Westport Winery Savoring the Gold in Oregon

first_imgFacebook8Tweet0Pin0Westport Winery more gold medals or higher than any other winery at the 2017 Savor NW Wine Competition held the first week of March in Cannon Beach, Oregon. This competition is a precursor to the popular Savor Cannon Beach Food & Wine Festival that will be held on March 9-12. Westport will be pouring all of their award-winning wines at their Cannon Beach tasting room during this event.The Best of Class Gewurztraminer medal was awarded to Captain Gray. The grapes for this wine were harvested in 2015 at Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the Grays Harbor Symphony and Bishop Performing Arts Center in Aberdeen. The sculpture commemorating this wine was created by Westport ceramic artist Kimmi Kerns. The label is a portrait of the winery by watercolorist Barbara Sampson. Rapture of the Deep, Westport’s 100% sparkling cranberry wine, earned Best of Class in the non-grape wine category. The photograph on this wine’s label is by winery co-owner Blain Roberts. Its sculpture was created by Johnny and Darlene Camp of Opal Art Glass in Cosmopolis. This wine benefits Harbors Home Health & Hospice. Double gold medals were bestowed upon Maritime Sparkling Riesling, Ancient Mariner Pear Riesling, and Swimmer Petite Sirah. The Riesling grapes were also harvested at Red Willow Vineyard, while the Petite Sirah was hand-picked at Olsen Brothers Estate Vineyard near Benton City, Washington. These wines benefit the Northwest Carriage Museum, Coastal Animal Rescue & Adoption (CARA), and the Grays Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center, respectively. Both the Maritime and Ancient Mariner labels were painted by watercolorist Darryl Easter, while the Swimmer label features a childhood photo of Dana Roberts, Westport’s director of winemaking.Additional gold medals were earned by Shiver Me Timbers, a blend of Riesling, passionfruit, orange and guava; Lighthouse, a dry Riesling from Red Willow Vineyard; and Charterboat Chick, the winery’s rich Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. It was named 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest. They have been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine six times. They were named the Best Washington Family Business Silver Medal winners in 2012, received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015, and were name Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The resort (including the restaurant, bakery, plant nursery and 15-acre display garden) is open daily or breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Westport Winery’s second location, TASTING @ Cannon Beach, is located at 255 N. Hemlock. The Oregon tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.last_img

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