Reviews & Accolades

Wine Awards




Wine Press Northwest Competition 2020

  • 2019 South Hill  Petale de Rose Platinum
  • 2016 South Hill Meritage Double Gold
  • 2018 South Hill Estate Reserve Pinot Noir Gold


American Wine Society Commercial Competition 2020

  • 2019 South Hill Petale de Rose Double Gold 93 points
  • 2019 South Hill  Semillon Silver
  • 2019 South Hill Wild Pinot Noir Silver
  • 2018 South Hill  Riesling Silver
  • 2019 South Hill Viognier Silver
  • 2019 South Hill Chardonnay Bronze


San Francisco Chronicle Show

  • 2018 Sauvignon Blanc – Gold
  • 2018 Riesling – Silver


Sunset International Wine Competition

  • 2018 Reserve Pinot Noir – Gold 94 points
  • 2019 Petale de Rose – Gold 92 Points
  • 2019 Viognier – Silver
  • 2017 Merlot – Silver


Cascadia International Wine Competition

  • 2019 Petale de Rose – Silver
  • 2018 Riesling – Silver


NW Platinum Judging

  • 2018 Sauvignon Blanc – Double Platinum
  • 2016 Wild Cabernet Sauvignon – Double Gold


New Orleans International Wine Awards

  • 2016 Meritage – Gold
  • 2018 Sauvignon Blanc – Silver
  • 2016 Wild Cabernet Sauvignon – Silver


Tasters Guild International Wine Awards

  • 2018 Sauvignon Blanc – Gold
  • 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon – Gold
  • 2018 Riesling – Silver
  • 2016 Meritage – Silver
  • 2016 Whiskey Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon – Silver


NW Cascadia Wine Show

  • 2018 Sauvignon Blanc – Silver
  • 2018 Riesling – Silver




San Francisco International Wine Show

  • 2012 Pinot Noir – Silver


San Francisco Chronicle Show

  • 2017 Riesling – Gold
  • 2014 Rose – Gold
  • 2011 Cabernet/Merlot – Silver
  • 2010 Meritage – Silver


Riverside International Wine Competition

  • 2011 Cabernet/Merlot – Silver


Tasters Guild International Wine Awards

  • 2010 Meritage – Silver
  • 2010 Pinot Noir – Silver


Ultimate Wine Challenge

  • 2017 Riesling CHAIRMAN’S TROPHY


Kosherfest 2012 USA

  • Best New Kosher Wine of 2012

South Hill Vineyards 2019 tale de Rose Rosé – PLATINUM AWARD

Northwest Platinum Judging

The Jones family earned its first Platinum last year with a Sauvignon Blanc from their high-elevation vineyard near White Salmon, Wash. Spencer Jones is back with this lively Rosé built on the shoulders of Pinot Noir. The nose of orchard blossom, raspberry and Herbes de Provence is mirrored on the palate, which also picks up strawberry-rhubarb compote. The residual sugar (0.5%) is hardly perceptible. (350 cases, 12.5% alc.) Award: Sunset International Wine Competition (gold).


South Hill Winery 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Gorge

It’s no surprise that the Jones family has a deft touch with Sauvignon Blanc considering they make wine in New Zealand during our winter and return to the Columbia Gorge and their Underwood Vineyard for the Northwest growing season. Spencer Jones is credited with making this wine for his folks Philip and Sheryl. High along the shoulders of Underwood Mountain overlooking Hood River, Oregon, this is one of the Northwest’s cooler vineyard sites. That allows the Joneses to present a Sauv Blanc that’s bright and citrusy with a touch of fresh herbs. Granny Smith apple juiciness continues to build as the structure is lean yet approachable, backed by a salty finish.

Pacifica 2017 Evans Collection Riesling

Wine Review – 

Gold Medal Exceptional!
‘2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $20 and Under’ Best Value US Riesling.

A Particularly Pleasing Wine

Every year the Royal Wine Corp./ Kedem, owned and managed by the Herzog family, the largest producer, importer and distributer of kosher wines and spirits, organizes a huge wine and food tasting in New York. The Kosher Food and Wine Experience, or KFWE, was held...

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Pacifica Oregon Pinot Noir 2012

New Zealand vintner Philip Jones launched this lineup of kosher wines, touted as the first produced in the Pacific Northwest, in 2010. While the 25-acre estate planting is on Washington’s Underwood Mountain along the Columbia Gorge, Oregon is the focus for its Pinot...

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Pacifica Washington Meritage 2011

Fresno State-trained viticulturalist Rich Garvin has been managing vineyards in Hood River since the turn of the century, but he began working in 2010 with New Zealand vintners Matthew Rutherford and Philip Jones. Their collaboration in this Bordeaux blend, which...

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Finding A Kosher Wine Niche

Non-Jew Founds Pacific Northwest's First All-Kosher Vineyard A tale of wine drew me in. The intriguing account of a new kosher winery's genesis was being spun by a tall man with a gray beard and restless blue eyes for the benefit of an intent listener, Adam...

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Gourmet Kosher Cooking

Kosherfest Winner! Pacifica Meritage from Royal Wines is a must try wine. I couldn't wait to taste it there. The grapes were sourced from the famous Pepperbridge and Seven Hills vineyards located in the Walla Walla Valley area of Washington. These two vineyards are...

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