Or, We Could Just Go Back to OR… (McMinnville Wine & Food Classic 2020 Competition)

Vinted on December 12, 2019 binned in wine industry events

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Presumably because its polite residents haven’t yet learned their lesson, I’ve been invited back to Oregon to help judge the 2020 McMinnville Wine & Food Classic Wine Competition, to be held January 11. It’s been the better part of eighteen months since I’ve had my boots on the ground in that fine state, so I’m looking forward to returning, and I am totally welcoming the opportunity to announce that fact, and especially to further delaying sorting through my travel notes and photos to bring you coverage of my recent(-ish) times in Austria and Sicily, because, well, that’s like work and stuff…

This is a new venture for me, and I’ll be a part of nine new judges in 2020, who in turn will be joining a returning roster of a further nine judges, including other writers, educators, sommeliers, buyers, and PR mavens. I’m grateful to call several in both of those camps as colleagues and friends already, and so I welcome – and will take – the further opportunity now to apologize to the town of McMinnville for whatever disruption we cause when we’re all reunited in the same location that week (sorry!).

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There’s more to come, of course, after the event, For now – the whole shebang benefits a 501c3 nonprofit supporting children’s education at St. James School, so I’d encourage you to buy up some event tickets (if you’re local), or donate (if you’re not).






  • Karyn Smith

    Joe, I was thrilled when I read your name in the press release! I’m excited you’ll be participating. In fact, I’m going to be a volunteer for the judges. Finally, after all these years of following your column, I will get to meet you!

    • 1WineDude


  • Russell Gladhart

    Glad you are coming back to the great state of Oregon! I’d like to invite you to visit Winter’s Hill Estate while you are here. From our winery in the Dundee Hills we look south over the Willamette Valley, including the Air & Space Museum where the Wine & Food Classic will be held.

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