By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Local wineries claim medals

A panel of 11 expert judges blind-tasted 195 wines from 51 wineries in preparation for the fundraising event, set for March 7-9 at the Evergreen Space Museum in McMinnville.

Best of Show went to a 2011 barbera produced by Barking Frog Winery of Portland. It features grapes grown at the Eldering Vineyard, located in the Horse Heaven AVA, between the Yakima Valley and Columbia River.

Two local wines earned gold medals — Hawkins Cellars’ 2011 Caldera Red Columbia Valley, produced in Dundee, and a 2011 grenache produced by K & M Wines out of Carlton, using grapes from the Quail Run Vineyard. K & M also claimed a silver for its 2010 Alchemy Cuvee Pinot Noir.

Other silver medals went to Ancient Cellars, which has a tasting room in Newberg, for its 2009 Cabernet Franc Terebinth; Armonea Wines of the Dundee Hills for its 2012 Summit Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir; Lumos Wine Co. of McMinnville for a 2010 pinot noir made of grapes from the Temperance Hill Vineyard; Purple Cow Vineyards of Newberg for its 2009 Estate Tempranillo; and Terra Vina Wines, which has a McMinnville tasting room, for a 2012 cabernet franc and 2010 sangiovese.

Bronze medals were claimed by Willamette Valley Vineyards of Turner, which has a McMinnville tasting room, for a 2011 estate chardonnay, and Zerba Cellars of the Walla Walla Valley, which has a Dundee tasting room, for a 2009 merlot.

The 2014 edition of the event, a fundraiser for St. James Catholic School,will feature more than 170 wine, food and art vendors — the medal winners among them.

For more information, as well as a complete list of medal winners, visit

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