Iris Wins Accolades at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition January 14 2019

Pamela Frye and Aaron Lieberman

It’s been a nice couple of months here at Iris Vineyards. It’s a privilege to make wine for people who love what we do, but it’s especially sweet to earn outside recognition and validation.

With that in mind, it’s our pleasure to announce that Iris Vineyards won seven medals at The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, which is the largest competition for North American wines.

The 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and the 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris won double gold to lead the pack. The 2016 Steelhead Run Syrah won silver, as did Arete Brut Blanc de Noirs and the 2015 Arete Pinot Noir. Our 2015 Arete Chardonnay took a bronze.

Over 6,800 wines from 1,132 wineries were entered in this competition. Sixty-four judges from across the wine spectrum evaluated the wines and named Iris’ some of the best in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

These medals come on the heals of the New Orleans International Wine Awards, which Iris won several other medals, including a double gold for the 2017 Rose.

Aaron Lieberman, our winemaker since 2008, is, by and large, an unassuming person and not one to boast. He doesn’t have to: The wines do all the talking.