The Southern Oregon World of Wine Festival competition winners will be revealed tonight.
Today, judges Christy Canterbury, Peter Marks and Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, all with hard-earned Masters of Wine credentials, will complete their two-day task of blind tasting and evaluating about 180 wines made from grapes grown in the less-recognized southern part of the state.
From these entries, they will decide which deserve a medal.
Their thoughts — good, bad and honest — will be revealed tonight at a dinner that, for the first time, will be open to the public.
"The region's wine has advanced dramatically," says Les Martin of Red Lily Vineyards, who volunteers with WOW. "You now have professional winemakers working here, like John Quinones at RoxyAnn Winery (in Medford), and the judges have noticed the improvement."
Tonight's World of Wine Awards Dinner at Hanley Farm in Central Point is the prelude to four days of wine-centric events to take place in two weeks at the Bigham Knoll Campus in Jacksonville.
For more information: People attending the Southern Oregon World of Wine Awards Dinner from 6 to 9 tonight, Aug. 9, at Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road in Central Point, will hear results from the WOW competition. The cost is $125 per person.
All other WOW events cost from $25 to $75 and take place Aug. 21-24 at the Bigham Knoll Campus, 525 Bigham Knoll Drive, Jacksonville. More information is at www.worldofwinefestival.com.
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