The Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association presents the 43rd Annual Greatest of the Grape — Oregon’s oldest wine gala — on March 2 at the Grand Ballroom of Seven Feathers Hotel and Casino Resort in Canyonville.
Each award-winning wine will be paired with regional cuisine, and the event includes music, dancing, art and public vote of various categories. This year, the purchase of a VIP ticket gains patrons exclusive access an hour before the doors officially open. Nearly half of the allotted 100 V.I.P tickets have been sold as the Greatest of the Grape looks for its fourth consecutive sellout.
“As the event has become more popular, the lines to get in have been getting longer and longer”, co-chair Rob Ikola said in news release. “With the V.I.P tickets, we’ve found a way to alleviate the wait by providing exclusive access to patrons who want it without raising prices for people who want to attend the same great event they’ve enjoyed in the past.”
28 wineries to pour at Oregon’s oldest wine festival
This year, 28 wineries from Oregon’s Umpqua Valley and beyond will be serving a select wine alongside a dish created by a local chef. And everyone who attends is invited to vote on The People’s Choice Awards for Best Wine, Best Food and Best Wine and Food Pairing.
The trade competition was judged by Deborah Grossman, a freelance writer from San Francisco; Peter Mitham, correspondent in Vancouver, British Columbia, for Wines & Vines; and Clive Pursehouse, an administrator at the University of Washington.
VIP tickets for admission at 6 p.m. cost $100. General admission tickets with a 7 p.m. entry are $75. Tickets are available online at www.umpquavalleywineries.org or in person at Abacela, Becker Vineyards, Melrose Vineyards and Pedotti’s Restaurant in Sutherlin.
Proceeds benefit the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association and provide scholarships for students in the viticulture and enology program at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.