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  • SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE WINE COMPETITION

    Southern Oregon wineries take top honors at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

    Southern Oregon wineries take top honors at nation's largest wine competition
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  • For the second time in four years, Pebblestone Cellars has walked away from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition with Best of Class accolades.
    The 2014 Ellis Vineyards Viognier topped its peers last week in the nation's largest wine competition, judged in the Sonoma County berg of Cloverdale and celebrated at Fort Mason.
    The Camp Baker Road winery's performance comes on the heels of a similar distinction with a 2010 pinot gris, which captured a Best of Show in 2012.
    "California is a big market, and the Chronicle does a lot of work with wine," said winemaker Bryan Wilson. "To do well there brings attention to the fact we're growing some really great grapes in Southern Oregon and producing some world-class wine along with them."
    Jackson and Josephine county wineries and vineyards brought home scores of double-gold, gold, silver and bronze medals from the 31st annual competition, which attracted a record 7,162 entries. Wilson also had a hand in Foris Vineyards' 2014 Pinot Gris Best of Class entry.
    Adding to Pebblstone Cellars' owner Dick Ellis' euphoria this weekend was the arrival of the February issue of Wine Enthusiast, which listed the Rogue Valley and Ashland as one of its Top 10 global wine destinations for 2016.
    The Rogue Valley joined France's Bordeaux region, Las Vegas, Margaret River (Australia), Alto Adige (Italy), Paso Robles, Calif., Basque Country in Spain, Franschhoek in South Africa, Alentejo in southern Portugal, and Burgenland, Austria.
    "That was pretty cool," Ellis said.
    Southern Oregon Winery Association sponsored a booth at the Chronicle competition pouring session with 6,000 attendees.
    "It seems to build every year. SOWA is stepping up and taking the role of strategically marketing the area," Ellis said. "Everything takes a little momentum, and it's taken 10 years to move our wines up to where they are world-class, and that provides more marketing opportunities. It's all part of the momentum we've got going on here."
    Eagle Point's Agate Ridge Vineyard won double-gold for its 2012 Estate Viognier, as did Jacksonville's Dancin Vineyards with its 2014 Trata Pinot Noir, Folin Cellars of Gold Hill for its 2012 Folin Vineyards Tempranillo, Foris Vineyards of Cave Junction for its 2014 Pinot Blanc, Pebblestone Cellars for its 2014 Ellis Vineyards Pinot Gris, and Applegate Valley's Red Lily Vineyards for its 2012 Tempranillo.
    Best of Class
    Pebblestone Cellars 2014 Ellis Vineyards Viognier, Rogue Valley, $20
    Foris Vineyards 2014 Pinot Gris, Oregon, $14
    Double Gold
    Agate Ridge Vineyard 2012 Estate Viognier, Rogue Valley, $22
    Dancin Vineyards 2014 Trata Pinot Noir, Southern Oregon, $34
    Folin Cellars 2012 Folin Vineyards Tempranillo, Rogue Valley, $32
    Foris Vineyards 2014 Pinot Blanc, Oregon, $14
    Pebblestone Cellars 2014 Ellis Vineyards Pinot Gris, Rogue Valley, $17
    Red Lily Vineyards 2012 Tempranillo, Rogue Valley, $35
    Gold
    Agate Ridge Vineyard 2010 Black Sticky, Rogue Valley, $25
    Agate Ridge Vineyard 2013 Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc, Rogue Valley, $20
    Cliff Creek 2011 Sams Valley Cabernet Franc, Southern Oregon, $28
    Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars 2014 Pinot Gris, Oregon, $15
    Deer Creek Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $24
    Del Rio Vineyards 2012 Claret, Rogue Valley, $35
    Del Rio Vineyards 2014 Chardonnay, Rogue Valley, $20
    Grizzly Peak 2013 Tempranillo, Rogue Valley, $28
    Kriselle Cellars 2013 Di’tani, Rogue Valley, $26
    Schmidt Family Vineyards 2012 SF Vineyards Merlot, Applegate Valley, $34
    Weisinger Family Winery 2012 Tempranillo, Rogue Valley, $32
    Silver
    Agate Ridge Vineyard 2012 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Rogue Valley, $18
    Belle Fiore 2012 Syrah, Rogue Valley, $34
    Cliff Creek 2009 Sams Valley Claret, Southern Oregon, $28
    Cliff Creek 2011 Sams Valley Merlot, Southern Oregon, $22
    Cliff Creek 2009 Sams Valley Syrah, Southern Oregon, $28
    Cricket Hill Winery 2009 Cabernet Franc, Applegate Valley, $35
    Dancin Vineyards 2014 Farandole Pinot Noir, Oregon, $34
    Dancin Vineyards 2013 Tribute, Southern Oregon, $32
    Deer Creek Vineyards 2014 Pinot Gris, Rogue Valley, $14
    Del Rio Vineyards 2014 Pinot Gris, Rogue Valley, $16
    Del Rio Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, Rogue Valley, $28
    Del Rio Vineyards 2014 Viognier, Rogue Valley, $20
    Edenvale 2014 Stoneriver Midsummer’s Cuvee, Rogue Valley, $23
    Folin Cellars 2012 Syrah, Rogue Valley, $32
    Folin Cellars 2014 Viognier, Rogue Valley, $28
    Foris Vineyards 2013 Cedar Ranch Pinot Noir, Oregon, $35
    Foris Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Rogue Valley, $20
    Irvine Family Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $35
    Scott Cellars 2013 Grenache, Rogue Valley, $29
    Kriselle Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rogue Valley, $34
    Kriselle Cellars 2013 Malbec, Rogue Valley, $28
    Kriselle Cellars 2013 Estate Tempranillo, Rogue Valley, $50
    LaBrasseur Vineyard 2012 Cabernet Franc, Rogue Valley, $26
    LaBrasseur Vineyard 2012 Merlot, Rogue Valley, $26
    Ledger David Cellars 2013 Estate Cabernet Franc, Rogue Valley, $29
    Ledger David Cellars 2013 Estate Syrah, Rogue Valley, $42
    Ledger David Cellars 2015 Estate Viognier, Rogue Valley, $23
    Nicole Reese 2013 Valley View Orchard Syrah, Oregon, $19
    Pebblestone Cellars 2011 Ellis Vineyards Cabernet Franc, Rogue Valley, $24
    Quady North Winery 2012 Steelhead Run Vineyard Syrah, Applegate Valley, $29
    Quady North Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc, Applegate Valley, $35
    Quady North Winery 2013 Syrah, Rogue Valley, $25
    Quady North Winery 2014 Pistoleta, Rogue Valley, $19
    RoxyAnn 2012 Claret, Rogue Valley, $26
    RoxyAnn 2013 Chardonnay, Rogue Valley, $26
    RoxyAnn 2014 Pinot Gris, Rogue Valley, $17
    Schmidt Family Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Applegate Valley, $40
    Schmidt Family Vineyards 2012 Malbec, Applegate Valley, $36
    Schmidt Family Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Applegate Valley, $40
    Schmidt Family Vineyards 2012 Syrah, Applegate Valley, $36
    Schmidt Family Vineyards 2014 Riesling, Rogue Valley, $22
    South Stage Cellars 2011 Pleasant View Vineyard Pinotage, Rogue Valley, $30
    South Stage Cellars 2012 Carmenere, Rogue Valley, $28
    South Stage Cellars 2012 Malbec, Rogue Valley, $28
    South Stage Cellars 2014 Pinot Blanc, Rogue Valley, $24
    Valley View Winery 2012 Syrah, Applegate Valley, $24
    Weisinger Family Winery 2012 Gold Vineyard Malbec, Rogue Valley, $28
    Bronze
    Belle Esprit 2014 Caprettone, Rogue Valley, $27
    Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars 2014 Aromatique, Oregon, $15
    Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars 2014 Fizze, Rogue Valley, $13
    Dancin Vineyards 2013 Septette Pinot Noir, Southern Oregon, $34
    Edenvale NV Rogue du Rhône, Rogue Valley, $25
    Edenvale NV Tempranillo, Rogue Valley, $35
    Grizzly Peak 2012 Estate Rogue Rouge, Rogue Valley, $26
    Grizzly Peak 2013 Estate Roussanne-Marsanne, Rogue Valley, $19
    LaBrasseur Vineyard 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rogue Valley, $26
    Ledger David Cellars 2015 Estate Chardonnay, Rogue Valley, $22
    Pebblestone Cellars 2011 Ellis Vineyards Syrah, Rogue Valley, $24
    Quady North Winery 2014 Eevee’s Vineyard Grenache Blanc, Applegate Valley, $21
    Quady North Winery 2011 GSM, Rogue Valley, $25
    Red Lily Vineyards 2013 Life of Riley Pinot Noir, Applegate Valley, $28
    Red Lily Vineyards 2012 Red Blanket, Rogue Valley, $22
    Red Lily Vineyards 2013 Night School, Southern Oregon, $32
    RoxyAnn 2012 Honor Barn Red, Rogue Valley, $18
    Schmidt Family Vineyards 2014 Albariño, Applegate Valley, $24
    Schmidt Family Vineyards 2013 Tempranillo, Applegate Valley, $38
    South Stage Cellars 2011 Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre, Rogue Valley, $28
    Troon Vineyard 2014 Druid’s Fluid Red, Applegate Valley, $17
    Troon Vineyard 2014 Longue Carabine, Applegate Valley, $34
    Troon Vineyard 2013 Zinfandel, Applegate Valley, $29
    Weisinger Family Winery 2011 Petit Pompadour, Rogue Valley, $42
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