Rodeo Wine Auction breaks Record

March 6, 2011 by  
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The 2011 Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Auction and Dinner, March 5, brought in record-breaking bids for the Grand Champion Best of Show and the Reserve Grand Champion Best of Show wines.

The DeMontrond Automotive Group, John Eddie and Sheridan Williams, Raye G. White, and Robert and Michelle Marsh jointly purchased the Grand Champion Best of Show, Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus, Alexander Valley, 2006, for a Show record price of $210,000.

“This is an opportunity to give back to the community and be part of the Rodeo,” John Eddie Williams said. “And let’s be honest; children and education are the most important things.”

The Reserve Grand Champion Best of Show wine, Stanton Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, 2007, sold for a Show record price of $130,000. Buyers were Tom and Mimi Dompier, Jerrol and Pam Springer, Paul Somerville, and Joe Van Matre and Jennifer Currey.

“[The money] helps young people in the state of Texas and goes to youth and education, and we enjoy good wine,” Somerville said.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $265 million to the youth of Texas. The 2011 Show runs through March 20. For tickets and more information, visit

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