The Portland Indie Wine & Food Festival is a juried competition featuring Oregon's premier craft wineries (by craft, we mean they produce no more than 2,500 cases per year). Every March, we invite leaders in the wine industry to judge all wines submitted into the festival. Our judges include representatives from the wine media, retailers, sommeliers, distributors, and winemakers. Our judges taste through all submissions in a rigorous double blind tasting. Only the top 40 wineries are invited to participate in the festival.
2011 was a unique year for the Portland Indie Wine & Food Festival because it was a "homecoming year." We invited back our talented winemakers from previous festivals. We also introduced 14 new wineries that were chosen through a blind tasting competition led by Cole Danehower, author of "Essential Wines and Wineries of the Pacific Northwest" and co-publisher of Northwest Palate magazine.
Judges from past years include Alice Feiring, author and contributor to the Wall Street Journal and Gourmet.com, Jason Smith, Director of Wine at the Bellagio in Las Vegas and James Beard Award Winning Sommelier Bernard Sun, Corporate Beverage Director of Jean-George Management, LLC.