3rd Great Northwest Wine Competition begins today

By on March 25, 2015
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The historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore., is home to the third annual Great Northwest Wine Competition.

HOOD RIVER, Ore. – The third annual Great Northwest Wine Competition begins today, and it has drawn a record number of entries from throughout Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho.

The judging, held at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel, attracted more than 1,200 entries, making it the largest judging of wines from the four Pacific Northwest states and province ever conducted.

The judging concludes Thursday, and all results will be announced soon after on GreatNorthwestwine.com.

Last year, Saviah Cellars’ 2011 Elephant Mountain GSM earned best of show at the second annual Great Northwest Wine Competition. In 2013, Zerba Cellars’ 2010 Malbec was the top wine.

As wines are judged, gold medals will be announced immediately after being awarded on Twitter (#greatnorthwestwine).

Great Northwest Wine Competition judges

Kristine Bono, winery evangelist, Alexandria Nicole Cellars, Woodinville and Prosser, Wash.

Katie Bray, executive director, Oregon Cheese Guild, Portland.

Big John Caudill, sales manager, Cuvee Northwest, Yakima, Wash.

Rich Cushman, owner/winemaker, Viento Wines, Hood River, Ore.

Cole Danehower, author/writer, EssentialNorthwestWines.com, Portland.

Jay Drysdale, owner/winemaker, Bella Wines, Naramata, British Columbia.

Ilene Dudunake, owner, A New Vintage Wine Shop, Meridian, Idaho

Don Elsing, wine director, Sun Mountain Lodge, Winthrop, Wash.

Shelly Fitzgerald, buyer, Downtown Spirits, Seattle.

Rachael Horn, owner/winemaker, AniChe Cellars, Underwood, Wash.

Kathryn House, enologist/educator, House of Wine, Boise, Idaho.

Richard Larsen, research winemaker, Washington State University, Richland, Wash.

Justin Michaud, winemaker, Coyote Canyon Winery, Prosser, Wash.

David Oldham, educational director, Precept Wine, Seattle.

Stephen Reustle, owner/winemaker, Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards, Roseburg, Ore.

Yashar Shayan, proprietor, ImpulseWine.com, and certified sommelier, Seattle

Steven Sinkler, owner, The Wine Shack, Cannon Beach, Ore.

Coco Umiker, owner/winemaker, Clearwater Canyon Cellars, Lewiston, Idaho

Karl Umiker, owner/viticulturist, Clearwater Canyon Cellars, Lewiston, Idaho

Heather Unwin, executive director, Red Mountain AVA Alliance, Richland, Wash.

Wilfred Wong, chief storyteller, Wine.com, San Francisco

Jean Yates, president, Oregon Wine Marketing, Monroe, Ore.

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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