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Wine Judges

We are proud to be a resource for quality, boutique Oregon wines.

The Portland Indie Wine & Food Festival promises a quality wine experience. We are the only festival that holds a double blind tasting to determine who pours at the festival event. Over the past seven years, we have enlisted the help of some of the best palates in the world. Read about our judges and about our 2011 wineries.

In 2011 we invited Cole Danehower, author of “Essential Wines and Wineries of the Pacific Northwest” and co-publisher of Northwest Palate magazine, to lead our blind tasting competition in March and select the following 14 new wineries to be featured at the festival.

We also welcomed back 37 alumni in 2011.We are thrilled to have them back. They, along with all our alumni, carry the Indie spirit with each vintage they produce.

2011 Official Festival Selections

AlexEli Vineyard & Winery -
2008 Willamette Valley Riesling

Bjornson Vineyard -
2009 Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

Brigadoon Wine Company -
2009 Willamette Valley Lylee Pinot Noir
2009 Willamette Valley Pinot Blanc

Colene Clemens Vineyards -
2008 Chehalem Mountains Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
2009 Chehalem Mountains Estate Pinot Noir

Dion Vineyard -
2009 Chehalem Mountain Reserve Pinot Noir
2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris

Helioterra Wines -
2009 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Merrill Cellars -
2008 Rogue Valley Cotes du Rogue

Pamplin Family Winery -
2008 Columbia Valley J | R | G Red Wine

Seven Bridges Winery -
2008 Columbia Valley Malbec

TERO Estates -
2007 Walla Walla Valley Windrow Field Blend
2007 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Walla Walla Valley Windrow Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Rattlesnake Hills Flying Trout Old Vines Malbec

Trinity Vineyards -
2007 Rogue Valley Syrah
2007 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris
2007 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Tyee Wine Cellars -
2009 Willamette Valley Estate Gewurztraminer

Utopia -
2008 Ribbon Ridge Estate Pinot Noir

White Rose Estate -
2008 Dundee Hills Appellation Series Dundee Hills Estate Pinot Noir
2008 Dundee Hills Whole Cluster Estate Pinot Noir
2008 Dundee Hills Estate Pinot Noir

2011 Returning Alumni

Anam Cara Cellars -
2007 Chehalem Mountains Nicholas Estate Pinot Noir
2007 Chehalem Mountains Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
2007 Chehalem Mountains Heather's Vineyard Pinot Noir
2008 Chehalem Mountains Estate Gewurztraminer
2009 Chehalem Mountains Nicholas Estate Off-Dry Riesling

Angel Vine -
2008 Columbia Valley Zinfandel
2008 Columbia Valley Avery Vineyard Zinfandel
2008 Columbia Valley The Hellion
2008 Eola-Amity Hills The Morgster Pinot Noir
2008 Walla Walla Valley Les Collines Vineyard Zinfandel

Apolloni Vineyards -
2008 Columbia Valley Conti di Val Seriana Soleggio
2008 Willamette Valley Laurine Pinot Noir
2009 Oregon Dolce Vino Viognier
2009 Willamette Valley Pinot Blanc
2010 Willamette Valley Rosé

ArborBrook Vineyards-
2007 Late Harvest Sémillon
2009 Estate 777 Block Pinot Noir
2010 Croft Vineyard Pinot Gris

Artisanal Wine Cellars -
2008 Chehalem Mountains Adams Vineyard Pinot Noir
2008 Willamette Valley Jubilee Vineyard Pinot Noir
2009 Oregon Dovetail White Viognier Roussanne
2009 Umpqua Valley Gamay Noir

Barking Frog -
2008 Chehalem Mountains Chapman Road Pinot Noir Cuvée
2008 Washington Sangiovese
2008 Washington Reserve Syrah
2009 Washington Barbera
2009 Washington Tempranillo

Big Table Farm -
2008 California White Hawk Vineyard Syrah
2009 Yamhill-Carlton Resonance Vineyard Pinot Noir
2009 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Blakeslee Vineyard Estate -
2007 Chehalem Mountains Blakeslee Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir
2008 Chehalem Mountains Blakeslee Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir
2008 Eola-Amity Hills Blakeslee Vineyard Estate Riesling
2009 Chehalem Mountains Blakeslee Vineyard Estate Chardonnay
2009 Eola-Amity Hills Blakeslee Vineyard Estate Riesling

Capitello Wines -
Oregon Brut Sparkling
2008 Willamette Valley Succession Cuvée Pinot Noir
2009 Oregon Late Harvest Riesling
2009 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris
2010 Willamette Valley Walnut Ridge Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Carlton Hill Wine Company -
2007 Estate Pinot Noir
2008 Estate Pinot Noir
2008 Estate Reserve
2009 Estate Pinot Noir

Coeur de Terre -
2006 McMinnville Renelle's Block Reserve Pinot Noir
2006 McMinnville Riesling
2009 McMinnville Oregon Pinot Noir
2010 McMinnville Pinot Gris
2010 McMinnville Rosé Rustique

Dukes Family Vineyards -
2008 Eola-Amity Hills Alyssa Pinot Noir
2010 Eola-Amity Hills Blushing Kate Rosé

Durant Vineyards -
2008 Dundee Hills Heron Pinot Noir
2009 Dundee Hills La Paloma Pinot Noir
2009 Dundee Hills Lark Chardonnay
2010 Dundee Hills Southview Pinot Gris

Emerson Vineyards -
2008 Willamette Valley White Pinot Noir
2009 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
2009 Willamette Valley Avelina Pinot Noir
2009 Willamette Valley Brother Red
2009 Willamette Valley Riesling

Et Fille Wines -
2007 Yamhill-Carlton District Kalita Vineyard Pinot Noir
2008 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
2008 Chehalem Mountain Nicholas Vineyard Pinot Noir
2009 Dundee Hills Maresh Vineyard Pinot Noir
2009 Yamhill-Carlton District Deux Vert Viognier

Folin Cellars -
2007 Rogue Valley Estate Tempranillo
2008 Rogue Valley Estate Petite Sirah
2009 Rogue Valley Estate Viognier

Genius Loci/Lundeen -
2008 Rogue Valley Folin Vineyard Syrah
2009 Willamette Valley Cuvée Desireé Pinot Gris
2008 Willamette Valley Lundeen Reserve Pinot Noir
2009 Willamette Valley Lundeen Pinot Gris
2009 Willamette Valley Lundeen Pinot Noir

Grochau Cellars -
2008 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
2008 Cuvée des Amis Pinot Noir
2008 Rogue Valley Matador

J. Scott Cellars -
2008 Rogue Valley Syrah
2009 Rogue Valley Grenache
2009 Rogue Valley Petite Sirah
2009 Rogue Valley Viognier
2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Blanc

Johan Vineyards-
2008 Willamette Valley Nils Reserve Pinot Noir
2009 Willamette Valley Estate Pinot Noir
2009 Willamette Valley Estate Chardonnay

Kandarian Wine Cellars -
2008 Oregon Ice Box Pinot Gris
2009 Willamette Valley Oster Vineyard Blue Eye Sauvignon Blanc
2009 Applegate Valley Mystery Block Anomaly Zinfandel

Le Cadeau -
2008 Chehalem Mountains Le Cadeau Côte Est Pinot Noir
2008 Chehalem Mountains Le Cadeau Diversité Pinot Noir
2009 Chehalem Mountains Le Cadeau Red Label Pinot Noir
2008 Willamette Valley Aubichon Reserve Pinot Noir
2009 Willamette Valley Aubichon Pinot Noir

Lenné -
2008 Yamhill-Carlton District Lenné Estate Pinot Noir
2008 Yamhill-Carlton District LeNez Pinot Noir
2009 Yamhill-Carlton District LeNez Pinot Noir

Lumos Wine Company -
2007 Willamette Valley Five Blocks Pinot Noir
2008 Willamette Valley Temperance Hill Pinot Noir
2009 Willamette Valley Temperance Hill Gewurztaminer
2010 Willamette Valley Rudolfo Pinot Gris
2010 Willamette Valley Temperance Hill Pinot Gris

Luminous Hills/Seven of Hearts -
2009 Eola-Amity Hills Seven of Hearts Crawford Beck Vineyard Chardonnay
2009 Willamette Valley Seven of Hearts Pinot Noir
2010 Columbia Valley Seven of Hearts Ice Princess Dessert Wine Viognier
2009 Yamhill-Carlton Luminous Hills Estate Grown Pinot Noir 
2009 Yamhill-Carlton Luminous Hills Estate Grown Pinot Noir LUX

Madrone Mountain -
2005 Rogue Valley Mundo Novo
2005 Applegate Valley Special Select Late Harvest Gewurztraminer
2007 Applegate Valley Starthistle Cuvée
2008 Applegate Valley Starthistle Cuvée
2009 Applegate Valley Starthistle Cuvée

Matello Wines-
2009 Dundee Hills Winter's Hill Pinot Noir
2009 Yamhill-Carlton Caprice Pinot Blanc-Pinot Gris
2009 Willamette Valley Hommage Pinot Noir
2009 Willamette Valley Lazarus Pinot Noir
2010 Willamette Valley Rosé Pinot Noir

Pudding River Wine Cellars -
2006 Willamette Valley Estate Pinot Noir
2007 Willamette Valley Reserve Chardonnay
2008 Willamette Valley Chardonnay
2008 Willamette Valley Reserve Pinot Noir
2008 Willamette Valley Viognier

Quady North -
2007 Rogue Valley 4-2, A Syrah
2007 Applegate Valley Steelhead Run Vineyard Syrah
2008 Applegate Valley Cabernet Franc
2009 Applegate Valley Ox-Block Viognier
2010 Rogue Valley Rosé

Ribera Vineyards -
2007 Willamette Valley Stormy Morning Vineyard Pinot Noir
2009 Columbia Valley Counoise
2009 Columbia Valley Confluence
2009 Columbia Valley Rosé
2009 Willamette Valley Sauvignon Blanc

RR Winery -
2006 Ribbon Ridge Ridgecrest Vineyards Pinot Noir
2008 Ribbon Ridge Ridgecrest Vineyards Pinot Noir

Seufert Winery -
2009 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris
2009 Yamhill-Carlton Bishop Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir
2009 McMinnville Coleman Vineyard Pinot Noir  
2009 Umpqua Valley Delfino Vineyards Dolcetto
2009 Eola-Amity Hills Zenith Vineyard Pinot Noir

Stag Hollow -
2006 Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir
2007 Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir
2008 Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir
2008 Yamhill-Carlton Reserve Pinot Noir
2009 Yamhill-Carlton Dolcetto

Thistle Wines -
2007 Dundee Hills Estate Pinot Noir
2008 Dundee Hills Estate Pinot Noir
2009 Dundee Hills Estate Chardonnay
2010 Dundee Hills Estate Pinot Blanc

VIDON -
2007 Chehalem Mountains VIDON 3-Clones Pinot Noir
2008 Chehalem Mountains VIDON 3-Clones Pinot Noir
2009 Chehalem Mountains VIDON 3-Clones Pinot Noir

Wahle Vineyard & Cellars -
2007 Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir
2008 Dundee Hills Elevee Vineyard Pinot Noir
2008 Holmes Hill Pinot Noir
2008 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn -
2008 Jordan Block Pinot Noir
2008 Natasha Block Pinot Noir
2010 Pinot Blanc