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Southern Oregon wines win honors at State Fair

Wines from Rogue Valley and Illinois Valley vineyards won a host of awards at the Oregon State Fair last week, including a Best of Show Red Wine nod to Cave Junction's Bridgeview Vineyards for its 2000 pinot noir.

Bridgeview took the Best Buy Award for the same wine, which retails for &

36;9.95. Bridgeview's 1999 cabernet sauvignon, priced at &

36;10 under the Siskiyou Vineyards/Bear Creek Winery label, also took a best buy award.

Gold medals went to Bridgeview for the 2000 pinot noir and to Griffin Creek Vineyard for its 1999 cabernet sauvignon. Griffin Creek is a unit of Willamette Valley Vineyards.

Silver medals went to Bridgeview for the 2000 Blue Moon pinot noir and 2001 early muscat; as well as to Griffin Creek, which took medals for its 1999 syrah and its 2000 viognier. Bridgeview, under the Siskiyou Vineyards label, took silver medals for a 2000 La Cave Rouge and a 1999 cabernet sauvignon.

Bronze medals went to Bridgeview for four wines, a 2000 merlot, a 2000 cabernet/merlot, a 2000 chardonnay and the 2000 Blue Moon chardonnay; Griffin Creek for a 1999 merlot; and Table Rock, a Rogue Valley wine label owned by Willamette Valley Vineyards, for its 1999 merlot.

Vines at Griffin Creek Vineyards off Griffin Creek Road south of Medford are loaded with grapes nearing harvest. The vineyard's wines, owned by Willamette Valley Vineyards, took gold and silver medals from the Oregon State Fair last week. Mail Tribune / Bob Pennell - Mail Tribune Bob Pennell