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.”  UnWined was held on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

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

2018 Wine Competition Judges

Allen Cox

UW2018_Judge Photo_Allen CoxAllen Cox is editor-in-chief of Northwest Travel & Life magazine, chair of the Travel & Words Conference (an annual professional development and networking event for travel & lifestyle writers) and serves as vice president of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association. He has written and edited numerous articles about wine tourism in the Northwest. This is his second time judging the wine competition for the Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival.

Joseph Micallef

UW2018_Judge Photo_Joseph MicallefJoseph V. Micallef is a historian, bestselling author, syndicated columnist, keynote speaker and commentator on the history of food, wine and spirits. He holds the Diploma in Wine and Spirits and the Professional Certificate in Spirits from the WSET and is an Italian Wine Ambassador for Vinitaly International. Joe also judges for a variety of international wine and spirits competitions. He is a contributor to the Huffington Post,, and Joe’s column “Bottoms Up” is also syndicated by Troy Media to 1,800 Canadian media outlets. He also appears regularly on a variety of broadcast news venues. Visit him at

Kerry McDaniel Boenisch

uw2017_judge_kerry-mcdaniel-boenischKerry McDaniel Boenisch owns DirtVineWine. She grew up on one of Oregon’s first commercial vineyards in the Dundee Hills, currently known as Torii Mor Winery. When she’s not shooting footage for her Intertwined vlog show, she is entertaining audiences with down-to-earth wine presentations. Her books include “Vineyard Memoirs”, “Dirt + Vine = Wine” and the upcoming “American Pinot Noir in Paris.” Visit her at


Viki Eierdam

UW2018_Judge Photo_Viki Eierdam 1Viki Eierdam is Level 2 WSET-certified. She authors the blog “Savor Sip and Sojourn” and is a frequent contributor to numerous Pacific Northwest publications. When she’s not writing about wine, food or travel, she can be found exploring her world with her husband and two special-needs Austrialian shepherds, Challenge and Baby Girl. Visit her at



2018 Wine Competition Results

Best of Show RED:

Terra Vina Wines 2015 Cabernet Franc

Best of Show WHITE:

 Melrose Vineyards 2015 Riesling

People’s Choice Award:

 Terra Vina Wines 2015 Malbec

Full list of 2018 medal winners available here.

Past Wine Competition Results

2017 competition results
2016 competition results
2015 competition results
2014 competition results