Great Northwest Wine Invite Only Competition

2016 Great Northwest Wine Competition 8 Oct

Great Northwest Wine Invite Only Competition

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HOOD RIVER, Ore. – Dunham Cellars added a page to its history of award-winning winemaking Thursday when the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon XIX from the Walla Walla winery was selected as best of show at the fourth annual Great Northwest Invitational.

The judging, held at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel, began Wednesday and concluded Thursday afternoon. The Invite, as it’s known, is unique in the United States, as it is the only wine judging in the country in which the judges nominate the wines they want to have judged.

“This is freaking awesome news,” said Dunham general manager John Blair. “It’s always exciting to get great accolades right when you release a wine, so it’s nice to start off with a bang.”

A panel of wine professionals from up and down the West Coast nominated more than 2,000 wines. Of them, nearly 600 wines were entered by the wineries – a record for this competition.

For Dunham, the event’s top wine represents the 19th vintage and continues the rich tradition established by the winery’s late founders, Mike and Eric Dunham. The $45 Cab is also another sign of the delicious lineup by left behind by Daniel Wamplfer. He resigned last year from Dunham, one of the Walla Walla’s oldest wineries, to take over at nearby cult producer Abeja.

“It’s a special wine for Dan and his legacy, and it’s also a testament to our grower Ken Hart, who’s been doing such a great job for us for years,” Blair said.

Hart manages the two estate sites that were the primary contributors – Lewis Vineyard in the Yakima Valley and young Kenny Hill. This best-of-show Cab reflects just the second commercial vintage off the 1,450-feet elevation site near Mill Creek in the Walla Walla Valley. Other vineyard sources include acclaimed Double Canyon in the Horse Heaven Hills, Northridge on the Wahluke Slope and Tokar in the Walla Walla Valley.

“It’s really the Kenny Hill and Lewis Vineyard show for the most part, but we always tell people that a lot of the Cab from those sites goes into every bottle of our Trutina and Three-Legged Red – our more user-friendly priced wines,” Blair said.

Dunham’s program continues to merit acclaim as one of Washington’s top Cabs. Last year, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon XVII earned a gold medal at the Great Northwest Wine Competition and was selected in a blind judging by Seattle sommeliers to be featured at the 2015 U.S. Open by the Washington State Wine Commission.

“Our production is pretty steady for the Cab, right around 2,200 cases,” Blair said. “And even though Dan is not here, our assistant winemaker Robert Campisi and cellarmaster Bryce Buslach are all still at Dunham, and they will be proud of this award, too.”

The 2016 harvest marks Tyler Tennyson’s first as the Dunham head winemaker. “One of the reasons we hired Tyler is that it was apparent to us during the interview process that he was clearly ready to take that next step,” Blair said. “He’s got the background to do it, and he’s a pretty cool cucumber.”

Blair said the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon XIX is immediately available via the winery’s website and to wine club members. Wine merchants and restaurants in the Seattle and Portland markets are focal points for Dunham, which also is expanding its California distribution.

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley dominated the Invite and nearly won best of show at the competition for the second straight year. Its 2015 Gewürztraminer/Schonburger was selected the best white wine, and the 2015 Signature Riesling Icewine earned the title as best dessert. The 2015 Dry Rock Unoaked Chardonnay merited best of class, and the Gehringer Brothers 2015 Classic Riesling was chosen as the top Riesling at the event.

Van Duzer Vineyards in Oregon’s Willamette Valley used Pinot Noir to earn five gold medals during the competition.

Chateau Ste. Michelle, the world’s largest producer of Riesling, also proved that it’s among the best as five of its entries picked up at least a gold medal.

Reininger Winery, which started at the Walla Walla Regional Airport two years prior to Dunham Cellars, earned best of class for both its Syrah and Carménère.

This year’s judges

This year’s nominating judges include:

Here are the complete results from the 2016 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition:

Best of show

Dunham Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon XIX, Columbia Valley, $45

Best rosé

Renegade Wine Co. 2015 Rosé, Columbia Valley, $11

Double gold/Best dessert wine

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2015 Signature Riesling Icewine, Okanagan Valley, $42

Double gold/Best white wine

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2015 Gewürztraminer/Schonburger, Golden Mile Bench, $14

Double gold/Best Pinot Noir

Mt. Hood Winery 2014 Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge, $32

Double gold/Best Cabernet Franc

Owen Roe 2014 Cabernet Franc, Rosa Mystica, Yakima Valley, $28

Gold/Best Merlot

Best 14 Hands Winery 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $12

Gold/Best Malbec

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2014 Malbec, Rattlesnake Hills, $28

Gold/Best Merlot blend

College Cellars 2013 Scholarship Red, Walla Walla Valley, $15

Gold/Best Syrah blend

Dusted Valley Vintners 2013 Wallywood, Columbia Valley, $42

Gold/Best Chardonnay

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2015 Dry Rock Unoaked Chardonnay, Golden Mile Bench, $13

Gold/Best Riesling

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2015 Classic Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $13

Gold/Best Cab blend

Mullan Road Cellars 2014 Red Wine Blend, Columbia Valley, $45

Gold/Best Carménère

Reininger Winery 2014 Seven Hills Vineyard Carménère, Walla Walla Valley, $51

Gold/Best Syrah

Reininger Winery 2013 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $49

Gold/Best Tempranillo

Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Timnah Bloc Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, $29

Double gold

50th Parallel Estate 2014 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, $32

Alder Ridge 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon , Horse Heaven Hills, $30

Boedecker Cellars 2013 Athena Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $36

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Eroica Riesling, Columbia Valley, $20

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $9

Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2014 Estate Red Mountain Chenin Blanc Ice Wine, Red Mountain, $32

Northwest Cellars 2012 Madrigal, Snipes Mountain, $24

Ryan Patrick Wines 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hills, $45

Thurston Wolfe 2015 Albariño, Yakima Valley, $18

Tightrope Winery 2015 Rosé, Okanagan Valley, $25

Van Duzer Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $32

Van Duzer Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir Rosé, Willamette Valley, $20

Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery 2015 Mystic River Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley, $17

Gold

50th Parallel Estate 2015 Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $19

Abeja 2013 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $52

Abeja 2014 Chardonnay, Washington, $40

Airfield Estates Winery 2015 Airfield Estates Sweet Riesling, Yakima Valley, $15

ALUVÉ 2012 Primo Volo , Walla Walla Valley, $48

Amelia Wynn 2013 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Petit Verdot, Columbia Valley, $32

Amelia Wynn 2015 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Roussanne-Marsanne, Horse Heaven Hill, $24

Anam Cara Cellars 2013 Nicholas Estate Dry Riesling, Chehalem Mountains, $22

Ardor Cellars 2015 Lawrence Vineyard White Blend, Walla Walla Valley, $25

Bainbridge Vineyards 2009 Late Harvest Siegerrebe, Puget Sound , $32

Barnard Griffin Winery 2014 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14

Barnard Griffin Winery 2013 Lonesome Springs Ranch Cotes du Rob, Columbia Valley, $25

Basalt Cellars 2013 Dwelley Vineyard Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $26

Bonair Winery 2013 Cabernet Franc, Rattlesnake Hills, $15

Bontzu Cellars 2014 Malbec , Columbia Valley , $34

Bowlus Hills 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $24

Browne Family Vineyard 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon , Columbia Valley, $35

Cascade Cliffs 2014 Reserve Barbera, Horse Heaven Hills, $80

Cavatappi Winery 2013 Maddalena Nebbiolo, Yakima Valley , $25

Cave B Estate Winery 2015 Cave B Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $25

CC Jentsch Cellars 2015 Small Lots Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, $36

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2015 Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley, $9

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Cold Creek Riesling, Columbia Valley, $16

Chehalem Wines 2014 Corral Creek Vineyards Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $50

Chehalem Wines 2014 Corral Creek Vineyards Riesling, Chehalem Mountains, $29

Cinder Wines 2015 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $18

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2013 Selway Red Wine, Lewis-Clark Valley, $38

Colter’s Creek Winery 2013 Kooskooskia Red, Snake River Valley, $22

Colter’s Creek Winery 2013 Arrow Rim Red, Idaho, $30

Columbia Crest 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $45

Cotes de Ciel 2012 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Red Mountain, $39

Cotes de Ciel 2013 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Counoise, Red Mountain, $23

DANCIN Vineyards 2014 Trata Pinot Noir, Southern Oregon, $35

DANCIN Vineyards 2014 Eleve Pinot Noir, Southern Oregon, $35

Daven Lore Winery 2013 Petit Verdot, Horse Heaven Hills, $29

Daven Lore Winery 2013 Tempranillo, Snipes Mountain, $29

DeLille Cellars 2013 Red Willow Malbec, Yakima Valley , $49

Dunham Cellars 2014 Dunham Cellars Riesling, Lewis Estate Vineyard, Columbia Valley, $20

Dusted Valley Vintners 2013 Petite Sirah, Wahluke Slope, $42

Eroica 2014 Eroica Gold Riesling, Columbia Valley, $40

Finn Hill Winery 2012 Bon Mot Cabernet Franc, Wahluke Slope, $35

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2015 Ehrenfelser, Okanagan Valley, $14

Golden Ridge Cellars 2012 Estate Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $29

Huston Vineyards 2015 Private Reserve Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $24

Huston Vineyards 2014 Malbec, Snake River Valley, $29

Jones of Washington 2015 Rosé of Syrah, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $14

Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2013 Estate Red Mountain Lemberger, Red Mountain, $15

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2014 Merlot, Okanagan Valley, $21

Maryhill Winery 2013 Les Collines Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon , Walla Walla Valley, $40

Maryhill Winery 2013 Marvell “GSM” Elephant Mountain Vineyard, Rattlesnake Hills, $44

Maryhill Winery 2015 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $16

Milbrandt Vineyards 2015 Traditions Evergreen Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $13

Moraine Estate Winery 2015 Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $25

Novelty Hill 2013 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Merlot, Columbia Valley, $32

Owen Roe 2013 DuBrul Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley, $72

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2015 Twin Vineyards Gewürztraminer, Yakima Valley, $16

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2012 Selenium Vineyard Noble Riesling, Yakima Valley, $39

Palencia Wine Co. 2013 Grenache, Yakima Valley, $36

Palencia Wine Co. 2015 Albariño, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $18

Phelps Creek Vineyards 2014 Celilo Vineyard Merlot, Columbia Gorge, $32

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Grüner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley, $24

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Winemaker’s Reserve Pinot Noir , Umpqua Valley, $39

Revelry Vintners 2013 Weinbau Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Wahluke Slope, $52

Robert Karl Cellars 2013 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $24

RR Winery 2014 Ridgecrest Vineyards Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge, $79

Ryan Patrick Wines 2014 Rock Island Red, Columbia Valley, $20

Solera Bravo Wines NV Vermut Del Sol, Washington, $25

Tamarack Cellars 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $28

The Woodhouse Wine Estates 2013 Kennedy Shah Reserve Riesling, Yakima Valley, $15

Tightrope Winery 2014 Syrah, Okanagan Valley, $35

Tightrope Winery 2015 Tip-Toe, Okanagan Valley, $22

Tranche Cellars 2012 Blue Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley, $40

Tranche Cellars 2012 Celilo Vineyard Chardonnay, Columbia Gorge, $45

Van Duzer Vineyards 2013 Alchemy Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $65

Van Duzer Vineyards 2013 Saffron Fields Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill Carlton, $60

Van Duzer Vineyards 2013 Dijon Block Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $60

vinAmité Cellars 2014 Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley, $29

vinAmité Cellars 2015 Gamay Noir, Okanagan Valley, $29

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery 2015 Rose, Okangan Valley, $17

Walla Walla Vintners 2013 Sagemoor Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $48

Waterbrook Winery 2013 Reserve Malbec, Columbia Valley, $22

Westport Winery Garden Resort 2014 Swimmer Petite Sirah, Columbia Valley, $31

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2015 Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $24

Woodward Canyon Winery 2013 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $99

Silver

14 Hands Winery NV Brut, Columbia Valley, $30

50th Parallel Estate 2014 Unparalleled Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, $50

Abacela 2012 Port, Umpqua Valley, $25

Abacela 2015 Blanco Dulce, Umpqua Valley, $30

Abacela 2015 Albariño, Umpqua Valley, $21

Abacela 2015 Grenache Rosé, Umpqua Valley, $18

Abacela 2015 Viognier, Umpqua Valley, $26

Ambassador Wines of Washington 2013 Merlot, Red Mountain, $38

Ambassador Wines of Washington 2013 Diplomat, Red Mountain, $40

Anam Cara Cellars 2012 Reserve Estate Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $45

Ardor Cellars 2015 Los Oidos Vineyard White Blend, Columbia Valley, $25

Bainbridge Vineyards 2015 Emerge Rosé, Puget Sound, $20

Battle Creek Cellars 2014 Unconditional Pinot Noir , Oregon, $15

Bella Wines 2015 Orchard House Blanc de Blanc, Okanagan Valley, $26

Bells Up Winery 2014 Bells Up Titan Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $40

Bitner Vineyards 2015 Riesling Reserve, Snake River Valley, $17

Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2013 Estate Reserve Chardonnay, Chehalem Mountains, $45

Bonair Winery 2014 Estate Chardonnay, Rattlesnake Hills, $20

Brooks 2014 Janus Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $38

Brooks 2015 Sweet P Riesling, Eola-Amity Hills, $24

Brooks 2015 Amycas, Willamette Valley, $18

Bunnell Family Cellar 2013 Painted Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $48

Canvasback 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $40

Cascade Cliffs 2014 Barbera, Columbia Valley, $55

Cascade Cliffs 2014 Reserve Estate Nebbiolo, Columbia Valley, $75

Cave B Estate Winery 2012 Merlot, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $30

CC Jentsch Cellars 2014 Syrah, Okanagan Valley, $32

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $30

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2015 Indian Wells Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $16

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Ethos Reserve Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $36

Chehalem Wines 2014 Ian’s Reserve Chardonnay, Dundee Hills, $40

Chehalem Wines 2015 INOX Unoaked Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $19

Chehalem Wines 2014 Ridgecrest Vineyards Reserve Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge, $80

Chehalem Wines 2014 Three Vineyards Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $16

Chehalem Wines 2015 Three Vineyard Riesling, Willamette Valley, $22

Cinder Wines 2014 Tempranillo, Snake River Valley, $29

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2014 Phinny Hill Carménère, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2014 Renaissance Red, Lewis-Clark Valley, $23

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2014 Umiker Vineyard Syrah, Lewis-Clark Valley, $28

Coach House Cellars NA The Garage, Columbia Valley, $13

Col Solare 2013 Red Wine, Red Mountain, $75

College Cellars 2014 Summit View Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $35

College Cellars 2014 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $22

Colter’s Creek Winery 2014 Kooskooskia Red, Lewis-Clark Valley, $24

Columbia Crest 2014 H3 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

Columbia Crest 2014 Crowdsourced Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

Columbia Crest 2013 Walter Clore Private Reserve, Columbia Valley, $35

Convergence Zone Cellars 2013 Storm Front, Red Mountain, $26

Cooper Mountain Vineyards 2015 Life Pinot Noir , Willamette Valley, $40

Cooper Mountain Vineyards 2012 Mountain Terroir Meadowlark, Willamette Valley, $40

Corliss Estates 2011 Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $75

Coyote Canyon Winery 2013 Albariño, Horse Heaven Hills, $18

Daven Lore Winery 2012 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills , $29

Daven Lore Winery 2012 Grenache, Yakima Valley, $35

Daven Lore Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $29

DeLille Cellars 2012 Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $160

DeLille Cellars 2013 Four Flags, Red Mountain, $69

DeLille Cellars 2013 D2, Columbia Valley, $49

DeLille Cellars 2014 Métier, Yakima Valley, $46

Drink Washington State NV Welcome to Yakima Valley, Yakima Valley, $19

Drumheller Wines 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $12

Dumas Station 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $38

Dunham Cellars 2013 Trutina, Columbia Valley, $29

Dusted Valley Vintners 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $42

Dusted Valley Vintners 2013 V.R. Special Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $60

Et Fille 2012 Deux Vert Vineyard Pinot Noir, Oregon, $48

Et Fille 2013 Heredity Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $34

Eufloria by Pacific Rim NV Eufloria Aromatic White Blend, Washington, $11

Finn Hill Winery 2013 The Gnome Riesling, Columbia Valley, $18

Forgeron Cellars 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $30

Forsyth Family Vintners 2008 Forsyth Brio Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $50

Forsyth Family Vintners 2012 Kiona Vineyard Mourvèdre , Red Mountain, $35

Gamache Vintners 2013 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $25

Gamache Vintners 2013 Red Mountain, Red Mountain, $50

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2015 Old Vines Auxerrois, Golden Mile Bench, $14

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2015 Private Reserve Dry Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $13

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2015 Desert Sun, Okanagan Valley, $12

Guardian Cellars 2014 Newsprint Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $25

H/H Estates 2012 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Graciano, Horse Heaven Hills, $50

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir, Lake Chelan, $40

Helix by Reininger 2012 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $28

Henry Earl Estate Wines 2014 Riesling, Wahluke Slope, $20

Huston Vineyards 2015 Riesling, Snake River Valley, $19

Jackalope Wine Cellars 2014 Quady North Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Rogue Valley, $27

JoieFarm Winery 2014 En Famille’ Reserve Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, $40

JoieFarm Winery 2015 En Famille’ Reserve Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $28

JoieFarm Winery 2015 JoieFarm ‘Re-Think Pink’ Rosé, Okanagan Valley, $21

JoieFarm Winery 2015 A Noble Blend, Okanagan Valley, $24

Jolete Wines 2014 Le Verre Cuvee Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $21

Jones of Washington 2012 Jacks Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $30

Jones of Washington 2013 Carménère, Wahluke Slope, $30

Jones of Washington 2015 Pinot Gris, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $14

Jones of Washington 2012 Barrel Select Red Wine, Wahluke Slope, $30

Jones of Washington 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $17

Jones of Washington 2015 Viognier, Wahluke Slope, $17

Kestrel Vintners 2015 Estate Chardonnay, Yakima Valley, $21

Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2012 Old Block Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $65

Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2015 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $12

Koi Pond Cellars NV Geisha Red, Columbia Valley, $19

L’Ecole No. 41 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $32

L’Ecole No. 41 2015 Old Vines Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, $15

L’Ecole No. 41 2013 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $28

L’Ecole No. 41 2013 Estate Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $37

L’Ecole No. 41 2015 Sémillon, Columbia Valley, $15

L’Ecole No. 41 2013 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee, Walla Walla Valley, $55

L’Ecole No. 41 2013 Estate Ferguson, Walla Walla Valley, $65

L’Ecole No. 41 2013 Estate Perigee, Walla Walla Valley, $55

L’Ecole No. 41 2014 Estate Luminesce, Walla Walla Valley, $22

La Chanterelle Winery 2014 La Chanterelle Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $34

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2015 Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley, $19

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2013 Lake Breeze Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, $26

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2014 Meritage, Okanagan Valley, $22

Latah Creek Wine Cellars 2015 Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $10

Liquidity Wines 2014 Pinot Noir Estate, Okanagan Valley, $26

Long Shadows Vintners 2015 Poet’s Leap Riesling, Columbia Valley, $20

Longship Cellars 2014 Ginger Man Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $28

Love & Squalor Wine 2013 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $28

Martin-Scott Winery 2015 Gewürztraminer, Columbia Valley, $14

Martin-Scott Winery 2013 Montepuliciano, Columbia Valley, $30

Maryhill Winery 2013 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $40

Maryhill Winery 2012 Vintage Port, Columbia Valley, $20

Maryhill Winery 2013 Proprietor’s Reserve Grenache, Columbia Valley, $36

Maryhill Winery 2013 Art Den Hoed Vineyard Petite Sirah, Yakima Valley, $32

Maryhill Winery 2013 Proprietor’s Reserve Serendipity, Columbia Valley, $36

Maryhill Winery 2013 Winemaker’s Red, Columbia Valley, $16

Maryhill Winery 2013 Rosso Granato, Columbia Valley, $36

McKinley Springs 2012 Unbroken, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

Memaloose 2013 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Gorge, $32

Michelle Sparkling Wine NV Brut Rosé, Columbia Valley, $13

Michelle Sparkling Wine NV Extra Dry, Columbia Valley, $13

Milbrandt Vineyards 2015 Traditions Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $13

Milbrandt Vineyards 2013 The Estates Malbec, Wahluke Slope, $26

Mt. Hood Winery 2014 Echo West Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $38

Mt. Hood Winery 2015 Gewürztraminer, Columbia Gorge, $22

Mt. Hood Winery 2015 Estate Pinot Gris, Columbia Gorge , $20

Mt. Hood Winery 2014 Echo West Vineyard Tempranillo, Columbia Valley , $32

Nelms Road 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $25

Newhouse Family Vineyards 2014 Cottontop Aligoté, Snipes Mountain, $34

Nine Hats Cellars 2015 Pinot Gris, Horse Heaven Hills, $14

Nine Hats Cellars 2015 Nine Hats Riesling, Columbia Valley, $14

Northstar 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $41

Northstar 2012 Premier Merlot, Columbia Valley, $85

Northwest Cellars 2012 Scooteney Flats Vineyard Malbec, Red Mountain, $48

Northwest Cellars 2013 Carménère, Columbia Valley, $48

Northwest Cellars 2012 Petit Verdot, Red Mountain, $48

Northwest Cellars 2012 Intrigue, Columbia Valley, $28

O•S Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley, $25

Owen Roe 2013 1973 Block, Red Willow Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley, $72

Owen Roe 2015 DuBrul Vineyard Chardonnay, Yakima Valley, $48

Owen Roe 2014 Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills , $42

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2015 Hahn Hill Vineyard Chenin Blanc, Yakima Valley, $16

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2014 Vin de Glaciere Riesling, Horse Heaven Hills, $14

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2014 Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley, $10

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2015 Sweet Riesling, Columbia Valley, $10

Palencia Wine Co. 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $18

Perseus Winery 2103 Eclipse, Okanagan Valley, $35

Phelps Creek Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge, $34

Plaisance Ranch 2014 Carménère, Applegate Valley, $30

Plaisance Ranch 2014 Mondeusé, Applegate Valley, $30

Puffin Wines 2013 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $29

Rainstorm Winery 2015 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $15

Rainstorm Winery 2014 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $17

Reininger Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $47

Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Smaragd Grüner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley, $32

Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Winemaker’s Reserve Grüner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley, $29

Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Umpqua Valley, $23

Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Winemaker’s Reserve Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, $39

Revelry Vintners 2013 D11 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $60

Robert Karl Cellars 2012 Gunselman Bench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $36

Robert Karl Cellars 2014 Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills, $26

Ross Andrew Winery 2014 The Huntsman Cabernet Sauvignon , Columbia Valley, $15

Sawtooth Winery 2014 Classic Fly Series Sauvignon Blanc , Snake River Valley, $20

Sawtooth Winery 2014 Estate Riesling, Snake River Valley, $12

Secret Squirrel 2013 Red Wine, Red Mountain, $25

Secret Squirrel 2013 Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Columbia Valley, $25

Skylite Cellars 2012 Soiree, Columbia Valley, $22

Sol Stone 2014 Grenache, Wahluke Slope, $34

South Stage Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rogue Valley, $34

South Stage Cellars 2013 Romeo and Juliet, Rouge Valley, $24

Spring Valley Vineyard 2013 Frederick, Walla Walla Valley, $50

Stina’s Cellars 2012 Petit Verdot, Wahluke Slope, $45

Stottle Winery 2012 Elerding 6 Prong Vineyard Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills, $34

SuLei Cellars 2014 Beet Red, Walla Walla Valley, $30

SuLei Cellars 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley, $18

Telaya Wine Co. 2014 Mourvedre, Snake River Valley, $35

Telaya Wine Co. 2014 Turas, Snake River Valley, $32

Tenet 2014 The Pundit Syrah, Columbia Valley, $25

Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard 2012 Arch Terrace Triple Threat, Red Mountain, $25

The Woodhouse Wine Estates 2013 Kennedy Shah La Vie en Rouge, Columbia Valley, $14

Tightrope Winery 2015 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, $35

Tightrope Winery 2015 Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $23

Tildio Winery 2013 Estate Grown Cabernet Franc , Lake Chelan, $38

Tildio Winery 2013 Tempranillo Estate Grown, Lake Chelan, $38

Tranche Cellars 2012 Blue Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley, $40

Tranche Cellars 2012 Slice of Pape, Columbia Valley, $35

Tsillan Cellars Winery 2015 Estate Riesling, Lake Chelan, $18

Two Vintners 2014 Make Haste Cinsault, Yakima Valley, $25

Two Vintners 2014 Lola, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Upper Bench Estate Winery 2013 Upper Bench Estate Winery Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley, $30

Upper Bench Estate Winery 2014 Upper Bench Estate Winery Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, $25

VanArnam Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley, $36

Vino La Monarcha 2013 Malbec, Wahluke Slope, $20

Vino La Monarcha 2015 Pinot Noir Rosé, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $18

Walla Walla Vintners 2014 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $32

Walla Walla Vintners 2014 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Walla Walla Vintners 2014 Dwelley Vineyard Dolcetto, Walla Walla Valley, $24

Walla Walla Vintners 2013 Bello Rosso, Columbia Valley, $38

Walla Walla Vintners 2014 Washington State Cuvée, Washington, $34

Waterbrook Winery 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon , Columbia Valley, $22

Wautoma Wines 2012 El Prat, Columbia Valley, $28

Westport Winery Garden Resort 2014 Charterboat Chick, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

Westport Winery Garden Resort 2013 Swimmer, Columbia Valley, $31

Westport Winery Garden Resort 2014 Jetty Cat, Columbia Valley, $28

Westport Winery Garden Resort 2015 Message In A Bottle, Yakima Valley, $26

Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery 2015 Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley, $16

Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery 2015 Stoney Slope Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $17

Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery 2015 Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $17

Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery 2015 Autumn Gold, Okanagan Valley, $17

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley , $30

William Church Winery 2013 Gamache Vineyard Malbec, Columbia Valley, $40

Woodward Canyon Winery 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $49

Woodward Canyon Winery 2014 Chardonnay, Washington, $44

Woodward Canyon Winery 2013 Woodward Canyon Estate Reserve, Walla Walla Valley, $79

Zerba Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $36

Zerba Cellars 2013 Zinfandel, Walla Walla Valley, $45

Bronze

14 Hands Winery 2014 The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

14 Hands Winery 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Washington, $10

50th Parallel Estate 2014 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, $29

Amavi Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $33

Amavi Cellars 2015 Sémillon, Walla Walla Valley, $24

Ambassador Wines of Washington 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $50

Amelia Wynn 2013 Giovanni, Columbia Valley, $34

Anew 2015 Pinot Grigio, Columbia Valley, $11

Bainbridge Vineyards 2013 Madeleine Angevine, Puget Sound, $18

Bainbridge Vineyards 2014 Müller-Thurgau, Puget Sound, $18

Bontzu Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon , Columbia Valley , $36

Bontzu Cellars 2015 Gewürztraminer, Columbia Valley , $17

Bowlus Hills 2012 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $24

Brooks 2014 Tethys Riesling, Willamette Valley, $25

Bunnell Family Cellar 2013 Helene, Yakima Valley, $24

Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2014 The Expedition Chardonnay , Horse Heaven Hills, $15

Cathedral Ridge Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $38

Cave B Estate Winery 2015 Cave B Estate Winery Late Harvest Semillon, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $28

CC Jentsch Cellars 2014 The Chase, Okanagan Valley, $20

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

Chehalem Wines 2014 Ridgecrest Vineyard Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge, $50

College Cellars 2015 Viognier, Walla Walla Valley, $16

Convergence Zone Cellars 2013 Squall Line, Red Mountain, $26

Corliss Estates 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $85

Cotes de Ciel 2012 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Merlot, Red Mountain, $39

Cotes de Ciel 2012 Flagship Reserve, Red Mountain, $60

D’Anu Wines 2014 Sangiovese , Walla Walla Valley, $24

Daven Lore Winery 2013 Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills, $29

ded.reckoning 2013 Ramseyer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley, $45

ded.reckoning 2012 #10 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $35

ded.reckoning 2013 #12 Red Mt Reserve, Red Mountain, $40

ded.reckoning 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $15

Drink Washington State 2015 Northern White, Columbia Valley, $19

Dusted Valley Vintners 2013 BFM, Columbia Valley, $53

Eight Bells Winery 2012 Merlot, Yakima Valley, $25

Eight Bells Winery 2013 Syrah 8 Clones, Yakima Valley, $35

Erath 2013 Prince Hill Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills , $50

Eternal Wines 2014 Rocket Man Red, Columbia Valley, $25

Gård Vintners 2013 Lawrence Vineyards Vaucluse, Columbia Valley, $35

Guardian Cellars 2014 Newsprint Malbec, Columbia Valley, $18

Helix by Reininger 2013 Pomatia, Columbia Valley, $21

Henry Earl Estate Wines 2013 Merlot, Red Mountain, $38

Hood Crest Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $42

Hudson Shah 2013 Cab, Columbia Valley, $14

Intrinsic 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $22

Jackalope Wine Cellars 2015 White, Applegate Valley, $25

Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2013 Estate Merlot, Red Mountain, $25

L’Ecole No. 41 2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $25

Laissez Faire 2015 Red Table Wine, Idaho, $16

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2015 Lake Breeze Rosé, Okanagan Valley, $19

Latah Creek Wine Cellars 2015 Moscato, Rattlesnake Hills, $15

Left Coast Cellars 2014 Cali’s Cuvee Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $24

Little Beaver 2013 Golden Maple Icewine, Okanagan Valley, $30

Locus Wines 2015 Dineen Vineyard Sémillon, Rattlesnake Hills, $15

Locus Wines 2015 Rosé, Yakima Valley, $15

Longship Cellars 2013 Ginger Man Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $28

Martin-Scott Winery 2014 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $12

Maryhill Winery 2014 Muscato di Canelli, Columbia Valley, $16

Maryhill Winery 2015 Viognier, Columbia Valley, $16

Michelle Sparkling Wine NV Brut, Columbia Valley, $13

Mt. Hood Winery 2012 Estate Glacier , Columbia Gorge , $24

Mt. Hood Winery 2013 Scorched Earth Vineyard Syrah, Columbia Valley , $32

Nagging Doubt Winery 2014 The Pull, Okanagan Valley, $30

Nighthawk Vineyards 2012 Syrah, Okanagan Valley, $32

Owen Roe 2015 Abbot’s Table, Columbia Valley, $24

Owen Roe 2013 Syrah Chapel Block, Yakima Valley, $55

Painted Rock Estate Winery 2013 Merlot, Okanagan Valley, $40

Painted Rock Estate Winery 2014 Estate Grown Red Icon, Okanagan Valley, $55

Parejas Cellars 2014 “Wysling” Counoise, Columbia Valley, $16

Pepper Bridge Winery 2013 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $50

Phelps Creek Vineyards 2015 Gorge Crest Gewürztraminer, Columbia Gorge, $26

Reininger Winery 2012 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $43

Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Rojo Dulce Dessert Wine, Umpqua Valley, $24

Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Masada Bloc Syrah, Umpqua Valley, $32

Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Winemaker’s Reserve Syrah , Umpqua Valley, $39

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Pishon Bloc Pinot Noir, Umpqua Valley, $34

Robert Karl Cellars 2013 Claret, Horse Heaven Hills, $22

Rolling Bay Winery 2014 Upland Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay, Snipes Mountain, $36

Salida 2014 Albariño, Yalima Valley, $20

Seven Falls Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $23

Skylite Cellars 2012 Verhey Vineyard Malbec, Yakima Valley, $32

Spring Valley Vineyard 2013 Uriah, Walla Walla Valley, $50

Tenet 2014 GSM, Columbia Valley, $70

The Hatch 2014 Screaming Frenzy Meritage, Similkameen Valley, $25

The Pines 1852 2015 Old Vine Zinfandel, Columbia Valley, $50

The Walls Vineyards 2014 Les Jeunes Vignes, Columbia Valley, $25

Timothy Malone Wines 2015 Viognier, Columbia Gorge, $15

Treveri Cellars NV Blanc de Noir, Columbia Valley, $20

Tucannon Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $38

Two Vintners 2012 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $32

Two Vintners 2014 StoneTree Vineyard Zinfandel, Wahluke Slope, $30

Vino La Monarcha 2013 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $20

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery 2014 Single Vineyard Gewürztraminer , Okangan Valley, $19

Waitsburg Cellars 2015 Cheninières Chenin Blanc , Columbia Valley, $17

Waitsburg Cellars 2015 Chevray Old Vine Chenin Blanc , Yakima Valley, $17

Walla Walla Vintners 2014 Columbia Valley Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $25

Walla Walla Vintners 2013 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $40

Westport Winery Garden Resort 2014 Smoky Nor’wester, Columbia Valley, $28

Westport Winery Garden Resort 2013 Jetty Cat, Columbia Valley, $28

Westport Winery Garden Resort 2014 Surfer, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

Westport Winery Garden Resort 2013 Surfer, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

Whidbey Island Winery 2014 Crawford Vineyard Merlot, Yakima Valley, $19

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2012 Elton Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $55

Woodhouse Wine Estates 2012 Dussek Merlot, Columbia Valley, $36

Wy’East Vineyards 2015 Pinot Gris, Columbia Gorge, $20

Zerba Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, Walla Walla Valley, $24

SIP Northwest Best of the West 8 Oct

SIP Northwest’s Best of the West 2016

Drink Washington State won 3rd place in white blend and panels pick for our Sparkling Riesling. 

A Toast to the Greatest: Sip Northwest’s 2016 Best of the Northwest
by Sip Northwest

Sip Northwest is excited to release its fifth annual Best of the Northwest issue. This collector’s edition showcases the winners of the grand tasting competition from wine, beer, spirits and cider, along with top Northwest travel locations, locally focused restaurant and bars, upright industry influencers and more.

An open call for submissions last spring drafted 524 wines, 282 beers, 151 spirits and 139 ciders that were sampled blind and judged by over five dozen leading beverage experts, from master sommeliers and cicerones to certified spirit judges and cider buyers, who determined the top three in each respective beverage category. The tastings led to an all-inclusive, encyclopedic catalog of winners that now have a proven track record of greatness and are splayed out on the following pages, with tasting notes, price tags and more.

The issue also profiles some of the most influential personalities in each beverage, along with features of locally supporting restaurants, bars, tours, festivals and retailers.

To subscribe to the magazine and pick up this collector’s edition in print, click here.

Sip Northwest’s 2016 Best of the Northwest issue is a versatile compilation of the top billing beverages of the year. The full list of winners is below.

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BEST OF TRAVEL

Oregon
Brasada Ranch, Powell Butte
Black Walnut Inn & Vineyard, Dundee
Stephanie Inn, Cannon Beach

Washington 
Sun Mountain Lodge, Winthrop
Thompson Seattle, Seattle
Salish Lodge & Spa, Snoqualmie

Idaho 
Knob Hill Inn, Ketchum
The Modern Hotel and Bar, Boise

Montana 
Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge, Bigfork

British Columbia 
Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, Vancouver
Hotel Eldorado, Kelowna
The Magnolia Hotel & Spa, Victoria

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BEST OF WINE

BEST SPARKLING
1st Place: Karma Vineyards, 2011 Méthode Champenoise Brut, Columbia Valley
2nd Place: Karma Vineyards, 2012 Méthode Champenoise Pink Bubbly, Columbia Valley
3rd Place: Castillo de Feliciana Vineyard & Winery, 2014 Brillánte Brut, Columbia Valley

Panel Picks:
Elk Cove Vineyards, 2011 Pinot Noir La Bohème Brut Rosé, Yamhill-Carlton
Haywire at Okanagan Crush Pad Winery, 2014 The Bub, Okanagan Valley
Drink Washington State NV Welcome to Yakima Valley Sparkling Riesling, Yakima Valley

BEST SAUVIGNON BLANC 
1st Place: Ancestry Cellars 2015 Réjouissant, Columbia Valley
2nd Place: Sweet Cheeks Winery 2015, Umpqua Valley
3rd Place: Seven Hills Winery 2015, Columbia Valley

Panel Picks: 
2Hawk Vineyard & Winery 2014, Rogue Valley
EFESTĒ 2015 Feral, Ancient Lakes
Cadaretta Wines 2015 SBS, Columbia Valley

BEST PINOT GRIS
1st Place: Benton-Lane Winery 2015, Willamette Valley
2nd Place: King Estate Winery 2015 Domaine, Willamette Valley
3rd Place: Foris Vineyards 2015, Rogue Valley

Panel Picks: 
Duck Pond Cellars 2015, Willamette Valley
A to Z Wineworks 2015, Oregon
Jones of Washington 2014, Ancient Lakes

BEST OF PINOT BLANC
1st Place: Kraze Legz Winery 2015 SKAHA Vineyard, Okanagan Valley
2nd Place: Youngberg Hill Vineyards 2015, McMinnville
3rd Place: Foris Vineyards 2015, Rogue Valley

Panel Picks: 
Brigadoon Wine Co. 2015, Willamette Valley
Torii Mor Winery 2014, Yamhill-Carlton
Winter’s Hill Estate 2014 Reserve, Dundee Hills

BEST RIESLING 
1st Place: 50th Parallel Estate 2015, Okanagan Valley
2nd Place: Monte Creek Ranch Winery 2015, Okanagan Valley
3rd Place: Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery 2014 Eroica, Columbia Valley

Panel Picks: 
Alloro Vineyard 2015, Chehalem Mountains
Long Shadows Vintners 2014 Poet’s Leap, Columbia Valley
Silver Lake Winery 2014 Roza, Rattlesnake Hills

BEST GEWÜRZTRAMINER
1st Place: 50th Parallel Estate 2015, Okanagan Valley
2nd Place (tie): Hyland Estates 2015, McMinnville; Naches Heights Vineyard 2015 Guinevere, Yakima Valley
3rd Place: Joel Gott Wines 2015, Columbia Gorge

Panel Picks: 
Dowsett Family Winery 2014, Columbia Gorge
Ransom Wines & Spirits 2014, Sunnyside Vineyard, Willamette Valley
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2015, Okanagan Valley

BEST VIOGNIER
1st Place: Horan Estates Winery 2014, Ancient Lakes
2nd Place: Maryhill Winery 2015, Columbia Valley
3rd Place (tie): 2Hawk Vineyard & Winery 2014, Southern Oregon; College Cellars 2015, Walla Walla Valley

Panel Picks:
Mark Ryan Winery 2015, Columbia Valley
Williamson Orchards & Vineyards 2014, Snake River Valley
Jones of Washington 2014, Wahluke Slope

BEST CHARDONNAY
1st Place: 50th Parallel Estate 2014, Okanagan Valley
2nd Place: Ancestry Cellars 2015 Reunion, Columbia Valley
3rd Place: Tamarack Cellars 2015, Columbia Valley

Panel Picks: 
Stoller Family Estate 2015, Dundee Hills
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2014 Oldfield Series, Golden Mile Bench
Woodward Canyon 2014 Washington State, Columbia Valley

BEST SINGLE VARIETAL WHITE
1st Place: Ransom Wines & Spirits 2015 Auxerrois, Sunnyside Vineyard, Willamette Valley
2nd Place: Castillo de Feliciana Vineyard & Winery 2015 Albariño, Columbia Valley
3rd Place (tie): J. Scott Cellars 2015 Albariño, Eola-Amity Hills; Bjornson Vineyard
2015 Auxerrois, Eola-Amity Hills; Ancestry Cellars 2014 Le Cortège Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley

Panel Picks:
Joel Gott Wines 2015 Grüner Veltliner, Columbia Gorge
College Cellars 2015 Aligoté, Walla Walla Valley
L’Ecole No 41 2015 Sémillon, Columbia Valley

BEST WHITE BLEND
1st Place: Basel Cellars Estate Winery 2015 Sauvignon Blanc-Sémillon, Columbia Valley
2nd Place: South Stage Cellars 2014 Romeo & Juliet, Rogue Valley
3rd Place: Drink Washington State 2015 Northern White Blend, Columbia Valley

Panel Picks: 
Helioterra Wines 2015 Starthistle Cuvée, Willamette Valley
Moon Curser Vineyards 2014 Afraid of the Dark, Okanagan Valley
DeLille Cellars 2014 Chaleur Estate Blanc, Columbia Valley

BEST DESSERT
1st Place: LaVelle Vineyards 2014 Autumn Nectar Late Harvest Riesling
2nd Place: Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery 2014 Ethos Late Harvest Riesling, Columbia Valley
3rd Place: Alloro Vineyard 2014 Vino Nettare Muscat-Riesling, Chehalem Mountains

Panel Picks: 
Torii Mor Winery 2011 Port, Rogue Valley
Rocky Pond Winery 2014 VSPN Late Harvest Riesling, Lake Chelan Valley
Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2014 Chenin Blanc Ice Wine, Red Mountain

BEST ROSÉ
1st Place: Maryhill Winery 2015 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley
2nd Place: Torii Mor Winery 2015 Pinot Noir Rosé, Eola-Amity Hills
3rd Place: Napeequa Vintners 2015 Davey Outrageous Pinkie A-Go- Go, Columbia Valley

Panel Picks:
Monte Creek Ranch Winery 2015, British Columbia
Del Rio Vineyards 2015, Rogue Valley
Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2015 Rosé of Pinots, McMinnville

BEST PINOT NOIR
1st Place: Domaine Roy & Fils 2014 Incline, Willamette Valley
2nd Place: Hamacher Wines 2012, Chehalem Mountains
3rd Place: Ponzi Vineyards 2014 Classico, Willamette Valley

Panel Picks:
Deer Creek Vineyards 2014, Rogue Valley
Adelsheim Vineyard 2014 Breaking Ground, Chehalem Mountains
Helioterra Wines 2014, Willamette Valley

BEST MERLOT
1st Place: College Cellars 2014, Walla Walla Valley
2nd Place: Kontos Cellars 2012, Walla Walla Valley
3rd Place (tie): 14 Hands Winery 2013 Reserve, Horse Heaven Hills; Page Cellars 2012 Lick My Lips, Red Mountain

Panel Picks:
Basel Cellars Estate Winery 2011, Columbia Valley
Desert Wind Winery 2014, Wahluke Slope
Finn Hill Winery 2012 Merveille, Columbia Valley

BEST TEMPRANILLO
1st Place: Saviah Cellars 2013, Walla Walla Valley
2nd Place: Kriselle Cellars 2013, Rogue Valley
3rd Place: Castillo de Feliciana Vineyard & Winery 2012 Reserve, Walla Walla Valley

Panel Picks:
Naches Heights Vineyard 2012, Yakima Valley
Grizzly Peak Winery 2013, Rogue Valley
Jaxon Vineyards 2013, Rogue Valley

BEST CABERNET FRANC
1st Place: Ledger David 2013 Reserve, Rogue Valley
2nd Place: Henry Earl Estate Wines 2012, Red Mountain
3 rd Place: Tamarack Cellars 2014, Wahluke Slope

Panel Picks:
Page Cellars 2011, Red Mountain
Cliff Creek Cellars 2011, Rogue Valley
Finn Hill Winery 2012 Bon Mot, Wahluke Slope

BEST MALBEC
1st Place: College Cellars 2014, Walla Walla Valley
2nd Place: Fidélitas 2013, Red Mountain
3rd Place: Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2014, Washington

Panel Picks:
Milbrandt Vineyards 2013 The Estates, Wahluke Slope
Beresan Winery 2011, Walla Walla Valley
Basel Cellars Estate Winery 2011 Estate, Columbia Valley

BEST CABERNET SAUVIGNON
1st Place: VanArnam Vineyards 2013 Estate Reserve, Yakima Valley
2nd Place (tie): Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2013, Washington State; VanArnam Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley
3rd Place: College Cellars 2014, Summit View Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

Panel Picks:
For A Song Wines 2014, Columbia Valley
Seven Falls Cellars 2013, Wahluke Slope
Ross Andrew Winery 2013, Red Mountain

BEST SYRAH
1st Place: Basel Cellars Estate Winery 2013 Estate, Walla Walla Valley
2nd Place: Horan Estates Winery 2012 Reserve, Columbia Valley
3 rd Place: Walla Walla Vintners 2013 Estate, Walla Walla Valley

Panel Picks:
Purple Star Wines 2013, Columbia Valley
Milbrandt Vineyards 2013 The Estates, Clifton Hill Vineyard, Wahluke Slope
Naches Heights Vineyard 2013, Yakima Valley

BEST SINGLE VARIETAL RED
1st Place: Robert Ramsay Cellars 2012 Mourvèdre, McKinley Springs Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills
2nd Place: Spangler Vineyards 2013 Petite Sirah, Walla Walla Valley
3rd Place: Beresan Winery 2013 Carménère, Horse Heaven Hills

Panel Picks:
Moon Curser Vineyards 2013 Carménère, Okanagan Valley
College Cellars 2014 Carménère, Walla Walla Valley
College Cellars 2014 Petit Verdot, Walla Walla Valley

BEST BORDEAUX-STYLE RED BLEND
1st Place: Cadaretta Wines 2013 Springboard, Columbia Valley
2nd Place: L’Ecole No 41 2013 Perigee, Walla Walla Valley
3rd Place (tie): AniChe Cellars 2013 Be Holden, Columbia Valley; Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery 2012 Artist Series, Columbia Valley; Moon Curser Vineyards 2013 Border Vines, Okanagan Valley

Panel Picks:
Cliff Creek Cellars 2009 Claret , Rogue Valley
Foundry Vineyards 2012 Artisan Blend, Columbia Valley
Henry Earl Estate Wines 2011 Homesteader, Red Mountain

BEST RHÔNE-STYLE RED BLEND (TIE)
1st Place: Robert Ramsay Cellars 2013 Mason’s Red, Columbia Valley
1st Place: Buried Cane Wines 2013 Heartwood, Columbia Valley
2nd Place (tie): Split Rail Winery NV The Horned Beast Cernunnos, Snake River Valley; Tertulia Cellars 2013 Great SChisM, Walla Walla Valley
3rd Place: Domaine Pouillon 2012 Katydid, Horse Heaven Hills

Panel Picks:
Domaine Pouillon 2013 Katydid, Horse Heaven Hills
AniChe Cellars 2013 Moth Love, Rattlesnake Hills
Robert Ramsay Cellars 2012 Par La Mer, Columbia Valley

BEST PROPRIETARY RED BLEND
1st Place: Columbia Crest 2013 H3 Les Chevaux, Horse Heaven Hills
2nd Place (tie): 14 Hands Winery 2014 Stampede, Columbia Valley; Moon Curser Vineyards 2013 Dead of Night, Okanagan Valley
3rd Place: Genoa Cellars 2013 Flying Colors Super-Tuscan, Columbia Valley

Panel Picks:
Napeequa Vintners 2014 Davey Outrageous Grill Thrill, Columbia Valley
Wind Rose Cellars 2013 Bravo Rosso, Columbia Valley
Misty Oaks Vineyard 2014 IB2 (Italian Blend 2), Oregon

Industry Influencer: Janie Brooks Heuck, Brooks Winery, Amity, OR

Best Local Wine Selection: Barking Frog, Woodinville, WA

Best Newcomer: Horsepower Vineyards, Walla Walla, WA

Best Northwest Wine Tour: Wine Your Way Tours, Kelowna, BC

Best Northwest Wine Festival: ¡Salud!: The Oregon Pinot Noir Auction, Sherwood and Portland, OR

Best Packaging: Moon Curser Vineyards 2014 Dead of Night, Osoyoos, BC

Sommelier’s Choice: Yashar Shayan of Impulse Wines (Seattle) picks Purple Star 2012 Syrah, Columbia Valley

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BEST OF BEER 

BEST LAGER
1st Place: Full Sail Brewing Co. Session Premium
2nd Place: Buoy Beer Co. Helles
3rd Place: Reuben’s Brews Air of the Night

BEST KÖLSCH
1st Place: Long Brewing
2nd Place: Bainbridge Island Brewing Co. Kommuter
3rd Place: Pelican Brewing Co. Kiwanda Cream Ale

BEST PILSNER
1st Place: 7 Seas Brewing 253
2nd Place: Double Mountain Brewery
3rd Place: Boneyard Beer Pabo Pils

BEST WHEAT
1st Place: Fish Brewing Co. Leavenworth Biers Boulder Bend
2nd Place: Full Sail Brewing Co. Blood Orange
3rd Place: Fremont Brewing Co. Wandering

BEST SAISON
1st Place: Cloudburst Brewing Market Fresh
2nd Place: Kulshan Brewing Co. Saison Du Kulshan
3rd Place (tie): pFriem Family Brewers Little Saison; Kulshan Brewing Co. Export

BEST SESSION ALE
1ST Place: Fish Brewing Co. Full Blast Summer Ale
2nd Place: Redhook Brewery Summerhook
3rd Place: Fremont Brewing Co.

BEST AMBER/RED ALE
1st Place: Lucky Envelope Brewing Beardless Brewer Red
2nd Place: Stoup Brewing Northwest Red
3rd Place: Dru Bru Alt

BEST PORTER
1st Place: Wingman Brewers P-51 Coconut
2nd Place: Long Brewing Paul’s Porter
3rd Place: Wander Brewing Global Mutt

BEST STOUT
1st Place: Two Beers Brewing Co. Fall Line Russian Imperial
2nd Place: Kulshan Brewing Co. Shuksan Russian Imperial
3rd Place: Counterbalance Brewing Co. Kushetka Russian Imperial

BEST PALE ALE
1st Place: Boneyard Beer Bone-A-Fide
2nd Place: Breakside Brewery Lunch Break India Session Ale
3rd Place: Stoup Brewing Mosaic

BEST INDIA PALE ALE
1st Place: Fort George Brewery 3-Way IPA
2nd Place: Boneyard Beer Hop A Wheelie
3rd Place: Schooner Exact Brewing Co. Hopvine

BEST IMPERIAL INDIA PALE ALE
1st Place: Hopworks Urban Brewery Organic Ace of Spades
2nd Place: Boneyard Beer Notorious
3rd Place: Fremont Brewing Co. The Sister

BEST SOUR ALE
1st Place: Schooner Exact Brewing Co. NW Sour Framboise
2nd Place: Wander Brewing Sauraha
3rd Place (tie): Ten Pin Brewing Co. Gose Buster; pFriem Family Brewers Frambozen

BEST BELGIAN-STYLE ALE
1st Place: Wander Brewing Wanderale Belgian Blond
2nd Place: Hellbent Brewing Co. Mossback Monk
3rd Place: Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Co. Spring Fever

BEST BARREL-AGED
1st Place: Full Sail Brewing Co. Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wheatwine Ale
2nd Place: Kulshan Brewing Co. Shuksan Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout
3rd Place: Schooner Exact Brewing Co. 2015 Spring Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter

Industry Influencer: Art Larrance, Cascade Brewing, Portland

Best Local Beer Selection: Beveridge Place Pub, Seattle

Best Newcomer: Great Notion Brewing, Portland

Best Northwest Beer Tour: The Bend Ale Trail, Bend, OR

Best Northwest Beer Festival: Washington Brewers Fest, Redmond, WA

Best Packaging: No-Li Defacto Imperial Black IPA, Spokane, WA

Beer Buff’s Choice: Rob Landerman of Woodland Empire Ale Craft (Boise) picks de Garde Brewing The Broken Truck, Tillamook, OR

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BEST OF SPIRITS

BEST VODKA
1st Place: Fremont Mischief
2nd Place: Yaletown Distilling Co. Craft
3rd Place: Wishkah River Distillery Vodka Distilled from Honey

BEST FLAVORED VODKA
1st Place: Crater Lake Spirits by Bendistillery Hazelnut Espresso
2nd Place: Wild Roots Spirits Northwest Red Raspberry Infused Vodka
3rd Place: Nightside Distillery Apple Pie

BEST GIN
1st Place: Temple Distilling Chapter One
2nd Place: Mt. Index Brewery & Distillery Wild Sky Pot Still
3rd Place: Central City Brewers & Distillers Queensborough Gin

BEST BARREL-AGED GIN
1st Place: The Liberty Distillery Endeavour Old Tom
2nd Place (tie): OOLA Distillery Waitsburg Barrel-Finished Gin; Captive Spirits Distilling, Bourbon Barreled Big Gin
3rd Place (tie) Dry Fly Distilling Barrel Reserve Gin; Long Table Distillery, Bourbon Barrel Aged Gin

BEST RUM
1st Place: Puget Sound Rum Co. Comb and Cane Honey Flavored
2nd Place: Valley Shine Distillery Revolution
3rd Place: 3 Howls Distillery Gold Label

BEST WHITE WHISKEY
1st Place: Sandstone Distillery Stone Carver
2nd Place: Whiskey Gap Distillery Heat of the Night
3rd Place: The Liberty Distillery Railspur No. 2 Wildflower Honey

BEST WHISKEY/BOURBON
1st Place: Dry Fly Distilling Port Finish Wheat Whiskey
2nd Place: Westland Distillery American Oak Whiskey
3rd Place: Indio Spirits Chute Eight American Whiskey

BEST SPECIALTY SPIRIT
1st Place: Long Table Distillery Långbord Akvavit
2nd Place: Indio Spirits Barrel Room Curacao
3rd Place: Tualatin Valley Distilling Oberon Absinthe Superieure

BEST FRUIT LIQUEUR
1st Place: Odd Society Spirits Crème de Cassis
2nd Place: Temple Distilling Co. Bookmark Limoncello
3rd Place (tie): OD Beverage Co. deZir Premium Dark Black Cherry Liqueur; OD Beverage Co. deZir Premium Raspberry Liqueur

BEST NON-FRUIT LIQUEUR
1st Place: Thomas & Sons Distillery ­Townshend’s Pacific Northwest Fernet
2nd Place: Salish Sea Organic Liqueurs Hibiscus
3rd Place: Thomas & Sons Distillery Townshend’s Tea Spirit No. 16 Spice Tea

BEST DESSERT LIQUEUR
1st Place: OD Beverage Co. deZir Premium Mocha
2nd Place: Seattle Distilling Coffee
3rd Place: Skip Rock Distillers Coffee

Industry Influencer: Courtney and John McKee, Headframe Spirits, Butte, MT

Best Local Spirits Selection: Juniper, Vancouver, BC

Best Newcomer: Thomas & Sons Distillery, Portland

Best Northwest Spirits Tour: Off The Eaten Track, Vancouver, BC

Best Northwest Spirits Festival: PROOF, Seattle

Best Packaging: Wild Roots Spirits, Oregon Marionberry Infused Vodka, Portland

Mixologist’s Choice: Lauren Mote of Bittered Sling Bitters and UVA Wine Bar picks Okanagan Spirits of Vernon and Kelowna, BC

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BEST OF CIDER

BEST TRADITIONAL APPLE
1st Place: Montana CiderWorks North Fork Traditional
2nd Place (tie): Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse Bittersweet; Alpenfire Cider Spark!
3rd Place: Montana CiderWorks Darby Pub Cider

BEST MODERN APPLE
1st Place: Alter Ego Cider The Brute
2nd Place: Portland Cider Co. Sorta Sweet
3rd Place: Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider Revival Hard Apple

BEST PERRY
1st Place: Finnriver Farm & Cidery
2nd Place: WildCraft Cider Works 2015 Pioneer
3rd Place: Portland Cider Co. Pearfect

BEST SPARKLING
1st Place: 2 Towns Ciderhouse Master Reserve Series #1
2nd Place: Alpenfire Cider Cinders
3rd Place: Finnriver Farm & Cidery Artisan

BEST SINGLE VARIETAL
1st Place: Finnriver Farm & Cidery Golden Russet
2nd Place: Alpenfire Cider Glow Rosé
3rd Place: Whitewood Cider Co. Newtown Pippin

BEST OAK-AGED
1st Place: Seattle Cider Co. Oaked Maple
2nd Place: Whitewood Cider Co. Kingston Black
3rd Place: Snowdrift Cider Co. Cornice

BEST FRUIT-INFUSED
1st Place: Flatbed Cider Pear
2nd Place: 2 Towns Ciderhouse Made Marion
3rd Place: Portland Cider Co. Maui Cruiser

BEST HOPPED (TIE)
1st Place: 2 Towns Ciderhouse Hop & Stalk
1st Place: Square Mile Cider Co. Spur & Vine
2nd Place: Grizzly Ciderworks The Bruin
3rd Place: Anthem Cider Hops

BEST SPECIALTY
1st Place: Snowdrift Cider Co. Red
2nd Place: Red Tank Cider CHOPS!
3rd Place: 2 Towns Ciderhouse Rhubarbarian

BEST SPICED/BOTANICAL
1st Place: Finnriver Farm & Cidery Lavender Black Currant
2nd Place: 2 Towns Ciderhouse Ginja Ninja
3rd Place: Seattle Cider Co. Gin Botanical

BEST DESSERT
1st Place: 2 Towns Ciderhouse 2013 Pommeau
2nd Place: Bull Run Cider Pear Wine
3rd Place: E.Z. Orchards 2013 Pomme Apple Dessert Wine

Industry Influencer: Nancy Bishop, Alpenfire Cider, Port Townsend, WA

Best Local Cider Selection: Bushwhacker Cider Woodlawn, Portland, OR

Best Newcomer: Meriwether Cider, Garden City, ID

Best Northwest Cider Tour: Lake Chelan Cider & Ale Trail, Greater Chelan County, WA

Best Northwest Cider Festival: Cider Summit Seattle, Seattle, WA

Best Packaging: The BX Press Cidery & Orchard, The Bandit, Vernon, BC

Cider Monger’s Choice: Kelly Pisio of Orchard & the Sea (Vancouver, BC) picks The BX Press Raspberry Lavender, North Okanagan, BC

Bubbles 21 Sep
20 Jun

Drink Washington State/ Eternal Wines win big at Walla Walla Wine Awards

By on June 20, 2016

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – A winery that has experienced incredible challenges the past four years won best of show at the fourth annual Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition.

 

Drink Washington State, a small new winery run by Brad Binko, won three gold medals – not bad for a guy who graduated from the Walla Walla Community College winemaking program two weeks ago. He won best bubbly for his sparkling Riesling, as well as golds for his Northern White and Rocket Man Red.

 

The competition was staged at Walla Walla Community College. A portion of the proceeds from the Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition help fund scholarships at the college’s viticulture and enology program.

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22 May

Blushing Actor-Vintner Kyle MacLachlan

Posted: May 5, 2016 -Read the full Original Article Here

It’s starting to look like Brad Pitt‘s and Angelina Jolie‘s Miraval rosé was ahead of the curve: Celebrity rosés are leading the way as the trend to watch in 2016, at least here on the pop culture–obsessed pages of Unfiltered. Last week we broke the news that Drew Barrymore was going pink, and now we can confirm that Pursued by Bear‘s Kyle MacLachlan will be blushing this spring.

But don’t let the “celebrity rosé” tag fool you: The Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet star has plenty of wine cred. He’s been collaborating on Pursued by Bear with Walla Walla Valley’s Dunham Cellars for the past 10 years. The project (which takes its cheeky name from a stage direction, “Exit, pursued by bear,” in Shakespeare‘s The Winter’s Tale) grew out of a friendship with the late Eric Dunham, who MacLachlan told Unfiltered was “a supernice guy and someone I felt I could work with, and he felt the same way.” Now MacLachlan is adding Blushing Bear rosé to his lineup, a Cinsault and Grenache blend of Washington grapes.

11 Mar

Getting to Know: College Cellars

Since the doors opened in 2003, College Cellars has been one of the few teaching wineries located in the United States. And, it’s not all that surprising to find a dedicated wine school in the heart of Washington’s wine country – the unique school is on the campus of Walla Walla Community College in the Walla Walla Valley. We sat down with Instructor of Enology Sabrina Bitz Lueck to talk everything wine.

Lueck says enology and viticulture are multi-faceted and there are lots of pieces to the puzzle. At College Cellars students manage six acres of vineyards and produce commercially available wines. This gives a hands-on approach to their two-year education program and students even get their name on all wine that is marketed for sale, Lueck says.

 

Article written by: Kenneth Clarkson

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10 Mar

Washington Wine Month: Explore Accordingly

-From Great Wine News

Washington State is most known for their apples, cherries, Walla Walla onions and evergreen trees. But during the month of March, their wine takes the stage.

Currently, the 2nd largest premium wine producer in the United States, Washington is making is their mark on palates around the world.

Celebrate this year’s Washington Wine Month by learning their history, understanding their terroir and of course, tasting their wine.

History:

Washington’s first wine grapes were planted at Fort Vancouver by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1825. By 1910, wine grapes were growing in many areas of the state, following the path of early settlers. French, German and Italian immigrants pioneered the earliest plantings.

The arrival of Prohibition in 1920 put a damper on wine grape production, but ironically may have helped spawn early interest in home winemaking. At the end of Prohibition the first bonded winery in the Northwest was founded on Puget Sound’s Stretch Island. By 1938 there were 42 wineries located throughout the state.

The first commercial-scale plantings began in the 1960s. The efforts of the earliest producers, predecessors to today’s Columbia Winery and Chateau Ste. Michelle, attracted the attention of wine historian Leon Adams. Adams in turn introduced pioneering enologist Andre Tchelistcheff to Chateau Ste. Michelle. It was Tchelistcheff who helped guide Chateau Ste. Michelle’s early efforts and mentored modern winemaking in this state. The resulting rapid expansion of the industry in the mid 70s is now rivaled by today’s breakneck pace, where a new winery opens nearly every 15 days.

Significant developments in Washington State include the formation of the Washington State Wine Commission, a unified marketing and trade association, in 1987. In 1999, the Washington Wine Quality Alliance (WWQA) was established to spearhead development of industry standards in winemaking and labeling. In 2003, the Washington Wine Institute and its educational partners celebrated the state’s $2.3 million investment (per biennium) to create new 2-year and 4-year degree programs supporting Washington’s growing wine industry. The program provides an educated work force to satisfy the needs of the growing industry. A degree program, ongoing education and research enhance the state’s reputation as a quality wine producing region.

The trend for quality wine production started by a few home winemakers and visionary farmers has become a respected and influential $3 billion plus industry. From Italy to Australia, winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region’s unique characteristics.

Fun Facts:

National rank:
2nd largest premium wine producer in the United States.

Number of wineries:
750+

Number of wine grape growers:
350+

Appellations:
Thirteen American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), as recognized and defined by the United States Treasury Department; Alcohol & Tobacco Taxes &Trade Bureau.

Varieties produced:
30+ varietals

Leading white varietal:
Riesling

Leading red varietal:
Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine production:
12 million cases

Record harvest:
2010 with 160,000 tons

Total economic impact on Washington State:
$3 billion*

Total economic impact on U.S. economy:
$4.7 billion*
*figures from the 2006 Economic Impact Study by MKF Research, LLC

Average hours of summer sunlight:
17.4 hours per day, about 2 hours more than California’s prime growing region.

There is sun 300 days a year.

Annual rainfall:
Eight inches (20.32 cm) in Eastern Washington (the major grape growing region) 48 inches (121.92 cm) in Western Washington

Eastern Washington is one of the highest latitude wine regions in the world.

There is up to 40º F difference between high day and low night time temps.

arious Soil Types:
A combination of mostly sandy, rocky based alluvial, some windblown over periodic volcanic basalt lift and patches of clay.  Types include loess, basalt, clay, silt, loam, sandy loam.

The Seasons of Wine
Planting……………………January – March

Fermenting…………………..August – January

Growing…………………..March – September

Bottling……………………….February – May

Pruning……………………June – September

Harvesting………………..August – November

Celebrating………………….All Year Long

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10 Mar

New Study Shows Growing Economic Impact for Washington State’s Wine Industry

Wine sales and production in Washington State are growing, reports a new study released today by Washington State Wine. The study details the economic and fiscal impacts of wine and wine grapes in Washington State and measures the effect of jobs, labor income and business revenues directly supported by wine and related activities such as tourism. Results show an increase in total state economic impact of $1.3 billion since 2009, or a compound annual growth rate of 8.5 percent per year. The total economic impact of the Washington State wine industry was $4.8 billion in 2013, up from $3.5 billion in 2009.

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10 Mar

Seattle listed No. 3 in America’s Top Urban Wineries

Unsurprisingly, this tech hub hosts several urban wineries. But when Charles Smith (known for K Vintners, Charles Smith Wines, Sixto, Substance, Secco Italian Bubbles and Charles & Charles), moved his winemaking operations from Walla Walla, Washington, to Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood last year, people took notice. Smith’s mammoth 32,000-square-foot production facility and tasting room, Jet City, is the second-largest urban winery in North America. Smith’s location next to ­Boeing Field provides plenty of entertainment, as guests can watch planes take off and land in two uniquely styled tasting spaces.

By contrast, Eight Bells Winery is shoehorned into an alley in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood. Former home winemakers Frank Michiels, Andy Shepherd and Tim Bates show creativity in using every square inch of space to produce their small-lot wines. They also employ an army of local volunteers to help during crush. The winery’s focus is to sell directly to the consumer at very reasonable prices, especially considering that much of the fruit comes from Red Willow ­Vineyard, one of the state’s premier locations. —Sean P. Sullivan

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Roussanne 10 Mar

Sagemoor buys Basin City-based Gamache Vineyards

— Gamache Vineyards, one of Washington’s oldest and most respected vineyards, has new owners.

Allan Brothers of Naches announced this week that it has purchased Gamache Vineyards in Basin City. Allan Brothers, a fourth-generation apple farming family, bought historic Sagemoor Vineyards last year.

Roger and Bob Gamache established Gamache Vineyards in 1982 with their father. Last year, Bob Gamache announced his retirement, and his brother Roger said the sale of their 220-acre farm overlooking the Columbia River helps the family with that transition.

“We needed to move on and get that completed,” Roger Gamache said.

Though his brother is now retired, Roger Gamache has no plans to slow down. Last spring, he planted 5.5 acres of wine grapes on famed Red Mountain in the eastern Yakima Valley. He also manages a juice grape vineyard near Basin City and has a commercial farming operation that includes vineyard pruning and harvesting services.

And he will continue to run his 3,000-case winery, Gamache Vintners, which has a tasting room in the Yakima Valley community of Prosser.

“Nothing changes with the winery,” Gamache said. “We will keep the same grapes. Everything should stay the same.”

Gamache’s wines are made by Charlie Hoppes, owner and winemaker of Fidelitas Wines on Red Mountain, whose 15-acre property is adjacent to Gamache’s new planting. Hoppes said he looks forward to continuing to work with Gamache grapes. He added that he enjoys working with that fruit because the coolness of the Gamache site allows the grapes to ripen more slowly and unveil fascinating varietal characteristics.

Kent Waliser, general manager of Sagemoor Vineyards, is excited about the new acquisition because it adds to the quality and legacy of Sagemoor.

“We’ve been talking about this for quite awhile,” Waliser said. “The Gamaches recognized a year ago that they wanted to make some changes, so this is the logical solution to that.”

Sagemoor was first planted in 1972 along the Columbia River north of Pasco. Today, the farm includes Sagemoor, Bacchus and Dionysus vineyards along the Columbia and Weinbau Vineyard upriver on the Wahluke Slope. Some of Sagemoor’s oldest vines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc that date back to 1972.

Until last year, Sagemoor was owned by a group of investors who came together beginning in the late 1960s. At the time, Washington’s wine industry was minuscule. When the Sagemoor group took the chance to plant hundreds of new acres, it singlehandedly fueled the growth of the Washington wine industry by becoming the state’s first large-scale vineyard.

Today, Sagemoor provides grapes to about 80 wineries, primarily in Washington.

Andy Perdue is a wine journalist, author and judge. Learn more about wine at www.greatnorthwestwine.com.

From our friends at Great Northwest Wine

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