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Gold Rush Dinner

 Posted: 8:45 AM August 23, 2012

Ticket holders to the five-course Gold Rush Dinner Friday, Aug. 24, in Jacksonville can taste the top entries in the Southern Oregon World of Wine Festival.

There were nine double-gold medal — or unanimous — winners at this year's festival, which continues through Saturday, Aug. 25, on the Bigham Knoll campus, 525 E. E St., Jacksonville. The Gold Rush Dinner, prepared by The Jacksonville Inn, is at 6 p.m. at Bigham Knoll. Tickets cost $125 per person.

The event's grand tasting is from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for unlimited tastes of wine cost $75 and food from local restaurants cost $75. See

Among the double-gold award winners are Ledger David Cellars of Talent and Pebblestone Cellars of Phoenix. The former won for its 2010 Orion's Nebula, the latter for 2008 Syrah and 2011 Pinot Gris.

Schmidt Family Vineyards from the Applegate Valley became the first winery to win multiple best of show titles. In the white wine category, its 2011 Albariño topped the competition; in the red wine category, its 2009 Tempranillo was honored.

Quady North won best of show in the other wine category for its 2012 Rosé. The Jacksonville winery also won double gold for its 2009 Arsenal, a blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc.

Other double-gold winners are Abacela Winery 2009 Estate Grown Port and Brandborg Vineyard and Winery 2011 Gewürtztraminer. Both are from the Umpqua region.

In all, Schmidt Family Vineyards captured eight medals, and Troon Vineyard of Grants Pass six. Slagle Creek Vineyard of the Applegate Valley, Quady North and Brandborg earned five medals each.

The 10th annual WOW festival featured 182 wines from 47 wineries. Organizers distributed 19 gold medals and 82 silver medals.

— Sarah Lemon

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