McMinnville Wine Classic Takes Off at Evergreen Air Museum
McMinnville, OR is famous for wine and Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose wooden airplane. Next Friday afternoon, March, 13, 2009 a three day wine and food festival will take off to great heights among the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum’s airplanes and rockets.
The McMinnville Wine and Food Classic is celebrating it’s 16th year. This year you can watch some of the best Chefs in the Northwest demonstrate their skills; talk with winemakers and vintners and learn the intricacies of their trade; purchase by the taste, glass, bottle or case; and visit with the artisans and view their work which is available for purchase. You will also get to taste the winners of the 2009 “Sip” competition.
Best in Show:
Zerba Cellars (Milton Freewater) –
This Cabernet Sauvignon features fruit from the famed rocky floodplain of the Walla Walla River. This medium-bodied red offers bold aromas of dark plum and dried currant with hints of leather, smoke and mint. The plum carries over into loganberry and light cedar flavors stretched over smooth tannins and a lingering dark cherry finish.
The Gold Medalists included:
Zerba Cellars (Milton-Freewater) –
2006 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Noble Estate Winery (Eugene) –
2008 Muscat Semi-sparkling
Vitis Ridge Vineyards (Silverton) –
2007 Vitis Ridge Reisling
Trinity Vineyards (Salem) –
2006 Trinity Vineyards Syrah
Cathedral Ridge (Hood River) –
For a list of the runners up, see the museum’s website.
There will be over 30 wineries and 30 food vendors to taste to your heart’s content. Tickets are $15 per day, or $30 for three days; designated drivers are $13 and get free soda. Tasting fees are extra. Parking, and a shuttle to the museum from overflow parking is available.
And as Howard Hughes has been quoted saying, “I feel like a little adventure!”