Wine Competitions

    Riesling wins 2014 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

    Wild Goose Vineyards’ 2012 God’s Mountain Vineyard Riesling from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia won best of show at the 2014 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – A British Columbia Riesling – a wine that might never be made again – won best of show at the second annual Great Northwest Invitation ...

    7 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

    See Ya Later Ranch tops BC Wine Awards with Shiraz-Viognier

    Okanagan Valley winemaker Dave Carson earned a photo opp with British Columbia premier Christy Clark when his See Ya Later Ranch 2012 Rover Shiraz-Viognier ($22) won best of show at the 2014 BC Wine Awards. (Photo by Csek Creative/Courtesy of OWFS) KELOWNA, British Columbia — Okanagan Valley winemaker Dave Carson earned a photo opp with British Columbia premier Christy Clar ...

    5 readers - By Eric Degerman/ Great Northwest Wine

      Winners from inaugural Columbia Gorge Wine Competition

      Great Northwest Wine - - 6 readers - The Phelps Creek Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir was the top wine in the inaugural Columbia Gorge Wine Competition. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – A Pinot Noir crafted from Columbia Gorge grapes earned top honors at the inaugural Columbia Gorge Wine Competition. Phelps Creek Vineyards‘ 2012 Pinot Noir earned the nod for best of show out of 95 wines from 20 wineries.

      15th Platinum Judging begins today

      Great Northwest Wine - - 3 readers - Coke Roth, a longtime wine judge, evaluates a red wine during the 14th annual Platinum Judging, a best-of-the-best competition conducted by Wine Press Northwest magazine. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) KENNEWICK, Wash. – It’s the ultimate beauty contest of wine competitions in the Pacific Northwest.

      Top wines from 2nd annual Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

      Great Northwest Wine - - 3 readers - The Colene Clemens Vineyards 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir earned best rosé of the 2014 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – At last week’s second annual Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, 15 wines from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho re ...

      Great whites from the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

      Great Northwest Wine - - 3 readers - White wine grapes ripen in Washington’s Columbia Valley. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – At last week’s second annual Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, white wines were in the spotlight. Though far more red wines were entered – and far more won gold medals – in the end, a Riesling from British Columbia took best-of-show honors.

    The latest about Wine Competitions

      Franc(k)enFest in Livermore, Friday, Oct 24, 6 – 9pm

      … or menthol. Truly there is nothing more food friendly or captivating than a well-made Cab Franc. Just recently, I judged the Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Competition, and oddly enough, the wines my entire panel fell head over heels in love with were the three wines in the Cab Franc flight. We were captivated by their suppleness, elegance…

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      15th Platinum Judging begins today

      … Judging begins today in the heart of Washington wine country. About 600 wines – all of which have won gold medals somewhere in the world – will be judged one more time to determine “the best of the best in the Great Northwest.” The competition is put on by Wine Press Northwest magazine and takes place at the Clover Island Inn, a hotel overlooking…

      3 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      Review of Llano Estacado Winery’s 2010 “1836”

      … red color with flavor tones of red and black fruits and black pepper. Tannins are medium with a medium plus finish. The “1836” is an On Premise brand which means it is made for businesses like restaurants where you cannot purchase a bottle to take home. Fortunately, blogger Russell Kane provided a list of restaurants where you can find…

      3 readers - By Texas Wine Lover

      Great whites from the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

      … Estate Winery 2013 Auxerrois, Okanagan Valley, $15: Walter and Gordon Gehringer won a gold with this Alsatian grape at the 2014 Indy International Wine Competition, and they followed that up this fall at the Great Northwest Invitational. The fact that this grape is often confused with Pinot Blanc in Europe is somewhat ironic because both varieties…

      3 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

      Inside the Great Northwest Invite

      … Willamette Valley town of Newberg. Frankly, we knew little of the winery before the wines arrived. They were nominated by Yashar Shayan of ImpulseWine.com in Seattle. The three Pinot Noirs entered by Colene Clemens Vineyards earned gold or double gold. Additionally, its Rosé of Pinot Noir won a double gold medal and best rosé of the competition. Winning…

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      Top reds from 2014 Great Northwest Invite

      … raspberry, white chocolate and a twist of black pepper. Perfect with lasagna or grilled meats. (14.2% alc.) Bunnell Family Cellar 2008 Lia, Columbia Valley, $36: Ron Bunnell is an expert in Washington red Rhône wines, and this Mourvèdre-based blend also includes Grenache, Counoise and Syrah further makes the case that you should be drinking more of his…

      3 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

      Winners from inaugural Columbia Gorge Wine Competition

      … by Alexandrine Roy, a fourth-generation winemaker from Burgundy, France. Other gold medal winners came from nearby Cathedral Ridge Winery and Maryhill Winery. The competition was conducted by Great Northwest Wine at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River. The judges included wine professionals from Oregon, Washington and California. Best of show…

      6 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

      Riesling wins 2014 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

      … Wild Goose Vineyards’ 2012 God’s Mountain Vineyard Riesling from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia won best of show at the 2014 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – A British Columbia Riesling – a wine that might never be made again – won best of show at the second…

      7 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

      See Ya Later Ranch tops BC Wine Awards with Shiraz-Viognier

      … with British Columbia premier Christy Clark when his See Ya Later Ranch 2012 Rover Shiraz-Viognier ($22) won best of show at the 2014 British Columbia Wine Awards. The competition had a record 540 entries, which led 33 gold medals, 113 silver medals and 122 bronze medals. Five of the gold medals wines, including the 2012 Rover, where selected to receive…

      5 readers - By Eric Degerman/ Great Northwest Wine

      Malbec tops 5th annual Idaho Wine Competition

      … Preston’s 2012 Dry Riesling won best in show — and nearly repeated the feat this year. She also earned a double gold for a red blend called Black Mamba. Bitner Vineyards in Caldwell won best dessert wine for its 2012 Late Harvest Riesling. Sawtooth Estate Winery in Nampa took home best rosé for its 2013 Classic Fly Series Cinsault Rosé. Sawtooth, one…

      6 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

      Brian Carter Cellars soars with great Washington blends

      … to the University of California-Davis and its famed school of enology. After two years, he went to work in the California wine industry. In 1980, he was at Chateau Montelena, which still was glowing from its 1976 victory at the now-famous Judgment of Paris tasting in which Montelena’s Chardonnay beat out the best of Burgundy (Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars…

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      Nine Wineries You (Probably) Never Heard of…But Should

      …, Russian River 2012: 93 Points Portalupi Old Vine Zinfandel Dolinsek Ranch, Russian River 2012: 96 Points Portalupi “Vaso di Marina” Red 2012: 93 Points MAN O’ WAR VINEYARDS, Waiheke Island, New Zealand Man O’ War’s shoreline vineyards The land upon which the vineyards of New Zealand’s Man O’ War sit were actually given their name by Captain…

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      Backyard Vineyards gets a well-deserved second look

      … club members get an attractive discount. Backyard Vineyards Nosey Neighbour White 2013 ($14.99). This is a good value blend of Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewürztraminer, made in an easy-drinking style. It has aromas and flavours of lime, nectarine and mango. 88. Backyard Vineyards Riesling 2013 ($18.99). James clearly has…

      1 readers - By John Schreiner/ John Schreiner on wine