Southern Oregon winemaker Bryan Wilson continues to show his skill with Viognier as the Pebblestone Cellars 2015 Ellis Vineyards Block 8 Viognier won the award for best white at the Oregon Wine Competition, the second straight year for the Medford winery to top the judging with the Rhône grape.
The judging led by three Masters of Wine also applauded Wilson’s work with sparkling Early Muscat, awarding his own Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars 2015 Fizzé with a best of category.
Applegate Valley grower/winemaker/rancher Joe Ginet earned the title for best red of the competition with his Plaisance Ranch 2013 Syrah.
The top wines will be poured during the Oregon Wine Experience Grand Tasting on Sunday, Aug. 28 at Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville – three weeks after the Aug. 6-7 judging was staged at the schoolhouse built in 1908.
For the first time, Grand Tasting attendees will be able to sample wines and meet winemakers from throughout the state of Oregon as competition organizers opened the judging to wineries beyond Southern Oregon. It caps the month-long series of seminars, fundraising and events that form the Oregon Wine Experience.