The Oregon Wine Experience has evolved into one of the top wine events in the state of Oregon, and this year's extravaganza may prove to be the best yet.
The annual ode to the grape will be held Aug. 21-27 at Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville, where nearly 70 wineries from around the state will join with local restaurants and artisan food vendors in a weeklong celebration.
Events include the Oregon Wine Competition, wine classes, vintner dinners, a barrel auction, a salmon bake and auction, and the final Grand Tasting under a giant tent.
The event began as the World of Wine in 2003, and in 2014 it became a signature fundraiser for Asante’s Children’s Miracle Network and other health care programs supported by Medford-based Asante Foundation.
Wineries from throughout Oregon are eligible to compete in the wine competition, which will be judged by a panel of six experts. This year's competition will see its first international judge, its first female Master of Wine in America, and the first and only female Master of Wine in Canada.
Best of Show winners in the 2016 competition were Pebblestone Cellars, Plaisance Ranch and Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars.
Tickets generally run $100 to $250 per event, with discounts for multiple purchases. The Grand Tasting, Sunday, Aug. 27, costs $100 per person and will showcase more than 100 of Oregon’s leading wines, including the award winners from the 2017 Oregon Wine Competition. For details, see www.theoregonwineexperience.com.