Sponsored by the Chemeketa Community College Northwest Wine Studies Center.

2017 Amateur Wine Awards

Red:

  • 1st: Berney Zepeda 2016 Pinot Noir
  • 2nd: Donald Hoffard, John Hooson, and Robert Savage 2014 Syrah
  • 3rd: Donald Hoffard, John Hooson, and Robert Savage 2014 Merlot

White:

  • 1st: Donald Hoffard, John Hooson, and Robert Savage 2016 Pinot Gris
  • 2nd: S. Jenika 2014 Chardonnay
  • 3rd: Katelin Taylor 2015 White Blend

Berry/Fruit:

  • 1st: Richard Ness 2016 Raspberry
  • 2nd: Mike Poulin 2016 Concord Grape
  • 3rd: David Howell 2016 Blackberry

Best of Show:

  • Richard Ness 2016 Raspberry

Here’s everything you need to know to participate.

An Important Competition Eligibility Requirement: Wines, entry forms and fees must be registered and paid online prior to entries being mailed or delivered in person to the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Online entries must be submitted by Monday, July 17. Only online entries will be accepted. Paper or mailed applications will not be accepted. Incomplete or inaccurate information will result in disqualification.

Physical entries—bottles of wine–must be received at the Oregon State Fairgrounds no later than 4:00 pm on Thursday, July 20.

How to Enter

  1. A fillable PDF form must be completed and accompany your physical entries. Office hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. (Office closed for lunch each day from 12: 00 to 12:30 pm.)
  2. Fill out this online entry form

Here’s our fillable PDF ENTRY FORM, which details the 2017 wine categories. Included with your entry fee, you will receive tasting notes from our panel of judges after the competition and awards have been announced. (They will be mailed on a date to be determined.) Official judging will take place at Chemeketa Community College on August 1. Winners will be notified by email on a date to be determined.

About our medals.

Gold, silver, and bronze metals will be awarded within each classification. Gold metal award winners will receive (1) admission ticket to Pairings! A Celebration of Oregon wine, cuisine and music. Gold metal award winners from each category will be recognized on stage at the PAIRINGS! event on Friday, August 18, 2017 from 4pm-9pm in the Garden at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Please enter off of 17th Street.

Announcing the Amateur Winemaker Prize, presented by the Northwest Wine Studies Center.

The Northwest Wine Studies Center will be awarding additional prizes to the top three individuals in the categories of Red Vinifera, White Vinifera, and Berry Wines. They also will be awarding the best amateur wine the prestigious honor of Best of Show. The prizes will be as follows:

Best of Show

  • Three one-hour personalized consulting sessions with the
  • Northwest Wine Studies Center winemaking experts
  • Invitation to showcase, pour and sell* the winning wine at the Chemeketa Cellars Barrel Tasting event
  • Tickets for two to the Chemeketa Cellars Release Party at Northwest Wine Studies Center
  • Distinguished placement in the yearlong display at the Northwest Wine Studies Center
  • Best of Show Trophy and Certificate

*Must hold winery license to sell wine

1st Place

  • One- hour personalized consulting session with the Northwest Wine Studies Center winemaking experts
  • Invitation to showcase the winning wine at the Chemeketa Cellars Barrel Tasting event
  • Tickets for two to the Chemeketa Cellars Release Party at Northwest Wine Studies Center
  • Prominent placement in the yearlong display at the Northwest Wine Studies Center

2nd Place

  • Award recognition at the Chemeketa Cellars Barrel Tasting event
  • Tickets for two to the Chemeketa Cellars Release Party at Northwest Wine Studies Center
  • Presence in the yearlong display at the Northwest Wine Studies Center

3rd Place

  • Award recognition at the Chemeketa Cellars Barrel Tasting event
  • Tickets for two to the Chemeketa Cellars Release Party at Northwest Wine Studies Center
  • Presence in the yearlong display at the Northwest Wine Studies Center

Other important competition facts:

  • 2 bottles per entry.
  • Wines submitted to the competition will not be returned.
  • Please label wine bottles (each entry) with:
    • Winemaker’s Name
    • Varietal(s) (if a blend, indicate % of each variety)
    • Vintage or Year Produced
    • Residual Sugar
    • Time in Oak
    • Region (if known)
    • Alcohol (if known)
    • For Fortified Wines (indicate the type and flavor of spirits used)

Please designate style on online application as one of the following:

  • D = Dry (0-1%, or ≤ 10 g/L sugar);
  • SS = Semi-Sweet (1.1% to 4.0%, or 11-40 g/L sugar);
  • SW = Sweet (>4%, or >40 g/L sugar);
  • Note: for any wine >4% sugar, enter it as a Dessert White or Dessert Red
  • Residual sugar and oak information is important, as it will directly influence the placement of your entry in the category.

DISCLAIMER: The Oregon State Fair reserves the right to change terms & conditions at any time. While great care is exercised in the handling and storage of entries, the Oregon State Fair is not responsible for the safety of entries, including but not limited to shipment, fire, vandalism or other unforeseen events.

DELIVERY / SHIPPING ADDRESS:

Oregon State Fairgrounds
Attn: Addie Howell
2330 17th Street NE
Salem, OR 97301

We encourage your participation in the Oregon State Fair Amateur Wine Competition, and look forward to seeing you at PAIRINGS! A CELEBRATION OF OREGON on August 18, 2017.

Questions? Contact Addie Howell at 503-428-3387, or at: [email protected].

Special Thanks to Chemeketa Community College’s Northwest Wine Studies Center for their generous support of this exciting event!