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Rodeo wine auction breaks records with top wine fetching $215,000, total take surpassing $1.5 million

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0013, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Laura Kent, Clara Lambert, Terry Agris, Robin Young-Ellis
Laura Kent, Clara Lambert, Terry Agris, Robin Young-Ellis Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
0016, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Jake Marsico, Rachel Marisco
Jake Marsico , Rachel Marisco Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
0012, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Ross Robin, Preston Hall, Erin Hall
Ross Robin, Preston Hall, Erin Hall Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
0018, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Melissa Edwards, Joseph Trahan
Melissa Edwards, Joseph Trahan Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
0019, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Leah Stassney, Cindy Bruce, Connie Watkins-McTopy, Linda McNeilly
Leah Stassney, Cindy Bruce, Connie Watkins-McTopy, Linda McNeilly Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
0015, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Anne Richardson, Chad Richardson
Anne Richardson, Chad Richardson Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
0011, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Courtney Solleveld, Bas Solleveld
Courtney Solleveld, Bas Solleveld Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
0010, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, George Dodge, Kelly Hudseth, Bob Boudreaux
George Dodge, Kelly Hudseth, Bob Boudreaux Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
0007, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Holly Denslow, Tom Davis, Stephanie Baird
Holly Denslow, Tom Davis, Stephanie Baird Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
0005, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Scott Anderson, Laura Anderson
Scott Anderson, Laura Anderson Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
0004, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Rainey Janke, Lauren Cole
Rainey Janke, Lauren Cole Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
0014, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Charlie Gaudy, Darby Hopson
Charlie Gaudy, Darby Hopson Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
0003, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Natalie Elliot, Mark Elliot, Shannon Stone, Dwayne Stone
Natalie Elliot, Mark Elliot, Shannon Stone, Dwayne Stone Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
0002, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Amy White, Lynda Hartman, Jane Vara
Amy White, Lynda Hartman, Jane Vara Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
0001, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Ava Dallas, Kristi Dallas, Martye Simmons, Carolin Simmons
Ava Dallas, Kristi Dallas, Martye Simmons, Carolin Simmons Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
0013, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Laura Kent, Clara Lambert, Terry Agris, Robin Young-Ellis
0016, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Jake Marsico, Rachel Marisco
0012, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Ross Robin, Preston Hall, Erin Hall
0018, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Melissa Edwards, Joseph Trahan
0019, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Leah Stassney, Cindy Bruce, Connie Watkins-McTopy, Linda McNeilly
0015, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Anne Richardson, Chad Richardson
0011, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Courtney Solleveld, Bas Solleveld
0010, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, George Dodge, Kelly Hudseth, Bob Boudreaux
0007, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Holly Denslow, Tom Davis, Stephanie Baird
0005, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Scott Anderson, Laura Anderson
0004, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Rainey Janke, Lauren Cole
0014, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Charlie Gaudy, Darby Hopson
0003, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Natalie Elliot, Mark Elliot, Shannon Stone, Dwayne Stone
0002, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Amy White, Lynda Hartman, Jane Vara
0001, RodeoHouston Wine Auction, March 2013, Ava Dallas, Kristi Dallas, Martye Simmons, Carolin Simmons

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Wine Sales Committee knows how to prime the pump when softening up big buyers at the Champion Wine Auction and Dinner. Saturday night, they succeeded in convincing a number of well-heeled cowboys and cowgirls to let loose of record dollars for the prize-winning vino.

After a rousing cocktail hour in which the adult libations were bountiful, guests moved to the ballroom at Reliant Center for a gourmet dinner washed down with winning wines from the Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition. 

As the bidding began, hopes were high and no one was disappointed. By the time the last of the 53 lots of wine had found the highest bidder, the preliminary total (unaudited) for the night reached a record $1.582 million, surpassing the 2012 record of $1.4 million. That means a load of student scholarships, fulfilling the rodeo's mission of providing education support.

 The 2013 Grand Champion Best of Show Wine, the 2008 Alexander Valley Vineyards CYRUS, Alexander Valley, sold for a record-breaking $215,000. The consortium that put their change together was comprised of Bisso Marine (Eva and Beau Bisso), Annie and David Dunlap, Energy XXI (Kristi and John Schiller) and  Melba and Ronnie Murphy.

For another show record of $205,000, Bradley Fish, Gay and Red Griffin and Chuck Simmons purchased the Reserve Grand Champion Best of Show Wine, the 2010 Williams Selyem Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley. 

In the wine crush were Darby Hopson and Charlie Gaudy, Laura and Scott Anderson, Bob Boudreaux, Courtney and Bas Solleveld, Natalie and Mark Elliot, Robin Young-Ellis and Rachel and Jake Marsico.

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