Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association
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“Greatest of the Grape” Winners Announced
Canyonville, OR – March 3, 2012. The distinctive wines of the Umpqua Valley and Southern Oregon were the celebrated stars of Saturday’s “Greatest of the Grape” wine and food extravaganza held Saturday evening at Seven Feathers Casino Resort.
Sponsored by the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association, the gala event attracted more than 900 guests and volunteers from all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The highly sought after tickets to this oldest and most renowned celebration of wine in the state sold out one week prior to the event. This year’s theme, “…The Greatest Grapes!”, paid tribute to fine vintages from 28 Umpqua Valley and Southern Oregon wineries, divinely paired with the culinary creations of 13 area restaurants.
“This has been an extraordinary evening of fine wine, fabulous food, music, dancing and local art enjoyed by a sell-out crowd gathered together to celebrate the 42 years of winemaking in the Umpqua Valley” said Pat Spangler, President of the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association.
Back in February, the 28 wines submitted by the wineries were judged by a panel of professional wine judges with the results held as a closely guarded secret until the night of the event. Throughout the event the guests enjoyed voting to name the “People’s Choice Awards” for their favorite wine and wine & food pairings. The winners announced Saturday night were:
People’s Choice Awards for Wine & Food Pairing
Winner: Trium’s 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon paired with Kobe Beef Wellington with Cabernet Demi Glaze by Joe Monkey Caffe of Roseburg.
First runner up: Abacela’s 2007 Tempranillo Reserve paired with Marcona Almond Stuffed Date Wrapped with Serrano Ham by The Mark V of Roseburg.
Food Judges Award – Best Food
Winner: Szechuan Chicken Salad in Filo Cup by Fine Things Catering of Roseburg.
First runner up: Furikaki Seared Tenderloin with Bhut Jolokia Sauce by A Couple of Chef’s
Catering of Roseburg.
Judges’ Awards for Booth Presentation:
Winner: Joe Monkey Caffe
First runner up: Cornucopia Restaurant & Catering of Eugene
Professional Judge’s Awards for Wines:
Platinum: Bradley Vineyards 2009 Riesling
Gold: Abacela – 2007 Tempranillo Reserve
Glaser Estate - Muscat
Misty Oaks Vineyard – 2009 Gobbler’s Knob Red Blend
Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellars – 2010 Sauvignon Blanc
Silver: Chateau Lorane – 2010 Sauvignon Blanc
Daisy Creek Vineyard – 2009 Malbec
Delfino Vineyards – 2009 Syrah
Henry Estate – 2009 Winemaker Reserve Pinot Noir
Sienna Ridge Estate – 2008 Riesling
Trium – 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
“Greatest of the Grape” Wine Awards - the People’s Choice:
Best White Wine
Winner: Glaser Estate - Muscat
First runner up-Tied: Becker Vineyard - 2011 Muller Thürgau
Girardet - 2011 Riesling Estate Grown
Best Red Wine
Winner: Abacela – 2007 Tempranillo Reserve
First runner up: HillCrest – 2009 Pinot Noir Memorial Cuvee
The 2012 “Greatest of the Grape”: Abacela – 2007 Tempranillo Reserve
A portion of the evening’s proceeds support local students studying viticulture and enology through the UVWA Heritage Scholarship Fund. In addition, the UVWA spends the majority of its proceeds on marketing efforts designed to attract visitors who will enjoy the wineries and unique attractions and hospitality of the “100 Valleys of the Umpqua”.
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