Wine Competition & UnWined Event

Each year, the wineries participating in the Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival have the opportunity to enter their wines in the festival’s wine competition.

Prior to the festival, a panel of four or five judges samples and scores each wine during a blind tasting. The top-scoring red wines and top-scoring white wines are then tasted again by the judges. The winning red and white wines are awarded the titles of “Best of Show.” Additional top scoring wines are awarded gold, silver and bronze medals.

At UnWined, a small event directly following the blind tasting competition, members of the public are allowed to sample the wines and vote for the “People’s Choice Award.”

Check out the winning wines below and stop by the wineries’ booths at the festival to try them for yourself!

2017 Wine Competition Judges

These judges participated in our blind tasting competition.

Jade Helm DWS, CS, CSWJade Helm
Jade Helm is the primary author of Tasting Pour, a freelance contributor to print and online wine publications, a consultant, and a wine educator.   Her expertise is evidenced by credentials from the Society of Wine Educators (Certified Specialist in Wine), the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (Diploma in Wine and Spirits), and Court of Master Sommeliers (Certified Sommelier).  She is an instructor at Chemeketa Community College Wine Studies Program. Jade is located in the Willamette Valley.  Connect on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google +.

uw2017_judge_kerry-mcdaniel-boenischKerry McDaniel Boenisch
Kerry McDaniel Boenisch grew up on one of the first commercial vineyards in Oregon and owns DirtVineWine, an innovative marketing, branding and business communications consulting company. She is a professional wine educator, writes the “Intertwined” wine column for the Oregon Wine Press and has worked with clients from Seaside to Shanghai. Authenticity is her trademark. She is the author of two books, “Vineyard Memoirs” and “Dirt+Vine=Wine”, and writes for the San Francisco wine trade technology blog “BinWise.” A sixth-generation Oregon native, she is also a professional speaker and enjoys a good walk in the vineyard with her dog, rain or shine. She lives in Dundee, Oregon on her farm with her husband, three children, and assorted pets. Visit her at www.dirtvinewine.com.

uw2017_judge_mattie-john-bammanMattie John Bamman
Mattie John Bamman is a Portland-based culinary travel writer, with more than a decade of experience. He serves as the editor of Eater Portland. Mattie got his start in journalism in San Francisco, interning at McSweeney’s Publishing House (The Believer; McSweeney’s Quarterly Review) and working as a freelance writer for a variety of publications. Mattie specialized in culinary travel in 2008 while living in Italy’s Puglia region, famous for its primitivo and negroamaro wines and amphora aging. He regularly interviewed winemakers and wrote wine-tasting guides for the travel blog EuropeUpClose.com. Moving to Oregon in 2010, Mattie began freelancing for Northwest Travel & Lifestyle Magazine, and he’s covered the urban winemaking scenes in Portland, Seattle, and Boise and written articles on wine tasting in British Columbia, Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. In 2015, Mattie took over as editor of the rapidly growing food news website Eater Portland.

uw2017_judge_patrick-mcelligottPatrick McElligott
Patrick McElligott is a 4th generation native Oregonian, who was raised on a wheat and cattle ranch in Northeastern Oregon, near the small town of Ione. He has been a member of the Oregon wine industry since 1980, when he was hired by Amity Vineyards for tasting room work. He became manager of The Oregon Winetasting Room in April of 1981, and worked at that job until June, 2008. Oregon Wine Tasting Room was featured in articles in Alaska Airlines magazine, British Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and a number of other publications, as well as being named “Retailer of the Year” by the Oregon Winegrape Growers Association. Patrick has worked also as a blending consultant and quality control person for various Oregon wineries, as well as being a wine judge for many competitions. In 1988, he was the first person from the Oregon Wine Industry to present a bottle of oregon wine, an Amity 1983 Pinot Noir Reserve, to a Russian official, Ambassador to the United States, Yuri Dubinin, during a trip to Washington, DC, in the short era of Detente. In 2007, Patrick was hired by Sineann Winery, and has worked there since in Marketing and Sales, traveling across Oregon and the U.S.

uw2017_judge_mary-cresslerMary Cressler
Mary Cressler is a wine, food, and travel writer and publisher of the award-winning wine and food blog Vindulge. Mary is a columnist for Palate Press, active contributor to Wine.4.Me, and freelances for several publications. She has written for Wine Enthusiast, Barbecue America Magazine, Oregon Wine Press, Serious Eats, Bottlenotes, Snooth, The Daily Meal, The Gorge Guide, among others. A frequent tasting panelist and judge for wine competitions, Mary also speaks at conferences and events on various aspects of wine. Mary is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. She is also the mom of twins, runner, and co-founder of Ember & Vine Wood-Fired Catering.

2017 Wine Competition Results

Best of Show RED:
Zerba Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Best of Show WHITE:
Noble Estate Winery 2016 Riesling

People’s Choice Award:
Zerba Cellars 2014 “Wild Z” Red Blend

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2016 Wine Competition Results

Best of Show RED:
Zerba Cellars Malbec 2013

Best of Show WHITE:
TeSoAria Vineyards Vermentino “Secco” 2015
Namaste Vineyards “Peace” White Blend 2013

People’s Choice Award:
Seufert Winery White Pinot Noir 2014

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2015 Wine Competition Results

Best of Show RED:
Girardet Baco Noir 2013

Best of Show WHITE:
Abiqua Wind Vineyard Early Muscat 2013

People’s Choice Award:
J. Scott Cellars Pinot Blanc 2013

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2014 Wine Competition Results

Best of Show RED:
Pudding River Wine Cellars Pinot Noir 2010

Best of Show WHITE:
Abiqua Wind Vineyard Gewurztraminer 2010

People’s Choice Award:
Dukes Family Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010
Troon Vineyard Late Harvest Dessert 2011

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