Wine Competitions

    Abacela, Agate Ridge shine at Southern Oregon World of Wine competition

    The Southern Oregon World of Wine grand tasting was held at Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville. (Photo courtesy of WOW) JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — An Albariño by Umpqua Valley icon Abacela and a Malbec made by Agate Ridge Vineyard in Eagle Point were the clear winners at this year’s Southern Oregon World of Wine competition, a judging panel which featured two Masters of Wine.

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    Backyard Vineyards gets a well-deserved second look

    Photo: Backyard Vineyards winemaker James Cambridge Wine reviewers are no different from other consumers: if a producer’s wines put us off, we stop paying attention to that winery. After all, there are 200 other wineries in British Columbia to choose from. About three years ago, samples arrived from Backyard Winery in Langley that were disappointing. I seldom review wines like that.

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      Brian Carter Cellars soars with great Washington blends

      Great Northwest Wine - - 1 readers - Brian Carter of Brian Carter Cellars walks through Klipsun Vineyard on Washington’s Red Mountain collecting samples of Cabernet Sauvignon. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) WOODINVILLE, Wash. – For more than three decades, Brian Carter has crafted some of Washington’s best wines and helped launch several wineries. Now, he’s accomplished a remarkable feat.

      Why Mike Sinor is a Better Winemaker Than Me

      Boozehoundz - - 1 readers - As a wine writer for the last 15 years I have actually made wine. It’s a very important thing for a wine writer to do - to better understand the process of what winemakers go through and not write about wine from a vacuum.

      Nine Wineries You (Probably) Never Heard of…But Should

      The Pour Fool - - We have almost 8,000 wineries in the US, today. Over 3,000 breweries. A thousand artisan distilleries – and counting. Even wonks like me simply cannot keep up with everything that’s out there, anymore. Back in 1994, I found that I had sampled beers from better than 90% of all American craft breweries. That sounds impressive until you realize that there were fewer than 100, total, at the time.

      Viognier tops 4th North Central Washington Wine Awards

      Great Northwest Wine - - Glasses of Cabernet Franc await judging at the fourth annual North Central Washington Wine Awards competition in Wenatchee. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) WENATCHEE, Wash. – A winery in one of the most remote regions of Washington’s vast Columbia Valley earned best-in-show honors Saturday evening at the fourth annual North Central Washington Wine Awards.

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      Brian Carter Cellars soars with great Washington blends

      … a remarkable feat. So far this year, Carter’s wines have won best in show at three separate Northwest wine competitions. In February, his 2011 Opulento, a fortified dessert wine using Yakima Valley grapes, earned the top award at the Seattle Wine & Food Experience Wine Competition. In May, his 2009 Solesce, a Bordeaux-style red blend, won top…

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      Nine Wineries You (Probably) Never Heard of…But Should

      … golds at prestigious wine competitions, Portalupi still flies quite under the radar but, make no mistake about it, this is an absolutely top shelf California winery, offering wines that are beautifully crafted and stunningly delicious. BEST BETS: Portalupi Russian River Zinfandel 2012: 94 Points Portalupi Pinot Noir Il Migliori Vyd, Russian River 2012…

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      Backyard Vineyards gets a well-deserved second look

      … has collected gold medals at three major wine competitions this year (so far). A well-balanced wine, fermentation stopped naturally, leaving 10 grams of residual sugar. That seems to pop the lovely notes of lemon and lime in the aroma and on the palate. The finish is crisp and refreshing. 90. Backyard Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2012 ($16.99…

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      Why Mike Sinor is a Better Winemaker Than Me

      … of. Ancient Peaks wines range from $15 to $50 and the Merlot is one of the better ones you’ll find on the Central Coast at around $17 (winning a gold medal at the Central Coast Wine Competition - which I judged at) which also shows that wine needn’t be expensive to be good. So if you have not tried Ancient Peaks wines - they are waiting for you…

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      Abacela, Agate Ridge shine at Southern Oregon World of Wine competition

      …The Southern Oregon World of Wine grand tasting was held at Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville. (Photo courtesy of WOW) JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — An Albariño by Umpqua Valley icon Abacela and a Malbec made by Agate Ridge Vineyard in Eagle Point were the clear winners at this year’s Southern Oregon World of Wine competition, a judging panel which featured two…

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      Viognier tops 4th North Central Washington Wine Awards

      …Glasses of Cabernet Franc await judging at the fourth annual North Central Washington Wine Awards competition in Wenatchee. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) WENATCHEE, Wash. – A winery in one of the most remote regions of Washington’s vast Columbia Valley earned best-in-show honors Saturday evening at the fourth annual North Central…

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