Houston-based rap mogul 50 Cent lassos top honors at annual Rodeo Uncorked! wine competition
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 2023 doesn't kick off again until February 28, but as any longtime Houstonian knows, rodeo season is all year.
With that in mind, the rodeo has announced winners from the annual Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition. Top honors of Grand Champion Best of Show went to famed Newstonian and rap star/businessman/occasional TV hostCurtis “50 Cent” Jackson and his Le Chemin du Roi Brut, Champagne AOC, NV.
Jackson, an ardent rodeo fan, also won Reserve Grand Champion Best of Show in 2021 for the Le Chemin du Roi Brut, as CultureMap previously reported. No stranger to Texas-sized spending on grapes, he bid and won on a 2017 Hye Meadow Winery Boooom Red (Texas High Plains), which he noted on Twitter costs “more than a Rolls Royce.”
Meanwhile, the 2023 Reserve Grand Champion Best of Show was awarded to Bernhardt Winery Antiquity Chardonnay Reserve, Danube Plain, 2020, per the rodeo.
“The 2023 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition featured an incredible selection of wines from around the world, with Le Chemin du Roi Brut, Champagne AOC, NV, taking home the top prize as Grand Champion Best of Show,” said Chris Boleman, rodeo president and CEO, in press materials.
This year’s competition at NRG Center boasted 3,071 entries from 18 countries, including Argentina, Bulgaria, France, Israel, Italy, South Africa, and Spain. Some 160 entries hailed from this year’s featured region, Australia.
Notably, 531 of those entries were from Texas wineries. For a full list of winners, visit the Rodeo Uncorked! winners site.