October 10, 2013 – Kansas City – The American Royal Association was pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Grapes & Steaks Competition last night in Wagstaff Theater in the American Royal Complex. The competition was featured in the Wall Street Journal on September 28. The winners were as follows:
Grand Champion Grass-Finished: The Merrill Cattle Company/Beefalo Meats, Ellensburg, Washington, Mark & Melinda Merrill. The Merrill Cattle Company/Beefalo Meats were also the 2012 Grand Champion in Grass-Finished.
Reserve Champion Grass-Finished: The Rain Crow Ranch, Doniphan, Missouri, Peter Whisnant
Grand Champion Grain-Finished: Munson Premium Angus Beef, Junction City, Kansas, Deanna Munson
Reserve Champion Grain-Finished: Thompson River Ranch, Marion, Montana, Clydene Bultman. Thompson River Ranch was also our 2012 Grand Champion in Grain-Finished.
Beef producers from across the nation were invited to submit rib eye steaks to compete for the best tasting steak. Steaks were judged by a panel of experts. There were two entry categories, Grass-finished and Grain-finished. Each steak was prepared in an identical manner at K-State University Olathe Campus. They were cooked on a George Forman grill, sliced into one inch cubes and served to a panel of expert judges. Each steak was identified only by a numerical code, to ensure unbiased judging. Points were assigned for flavor, juiciness, and texture and scores were tabulated by computer. The judging took place earlier in September.
Grand Champion Red – Les Bourgeois Winery NV Jeunette Rouge – Missouri
Grand Champion White – Les Bourgeois Winery 2012 Solay White– Missouri
Category Winners – White
Best Sav. Blanc – Cooper’s Hawk Winery NV Sauvignon Blanc – California
Best Chardonnay – Cooper’s Hawk Winery NV Chardonnay – California
Best White Blend – Les Bourgeois Winery 2012 Solay Dry White – Missouri
Best White Varietal – St. James Winery NV Moscato – Missouri
Category Winners – Red
Best Pinot Noir – Block Nine Caiden’s Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir – California
Best Merlot – Ray’s Station 2009 Merlot – North Coast, California
Best Cabernet – Cooper’s Hawk Winery NV Cabernet Sauvignon – California
Best Zinfandel – Haraszthy 2009 Zinfandel – Amador County, California
Best Red Blend – Les Bourgeois Winery NV Jeunette Rouge – Missouri
Best Red Varietal – Tenuta Tenaglia Bricco Crea 2011 Barbera D’Asti – Italy
Through individual ticket sales, sponsorships, and an auction, the event generated much needed funds for recipients of American Royal scholarships. Hundreds of wine and food enthusiasts gathered at the American Royal Complex to participate in the tasting of the competition wines complimented by an array of delectable dishes from area restaurants.
Participating restaurants included Chaz on the Plaza, Pierpont’s, Jasper’s, The Capital Grille, The American Restaurant and Aixois Brasserie.