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Nice Winery - Rodeo Champions Wine Dinner


The Nice Winery Rodeo Champions Wine Dinner last month was nicer than nice! Nice Winery was awarded 4 new Champion Belt Buckles, a record three Double Gold awards, 5 Gold Medals and 18 Silver Medals at the 2023 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo International Wine Competition.

Wine lovers filled the events room at the winery to taste some of the winning wines from the Rodeo Uncorked wine competition which were beautifully paired with a mouthwatering meal.

The Menu:

1ST COURSE

2022 NICE ROSÉ OF MALBEC (Reserve Class Champion, Double Gold Medal)

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER, ALDERWOOD SMOKED YOGURT, POMEGRANATE SEEDS, GOLDEN RAISINS, DILL & MINT


2ND COURSE

2019 GRACE CHARDONNAY (Double Gold Medal)

TEXAS GULF SHRIMP, CRISPY GOAT CHEESE POLENTA, CAJUN BUTTER SAUCE, GREEN ONION OIL, & GREEN ONION




3RD COURSE

2018 NICE WINERY DOMAINE CECCHIN BONARDA (Reserve Class Champion, Double Gold Medal)

PORK BELLY, BABY BOK CHOY, SMOKED PINEAPPLE PICO, SZECHUAN GLAZE



4TH COURSE

2018 NICE SIERRA FOOTHILLS ZINFANDEL (Gold Medal)

ASSORTED ARTISANAL CHEESES WITH A FIG COMPOTE AND ROSEMARY & PEPPER BISCUIT


5TH COURSE

2019 COURAGE RED BLEND (Class Champion, Gold Medal)

BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIBS, AU GRATIN POTATOES, BROCCOLINI, BEEF REDUCTION, MICRO RAINBOW CHARD


6TH COURSE

2009 NICE SINGLE VINTAGE TAWNY PORT (Gold Medal)

NEAPOLITAN BAKED ALASKA

Upcoming Nice Winery events in February:

  • Sojourn Cellars Wine Dinner on Friday, February 17 at 6 PM
  • Wine & Chocolate Class on Wednesday, February 22 at 6 PM
  • Sojourn Cellars Wine Dinner on Friday, February 24 at 6 PM
  • Wine 101 Class at 6 PM
  • Argentina Wine Dinner on both Friday, March 3 & 10 at 6 pm
  • Wine Blending Class on Wednesday, March 8 at 6 PM
  • Quintessa, Flowers, and Faust Wine Dinner on both Friday, March 17 & 24 at 6 PM
Non-members are always welcome but Nice Winery Club Members will receive a discounted price of 20% off of winery events. Call (713) 744-7444 for pricing and availability, book events through tock on the winery website.

I arrived early to the event and tried Nice Winery's new California Sparkling rosé.

Visit the winery located at 10520 Westview Dr in Houston on Tuesday- Saturday from 12:00-6:00 to enjoy a bottle on their patio surrounded by Blanc du Bois grapevines and check out their website to learn more about upcoming tasting events.

Sandra Crittenden with Nice Winery Owner & Winemaker Ryan Levy


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