sip mcminnville wine and food classic oregon
SIP! McMinnville Wine & Food Classic presented by Pacific Seafood

166 wines were judged by 12 judges on January 21, 2017. The competition took place at St. James Church, in McMinnville, OR and the judges awarded 38 Medals – 4 Gold Medals, 11 Silver Medals, and 23 Bronze Medals. In addition, “Best of Show” and “The Chairperson’s Selection” distinctions were awarded.


Best of Show Award

Noble Estate Winery 2014 Passion

Chairperson’s Selection

VinTyr 2015 Pinot Blanc

Gold Medal
Misty Oaks Vineyard 2015 Baco Noir – “BN2”
Noble Estate Winery 2014 Passion
Rallison Cellars 2015 Pinot Blanc – Wheatland Vineyard
Schultz Wines 2012 Merlot – "Blessed"
Silver Medal
Carlton Cellars 2015 Estate Auxerrois
Girardet 2014 Barbera
K & M Wines 2014 Syrah – Quail Run Vineyard
Misty Oaks Vineyard 2015 Pinot Blanc – Constitution Ridge
Namaste Vineyards 2015 “Tranquility”
Noble Estate Winery 2014 Muscat Semi-Sparkling
Paul O'Brien Winery 2014 Pinot Noir – Umpqua Valley
Pike Road Wines 2015 Pinot Gris
Sweet Cheeks Winery 2015 Sweet Riesling
Tesoaria Vineyard & Winery 2014 Coeur Noir – Southern Oregon
Troon Vineyard 2014 Black Label Vermentino – Applegate Valley
Bronze Medal
Ancient Cellars Amphorea 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Rogue Valley)
August Cellars 2015 Sweet Riesling
Gelardi Vineyard 2015 Pinot Noir Blanc
Girardet 2014 Riesling
Helioterra Wines 2014 Columbia Valley Syrah
Melrose Vineyards 2014 Riesling
Methven Family Vineyards 2015 Pinot Gris
Parrett Mountain Cellars 2014 Cabernet Franc
Parrett Mountain Cellars 2014 Barbera
Paul O'Brien Winery 2014 Tempranillo “Cask ll” – Umpqua Valley
Schultz Wines 2013 Viognier – "Mission"
Season Cellars 2014 Grenache (Southern Oregon)
Spangler Vineyards 2013 Petite Sirah
Sweet Cheeks Winery 2014 “Pinot Fusion”
Tesoaria Vineyard & Winery 2014 Riesling – Willamette Valley
Tesoaria Vineyard & Winery 2015 Gamay Noir - Southern Oregon
Tesoaria Vineyard & Winery 2015 Dolcetto – Southern Oregon
Tesoaria Vineyard & Winery 2015 Baco Noir – Southern Oregon
The Potter's Vineyard 2014 Vino Vasai Cabernet Sauvignon
Troon Vineyard 2014 Blue Label Estate Tannat
Troon Vineyard 2014 Black Label Syrah Reserve – Applegate Valley
Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2014 Riesling
Zerba Cellars 2014 Estate Chardonnay

Patrick McElligott

Patrick is a 5th generation native Oregonian. He became a member of the Oregon wine industry in 1980. For 28 years, he managed the Oregon Wine Tasting Room, which received numerous accolades in such publications as The LA Times, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and British Vogue. In 1999, he became a tasting instructor in the Winemaking and Viticultural Program at Chemeketa Community College, where he continues to serve as the only original faculty member. He was one of two faculty members who served on the building design committee for the Eola Center winery and classroom building. He currently works in Sales and Marketing for Sineann Winery – where he has been employed since 2007. In addition, he has been a wine judge and quality control consultant for most of his tenure in the Oregon Wine industry.

Michele Francisco

Michele is a founder and regular contributor to Winerabble, a blog primarily about Pacific Northwest wines, and writes for as their Portland Wine Writer. She is living the dream in Portland, Oregon. Her passion leads some to believe she's got wine running through her veins. She can be contacted at – and be sure to visit her blog

Andrew Minor

Andrew is currently the Key Account Manager for Trinchero Family Estates at Youngs Market Company in Portland, OR. Previous employment experiences have included the Director of National Sales & Marketing for Walnut City Wine Works, as well as 5 years of experience in wine distributing/sales at Basel Cellars and other distributors.

Jacques Rendu

Hailing from France, Jacques Rendu is Coeur de Terre Vineyard’s Direct Sales Manager. Travel and family led him to Oregon following a career in the Silicon Valley and Hollywood film industry. Once he saw the vineyards dotting the Willamette Valley hillsides, there was no turning back. It revived a deep connection to his family heritage rooted in this special wine growing region he calls ‘home’ in the Jura, Bugey and Savoie, Apremont region. He will respond “mais oui!” to any request for help with IPNC or industry events taking place around the Valley. In his view, there is nothing better than discovering beautiful wines paired perfectly with good food in the company of great friends. Prior to Coeur de Terre Vineyard, he has worked at several well-known Oregon wineries – as well as served on the boards of the McMinnville Downtown Wineries and the Tasting Room Managers Network.

Jade Helm

Jade is the primary author of Tasting Pour, a freelance contributor to print and online wine publications, a consultant, and a wine educator. Her expertise is evidenced by credentials from the Society of Wine Educators (Certified Specialist in Wine), the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (Diploma in Wine and Spirits), and Court of Master Sommeliers (Certified Sommelier). Jade is located in the Willamette Valley. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google +.

Elizabeth Clark

Winemaker Elizabeth Clark ended up in Oregon purely through chance when she hitched a ride to visit a cousin living in Portland. She quickly fell in love with Oregon and the winemaking community and never left. She spent five years in training at Amity Vineyards, one of the pioneering wineries in the Willamette Valley, before being hired as winemaker at Airlie Winery in 2005.

Jack Czarnecki

Jack completed his education at UC Davis, where Jack studied enology under Maynard Amerine, the Dean of the modern California wine revolution – although his degree from UC Davis is in Bacteriology. Following graduation, Jack and his wife, Heidi, returned to Pennsylvania to take over the family business, Joe’s Restaurant in Reading from his mom and dad, which was founded by Jack’s Grandfather in 1916. Through the efforts of Jack’s dad, Joe’s Restaurant became known for using their own foraged wild mushrooms – and was also the first restaurant in Pennsylvania to receive the Mobile Guide 4-Star Award of Excellence, and the first to receive the Travel-Holiday Award. In 1986 Jack wrote his first book, “Joe’s Book of Mushroom Cookery” (Atheneum, later Simon & Schuster) to much acclaim. That year Jack was named one of the 16 best chefs in the United States during a talent contest conducted by the James Beard Foundation.

Jack has cooked at the James Beard House seven times including twice during his time in Oregon, where he and Heidi opened The Joel Palmer House in Dayton, Oregon in 1997. Jack was a Founding Member of The American Society of Food and Wine which was chaired by Julia Child. Jack is also a Visiting Lecturer at The Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. In 2009 Jack presented a paper with members of the Oregon State Food Science Department at the American Chemical Society in Washington, DC. The subject was Oregon truffles and truffle oil, the first such paper to be delivered at the world’s largest scientific organization’s annual meeting. Jack’s son, Chris now runs The Joel Palmer House in Dayton, Oregon – but Jack continues to pursue wild mushrooms and truffles in Oregon. His web site is

Nick Peirano

Nick Peirano, a third-generation Italian-American, opened an Italian restaurant (Nick’s Italian Café) in Heart of the Oregon Wine Country (McMinnville, OR) in 1977. Nick forged a marriage between northern Italian cooking and the Oregon wine country. Oregon Pinot Noirs have been a part of the superb wine list at Nick’s Itlalian Café. Nick’s daughter, Carmen Peirano, and her husband, Eric Ferguson, took over the day-to-day operations in 2007, but many of Nick’s recipes remain available at the restaurant today – and Nick remains an icon to Oregon winemakers.

Hilary Berg

Born and raised in Kansas, Hilary Berg moved to Oregon in 2000 after graduating from the School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. She has been editor of Oregon Wine Press since 2006 and owns Roots Wine Co. with her husband, Chris — their first vintage was 2002.

Jeff Woodard

Jeff Woodard was born and raised in McMinnville, as a sixth generation Oregonian. His family was one of the original pioneers and served on the first territorial legislature that signed the state as part of the Union. He graduated from Linfield College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and Public Speaking (with a strong emphasis in the wine industry). For more than a decade, Jeff has developed a strong background in the wine business – and has led some of the most successful marketing and sales programs for wineries in the Willamette Valley. He excels at selling wine, establishing solid relationships with buyers and thrives on educating consumers about wine. Opening a wine shop in downtown McMinnville has been a career dream and goal ever since college. He has been touted as one of the top wine educators, sales and marketing professionals in the industry.

Jim Gullo

Jim Gullo is a journalist and author who has covered the Oregon wine industry closely since moving to McMinnville in 2008. He has authored ten books and was the editor and publisher of, a webzine that covered the Oregon wine industry. He has judged numerous wine competitions and contributes to many local and regional wine publications and blogs.

David Fish

David Fish started his career in wine as Sommelier and Wine Director at a prestigious resort in Arizona back in 1995. He has judged wine competitions, worked as a Wine Consultant, Retail Wine Specialist and founded his own winery in Dundee in 2006. He is what you might expect if Robert Parker and Chewbacca had a male child.....