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 2, 2019.
Check out the winning wines below and stop by the wineries’ booths at the festival to try them for yourself!
2019 Wine Competition Judges
Gabriel Jagle is the winemaker at Scenic Valley Farms, a job title he finds incredibly rewarding and slightly unbelievable. He previously worked at Wine & Spirits Magazine and Illahe Vineyards, and he has judged the Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival competition once before. His favorite thing about wine is enjoying it with friends around the dinner table, paired with good food and good music. To learn more about his wines, visit the Scenic Valley Farms tasting room Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., or go to www.scenicvalleyfarms.net.
Kerry McDaniel Boenisch
Kerry McDaniel Boenisch teaches wine sales and hospitality classes at Linfield College, is the incoming president for the Oregon Chapter of the National Speakers Association and owns DirtVineWine Communications. When she’s not writing books about wine or contributing to the Oregon Wine Press, she is entertaining audiences with down-to-earth wine presentations. Kerry grew up on one of Oregon’s first commercial vineyards in the Dundee Hills, currently known as Torii Mor Winery. Her books include “Vineyard Memoirs”, “Dirt + Vine = Wine” and the upcoming “American Pinot Noir in Paris – The Art of World Class Wine Sales.” Visit her at www.DirtVineWine.com.
Patrick McElligott is a 5th generation Oregonian raised on a ranch in Eastern Oregon, where a sign on the house fence proclaims, “Welcome to the real middle of nowhere.” He has been part of the Oregon wine industry since 1980, and has worked in retail, quality control, consulting and sales and marketing. He is the first member of the Oregon wine industry to present a bottle of Oregon wine to a high official of the USSR, Yuri Dubinin, ambassador to the USA, in 1988. He is the only remaining original faculty member in the Chemeketa Community College Winemaking and Viticulture program, where he wrote three of the tasting courses and currently teaches one of them. He presently works sales and marketing for Sineann Winery, near Newberg, Oregon.
Toni Ketrenos first developed a passion for wine as a student in Paris, eventually making it her life’s work. In 2018, she opened Winebow’s Oregon distribution company after representing its imported wines in the Northwest for three years. Prior to that, she was corporate wine and beer buyer for New Seasons Market. She earned the Diploma of Wine and Spirits from the WSET and has travelled around the world to discover the magic that creates terroir. When the wind is right, you’ll find her on the Columbia River on her 33-foot Ranger sailboat “The Rhône Ranger” or her kayak. She also enjoys hiking, sewing and cheering on her 15-year-old son.
Viki Eierdam is a wine, culinary, travel and business writer with a soft spot for inspiring nonprofit organizations. As a freelance writer, her work has appeared in over 15 Pacific Northwest publications including 1889 Magazine and NW Travel & Life Magazine. She is Level 2 WSET-certified and a Fellowship award winner for the 2018 Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley. When not writing, this Washington State native cherishes her time with her husband of 25 years and their two special-needs Australian shepherds. Connect with her at www.savorsipandsojourn.com.
2019 Wine Competition Results
Best of Show WHITE: Trella Vineyards, Gewurztraminer, 2016
People’s Choice Award: August Cellars, Gamay Noir, 2017
Past Wine Competition Results