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Oregon Wine Competition® Unveils 2021 Medal Winners 

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JACKSONVILLE, Ore. (Aug. 26, 2021) – Three wines won Best of Show honors from this year’s  Oregon Wine Competition®, announced on Thursday, Aug. 26 during the Oregon Wine  Experience® Virtual Medal Celebration. A Willamette Valley winery took home a Best of Show  honor for Pinot Noir for the first time in the history of the Oregon Wine Competition, while four  wines received Best of Class honors—a new subcategory added to the competition in 2021.  

This year, 82 wineries across 17 American Viticultural Areas (AVA) in Oregon entered their wines in  the Oregon Wine Competition based on three categories: Specialty, White and Red. Below are the  2021 Best of Show honorees:  

  • Specialty: 2020 Del Rio Vineyards Grenache Rosé (Rogue Valley AVA)  
  • White: 2018 StoneRiver Vineyard Chardonnay (Rogue Valley AVA)  
  • Red: 2017 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir (Laurelwood District AVA)  

The 2021 Virtual Medal Celebration saluted all of the award-winning wines, 178 of which received at least one medal—Silver, Gold, Double Gold, Best of Class or Best of Show. This year’s world renowned judges commented that there were some really nice wines that came across the table.  Syrah, Grenache and Chardonnay, specifically Rhône varieties, were a standout across the state.  

“There were a lot of really nice wines that came across the table. We were scoring these at a very  high standard,” said Robert Paulinski, Master of Wine and 2021 Oregon Wine Competition judge.  “There’s elegance, there’s weight, there’s a lot of structure, but it’s balanced. That’s something you  don’t find in a lot of places.”  

Best of Class is awarded to one wine of any subcategory (i.e. Pinot Noir) that exceeds 20 entries, as  deemed by the panel of judges. This year, four subcategories met these qualifications and here  are the winners: 

  • Pinot Noir: 2017 Blakeslee Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir (Laurelwood District AVA)
  • Chardonnay: 2018 StoneRiver Vineyard Chardonnay (Rogue Valley AVA)
  • Rosé: 2020 Del Rio Vineyards Grenache Rosé (Rogue Valley AVA) 
  • Red Blend: 2018 Peter William Vineyard “Extravagance” (Rogue Valley AVA)

In addition to the three Best of Show winners and four Best of Class honorees, eight wines  merited a Double Gold, 14 took Gold and 152 received Silver. The full list of medal recipients is  available here.  

The panel of six experienced judges individually scored 343 wines based on quality, typicity,  balance and structure at the Oregon Wine Competition in July. This year’s panel included:  

  • James Bube, Master Sommelier  
  • David Keck, Master Sommelier 
  • Robert Paulinski, Master of Wine 
  • Tonya Pitts, Sommelier/Educator, Wine Consultant 
  • Peg San Felippo, Wine Journalist  
  • Sheri Sauter Morano, Master of Wine  

“The Oregon Wine Competition is one of the most professionally conducted and meaningful regional wine shows I have encountered,” said Bree Stock, Master of Wine, Education Director at  Oregon Wine Board and previous Oregon Wine Competition judge. “This is a competition of the  highest caliber, and I recommend both producers and judges accept the invitation to participate  should it arise.”  

The Oregon Wine Competition continues to expand its reach throughout the state. Wineries can  submit their wines to Oregon Wine Competition each year between April and June. 

To learn more about Oregon Wine Competition or view the Medal Celebration ceremony, visit: www.theoregonwineexperience.com/wine-competition/.

About Oregon Wine Experience® 

Since its inception in 2015, Oregon Wine Experience® (OWE) has raised more than $6.6 million, benefiting  Children’s Miracle Network and other health care programs funded by Asante Foundation. Asante is a local,  community-owned and governed not-for-profit organization with nearly 6,000 employees who provide  medical care to nearly 600,000 people in a nine-county area of Southern Oregon and Northern California.  The multi-day wine and culinary event celebrates the very best of Oregon and will take place August 23-29,  2021. For more information visit: theoregonwineexperience.com.

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