March 5, 2018 4:20 a.m.
It was a celebration of wine at the 48th annual Greatest of the Grape on Saturday night.
Oregon’s longest running wine event is presented by the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association and was held at Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville. Thirty one wineries from the Umpqua Valley and southern Oregon poured their wine. Each winery was paired with a local restaurant or catering company to showcase food that would go well with wine.
On Friday a team of professional wine judges came to Roseburg to judge the wines. Those awards were given out on Saturday night. They included:
Gold Medals went to Cliff Creek Cellars in Gold Hill for the 2016 MRV, Becker Vineyard for the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon and Chateau Nonchalant for the 2015 Malbec.
Silver Medals went to Paul O’Brien Winery for the 2016 Fume Blanc, Cooper Ridge Vineyard for the 2016 Reisling, Spire Mountain Cellars in Oakland for the 2014 Tempranillo, Triple Oak Wine Vineyard for the 2015 Tempranillo and Spangler Vineyards for the 2015 Dolcetto.
Bronze Medals went to Foris Vineyards in Cave Junction for the 2016 Pinot Blanc, Henry Estate Winery for the 2015 Pinot Noir, Marsh Anne Landing for the 2015 GSM, and Misty Oaks for the 2015 BN2.
Food judges selected the top food from the event. True Kitchen and Bar won first place for their Spanish spiced Lamb croquette with romesco. Fuel Mobile Kitchen was the runner up for their Goat cheese tamale poblano romesco.
Saturday night those attending Greatest of the Grape voted on their favorites. People’s choice winners included Hillcrest Vineyard’s 2015 Malbec-Tempranillo for favorite red wine with Bradley Vineyard’s 2016 Ruby Red as the runner up. In white wines the winner was Cooper Ridge Vineyard’s 2016 Reisling with Delfino Vineyards 2016 SuBerwein as the runner up. People’s Choice winner for wine and food pairing was Bradley Vineyard’s 2016 Ruby Red with Tomaselli’s Pastry Mill and Café cherry and blackberry braised beef brisket as the runner up. Favorite food was from the Cow Creek Restaurant for their Oven braised pork belly.
The Greatest of the Grape winner for favorite wine was Abacela’s 2014 Tempranillo Malbec “Fifty-Fifty”.
Over 600 people attended the Greatest of the Grape.