2010 Call for Entries Now Open!

January 13, 2010 at 1:20 am (judging) (, , , , , , , )

It’s hard to believe that the 2010 Portland Indie Wine & Food Festival is less than four months away!  We’ve been very busy here at Indie headquarters gearing up for the event and are eagerly anticipating another great year.

As you may have seen on our twitter and facebook accounts, we are now accepting wine submissions for the 2010 event.  Last year we received a record 194 wines for judging- and we’re looking forward to receiving even more this year!  If you are  (or know of) a small, Oregon craft producer,  now is the time to submit wine for Indie judging!

The deadline to enter wine is Friday, March 2nd at 5:30pm, so head over to our website for more details!

Official rules, Frequently Asked Questions and more information can be found here.

PS: Don’t forget that tickets for the 2010 festival are now on sale and can be purchased on our website!

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Judging Recap

March 18, 2009 at 6:20 am (Event Details, Indie Events, judging) (, , , , , , , )

1 day.  194 wines.  10 judges.  29 tweets. 

Judging for the 2009 Indie Wine Festival was a definite success!  Volunteers arrived at the Hotel Vintage Plaza at 7 in the morning for final preparations to make sure the day would run smoothly (and it did!).  By the time judges started arriving at 9, we were running like a well-oiled machine! 

We can’t say enough about how wonderful all of our Indie judges were.  Tasting 194 wines (an Indie record!) in a single day is a daunting task, but the judges accomplished it beautifully and professionally.  It was so interesting to hear what each of the judges was looking for in the wine.  This is especially true of the differences between the winemaker and non-winemaker judges!  Each wine was tasted (and sometimes re-tasted), and in the end the judges- via blind scoring- were able to select the 40 wines that will be poured at the Festival in May.  The winning wines will be announced at the beginning of April. 

By 6:00 in the evening, after a day full of wine, we were all ready for a beer, so we headed downstairs to Pazzo and enjoyed their great happy hour deals while recapping the great day.

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make judging go so well.  With a crew this great, we can’t wait until the next Indie event!  Make sure you buy your tickets so that you can taste the winning wines and see if you agree with the judges’ decisions!

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PIWF on the Web

January 24, 2009 at 2:52 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

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Can’t get enough news and information about the Festival?  In addition to our great website, check us out on Twitter and Flickr!

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