Sip! McMinnville Wine & Food Classic 2019 Wine Competition Award Winners Announced

Surprise Oregon Wine Country Wine Garners Gold

It’s Official: Best of Show Stuns All-Star Panel

It’s a small-town event with global appeal, right in the heart of Oregon Wine Country.

Now in its 26th year,  the SIP! McMinnville Wine & Food Classic takes place March 8-10, 2019 at McMinnville’s Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum.

There, sold-out crowds will taste and tipple Oregon’s finest local fare and award-winning wines beneath the wings of vintage airplanes like The Spruce Goose. Entirely volunteer-powered, proceeds benefit St. James School in McMinnville.

Each January, a panel of experts gathers to determine the event’s Best of Show, Gold and Silver award winners. This year, SIP! McMinnville Food & Wine Classic Wine Competition  convened on January 19, 2019 at McMinnville’s The Barberry, with luxury accommodations provided by the Atticus Hotel, and Kick-Off Dinner hosted by Travel Oregon.

Over two hundred premium Oregon wineries submitted entries to the wine competition, with Best of Show Cardwell Hill Cellars 2014 Estate Bottled Pinot Noir stunning the entire panel of judges, myself included.

Here’s a recap of McMinnville Food & Wine Classic SIP! 2019 Award Winners for you –  but don’t just take my word for it – taste for yourself!

Link here for more information on the McMinnville Wine & Food Classic SIP! 2019.

BEST OF SHOW

(Best Red Wine, Best Pinot Noir)

Cardwell Hill Cellars 2014 Estate Bottled Pinot Noir Dijon Blocks, Willamette Valley

BEST WHITE WINE

Chris James Cellars 2017 Cuvée Blanc, Willamette Valley

BEST CHARDONNAY

Cardwell Hill Cellars 2017 The Bard Chard, Willamette Valley

BEST DESSERT WINE

Apolloni Vineyards 2015 Muscat Lacrima D’Oro

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Melrose Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc, Umpqua Valley

Chemeketa Cellars 2017 Pinot Blanc, Eola-Amity Hills

Chris James Cellars 2017 Cuvée Blanc, Willamette Valley

Cardwell Hill Cellars 2014 Estate Bottled Pinot Noir Dijon Blocks, Willamette Valley

Carlton Cellars 2015 Estate Pinot Noir

Cubanisimo Vineyards 2016 Rumba Pinot Noir

Girardet 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Barking Frog Winery 2014 Sangiovese

Apolloni Vineyards 2015 Muscat Lacrima D’Oro

Pike Road Wines 2016 Route 44

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Melrose Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown Chardonnay, Umpqua Valley

Cardwell Hill Cellars 2017 The Bard Chard, Willamette Valley

Silver Falls Vineyards 2017 Chardonnay

Carlton Cellars 2017 Estate Auxerrois

Trella Vineyards 2016 Riesling

Chris James Cellars 2017 Riesling

August Cellars 2017 Gamay Noir

Methven Family Vineyards  2013 Citizen’s Cuvée Pinot Noir

Barking Frog Winery 2014 Pinot Noir

Apolloni Vineyards 2015 Estate Pinot Noir

Carlton Cellars 2015 Roads End

Coria Estates 2015 POM (El Clon Serie)

Coria Estates 2015 115 (El Clon Serie)

Denison Cellars 2015 Téte de Cuvée Pinot Noir

Hawkins Cellars 2015 Chehalem Pinot Noir

Lenné Estate 2015 Estate Pinot Noir

Melrose Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown Pinot Noir

Archery Summit 2016 Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

Chris James Cellars 2016 Pinot Noir

Coria Estates 2016 Grey Label

Denison Cellars 2016 Willamette Pinot Noir

Dobbes Family Estate 2016 Griffin’s Cuvée Pinot Noir

Dobbes Family Estate 2016 Quailhurst Vineyard Pinot Noir

Eola Hills Wine Cellars 2016 Barrel Select Reserve Pinot Noir

J Wrigley Vineyards 2016 Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

K & M Wines 2016 Alchemy Vineyard Cuvée Pinot Noir

Pike Road Wines 2016 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard

Saginaw Vineyard 2016 Pinot Noir

Silver Falls Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir Reserve

Torii Mor 2016 Dundee Hills Select Pinot Noir

The Potter’s Vineyards 2016 Vino Vasai Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Schultz Wines 2015 Blessed Merlot

K & M Wines 2016 Quail Run Vineyard Grenache

Fox Farm Vineyards 2016 Grenache

Schultz Wines 2014 Shepard Syrah

Barking Frog Winery 2015 Syrah

Hawkins Cellars 2015 Caldera Red

Bradley Vineyards 2017 Baco Noir

SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

Chemeketa Cellars 2009 Sparkling Blanc de Noir

Apolloni Vineyards 2017 Sparkling Rosé

Eola Hills Wine Cellars 2015 Methode Champenoise Sparkling Chardonnay

The Potter’s Vineyards 2017 Vino Vasai Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir

Eola Hills Wine Cellars 2015 Barrel Select Reserve Chardonnay

Archery Summit 2016 Chardonnay Eola Amity Hills

The Potter’s Vineyards 2016 Vino Vasai Reserve Celilo Chardonnay

Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2016 Chardonnay

Torii Mor 2016 Chardonnay

Silver Falls Vineyards 2017 Chardonnay Reserve

J Wrigley Vineyards 2017 Estate Chardonnay Acceptance Bloc

Lazy River Vineyard 2017 Chardonnay

Dobbes Family Estate 2017 Grenache Blanc

K & M Wines  2017 Burgess Vineyard Viognier

Chemeketa Cellars 2017 Viognier

Trella Vineyards  2015 Grunner Veltliner

Trella Vineyards 2015 Pinot Gris

Chemeketa Cellars 2017 Pinot Gris

Siltstone Wines 2016 Blacktail Pinot Gris

Melrose Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown Pinot Gris, Umpqua Valley

August Cellars 2017 Pinot Gris

Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2017 Pinot Gris

Youngberg Hill 2017 Aspen Pinot Gris

Cardwell Hill Cellars 2017 Estate Pinot Gris

Fox Farm Vineyards 2015 Dry Riesling

Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2016 Riesling

Stone Griffon Vineyard 2017 Estate Riesling

Girardet 2017 Take Flight White

Trella Vineyards 2016 Gewurtzaminer

Cubanisimo Vineyard 2017 Rosada De Pinot Noir Rosé

Chemeketa Cellars 2017 Gamay Noir

Purple Cow Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir Sophie’s Edition

Cardwell Hill Cellars 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir

Cardwell Hill Cellars 2014 Monet Block Pinot Noir

Cardwell Hill Cellars 2015 Old Vines Pinot Noir

Chemeketa Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir

Methven Family Vineyards 2014 Jill Marie Pinot Noir

Bradley Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir

Chemeketa Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir

Eola Hills Wine Cellars 2015 Wolf Hill 667 Reserve Pinot Noir

Trella Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir

Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir Estate

Youngberg Hill 2015 Natasha Pinot Noir

Youngberg Hill 2015 Jorden Pinot Noir

Beaux Freres 2016 Gran Moraine Pinot Noir

Lenné Estate 2016 Estate Pinot Noir

Lazy River Vineyard 2016 Pinot Noir

Cathedral Ridge Winery 2016 Bangsund Pinot Noir Reserve

Catman Cellars 2016 Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountain

Catman Cellars 2016 Pinot Noir Yamhill Carlton

Chris James Cellars 2016 Pinot Noir Reserve

Coria Estates 2016 Thistle Hill Pinot Noir

Denison Cellars 2016 Kiff Vineyard Pinot Noir

Garibaldi Cellars 2016 Giovanni Pinot Noir

Copperbelt Wines 2016 Pinot Noir

Garibaldi Cellars 2016Phillip Pinot Noir

Girardet 2016 Pinot Noir

Paul O’Brien Winery 2016 Pinot Noir Umpqua Valley

Pinot Vista Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir

Resolu Cellars 2016 Pinot Noir

The Potter’s Vineyard 2016 Vino Vasai Barrel 17 Select Estate Pinot Noir

Three Feathers Estate 2016 Pinot Noir

Torii Mor 2016 Olson Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2016 Estate Pinot Noir

Siltstone Wines 2017 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Three Feathers Estate 2017 Pinot Noir

Fox Farm Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir

Three Feathers Estate 2017 Cuvée Virginia Pinot Noir

Silver Falls Vineyards 2016 Smooth Ride

Stone Griffon Vineyard 2015 Total Eclipse Tempranillo

Trella Vineyards 2016 Tempranillo

Naked Winery 2016 Oh! Orgasmic Tempranillo

Merrill Cellars 2016 Tempranillo

Noble Estate Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Eliana Wines 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

BraVuro Cellars 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

Catman Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Resolu Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

BraVuro Cellars 2015 El Matador

Zerba Cellars 2015 Wild Z

Eliana Wines 2014 Merlot

Namaste Vineyards 2014 Big Red Founders Reserve

Eliana Wines 2011 Red Blend

Eliana Wines 2014 Cabernet Franc

Resolu Cellars 2016 Cabernet Franc

K & M Wines 2017 Burgess Vineyard

Season Cellars 2014 Malbec

Catman Cellars 2016 Malbec

Zerba Cellars 2016 Malbec

Trella Vineyards 2016 Malbec

Barking Frog Winery 2017 Malbec

Zerba Cellars 2016 Sangiovese

Apolloni Vineyards 2013 Soleggio

Barking Frog Winery 2012 Barbera

Zerba Cellars 2016 Barbera

Season Cellars 2015 Grenache

Eola Hills Wine Cellars Non Vintage Cuvée IV

Dobbes Family Estate 2015 Grand Assemblage Syrah

Cathedral Ridge Winery 2014 Rusty Red RSV

BraVuro Cellars 2016 Petite Sirah

Melrose Vineyards 2013 Estate Grown Baco Noir

Girardet 2016 Baco Noir

Silver Falls Vineyards 2016 Marechal Foch

Stone Griffon Vineyard 2016 Marechal Foch

Bradley Vineyards 2017 S.O.V. 4 AM Riesling

Namaste Vineyards 2016 Peace

Varnum Vintners 2017 Old Vine Riesling

Fox Farm Vineyards 2014 Kitsune Riesling

HV Cellars 2018 Blackberry

Noble Estate Vineyard 2017 Passion

HV Cellars 2017 Que Syrah

Noble Estate Vineyard 2017 Muscat

Eola Hills Wine Cellars 2015 Port Style Cabernet Sauvignon

Find out more about SIP! McMinnville Wine & Food Classic here.

Many thanks to Rolland and Leslie Toevs and Carl Giavanti for their untiring logistical support.

Have a favorite Oregon wine you care to share? Leave your comments below!

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