Yakima Valley winery wins top award at Capital competition

By on March 25, 2013

Great Northwest Wine Competition

LACEY, Wash. – A Yakima Valley winery won best in show for its chocolate fortified wine at the annual Capital Food & Wine Festival competition.

Horizon’s Edge Winery, a longtime winery in the Rattlesnake Hills region of the Yakima Valley, took the top award in the judging.

David Padgett, owner of Horizon’s Edge, specializes in dessert wines. He also won gold medals for the Bavarian Cellars Naked Raspberry Port and Maison de Padgett Smoking Gun coffee fortified wine.

Kyra Wines in Moses Lake won the title of best red wine for its 2009 Merlot from the Wahluke Slope, while Convergence Zone Cellars won best white for an off-dry Pinot Gris called Drizzle.

Westport Winery in Aberdeen won best fruit win for its Bog Berry Blush, a blend of cranberry juice and Gewürztraminer.

Barrage Cellars in Woodinville won two gold medals, as did Mosquito Fleet Winery in Belfair and Spofford Station in Walla Walla.

All of the wines were evaluated under blind conditions by professional wine judges. The competition was conducted by Great Northwest Wine

The Capital Food & Wine Festival, now in its 24th year, was held Saturday evening at St. Martin’s College in Lacey. It helps raise money for scholarships for the college.

Here are the results:

Best in show

Horizon’s Edge Winery NV Wishful Thinking Chocolate Port, Rattlesnake Hills, $20

Best red

Kyra Wines 2009 Merlot, Wahluke Slope, $20

Best white

Convergence Zone Cellars 2012 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Drizzle, Red Mountain, $19

Best fruit

Westport Winery NV Bog Berry Blush, Washington, $26


Barrage Cellars 2009 Trifecta Merlot, Columbia Valley, $28

Barrage Cellars 2008 Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $35

Bavarian Cellars NV Naked Raspberry Port, Rattlesnake Hills, $25

Castillo de Feliciana 2009 Phinny Hill Vineyard Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills, $39

Madsen Family Cellars 2011 Beri’s Delight Riesling, Rattlesnake Hills, $15

Maison de Padgett Winery NV Smoking Gun Coffee Port, Rattlesnake Hills, $20

Mosquito Fleet Winery 2010 Meritage, Columbia Valley, $34

Mosquito Fleet Winery 2010 Sophia, Columbia Valley, $29

Spofford Station 2006 Carmenere, Walla Walla Valley, $28

Spofford Station 2005 Estate Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $25

Wilridge Winery 2011 Rosebud Vineyard Viognier, Yakima Valley, $20


Ash Hollow Vineyard & Winery NV Headless Red, Walla Walla Valley, $19

Barrage Cellars 2011 ! Riesling, Yakima Valley, $18

Bavarian Cellars NV Pleasure Point Peach Port, Rattlesnake Hills, $25

Convergence Zone Cellars 2010 Squall Line, Red Mountain, $28

Eleganté Cellars 2008 Sangiovese, Walla Walla Valley, $26

Heymann Whinery NV Raspberry Chardonnay, Washington, $15

Kyra Wines 2012 Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, $14

Kyra Wines 2008 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $20

Maison de Padgett Winery NV Funky Monkey Winter Harvest, Rattlesnake Hills, $19

Mt St Helens Cellars NV Sweet Mountain Apricot, Washington, $15

Northwest Mountain Winery 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $26

Northwest Totem Cellars 2009 Low Man Red, Columbia Valley, $35

Otis Kenyon Wines 2009 Merlot, Washington, $30

Palouse Winery 2008 Eclipse, Rattlesnake Hills, $25

Scatter Creek Winery NV Peach Breeze, Washington, $13

Scatter Creek Winery NV Sweet BJ, Yakima Valley, $25

Spofford Station 2005 Estate Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $28

Spofford Station 2006 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley, $28

Stottle Winery 2011 Elerding Vineyard Viognier, Yakima Valley, $24

Stottle Winery 2011 Lucille Late Harvest Viognier, Yakima Valley, $18

Walter Dacon Wines 2008 C’est Syrah Magnifique, Yakima Valley, $42

Wilridge Winery 2010 Six Prong Vineyard Nebbiolo, Horse Heaven Hills, $20

Wilridge Winery 2009 Wilridge Vineyard Melange Rouge, Columbia Valley, $30

Westport Winery NV Duckleberry Grunt, Washington, $26

Westport Winery NV Ancient Mariner’s, Washington, $26


Ash Hollow Vineyard & Winery 2007 1892 Legend of the Gunslinger, Walla Walla Valley, $21

Bavarian Cellars NV McHargue Malbec Port, Rattlesnake Hills, $25

Cohones NV Red wine, Columbia Valley, $18

Convergence Zone Cellars 2010 Storm Front, Red Mountain, $28

Eleganté Cellars 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Eleganté Cellars 2007 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $28

Heymann Whinery NV Cranberry, Washington, $15

Horizon’s Edge Winery 2008 Brittney’s Butterfly Ice Wine, Rattlesnake Hills, $20

Horizon’s Edge Winery 2008 Late Harvest Muscat Canelli, Rattlesnake Hills, $14

Madsen Family Cellars 2008 Cabernet Franc, Washington, $28

Maison de Padgett Winery 2009 Singing Toad Late Harvest White, Rattlesnake Hills, $19

Mills Lane Winery NV Blackberry, Washington, $18

Mt St Helens Cellars 2011 Spirit Lake Fire Mountain Red, Yakima Valley, $28

Mosquito Fleet Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $39

Naches Heights Vineyard & Winery 2010 Carmen, Yakima Valley, $21

Naches Heights Vineyard & Winery 2011 Riesling, Naches Heights, $14

Naches Heights Vineyard & Winery 2010 Two Dancers, Yakima Valley, $18

Northwest Mountain Winery NV Cherries Jubilee, Washington, $25

Northwest Mountain Winery 2010 Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills, $32

Northwest Totem Cellars 2008 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $35

Northwest Totem Cellars 2008 Chandler Reach Vineyard Merlot, Yakima Valley, $35

Otis Kenyon Wines 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $34

Palouse Winery 2009 Ah Syrah, Rattlesnake Hills, $36

Palouse Winery 2011 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $20

Stottle Winery 2009 Elerding Vineyard Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

Walter Dacon Wines 2009 Skookum Red, Columbia Valley, $22

About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is founding partner of Great Northwest Wine LLC and a longtime wine columnist. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books.

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