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World Of Wine 2012 Winners

This year’s World of Wine competition in Southern Oregon featured 182 wines from 47 wineries. Nineteen gold medals and 82 silver medals were awarded this year, both all-time highs. Of the 19 gold medal winners, nine were double-gold, meaning all three judges unanimously agreed on the award.  

Best of Show honors for white wine went to Schmidt Family Vineyards for its 2011 Albariño. Schmidt also won the red wine Best of Show honors for its 2009 Tempranillo, marking the first time in the festival’s history that a single winery has won multiple Best of Show awards. It’s worth noting that it also marks the second year in a row that a Tempranillo has been awarded Best of Show. In addition, Quady North won Best of Show in the “other” wine category for the winery’s 2012 Rosé.  

Several wineries received multiple awards, led by Schmidt Family Vineyards with eight medals and Troon Vineyard with six medals. Meanwhile, Brandborg Winery, Slagle Creek Vineyard and Quady North each had five medal-winning wines.  

Double-gold wines were featured at the reimagined Gold Rush Dinner on Aug. 24. The Jacksonville Inn prepared a gourmet five-course meal specifically paired to these wines. 

“This year marked some important milestones for the festival,” noted Les Martin, WOW chairman. “Not only is it the 10th anniversary, but with 19 gold medal winners, it represents the best showing yet by our wines. I think this is testament to the ever-improving quality of the wines and helps further solidify Southern Oregon as an emerging wine region.”

Judges included Traci Dutton, sommelier and chief wine buyer for the Culinary Institute of America; Sheri Sauter Morano, Master of Wine and one of the first American women to earn that designation; and Liz Thach, Master of Wine and professor at the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State. 

The Grand Tasting on Aug. 25, at Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville, featured all medal-winning wines for tasting and included a wide array of foods from local restaurants and shops, along with live music. A silent auction offered unique wines, winemaker’s dinners, special getaways and more.

A portion of the proceeds from the auction was awarded to a scholarship for the UCC enology and viculture program and also to viticulture research at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center.  

BEST OF SHOW WHITE 
Schmidt Family 2011 Albariño

BEST OF SHOW RED 
Schmidt Family 2009 Tempranillo

BEST OF SHOW — OTHER
Quady North 2011 Rosé

DOUBLE GOLD 
Abacela 2009 Estate Port
Brandborg 2011 Gewürtztraminer
Ledger David 2010 Orion’s Nebula
Pebblestone Cellars 2008 Syrah
Pebblestone Cellars 2011 Pinot Gris
Schmidt Family 2011 Albariño
Schmidt Family 2009 Tempranillo
Quady North 2011 Rosé
Quady North 2009 Arsenal

GOLD
Abacela 2009 Estate Malbec
Abacela 2011 Estate Grenache Rosé
Bridgeview 2010 Black Beauty Temp.
Cuckoo’s Nest 2011 Aromatíque
Del Rio 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Delfino 2010 Tempranillo
Foris 2008 Cab. Franc Siskiyou Terrace
Kriselle Cellars 2009 Tempranillo
Pebblestone Cellars 2011 Viognier
Slagle Creek 2008 Syrah

SILVER
Abacela 2007 Reserve Tempranillo
Agate Ridge 2008 Estate Petite Sirah
Agate Ridge 2009 Estate Syrah
Agate Ridge 2011 Weeknight White
Belle Fiore 2009 Monte Fiore Cab. Franc
Belle Fiore 2009 Monte Fiore Syrah 
Brandborg 2008 Love Puppets Pinot Noir
Brandborg 2009 Riesling
Bridgeview 2009 Blue Moon Pinot Noir
Bridgeview 2009 Black Beauty Syrah
Caprice 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Carpenter Hill 2009 Petite Sirah
Cliff Creek Cellars 2006 Claret
Cliff Creek Cellars 2008 Merlot
Cliff Creek Cellars 2006 Estate Grown Syrah
Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars 2011 Pinot Gris
Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars 2009 Two Birds
Daisy Creek Vineyard 2009 Malbec
Del Rio Vineyards 2010 Claret
Delfino Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Delfino Vineyards 2010 Syrah
Folin Cellars 2008 Syrah
Foris 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Foris 2010 Pinot Blanc
Grizzly Peak 2010 Malbec
Henry Estate 2010 Müller Thurgau
Kriselle Cellars 2009 Cabernet Franc
Kriselle Cellars 2010 Viognier
LaBrasseur 2010 Ethan Cole
LaBrasseur 2011 Riesling
LaBrasseur 2010 Syrah
Ledger David 2010 Chardonnay
Ledger David 2010 Sangiovese
Fly High/Longsword 2010 Invitation Chard.
Misty Oaks 2011 Julio’s Hill Pinot Gris
Misty Oaks 2009 Stuckagain Hts Pinot Noir
Misty Oaks 2008 Gobblers Knob Red Blend
Pebblestone Cellars 2008 Cabernet Franc
Pebblestone Cellars 2008 Merlot
Plaisance Ranch 2010 Ranch Red
Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellars 2011 Sémillon
Quady North 2008 Syrah, Steelhead Run
Quady North 2009 Syrah, Mae’s Vineyard
Quady North 2011 Pistoleta
Red Lily Vineyards 2007 Tempranillo
Rocky Knoll 2008 Dunbar Red
RoxyAnn 2009 Cabernet Franc
RoxyAnn 2011 Pinot Gris
RoxyAnn 2009 Sky Hill Red
RoxyAnn 2009 Syrah
Schmidt Family 2009 Malbec
Schmidt Family 2009 Merlot
Schmidt Family 2009 Mighty Mac Red
Schmidt Family 2009 Syrah
Schmidt Family 2011 Viognier
Schmidt Family 2011 Roussanne
Schultz 2010 Blessed Merlot
Serra 2007 Bendock Estate
Serra 2011 Rosa Marie Rosé
Slagle Creek 2009 Estate Merlot
Slagle Creek 2008 Estate Reserve Red
Slagle Creek 2009 Pini Tempranillo
Slagle Creek 2010 Clover
Soloro 2010 Blood Stain
Soloro 2007 Grenache
Soloro 2010 Syrah
Soloro 2010 Thunderegg Cut
South Stage 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
South Stage 2009 Grenache
South Stage 2008 Alchemy
Spangler 2008 Cab. Sauvignon Reserve
Spangler 2006 Cab. Sauv Estate Reserve
Spangler Vineyards 2010 Petite Sirah
Tesóaria Vineyard & Winery 2010 Éponyme
Tesóaria Vineyard & Winery 2011 Dolcetto
Trium Wines 2007 Growers’ Cuvée
Troon 2009 Old Vine Meritage
Troon 2010 Chardonnay
Troon 2010 Insomnia Port
Troon 2008 Syrah Reserve
Troon 2011 Foundation ’72 Vermentino
Troon 2010 Kubli Bench Zinfandel 

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