Southern Oregon Wineries take Top Honors at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

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For the second time in four years, Pebblestone Cellars has walked away from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition with Best of Class accolades.

The 2014 Ellis Vineyards Viognier topped its peers last week in the nation’s largest wine competition, judged in the Sonoma County berg of Cloverdale and celebrated at Fort Mason.

The Camp Baker Road winery’s performance comes on the heels of a similar distinction with a 2010 pinot gris, which captured a Best of Show in 2012.

“California is a big market, and the Chronicle does a lot of work with wine,” said winemaker Bryan Wilson. “To do well there brings attention to the fact we’re growing some really great grapes in Southern Oregon and producing some world-class wine along with them.”

Jackson and Josephine county wineries and vineyards brought home scores of double-gold, gold, silver and bronze medals from the 31st annual competition, which attracted a record 7,162 entries. Wilson also had a hand in Foris Vineyards’ 2014 Pinot Gris Best of Class entry.

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