Medford, Roseburg wineries top Southern Oregon World of Wine judging

By on August 13, 2013
The Southern Oregon World of Wine festival runs Aug. 21-24 at Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville.

The Southern Oregon World of Wine festival runs Aug. 21-24 at Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville. (Photo courtesy of WOW)

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — Spangler Vineyards in Roseburg took the award for Best Red with its 2010 Claret and Pebblestone Cellars in Medford won Best White for its 2012 Viognier at the Southern Oregon World of Wine Festival.

world-of-wine-logoThe 11th year of the competition drew 179 entries from 46 wineries and was judged by a trio of Masters of Wine, who awarded six double gold medals and seven gold medals.

Judging the competition were Christy Canterbury, one of seven female U.S. Masters of Wine and an author, speaker and wine judge based in Manhattan; Peter Marks, vice president of wine education for Constellation Brands; and Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, the fourth U.S. woman to achieve MW status.

The Southern Oregon World of Wine Festival has focused on using Masters of Wine for its three-person judging panels, and organizers have recruited 10 MWs in the past four years.

Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars in Cave Junction won Best Other Wine for its 2012 Fizzé, a sparkling Early Muscat created by Foris Vineyards winemaker Bryan Wilson, who produced award-winning versions of that Moscato di Asti style while at Silvan Ridge in Eugene.

The World of Wine Festival continues Aug. 21 with a welcome reception and concludes Aug. 24 with the Grand Tasting at Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville. All medal winning wines will be available to taste.

Pebblestone has established a reputation at the competition for its Viognier, having received a gold medal last year at the WOW for its 2011 vintage from Ellis Vineyards.

And the 2010 Claret delivered Spangler Vineyards its the second superlative award in this competition. Pat Spangler released his blend of Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc earlier this month after selling through the 2009 Claret, which won a gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in January.

“It is getting harder and harder to win these awards,” Spangler told Great Northwest Wine. “The folks in Southern Oregon have really been collectively putting out some extremely good wines.

“For those coming to the festival, I think they will continue to be very pleasantly surprised by just how many good wines they are going to find,” Spangler added. “Both the quantity and quality of wines from Southern Oregon are really reaching higher ground. It’s amazing to see where we are and what has happened in the last 10 years.”

Schmidt Family Vineyards led the competition with six medals, followed by Pebblestone and Quady North with five medals each. Awards were announced Aug. 9 at a dinner following the judging.

“We’ve been very fortunate to attract some top judges, and this year’s judges were impressed not just by the variety and quality of our wines, but also by the incredible potential of our region,” festival chairman Les Martin said in a news release. “The consensus was that we are a wine region on the cusp of being discovered, so I think the future looks very positive indeed.”

Tickets to all the events are available online at Tickets to the grand tasting may also be purchased at RoxyAnn Winery (Medford), Elegance Fine Wines (Grants Pass), Mercedes Benz (Medford), South Stage Cellars (Jacksonville) and Schmidt Family Vineyards (Grants Pass).

2013 Southern Oregon World of Wine Festival competition results

Best of Show

Pebblestone Cellars 2012 Viognier

Best red

Spangler Vineyards 2010 Claret

Best other wine

Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars 2012 Fizzé

Double gold

Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars 2012 Pinot Gris

Daisy Creek 2010 Malbec

Foris Vineyards Winery 2012 Pinot Blanc

Irvine Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir

Jaxon Vineyards 2011 Grenache

Quady North 2009 4,2a Syrah


Folin Cellars 2010 Petite Sirah

Kriselle Cellars 2010 Tempranillo

Quady North 2012 Pistoleta

RoxyAnn Winery 2009 Merlot

Serra Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir

Serra Vineyards 2008 Bendock Estate Pinot Noir

Soloro Vineyard 2011 Solitaire Reserve Viognier


Abacela 2012 Estate Viognier

Abacela 2009 Reserve Malbec

Agate Ridge Vineyard 2009 Petite Sirah

Bridgeview Vineyards 2012 Viognier

Cliff Creek Cellars 2009 Sangiovese

Cliff Creek Cellars 2007 Claret

Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars 2012 Aromatíque

Daisy Creek 2012 Marsanne

Daisy Creek 2010 Syrah

Del Rio Vineyards 2011 Viognier

Del Rio Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir

Del Rio Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

Foris Vineyards 2011 Riesling

Foris Vineyards 2011 Maple Ranch Pinot Noir

Girardet Wine Cellars 2011 Old Vine Baco Noir

Girardet Wine Cellars 2011 Baco Noir

Irvine Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir

Jaxon Vineyards 2011 Tradicíon

Jaxon Vineyards 2011 Tempranillo

Kriselle Cellars 2012 Viognier

Kriselle Cellars 2012 Sauvignon Blanc

Kriselle Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

LaBrasseur Vineyard 2011 Ethan Cole

Ledger David 2010 Tempranillo

Misty Oaks Vineyard 2012 Julio’s Hill Pinot Gris

Paschal Winery & Vineyard 2012 Viognier

Pebblestone Cellars 2012 Pinot Gris

Pebblestone Cellars 2008 Mélange

Pebblestone Cellars 2009 Cabernet Franc

Pebblestone Cellars 2009 Syrah

Plaisance Ranch 2011 Viognier

Plaisance Ranch 2011 Pinot Noir

Plaisance Ranch 2010 Rouge Prestige

Plaisance Ranch 2010 Syrah

Quady North 2012 Steelhead Run Viognier

Quady North 2011 GSM

Quady North 2008 Syrah

Red Lily Vineyards 2012 Lily Girl Rosé

Red Lily Vineyards 2009 Red Lily Tempranillo

RoxyAnn Winery 2009 Claret

RoxyAnn Winery 2009 Tempranillo

Sarah Powell Wines 2008 Pinot Noir

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2012 Albariño

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2012 Doce Nectar

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2010 Malbec

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2010 Merlot Reserve

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Schultz Wines 2011 Mission Viognier

Serra Vineyards 2012 Rosa Marie

Serra Vineyards 2010 Merlot

Slagle Creek Vineyards 2011 Syrah Dessert

Slagle Creek Vineyards Claret NV

Soloro Vineyard 2011 Thunderegg Cut

South Stage Cellars 2011 Albariño

South Stage Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir

Spangler Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc

StoneRiver 2004 Red Velvet Merlot

StoneRiver 2003 Syrah

TeSóAria Vineyard & Winery 2012 Vermentino

TeSóAria Vineyard & Winery 2011 Bull’s Blood

Trium Wines 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Troon Vineyard 2011 Chardonnay

Troon Vineyard 2011 Insomnia Port

Troon Vineyard 2010 Syrah Reserve

Valley View Winery 2011 Anna Maria Viognier

Valley View Winery 2009 Anna Maria Chardonnay

Valley View Winery 2012 Anna Maria Sauvignon Blanc

Valley View Winery 2008 Anna Maria Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the President and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for a decade. He is a frequent wine judge at international wine competitions throughout North America and orchestrates 10 Northwest competitions each year.

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