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Two Southern Oregon Wines Earn 2012 Oyster Award



After three tiers of judging wines, Foris Vineyards 2010 Pinot Blanc and Brandborg Winery 2010 Pinot Gris were selected as one of 10 West Coast wines awarded the coveted, “Oyster Award,”at the Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition as a best mate for oysters. 


Sponsored by Taylor Shellfish Farms, wineries were invited to submit their best “oyster wine,” typically dry, crisp, clean-finishing white wines. Over one hundred entries were judged blind with Kumamoto oysters. Judges chew the oyster well, smell and taste the wine and then look for a finish that doesn’t get in the way of the next oyster, referred to as the “bliss factor.” 


Final judgings were held April 24th at the Water Grill in Los Angeles, April 25th at Kuleto’s in San Francisco and April 26th at Anthony’s HomePort in Seattle. Scores from the 25 judges in the three cities were combined to select the top ten 2012 winners. 

Ted Gerber, founder and winemaker at Foris noted, “Pinot Blanc is a variety that realizes its full potential when grown in cool climates and on thin soils.  We have found the perfect match at our estate vineyards here in the Illinois Valley of Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley Appellation.” The Foris 2010 Pinot Blanc has a nice juicy feel with flavors in the realm of Bartlett pear and Golden Delicious apples over an underlying thread of mineral on a clean, lively, dry finish. $14.00, 825 cases produced. 

The Brandborg Pinot Gris is ferment cool in tank to preserve the fresh floral, herbal and tropical notes and refreshing acidity. The aromas are a lush combination of golden apples, pineapple and guava with spice notes of jasmine highlighted by white pepper and sage. The wine finishes bone dry and yet the fruit and texture suggest a continuing sweet fruit impression. $16.00, 547 cases produced.

You needn’t tell me that a man who doesn’t love oysters and good wines has got a soul, or a stomach either. He’s simply got the instinct for being unhappy.” – Hector Hugh Munro, Scottish writer

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Cowhorn Spiral 36 named one of "America’s Best Undiscovered Wine"

Cowhorn Wines happily announced today that their 2010 Spiral 36 was named one of “America’s Best Undiscovered Wine” in the February issue of Food & Wine Magazine.I doubt it will be “undiscovered” for much longer.Spiral 36 is a Rhone-style white ble…

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SF Chronicle’s Top 100 Wines of 2011 – Great Showing from Pacific Northwest

Congratulations to our northerly Pacific Northwest neighbors for their great representation on the San Francisco Chronicle’s Top 100 wines of 2011!The publication even noted:”Certainly we have great bottles here from bigger names. But once again, many …

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Quady North Cab Franc Ranked "Best"

A very BIG accomplishment was awarded to Quady North Wines in the special issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine. They earned the “Best Cab Franc” title in the Top 100 Wines of 2011 article along with a well deserved 93 points.Congratulations to Herb and…

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Troon 08 Reserve Zinfandel named Best of Show at Astoria Wine Festival Competition

Congratulations to Troon Vineyard for being named one of three Best of Show wines in the Astoria Seafood & Wine Festival Competition for their 2008 Reserve Zinfandel.What a year it has been for Southern Oregon wines and seafood festivals. Firs…

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9 Wineries, 22 Wines Earn Medals at Portland Seafood & Wine Festival

Thirteen Southern Oregon wineries traveled up to the Portland Seafood & Wine Festival this weekend to celebrate all things Oregon, but most specifically our wonderful seafood and wines. Of the thirteen wineries in attendance, nine of them were meda…

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2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Results!

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition broke records with 4.913 entires in 2010 and now in 2011, it continues to uphold the title of “Largest Competition of American Wines in the World” with a staggering number of entries, 5,050 from 23 states. W…

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SEVEN Southern Oregon Wines Win Platinum Judging Awards

Wine Press Northwest is a quarterly magazine focusing on the wines, wineries and winemakers of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia. In its 11th year, the Platinum Judging features the best-of-the-best from the Northwest. To qualify to compet…

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