Texas Wines Cowboy Up to Wines from Around the World in 2008 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition

Austin, TX (PRWEB) December 5, 2007

Texas wines came out of the chute strong at the fifth annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition, held Nov. 10-11 at Reliant Center. This year, the competition — known for awarding its popular prize saddles, belt buckles and chaps rather than traditional wine medals — attracted 1,969 entries from 606 wineries in 16 countries around the world. In total, 1,544 medals were awarded by 15 panels of judges, including local, national and international wine experts.

Of those medals, 60 Texas wines received Champion, Reserve Champion and Texas Champion awards. Texas is the nation’s fifth-largest wine-producing state with more than 130 wineries in operation contributing approximately $ 1 billion to Texas’ economy.

“The Texas wine industry should be extremely proud of its outstanding performance against very challenging competition,” said Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. “Texas wines more than doubled their success in this year’s competition over last year. Once again, these awards let consumers know premium-quality, world-class wines are being made right here in the Lone Star State.”

Brennan Vineyards 2006 Viognier won Double Gold Reserve Champion and Texas Champion honors at the 2008 competition, as well as the title of Top Texas Wine for the very first time. Messina Hof Winery in Bryan has won Top Texas Wine for the past four years.

Other Texas wineries awarded Gold Champion and Gold Reserve Champion were:

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