste Michelle 2013 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $15
Chateau Ste Michelle 2013 Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot, Horse Haven Hills, $25
Chateau Ste Michelle 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $12
Columbia Winery 2014 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $15
Columbia Crest 2014 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $15
Columbia Crest 2013 Walter Clore Private Reserve Red, Columbia Valley, $35
Columbia Crest 2015 H3 Sauvignon Blanc, Horse Heaven Hills, $15
Columbia Winery 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $25
Del Rio Vineyards 2015 Pinot Gris, Rogue Valley, $15
Del Rio Vineyards 2013 Syrah, Rogue Valley, $25
Domaine Serene 2013 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $56
Dussek 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $39
Dusted Valley Vintners 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $52
Dusted Valley Vintners 2014 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $70
Elizabeth Chambers Cellar 2013 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $40
Elk Cove Vineyards 2015 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $19
Elk Cove Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir, Willamette, $30
Elouan 2014 Pinto Noir, Oregon, $20
Elouan 2015 Rosé, Oregon, $25
Erath 2015 Pinot Gris, Oregon, $15
Erath 2014 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $40
Eroica 2014 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $25
Evolution Wine 2014 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $20
Firesteed 2014 Pinot Gris, Oregon, $15
Kennedy Shah 2013 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $15
Kennedy Shah 2013 La Vie En Rouge Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $24
King Estate 2015 Domaine Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $25
King Estate 2015 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $19
King Estate 2014 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $60
L’Ecole No 41 2014 Frenchtown Red, Columbia Valley, $25
L’Ecole No 41 2013 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $25
Mercer 2014 Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills, $25)
Michelle NV Brut Rose, Columbia Valley, $15
Michelle NV Brut, Columbia Valley, $15
Milbrandt Vineyards 2015 Traditions Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $15
Milbrandt Vineyards 2014 Evergreen Vineyard Traditions Riesling, Columbia Valley, $15
North by Northwest 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $29
North by Northwest 2015 Riesling, Horse Heaven Hills, $25
Pino Cellars 2015 Pinot Gris, Oregon, $19
PINO Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $20
Planet Oregon 2015 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $20
Rainstorm 2014 Pinot Noir Rosé, Oregon, $25
Red 55 Winery Miranda Lambert Crazy Ex-Girlfriend NV Sweet White, Washington, $18
Revelry Vintners 2013 D11 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $75
Revelry Vintners 2014 Range Red, Columbia Valley
Revelry Vintners 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $52
Rex Hill 2014 Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $34
Rex Hill 2013 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $40
Sokol Blosser 2014 Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $40
Solena Estates 2014 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $30
Spring Valley Vineyard 2012 Frederick Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley, $50
The Hogue Cellars 2015 Late Harvest Riesling, Columbia Valley, $15
The Hogue Cellars 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $15
Waterbrook Winery 2013 Reserve Malbec, Walla Walla Valley, $25
Wildstock Wines 2014 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $20
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $30
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2015 Whole Cluster Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $25

Bronze
14 Hands 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $15
14 Hands 2015 Moscato, Washington, $15
14 Hands 2015 Pinot Grigio, Washington, $10
Acrobat 2015 Pinot Gris, Oregon, $15
Benton-Lane 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $30
Camaraderie Cellars 2012 Merlot, Washington, $40
Charles & Charles 2015 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $15
Charles Smith Wines 2014 Boom Boom! Syrah, Columbia Valley, $15
Charles Smith Wines 2014 The Velvet Devil Merlot, Columbia Valley, $15
Charles Smith Wines 2015 ViNO Rosso, Columbia Valley, $15
Charles Wines 2014 ViNO Pinot Grigio, Washington, $15
Chateau Bianca 2012 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $20
Chateau Ste Michelle 2013 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $29
Chateau Ste Michelle 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $19
Columbia Winery NV Composition Red Blend, Columbia Valley $15
Columbia Crest 2014 Grand Estates Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $15
Del Rio Vineyards NV Muscat Rosé, Rogue Valley, $14
Del Rio Vineyards NV Rogue Jolee, Rogue Valley, $15
Dusted Valley Vintners 2015 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $19
Elizabeth Chambers Cellar 2015 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $19
Elizabeth Chambers Cellar 2014 Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $56
Elk Cove Vineyards 2014 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $75
Evolution Wine NV Brut Sparkling, American
Firesteed 2013 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $20
Four Graces 2014 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $40
Hyland Estates 2014 Chardonnay, McMinnville, $43
Hyland Estates 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, McMinnville, $30
Kennedy Shah 2013 Reserve Riesling, Yakima Valley, $25
King Estate 2015 Chardonnay, Oregon, $19
Locations Wines NV WA 4 Red Wine, Washington, $25
Mercer 2015 Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills, $15
Milbrandt Vineyards 2014 Traditions Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $13
North by Northwest 2014 Red Blend, Columbia Valley, $15
Northstar Winery 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $40
Pacific Rim Winemakers 2014 Sweet Riesling, Columbia Valley, $15
Rainstorm 2013 Pinot Noir, Umpqua Valley, $20
Sokol Blosser 2015 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $25
Soter Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $40
Waterbrook Winery 2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $15
Wildstock Wines 2014 Chardonnay, Oregon, 2014
Wildstock Wines 2015 Pinot Blanc, Oregon, $23

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About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for 15 years. He is a frequent wine judge along the West Coast and contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the region's longest-running golf publication.

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