OWP Article: Experience Wanted Crowd thirsty for statewide, versatile event

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By Maureen Flanagan Battistella

The Indian-style salmon bake delighted the crowd the night of the Miracle Auction. Photo by Sheila Giorgetti/Foto by Giorg

Not merely one event or even a single weekend, OWE lasts throughout August with “Oregon Wine University” classes on winemaking, glassware, tastings and more; plus vintner dinners featuring local chefs and spectacular vineyard settings, from Roseburg to Ashland. And those include only a few of OWE’s offerings.

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2017 Oregon Wine Competition Results

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2017 Results

Best of Show

 White – Cliff Creek Cellars 2016 MRV Rhône White Blend $22
Winemakers – Herb Quady & Brian Gruber

Red – Weisinger Family Winery 2014 Tempranillo$32
Winemaker – Eric Weisinger

Specialty* – Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars 2016 Fizzé, Early Muscat$13
Winemaker – Bryan Wilson

*Specialty wine includes the categories Rosé, Sparkling wines, Fortified/Late Harvest/Sweet wines


Double Gold Medal

Requires unanimous gold medal scores by all judges on a panel

Authentique Wine Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir – $55
Brandborg Vineyard & Winery 2014 Hundredth Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir – $30
Brigadoon Wine Company 2016 Pinot Blanc – $18
Brigadoon Wine Company 2016 Riesling – $18
DANCIN Vineyards 2015 Pas de Trois, Pinot Noir – $37
Foris 2016 Pinot Blanc – $15
Girardet 2014 Sangiovese – $48
Hellgate Cellars 2014 Reserve Malbec – $45
Huett Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir – $49
Lemelson Vineyards 2015 Thea’s Selection Pinot Noir – $30
Misty Oaks Vineyard 2016 Gewürztraminer – $18
Plaisance Ranch 2014 Syrah – $30
Raylee Wines 2015 Pinot Noir – $15
Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards 2015 Malbec – $31
Rex Hill 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir – $35
Schultz Wines 2012 Blessed Merlot – $23
Silvan Ridge Winery 2013 Elizabeth’s Red Bordeaux Red Blend – $40
Z’IVO Wines 2014 Whole Cluster Pinot Noir – $45

Gold Medal

A to Z Wineworks 2015 Oregon Chardonnay – $15
Abacela 2016 Albariño – $21
Alloro Vineyard Estate 2014 Riservata Pinot Noir – $45
Alloro Vineyard Estate 2014 Pinot Noir – $35
Augustino Estate and Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir – $28
Awen Winecraft 2016 Inspiration Blend Rhône White Blend – $22
Brandborg Vineyard and Winery 2015 Riesling – $16
Cathedral Ridge Winery 2014 Echo Vineyard Petit Verdot – $48
Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars 2014 Syrah – $15
Daisy Creek Vineyard 2014 Lyon Red Red Blend – $28
Del Rio Vineyards 2014 Claret Bordeaux Red Blend – $35
Dragonfly Time 2014 Tempranillo – $26
Grizzly Peak Winery 2014 Malbec – $35
Ledger David Cellars Estate Syrah – $42
Lemelson Vineyards 2015 Chestnut Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir – $54
Phelps Creek Vineyards 2014 Columbia Gorge Pinot Noir – $34
Quady North Winery 2016 Pistoleta Rhône White Blend – $20
Quady North Winery 2012 Arsenal Bordeaux Red Blend – $40
Rex Hill 2015 Seven Soils Chardonnay 33
Schmidt Family Vineyards 2014 Syrah – $36
Silvan Ridge Winery 2015 Malbec – $26
Stave & Stone Winery 2016 Pinot Gris – $24
Valcan Cellars 2014 Syrah – $28
VIDON Vineyard 2014 3-Clones Pinot Noir – $40

Silver Medal

2Hawk Vineyard & Winery 2016 Grenache Rosé – $22
30 Brix Winery 2015 Love and Be Loved Red Blend – $19
A to Z Wineworks 2015 Oregon Pinot Gris – $15
Abacela 2014 Garnacha Grenache – $29
Abacela 2014 Reserve Malbec – $42
Abacela 2013 Barrel Select Tempranillo – $33
Abacela 2016 Grenache Rosé – $18
Abiqua Wind Vineyard 2015 Gloria Anne Gewürztraminer – $15
Abiqua Wind Vineyard NV Abiqua Cuvee White Blend – $15
Agate Ridge Vineyard 2016 Pinot Gris – $18
Agate Ridge Vineyard 2016 Sauvignon Blanc – $20
Alloro Vineyard Estate 2014 Chardonnay – $34
Artem Wine Company 2015 Muska Pinot Noir – $29
Augustino Estate and Vineyard 2014 Syrah – $32
Aurora Vines/Aguila Vineyard 2015 Pinot Noir – $29
Brandborg Vineyard and Winery 2013 Ferris Wheel Vineyard Pinot Noir – $38
Brigadoon Wine Company 2015 Lylee Pinot Noir – $23
Brigadoon Wine Company 2015 Taproot Pinot Noir – $40
Carlton Cellars 2013 Estate Pinot Noir – $35
Carlton Cellars 2015 Seven Devils Pinot Noir – $25
Cathedral Ridge Winery 2014 Syrah – $34
Cathedral Ridge Winery 2014 Bordheauxd Red Red Blend – $30
Catman Cellars 2015 Tempranillo – $36
Cliff Creek Cellars 2012 Sangiovese – $28
Cliff Creek Cellars 2011 Claret Bordeaux Red Blend – $25
Cubanisimo Vineyards 2015 Pinot Gris – $21
Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars 2016 Pinot Gris – $15
Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir – $15
DANCIN Vineyards 2016 Chasse Chardonnay – $32
DANCIN Vineyards 2016 Capriccio Chardonnay – $32
DANCIN Vineyards 2015 Septette Pinot Noir – $37
Dauntless Wine Company 2015 No Man’s Land Pinot Noir – $30
Deer Creek Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir – $50
Deer Creek Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir – $35
Del Rio Vineyards 2016 Rosé – $13
EdenVale Winery 2011 Malbec – $85
Eliana Wines 2011 Reserve Bordeaux Red Blend – $28
Elizabeth Chambers Cellar 2016 Pinot Gris – $18
Fences Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon – $25
Foris Vineyards Winery 2015 Chardonnay – $16
Foris Vineyards Winery 2016 Pinot Gris – $14
Foris Vineyards Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon – $20
Girardet 2014 Barbera – $48
Guzzo Family Vineyard 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon – $28
Guzzo Family Vineyard 2014 Tempranillo – $28
Harry & David Vineyards 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir – $30
Hellgate Cellars 2014 Reserve Tempranillo – $40
Iris Vineyards 2014 Pinot Gris – $18
Irvine & Roberts Family Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay – $35
JAXON 2016 Viognier – $21
JAXON 2014 Syrah – $30
Ledger David Cellars 2016 Estate Viognier – $23
Ledger David Cellars 2014 Estate Cabernet Franc – $29
Ledger David Cellars 2014 Sublimus Red Blend – $38
Lenné 2014 Pinot Noir – $38
Lumos Wine Company 2014 Pinot Noir – $45
Oak Knoll Winery 2016 Chardonnay – $14
Pebblestone Cellars 2016 Albariño – $22
Pebblestone Cellars 2013 Tempranillo – $30
Pheasantbrook Vineyards Brook Horse 2014 Barbera – $26
Pheasantbrook Vineyards Brook Horse 2016 Rosé – $18
Plaisance Ranch 2014 Carménère – $30
Plaisance Ranch 2014 Tempranillo – $30
Platt Anderson Cellars 2014 Sangiovese – $20
Quady North Winery 2013 Syrah – $32Rainstorm Winery 2014 Pinot Noir – $17
Raylee Wines 2014 Pinot Noir – $25
Red Lily Vineyards 2014 Ghost Lily Syrah/Tempranillo – $32
Red Lily Vineyards 2014 Red Blanket Tempranillo – $22
Red Lily Vineyards 2016 Lily Girl Tempranillo Rosé – $16
Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards 2015 Winemaker’s Reserve Syrah – $39
Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards 2015 Winemaker’s Reserve Tempranillo – $39
RoxyAnn Winery 2013 Malbec – $30
RoxyAnn Winery 2013 Claret Bordeaux Red Blend – $26
Schmidt Family Vineyards 2015 Albariño – $24
Schmidt Family Vineyards 2014 Reserve Chardonnay – $28
Schmidt Family Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon – $40
Schmidt Family Vineyards 2014 Tempranillo – $36
Schultz Wines 2015 Homeward Chardonnay – $20
Schultz Wines 2014 Freedom Pinot Noir – $29
Schultz Wines 2012 Shepherd Syrah – $26
Simple Machine 2013 Grenache – $34
Simple Machine 2014 Grenache – $34
Sokol Blosser Winery 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris – $19
Sokol Blosser Winery 2014 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir – $38
Soloro Vineyard 2012 Reserve Killdeer Syrah – $32
South Stage Cellars 2015 Early Muscat – $1
South Stage Cellars 2014 Romeo & Juliet Rhône White Blend – $26
Spangler Vineyards 2015 Dolcetto – $29
Stave & Stone Winery 2016 Riesling – $24
Stone Griffon Vineyard 2014 Tempranillo – $40
Terra Vina Wines 2016 Pinot Noir Blanc – $45
Troon Vineyard 2016 Vermentino White Blend – $20
Troon Vineyard 2014 M*T Red Blend – $50
Valcan Cellars 2014 Petite Sirah – $28
Valley View Winery 2014 Malbec – $26
Valley View Winery 2012 Anna Maria Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc – $28
Weisinger Family Winery 2014 Malbec Malbec – $28
Weisinger Family Winery NV Barile – $39
Welsh Family Wines 2015 Armstrong Vineyards Pinot Noir – $40
Welsh Family Wines 2015 Bjornson Vineyards Pinot Noir – $38
Welsh Family Wines 2016 Dauenhauer Farms Blaufränkisch – $20
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2013 Griffin Creek Syrah – $45
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2014 Griffin Creek Griffin Red Blend – $60
Youngberg Hill Vineyards 2015 Aspen Chardonnay – $40
Youngberg Hill Vineyards 2014 Cuvée Pinot Noir – $35

Oregon Wine Competition® Announces Stellar Roster of Judges

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Bruce Nicholson, Oregon Wine Competition, Bigham Knoll

Sue Mendenhall, Event Coordination, Asante Foundation

Oregon Wine Competition® Announces Stellar Roster of Judges

MEDFORD, Ore.–The Oregon Wine Experience® is thrilled to announce the panel of six world renowned judges secured for the 2017 Oregon Wine Competition® to be held August 5-6.

The panel boasts the first international judge to appraise the Oregon Wine Competition®, the first female Master of Wine in America and the first and only female Master of Wine in Canada. The international expertise present at the judges table will position the Oregon Wine Experience® as one of the premiere wine events in the country.

The judges for the 2017 Oregon Wine Competition® include:

  •  Linda Murphy: West Coast correspondent for Decanter Magazine.
  •  Bree Boskov: Master of Wine, North America market manager for Equilibrio Wines.
  •  Eric Degerman: President/CEO of GreatNorthwestWine.com.
  •  Tim McNally: Wine and Spirits Editor at New Orleans Magazine.
  •  Barbara Philip: Master of Wine, Category Manager for BC Liquor Stores.
  •  D.C. Flynt: Master of Wine, President/Owner – MACH Flynt Inc.

(Note: Master of Wine (MW) is the most prestigious title in the world of wine and is issued by The Institute of Masters of Wine in the United Kingdom. There are currently only 338 Masters ofWine in 24 countries.)

For full bios of the judges and other wine competition information, visit http://www.theoregonwineexperience.com/wine-competition.



Oregon Wine Experience Featured on SipNW Live

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Celebrated radio host and personality Brian Bushlach runs the show for SipNW Live – a radio broadcast that showcases the Pacific NW’s incredible wine, beer, cider and spirits industries, as well as travel and hospitality. Check out this segment featuring Oregon Wine Experience® and Asante Foundation Executive Director, Floyd Harmon! Listen here.

Cows, vines and history at Plaisance Ranch

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Featured in the Mail Tribune: full article here

I have to admit that I’m a cowgirl at heart, so Plaisance Ranch in Williams holds a special place for me. Where else can you go to taste amazing wines among cattle and horses?

The 150 organic acres of Plaisance Ranch are filled with Murray Grey cattle, prized for their ability to flourish on grass. Beyond the pasture one can see the vineyards, andas you step into the old dairy barn/tasting room, Cooper, the Australian shepherdgreeter, will check to see if you might have treats. This is a true working ranch with a history of three generations of tenacious Frenchmen growing grapes.

In 1898, after leaving the Savoie Valley in France, Joseph Ginet settled just outside Jacksonville. Joseph brought grape cuttings from France, and he sold both the fruit and plants. Today,grandson Joe and his wife, Suzi, who started as dairy farmers, are carrying on a long-held tradition of grape growing, with 18 varietals, including imported rootstock from the family vineyards in the Savoie.

This long process involves a quarantine of rootstock for 3 years at Missouri State University. The university makes sure the stock is virus free,and then it will send cuttings back to the Ginets. All in all, it’s about a 12-year project to have enough vines planted, grapes harvested and wine aged in the barrel.

The results have been stellar. The Ginets’ 2012 Rogue Prestige, made with a mondeuse grape from the Savoie, received a 92 in Wine Enthusiast, and in 2015 the Oregon Wine Experience awarded Rogue Prestige a Gold Medal.

Another varietal the Ginets cultivate is Carménère, a Bordeaux that we don’t see too much of in the valley. With the help of winemaker Michael Moore of Quail Run Vineyards, Joe will be donating a barrel of the Carménère for auction at this year’s Oregon Wine Experience.

Although the Ginets have been making wine since the ‘90s, 2006 was the year they started their commercial winery.

Joe and Suzi make about 2,000 cases of wine a year. She brings wines and their organic, grass-fed beef to twogrowers markets a week, prepares food and helps with the once-a-month “Wine Down” get-together, a social event with food, wine and music.

“We’re not marketers, we’re farmers,” says Joe. “Making the wine is the fun stuff.”

Often at the tasting room, the Ginets’ knowledge is vast, and a tour of the operation is both interesting and fun. As Joe says, “It’s all about the experience. Visiting here keeps people coming back.”

This year Joe is excited about his 2015 Petite Verdot, but one of his biggest thrills is bringing wine to France for his relatives. They love it, and I think that’s about the best accolade any winemaker could want.

Plaisance Ranch is at 16955 Water Gap Road in Williams. Hours are noon to 6p.m. Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesdays). For more information, call 541-846-7175 or see www. plaisanceranch.com.

This will be my last Barrel Notes column. I have a book project to start, and travel is in my future. I appreciate the Mail Tribune for giving me an opportunity to learn and write about our wonderful wine industry here in the valley, and thanks to all of you who read my column. I also want to thank the vineyard owners and winemakers who took the time to talk with me. It is greatly appreciated. Please help support your local farmers, and say hi to me at the wineries!—Lorraine d’Entremont Rawls is a freelance writer and tour guide. You can email her at wildprovence@gmail.com

9 Festivals In Oregon That Food Lovers Should NOT Miss

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Food is definitely worth celebrating—especially here in Oregon. With tons of delicious produce, fresh-caught seafood, award-winning beer and wine and innovative chefs, Oregon is full of amazing foods and drinks to be discovered. This year, check out some of the wonderful festivals that center on the abundant flavors of Oregon. From grape stomping to seafood festivals, you’ll want to mark these nine awesome events on your 2016 calendar.

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Oregon Wine Experience® Promises to be Destination Event of the Summer

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MEDFORD, Ore.— Oregon Wine Experience® returns this summer, taking place August 22-28 at the historic Bigham Knoll Campus in Jacksonville, Ore. Produced by the Asante Foundation and the Southern Oregon wine industry, Oregon Wine Experience® showcases southern Oregon’s nationally acclaimed wine region. Over the course of the week, guests will have the opportunity to taste extraordinary Oregon wines as they partake in a variety of unique activities.

Event offerings include the Oregon Wine Competition® followed by a Medal Celebration, a variety of wine related classes, intimate vintner dinners, a Barrel Auction, the Miracle Auction & Salmon Bake, and a Grand Tasting.  One hundred percent of the proceeds from Oregon Wine Experience® benefit Asante Children’s Miracle Network and other healthcare programs supported by Asante Foundation. As a CMN designated hospital, Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center provides the highest level of pediatric care in the region, treating over 29,000 children last year alone.

In 2015, Oregon Wine Experience® raised over half a million dollars, allowing for a new Child Life Specialist at Rogue Regional Medical Center. Attendees for the events surpassed 2,100 and over 50 wineries participated.

Join the party August 22-28! For tickets and event information, visit www.theoregonwineexperience.com or call 541-789-5025.

Oregon Is Latest Destination to See Its Vineyards as Tourist Draw

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Written by Greg Stiles, Associated Press – Feb 07, 2016 4:00 pm
Jamie Lusch / The Medford Mail Tribune via APA Rogue Valley sunset casts warm light on a vineyard in Medford, Ore. Jamie Lusch / The Medford Mail Tribune via AP

The winsome wines of southern Oregon are gathering acclaim far beyond the Cascades and Siskiyous.

An industry once summed up by a collection of one-offs in Ashland, Cave Junction, Roseburg and Ruch during the 1970s now boasts 121 wineries and 226 vineyards on 5,886 planted acres in Jackson, Josephine and Douglas counties.

The fruit of the region’s vines has drawn accolades from the Atlantic to Pacific, capturing the hearts of wine columnists and judges. Reports in the New York Times, Sunset magazine and Wine Enthusiast, plus an avalanche of medals in January’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, are creating reasonable expectations the coming travel season will attract more and new wine tourists.

“This is really an important moment in our transition from a region that’s unexplored and undiscovered to the recognition we’ve received from the national press, and awards coming in,” said Michael Donovan, president of the Southern Oregon Winery Association. “Not to mention the individual wine ratings awards.”

Wine Enthusiast named Ashland one of its “10 Best Wine Travel Destinations” for 2016. Sunset magazine’s October article touting southern Oregon’s myriad wine offerings, reasonable rates and few crowds came on the heels of a similar article in the New York Times the year before. And the San Francisco Chronicle is featuring the region’s wines at its Feb. 13 Grand Tasting at Fort Mason in San Francisco, an event expected to draw thousands.

Foris Vineyards’ 2014 Pinot Gris and Pebblestone Cellars’ 2014 Ellis Vineyards Viognier earned Best of Show awards as southern Oregon wineries, including Applegate, Elkton, Rogue Valley and Umpqua Valley locations, reeled in a total of 134 medals in the Chronicle’s competition. Another nine entries earned double golds and 15 garnered golds. All those entries will be available at the grand tasting.

“From the wine growers and winemakers, we’ve really stepped up the game now to the point where we are producing world-class wines,” said Pebblestone Cellars owner Dick Ellis. “I think that can be coupled with a message going out telling the world through social media, advertising and different forms of marketing that this is a real destination to come. It’s great publicity, very good timing. As we get more and more people coming here as a destination wine area, it will help to get the word out of what kind of wine we’re producing here.”

Joe Czerwinski, managing editor of Wine Enthusiast Media, said areas profiled previously in the magazine, such as Virginia and the Texas Hill Country, reported tourist upticks after the articles were published.

“I think the response depends on how able and willing each region is when it comes to promoting the award and what the public awareness of the region is to begin with,” Czerwinski, who resides in upstate New York, said in an email. “If the recipient does a good job getting out there and marketing it, there can be (especially with domestic destinations) an immediate response.”

His long-distance perception of southern Oregon is of a bucolic region “with the sort of real country vibe that might be missing from some of the world’s more developed wine regions,” such as the Napa Valley, while still offering enough in the way of fine dining and accommodations.

With encouraging reviews, affirmative adjudication and international acclaim in hand, the region’s vintners and wine marketers seized on a rare opportunity, turning the San Francisco tasting into a launching pad to greater things. The Southern Oregon Winery Association signed on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Neuman Hotel Group and Travel Medford to promote its cause.

For the full article, visit https://skift.com/2016/02/07/oregon-is-latest-destination-to-see-its-vineyards-as-tourist-draw/

Oregon Wine Competition® Announces Impressive Set of Judges, Becomes Statewide Competition

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MEDFORD, Ore.–The Oregon Wine Experience® is pleased to announce that a panel of six exceptional judges has been finalized for this year’s Oregon Wine Competition® to be held August 6-7. These nationally renowned experts herald a significant change in the competition. Previously restricted to wines made with 100 percent Southern Oregon AVA grapes, this year the competition will open up to all wines made with 100 percent Oregon AVA grapes. This change represents the evolution of Oregon Wine Experience® and the Oregon Wine Competition® into prominent wine events for Oregon and the entire Pacific Northwest.

The judges for the 2016 Oregon Wine Competition® include:

  • Mollie Battenhouse:   Master of Wine, Advanced Sommelier.
  • Bob Foster:  Chief Judge, Central Coast Wine Competition, Paso Robles.
  • Tim Hanni:  Master of Wine, Wine Industry Faculty at Sonoma State University.
  • Richard Jennings: Wine Writer & Critic, RJonWine.com.
  • Adam Lapierre: Master of Wine, Teaching Staff at San Francisco Wine School.
  • Luke Sykora:  Wine Writer, Senior Editor – Wine & Spirits Magazine.

Note: Master of Wine (MW) is the most prestigious title in the world of wine and is issued by The Institute of Masters of Wine in the United Kingdom. There are currently only 338 Masters of Wine in 24 countries.

Full judges bios can be found here.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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There are many sponsorship opportunities at this multi-day destination wine event in support of Children’s Miracle Network and healthcare programs. Organized by the Asante Foundation and local wine industry partners the event features many different venues for a variety of exposure. Sponsoring the 2016 OWE event will increase media exposure, attract participants and accomplish key partnerships and financial goals for all. Plus supporting such a worthy cause it is just good business.