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 Invitational Wine Competition.

    7 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

    Malbec tops 5th annual Idaho Wine Competition

    Gregg Alger, owner of Huston Vineyards near Caldwell, Idaho, holds up a bottle of his 2012 Malbec. The wine won best in show at the 2014 Idaho Wine Competition. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) CALDWELL, Idaho — A red grape variety that has gained increasing interest in the Pacific Northwest rose to the top of the fifth annual Idaho Wine Competition.

    6 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

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

      Great Northwest Wine - - 5 readers - 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 Clark whe ...

      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. Mt.

      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 revea ...

      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.

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      Great whites from the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

      … is made in large enough amounts to enjoy broad distribution. With its aromas and flavors of Golden Delicious apple, Asian pear, lime zest and exotic spices, this enchanting white stands tall against some of the best – and most expensive – Rieslings of Germany and Alsace. (12.5% alc.) Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Harvest Select Sweet Riesling…

      3 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

      Inside the Great Northwest Invite

      … Invitational Wine Competition. Not surprisingly, Cinder Wines won best of class for its Syrah, along with gold medals for its Tempranillo and Dry Viognier. Owner/winemaker Melanie Krause learned her craft at Chateau Ste. Michelle before returning home to Boise to launch Cinder. Today, she is recognized as one of the Gem State’s top winemakers…

      1 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      Top reds from 2014 Great Northwest Invite

      … of blackberry pie and a bowl of freshly picked Montana huckleberries lead to rich flavors of Saskatoon berry, Rainier cherry and pomegranate. Bright acidity lifts all the fruit until it jitterbugs across the palate. (14.5% alc.) Bunnell Family Cellar 2009 alx, Columbia Valley, $42: Ron Bunnell named this superb Syrah after his son, Alex…

      3 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

      Winners from inaugural Columbia Gorge Wine Competition

      … Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Gorge, $25 Cerulean Skies 2010 Nebbiolo, Columbia Gorge, $30 Cerulean Skies 2010 Merlot, Columbia Gorge, $25 Coyote Wall 2013 TYKHE Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Gorge, $24 Domaine Poullion 2010 McKinley Springs Vineyard Pierre, Horse Heaven Hills, $26 Heart Catcher Wines 2011 Volcano Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel, Columbia Gorge…

      6 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

      Riesling wins 2014 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

      …, Columbia Valley, $30 Best sparkling Michelle NV Brut Rose, Columbia Valley, $14 Best dessert Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2013 Signature Riesling Icewine, Okanagan Valley, $47 Double gold/best of class Colene Clemens Vineyards 2013 Rose of Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $20 Abacela 2012 Estate Garnacha, Umpqua Valley, $29 Ambassador Vineyard 2010…

      7 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

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

      … 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 platinum…

      5 readers - By Eric Degerman/ Great Northwest Wine

      Malbec tops 5th annual Idaho Wine Competition

      …Gregg Alger, owner of Huston Vineyards near Caldwell, Idaho, holds up a bottle of his 2012 Malbec. The wine won best in show at the 2014 Idaho Wine Competition. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) CALDWELL, Idaho — A red grape variety that has gained increasing interest in the Pacific Northwest rose to the top of the fifth annual Idaho…

      6 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

      Brian Carter Cellars soars with great Washington blends

      … a remarkable feat. So far this year, Carter’s wines have won best in show at three separate Northwest wine competitions. In February, his 2011 Opulento, a fortified dessert wine using Yakima Valley grapes, earned the top award at the Seattle Wine & Food Experience Wine Competition. In May, his 2009 Solesce, a Bordeaux-style red blend, won top…

      1 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

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

      … golds at prestigious wine competitions, Portalupi still flies quite under the radar but, make no mistake about it, this is an absolutely top shelf California winery, offering wines that are beautifully crafted and stunningly delicious. BEST BETS: Portalupi Russian River Zinfandel 2012: 94 Points Portalupi Pinot Noir Il Migliori Vyd, Russian River 2012…

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      Backyard Vineyards gets a well-deserved second look

      …). The wine begins with aromas of grapefruit and sage, leading to flavours of lime and guava. There is an herbal note on the finish. 88. Backyard Vineyards Pinot Gris 2013 ($15.99). Backyard has a vineyard near Abbotsford just coming into production. This wine has about 5% Fraser Valley Pinot Gris, with the rest from Osoyoos. This wine begins with aromas…

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      Why Mike Sinor is a Better Winemaker Than Me

      …As a wine writer for the last 15 years I have actually made wine. It’s a very important thing for a wine writer to do - to better understand the process of what winemakers go through and not write about wine from a vacuum. On a visit to Ancient Peaks Winery recently in Santa Margarita (San Luis Obispo County) I did a blending seminar with Mike…

      1 readers - By Michael Cervin/ Boozehoundz

      Viognier tops 4th North Central Washington Wine Awards

      …Glasses of Cabernet Franc await judging at the fourth annual North Central Washington Wine Awards competition in Wenatchee. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) WENATCHEE, Wash. – A winery in one of the most remote regions of Washington’s vast Columbia Valley earned best-in-show honors Saturday evening at the fourth annual North Central…

      By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine