Wine Competition & unWined

Wine Competition Results

The 2023 wine competition was held on March 18 featuring 97 wines submitted by 24 wineries.A panel of five judges boasting decades of experience in the wine industry scored each of the wines using a 20-point scale. It was a very difficult decision to arrive at the Best of Show selections for both red and white wines. Attendees of the UnWined event that evening cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award. Click here to read the full press release.

2023: Wine Competition Results

Best of Show RED: K & M Wines, Syrah – Seven Hills Vineyard, 2020

Best of Show WHITE: Chris James Cellars, Gewurztraminer, 2021

People’s Choice Award: RainSong Vineyard, Sparkling Blanc de Noirs (NV)

Past Wine Competition Results

2020 competition results
2019 competition results
2018 competition results
2017 competition results
2016 competition results
2015 competition results
2014 competition results

2023: Meet our judges

Reggie Daigneault has spent over 40 years in the restaurant and wine industries. She has diverse experience in beverage management, wine distribution and wine education. At present she works as a wine educator teaching a variety of industry certifications. Reggie has been setting up tours for her students and enthusiasts throughout Europe and the Southern Hemisphere for the past 12 years and travelled extensively abroad while teaching those who travel with her.
Jeff Munden is a Pacific Northwest Restauranteur for the past 30 years working in the Seattle, Portland, and Walla Walla markets and currently owns and operates three restaurants while overseeing their respective wine and beverage programs. He has taught wine appreciation classes at local community colleges and has his sommelier certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Harold Gable is a Moderator and organizer for two wine groups in Portland, OR.
Founded 40 years ago – Society of Northwest Oregon Bibbers.
Founded 37 years ago – Portland Wine Group – Tasting currently available release wines tasting 10 months a year.
Previous Oregon representative for Les Amis du Vin (French Wine Group) in 60’s & 70’s.
UC David wine classes.

Patrick McElligott is a 5th generation native Oregonian raised on a wheat and cattle ranch in Eastern Oregon, where a sign on the house fence proclaims, “Welcome to the real middle of nowhere.”
He has been a member of the Oregon wine industry from May 1980, and has worked in retail, quality control, consulting, and sales and marketing during that time.
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 has been a wine judge for most of that time, and is the only remaining original faculty member in the Chemeketa Community College Winemaking and Viticulture program, where he wrote 3 of the tasting courses and currently teaches one of them. He presently works sales and marketing for Sineann Winery, near Newberg, Oregon, his primary employment.

Author and Speaker Kerry McDaniel Boenisch 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 “Wine Sisters Cheers to Change” Vlog, she is entertaining audiences with down-to-earth wine presentations. Her books include “Vineyard Memoirs”, “Dirt + Vine = Wine” , “Grief, Gratitude and Growing a Vineyard” and the upcoming “Fall Down, Stand Up – Learning from Loss”. Kerry has been a wine judge for several UnWined Competitions and enjoys the wines and people!