Words by Nan McCreary

Wineries from Texas were among those from around the world that achieved Double Gold medals at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ 2022 Rodeo Uncorked!® International Wine Competition, held Nov. 12-14 at NRG Center in Houston.

A Double Gold medal is awarded to entries that receive a gold medal rating by all five members of the judging panel. The Rodeo Uncorked! handbook describes a gold medal winner as a wine “of outstanding quality, superior to most. Reflects the best flavor, balance, style and winemaking for that class and price point.”  A Double Gold is the most prestigious medal a wine can receive at the Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition.

Hye Meadow Winery’s Boooom Red, Texas High Plains, 2017 was named Top Texas Wine. It earned a Double Gold medal, Class Champion and Texas Class Champion awards. The Boooom Red is a robust blend of Negroamaro, Montepulciano, Alianico and Sangiovese. For more information about Hye Meadow Winery, visit www.hyemeadow.com

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Becker Vineyards, a long-time winner at Rodeo Uncorked!, received a Double Gold medal, Reserve Class Champion and Texas Class Champion awards for its GSM, Texas, 2018. Becker’s Iconoclast Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Select, Texas, 2019 also took home a Double Gold medal, Class Champion and Texas Class Champion awards. For more information about Becker Vineyards, visit www.beckervineyards.com.

Messina Hof Winery, another long-time Rodeo Uncorked! winner, took home two Double Gold medals: one for its Black Label, Texas High Plains, 2019, which was awarded Texas Class Champion; and another for its Viognier, Texas High Plains, 2020, which received Class Champion and Texas Class Champion awards. For more information about Messina Hof Winery, visit www.messinahof.com.

Checkered Past Winery, an urban wine pub in Dallas, was awarded a Double Gold medal for its Sangiovese, Texas High Plains, NV, and was named Class Champion and Texas Class Champion. For more information, visit www.checkeredpastwinery.

Dancing Bee Winery received a Double Gold medal for its Lone Star Waltz, Texas Hill Country, NV. The wine took home Reserve Class Champion and Texas Class Champion awards. Dancing Bee is located at Walker Honey Farms and focuses on honey wine. For more information about Dancing Bee Winery, visit www.dancingbeewinery.com.

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Eden Hill Vineyard’s Reserve Tempranillo, Texas, 2019, won a Double Gold medal, as well as Class Champion and Texas Class. Eden Hill is located near Dallas/Fort Worth, and the Tempranillo grapes are grown on site. For more information about Eden Hill Vineyard, visit www.edenhill.com.

Steve and Cindy Newsom Vineyards took home a Double Gold medal, along with Class Champion and Texas Class Champion awards for English Newsom Cellars Roussanne, Texas High Plains, 2019. The winery is one of many Texas vineyards enjoying success with this traditional Rhone grape. For more information about this vineyard, visit www.englishnewsom.com.

Fiesta Winery received a Double Gold medal for its Tempranillo, High Plains, 2018. The wine was named Reserve Class Champion and Reserve Texas Class Champion. Fiesta Winery is a family-owned winery located in Bend/Lometa. For more information about Fiesta Winery, visit www.Fiestawinery.com

Longhorn Cellars Reserve Petit Verdot, Texas High Plains, 2018, took home a Double Gold medal and Class Champion and Texas Champion. Longhorn Cellars is a boutique winery located near Fredericksburg, Texas. For more information about Longhorn Cellars, visit www.longhorncellars.com.

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Pedernales Cellars won Double Gold medal for its Newseaux Red, Newsome Vineyard, Texas High Plains, 2018, and a Texas Class Champion. Pedernales Cellars is a leading producer of authentic, handcrafted wines. For more information on Pedernales Cellars, visit www.pedernales.com.

Texas Heritage Vineyard Stella Solitaria received a Double Gold medal, Class Champion and Texas Class Champion awards. The Vineyard is located near Fredericksburg, and the owners focus on wines made from grapes that love the state of Texas and thrive in the culture and climate. For more information on this vineyard, visit www.texasheritagevineyard.com.

Thirsty Mule Winery took home a Double Gold medal for its Sweet Sparkling Peach, Texas NV, and was named Class Champion and Texas Class Champion. The winery features a 3,400 square-foot underground tasting bar that was dug out of a hillside. For more information on Thirsty Mule Winery, visit www.thirstymule.com.

For the full listing of winners, wine classes and for more information on upcoming Rodeo Uncorked! events, visit www.rodeohouston.com/wine or join the Rodeo Uncorked! Facebook group.