At the 2015 Home Winemaking Conference by WineMaker Magazine, Willamette Valley, OR

We had a wonderful time this year at WineMaker Magazine’s annual 2015 home winemaking conference. This May we traveled to Portland, OR, and got to experience the wonders of Willamette Valley.

As usual, the wine was exquisite, and we learned so many things. Not the least of which was how to properly pronounce Willamette … “It’s Will-AM-it, dammit!”

Ayres Pinot Blanc and Winemaker Brad McLeroy

Ayres Pinot Blanc, and Winemaker Brad McLeroy

Stoller Vineyard Willamette Valley OR

Stoller Vineyard, Willamette Valley OR

It was great to meet so many of you, see so many old friends, and enjoy hundreds of homemade wines.

Tasting Wine at 2015 Home Winemaking Conference

It was also an honor celebrating with the winners of the International Amateur Wine Competition. You can read the full list of winners here.

Congratulations to all our customers who won at this year’s International Amateur Wine Competition! (We tried to list you all, and we’re sorry if we missed your name!)

GRAND CHAMPION WINE Michael Rinker
100% Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Mike Rinker Winner, Grand Champion Wine

Mike Rinker & David Noone

Mike also won awards for:
80% Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Columbia Valley Malbec 2013
100% Red Mountain Merlot 2013
80% Red Mountain Merlot, 20% Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
60% Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Red Mountain Merlot 2013

Dr. Donald S. Clark
100% Estate Blanc Du Bois 2013

Gordon Gribble
90% Vidal, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
100% Chardonnay 2012
100% Chardonnay 2013
60% Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, 40% Merlot 2014
40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Blueberry, 10% Blackberry 10% Cherry 2013
100% Cayuga 2014
100% Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Dave Sienknecht 
100% Durell Vineyard Chardonnay 2013
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot 2012
100% Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Donna Guedon
100% Sierra Foothills Krizl Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2013
100% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
50% 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% 2012 M&R Syrah 2011/2012

Chuck Gower and Cheryl Dipanfilo
100% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
85% Estate Merlot, 15% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
100% Estate Pinot Noir 2012
60% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Estate Merlot, 10% Estate Pinot Noir 2013
100% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
100% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Byron Barnes
95% Syrah, 5% Viognier 2013
40% Estate Montepulciano, 35% Estate Tannat, 24% Estate Syrah, 1% Estate Viognier 2013
60% Estate Zinfandel, 38% Estate Syrah, 2% Estate Viognier 2012
85% Pear, 15% Riesling 2014
50% Estate Tannat, 43% Estate Montepulciano, 7% Estate Syrah 2011
100% Lenoir 2013

Dominick Agnese
100% Mosti Mondiale La Bodega Port 2013

We’re already making plans to attend next year’s conference in Santa Rosa, CA. Hope to see you all there!

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