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Newport in February has conducted the longest continuous wine competition in the Northwest. This is an exciting opportunity to taste award-winning wines, meet the winemakers responsible for them and discover why the wine world is coming to Oregon in search of the best.
For the last 31 years of the Festival's forty year history, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Best-In-Show awards have been handed out to the most consistent achievers in a Commercial Wine Competition marked by one strong field after another. This early-in-the-year look at Northwest wines offers clear evidence of which wineries are on track and who to watch at other festival showcases around the country throughout the year.
Wineries that have been selected as festival participants from the Pacific Northwest are eligible to enter this prestigious competition.
Judges are selected on the basis of wine knowledge, experience in wine judging, and a general familiarity of the northwest wine region. Entry applications and rules are sent to the wineries approximately thirty days prior to the judging. The results are released to the press, the entrants, the judges and the public after the judging is completed.
This wine competition is open to amateur winemakers only and offers an opportunity for these individuals to have their wines independently evaluated by a panel of judges. Wines are scored on a 20 point system based on sight, smell, taste and overall quality.
Categories include: Dry Fruit, Sweet Fruit, Dry Berry, Sweet Berry, White Vinifera, White Non-Vinifera, Red Vinifera, Red Non-Vinifera and Specialty, a category which includes all wines not found in other specified divisions.