Vintner Competition

Vintner Competition

More than 50 wineries will wow judges with their best wines during this year’s vintner competition at Pinot, Pigs & Poets. Judging will be conducted by a panel of qualified tasters and knowledgeable consumers.

Each wine will be presented to judges in individual glasses without indication of region, vintage, or price. Judges will evaluate each wine independently and without discussion, recording their scores, which will then be tabulated to determine each wine’s ranking. The tasting order is random, and the bottles are not visible. If a bottle of wine is noticeably flawed, a different bottle of the same wine will be substituted.

Winners will be announced during the Pinot, Pigs & Poets tasting.

Guests will have the chance to enjoy the same portfolio of old pinot favorites and new pinot discoveries, as each winery will donate a case of its delicious wine for the competition and tasting.


2019 Competition Judges
Judge Business
Matt Brown V. Mertz
Terrence Dougherty
Corey Keith Corkscrew Wine and Cheese
Monica Lang
Brad Marr Spencer's for Steaks and Chops
Peter Stone
Dylan Thompson
Brad Van de Lune
Sarah Wallace 801 Chophouse

Past Competition Winners
Year Winery Vintage
2018 Clouds Rest 2014 femme fatale
2017 Bien Nacido Vineyards 2012 Santa Maria Valley
2016 Loring Wine Company 2014 Clos Pepe Vineyard
2015 Williams Selyem Foss Vineyard 2012
2014 Failla 2011 Keefer Ranch
2013 Morgan 2010 Twelve Clones
2012 Big Table Farm 2010 Willamette Valley
2011 Small Vines 2009 Russian River Valley
2010 Benovia 2008 Sonoma Coast