Amelia Wynn 2016 Grenache wins Washington State Wine Competition

By on July 1, 2019
Paul Bianchi and his wife, artist Wendy Armstrong, pay tribute to Spain with their Amelia Wynn Winery 2016 Aragón Red Wine, a Grenache-driven wine that won best of show at the 2019 Washington State Wine Competition. (Photo by Arty Grice Photography)

GRANDVIEW, Wash. – A year ago, self-taught winemaker Paul Bianchi earned best-of-class awards at the storied Washington State Wine Competition for his Cabernet Franc and Tempranillo.

Last week, the vintner at tiny Amelia Wynn Winery on Bainbridge Island went above and beyond by capturing best of show honors at the statewide competition for his 2016 Aragón Red Wine, a stylish bottling of Grenache from Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills.

“This is huge for me,” Bianchi told Great Northwest Wine. “This shows that any small producer like myself, if you work hard and pay attention to detail – especially during fermentation – you can succeed.”

Total production tops out at around 1,000 cases for Bianchi, a residential general contractor who in 2008 launched Amelia Wynn, naming the winery after his fraternal twin grandchildren. Aragón serves as Bianchi’s tip of the cap to the northeast region of Spain that some view as the birthplace of Garnacha – a.k.a. Grenache.

“It’s an odd thing to do if you translate it from Spanish because it would be like calling a wine Washington,” Bianchi chuckled. “It was a woman on the island, a wine club member, who came up with that name as part of a contest, and we liked the sound of it and paying homage to the source of Garnacha Tinta.”

The 2016 Aragón edged past the Thurston Wolfe Winery 2018 Albariño by a single vote to capture best-of-show honors. Prosser’s Wade Wolfe, one of Washington’s most knowledgeable and talented producers, used the Spanish grape Albariño from Crawford Vineyard in the Yakima Valley to come up with the best white wine of the Washington State Wine Competition.

Schools shine at Washington State Wine Competition

The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser, Wash., offers student-made wines in the brands of Northwest Wine Academy (South Seattle Community College), College Cellars (Walla Walla CC), Yakima Valley Vintners (Yakima Valley College) and Washington State University’s Blended Learning Program. (Photo by April Reddout)

The 36th Washington State Wine Competition was staged Friday, June 21, on the Grandview campus of Yakima Valley College in the heart of Washington wine country. From 1980 through 2015, the judging was held in conjunction with the Central Washington State Fair in Yakima. 

Starting in 2017, the judging is owned and operated by Great Northwest Wine, a media company based in Richland, Wash, and the competition also serves as a fundraiser for the next generation of Washington winemakers, as proceeds from the judging create a scholarship at Yakima Valley College’s winemaking program. This year’s 342 entries are the most for the Washington State Wine Competition since Great Northwest Wine took over the judging.

College Cellars, the winemaking program for Walla Walla Community College, earned a spot in the sweepstakes after its nonvintage Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Tawny-Style Barbera Dessert Wine won a double gold and the award for best sweet wine. The school also earned a gold medal for its 2018 Chardonnay.

Victor Palencia, a 2005 graduate of Walla Walla CC’s Institute of Enology and Viticulture, produced the judging’s best rosé – the Jones of Washington 2018 Rosé of Syrah. 

Yakima Valley Vintners, the winemaking program for Yakima Valley College, used instructor Brad Smith’s winning co-fermentation of Syrah with Lemberger from historic Kiona Vineyards en route to a gold medal for the 2016 A Sylem Red Wine ($18).

Both Yakima Valley Vintners and College Cellars operate and staff on-campus tasting rooms for their program’s award-winning wines.

Maryhill Winery strings together 9 golds, 2 BOCs

Maryhill Winery winemaker Richard Batchelor, who won the 2019 INDY International Wine Competition’s Winemaker of the Year for the third time, produced nine gold medals at the Washington State Wine Competition. (Photo courtesy of Maryhill Winery)

Maryhill Winery dominated the Washington State Wine Competition by amassing nine gold medals, led by a double gold and best of class for Richard Batchelor’s 2017 Viognier and a best of class for the 2016 Merlot from Les Collines Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley.

The work with the $19 Viognier is particularly impressive considering that at 6,000 cases it is the Pacific Northwest’s largest bottling of the white Rhône variety.

In May, Batchelor became the three-time winner of the INDY International Wine Competition’s Winemaker of the Year Award, the judging staged on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. He followed that up in Grandview with gold for his work with Barbera, Chardonnay, Mourvèdre, the Super Tuscan-inspired Tavolo Rosso, two expressions of Syrah from the 2016 vintage and the Pinot Gris-based Winemaker’s White, a wine available at many restaurants by the glass.

Pixy dust found in Crawford Vineyard 

Wade Wolfe of Thurston Wolfe
Wade Wolfe, owner/winemaker at Thurston Wolfe in Prosser, shows his purple hands during the Washington wine grape harvest. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

Thurston Wolfe and the 2018 Albariño ($18) provided the latest sign that there’s pixy dust connected to that variety and Crawford Vineyard in the Yakima Valley. A year ago in Grandview, Bianchi turned the Amelia Wynn 2017 Crawford Vineyard Albariño into a gold medal.

Additionally, Charlie and Connie Crawford’s 160-acre site, a longtime source of award-winning Viognier for Alexandria Nicole Cellars, continues to provide the Pinot Gris foundation for Thurston Wolfe’s bright and seafood-friendly 2018 PGV Pinot Gris-Viognier. At 3,100 cases, the $15 bottle has become the flagship white wine for Wolfe and his wife, Becky Yeaman, who have increased production of this low-alcohol charmer by nearly 50 percent since 2016. This year, it received a double gold as well as best of class and also has earned its way onto many restaurant wine lists, particularly those featuring seafood or Mexican fare.

Thurston Wolfe had four wines that merited a gold medal or better at the judging. The biochemist and plant geneticist from the University of California-Davis also received praise for a pair of affordable and approachable 2017 red table wines as the Zinfandel-based Dr. Wolfe’s Family Red grabbed a double gold and the JTW’s Blend, built with a foundation of Cabernet Sauvignon, achieved gold.

Upchurch influence shows in golden Cabs

Founding winemaker Chris Upchurch, DeLille Cellars CEO Tom Dugan and co-founders Jay Soloff and Greg Lill combined to help raise more than $180,000 for the 2018 Auction of Washington Wines. (Photo courtesy of Bacchus Capital Management)

Chris Upchurch’s artistic thumbprints spread throughout the 2019 Washington State Wine Competition. The founding winemaker for DeLille Cellars emerged with the best-of-class award for his family’s Upchurch Vineyard 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon ($75) as well as the 2017 Cab from their vibrant young LTL tier ($30). Both are produced from estate vines along the southern edge of Red Mountain.

DeLille Cellars, which recently promoted Upchurch protege Jason Gorski into the head winemaking position, scored golds for its 2016 Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon and its Malbec-based 2016 Quintessence Red Wine.

Fittingly, there were a total of seven gold medals in the Cabernet Sauvignon category, and five-year-old Armstrong Family Winery – with tasting rooms in Woodinville and now Walla Walla – received the only double gold in the flight. It was awarded to Tim Armstrong for his 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Westport Winery Garden Resort used the Washington State Wine Competition to help christen its new MV tier – a series of single barrels from premier vineyards – and the 2017 Endeavor Cabernet Sauvignon from Elephant Mountain in the Rattlesnake Hills brought a gold medal home to the Grays Harbor County destination winery.

Palencia continues to prove his talents

Victor Palencia stands in Two Gun Vineyard, an estate planting for Jones of Washington in the Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley near Quincy, Wash. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

Once again, Latin wunderkind Victor Palencia’s winemaking achieved greatness in the minds of Northwest wine professionals. For the Jones of Washington family in the Columbia Basin, he turned the 2018 Rosé of Syrah from the Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley into a sweepstakes winner and the 2015 Carménère off the Wahluke Slope emerged as best of class. His Midas touch also accounted for gold medals with 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Viognier. And the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc under his own Palencia brand earned a gold medal.

Earlier this year, Wine Press Northwest selected Palencia Wine Co., as its 2019 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year.

This spring, the Jones of Washington 2017 Reserve Chardonnay was best white wine at the Cascadia International Wine Competition, the largest judging of its kind staged in the Northwest.

Ste. Michelle turns heads with Eroica, bargain Syrah 

Eroica Riesling
Ernst Loosen, left, and Bob Bertheau, stand atop Snipes Mountain in the middle of the Yakima Valley. The pair work together to craft Eroica Riesling each year. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

One of the competition’s top bargains again emerged from the massive cellar at Columbia Crest, where the 2017 Grand Estates Syrah was chosen as the best Syrah, a remarkable achievement for a $12 wine.

Its parent, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, the Pacific Northwest’s largest wine company, showed itself across a spectrum of styles and price points. The state’s hottest brand, 14 Hands, popped up with a gold medal for its nonvintage rosé, which was poured for judges out of a 375-milliliter can that retails for $5.99. Production of its initial large-scale canned rosé stood 23,000. 

The sommelier charmer that is the 2017 Eroica Riesling, a two-decade long collaborative effort by German leader Ernst Loosen and Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Bob Bertheau, predictably earned a gold medal. Seven Falls Winery, the pet project from the Wahluke Slope sparked by recently retired Doug Gore, delivered a gold for its 2016 Rapids Red, a Syrah-focused blend.

Hamilton Cellars, Stillwater Creek stand tall

Hamilton Cellars is moving to Red Mountain in Washington state. The wines are made by Charlie Hoppes.
Russ and Stacie Hamilton work with winemaker Charlie Hoppes on the Hamilton Cellars lineup, which is poured on Red Mountain. (Photo courtesy of Hamilton Cellars)

Charlie “Wine Boss” Hoppes produced a pair of golds from small lots for Hamilton Cellars on Red Mountain, using a 2015 Cabernet Franc from Weinbau Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope to win a best-of-class award in addition to the Malbec-led 2015 Bona Vita.

Walla Walla’s Chuck Reininger shined with gold medals under each of his brands. He fascinated judges for his Carménère-based CPR Fourth Edition Red Wine and again under his Helix label with a 2016 Sangiovese off sweeping Stillwater Creek Vineyard.

The judging helped cast a spotlight on Tom Alberg’s Stillwater Creek Vineyard, which also bore fruit that led to gold medals for the Pondera Winery 2016 Stillwater Creek Vineyard GSM, Pullman winemaker Patrick Merry for the 2016 Petit Verdot and 2016 Malbec, as well as Alberg’s own Novelty Hill 2017 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Roussanne, crafted by Hoppes’ longtime friend Mike Januik. 

  • Multi-generation Airfield Estates in Prosser doesn’t go beyond its 830-acre vineyard in the Yakima Valley for its fruit, and the Miller family gave assistant winemaker Travis Maple credit for its 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Chardonnay – both of which won best of class. Judges also hung a gold on the Washington State University grad’s 2018 Sangiovese Rosé.
  • Nine Hats, sister label for famed Long Shadows Vintners and Gilles Nicault in Walla Walla, continues to glitter in gold with its trendsetting Pinot Gris rosé inside the tony Julia’s Dazzle bottle. It’s also no surprise vineyards that factor into Long Shadows’s Super Tuscan Saggi program led to a best-of-class award for the Nine Hats 2016 Sangiovese.
  • Bob Bullock backed up the gold medal he won at the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle for his Eye of the Needle Winery NV Bellisimo Diavolo, a red wine created with Italian varieties, with best-of-class praise at the Washington State Wine Competition.
  • Spokane attorney Tim Nodland used the Washington State Wine Competition to showcase his small-lot program focused on Walla Walla Valley fruit with best-of-class for the Merlot-based Bad Attitude Red Wine and gold for his reserve Cab.
  • Bordeaux-inspired Davenport Cellars saw both its Left Bank- and Right Bank-styles from the 2014 vintage take gold with its Continuity and R.H.D. red wines.

Puget Sound producers state their case

Matt Albee of Eleven Winery on Bainbridge Island
Matt Albee is the owner and winemaker of Eleven Winery on Bainbridge Island. (Photo courtesy of Tami Meader)

Bianchi’s stellar Grenache was not the only star that was bottled on Bainbridge Island. 

Matt Albee of Eleven Winery saw his program emerge from the Washington State Wine Competition with four gold medals in various styles – the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab-based 2017 La Ronde, fresh 2018 Chenin Blanc and 2018 The Prodigy Mourvèdre. A year ago in Grandview, Albee won four gold medals for Eleven Winery. In 2017, his 2015 Malbec was the best red wine of the judging.

Also in the Puget Sound, Spoiled Dog Winery and winemaker Karen Krug, who received a Platinum Award from Wine Press Northwest magazine for work on Whidbey Island with estate Pinot Noir, continue to show their mettle with cool-climate varieties in the Puget Sound by earning a gold medal for the 2016 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir. 

Chuck Jackson, who established Skagit Crest Vineyard & Winery near Sedro Woolley after his involvement with the Boeing Wine Club, struck gold with 2017 Sauvignon Blanc from the Puget Sound growing region.

Tsillan Cellars proves Lake Chelan versatility

Ray Sandidge took over as winemaker at Tsillan Cellars in 2017. (Photo by Richard Duval Images)

Dr. Bob Jankelson’s showpiece Tsillan Cellars added more evidence of the versatility of the Lake Chelan American Viticultural Area with a pair of gold medals for estate wines, the 2016 Estate Reserve Malbec and the 2018 Estate Pinot Grigio. Both wines also serve as examples of the seemingly seamless transition in 2017 from Shane Collins to Ray Sandidge.

  • Grower-vintner-lawyer Paul Beveridge at wide-ranging Wilridge Vineyard, Winery & Distillery in the Naches Heights AVA west of Yakima produced a pair of gold medals for red varieties not often seen in Washington state. A best-of-class award went to the 2016 Conley Vineyard Tempranillo, a basalt-based and certified-organic site owned by Pat and Polly Conley that’s 10 miles south of the Naches Heights. It’s managed by Beveridge’s viticulturist Abraham Gonzalez, whose farming also led to a gold for the Wilridge Estate Nebbiolo.
  • Cave B Estate Winery pulled in a pair of gold medals for white wines, the 2018 Roussanne and 2018 Cuvée Blanc, a Sauvignon Blanc-led blend.
  • Brad Sherman of Michael Florentino Cellars in Woodinville and Seattle continues to make a name for himself with Rhône varieties under his young eponymous brand, prompting judges to award a double gold medal to his 2018 Marsanne. There was also a gold for the Michael Florentino Cellars 2018 Albariño.
  • Balboa Winery commanded the judges’ attention for its precise work with Grüner Veltliner from 2018 by Tom Glase and Tyler Grennan, bringing a gold medal back to their winery in Walla Walla with its fourth year of working with Bloxom Slope Vineyard near Moxee.

Subtle changes in store at Amelia Wynn

Amelia Wynn is on Bainbridge Island, west of Seattle.
Paul Bianchi is the owner and winemaker for Amelia Wynn Winery on Bainbridge Island, Wash. The winery is named after his fraternal twin grandchildren. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

Early in his winemaking career, Bianchi leaned on Cheryl Barber-Jones for advice. Recently,  his appreciation for the masterful blending by Brian Carter has been a driving force for several of his wines. 

“The Washington State Wine Competition has been good for Amelia Wynn, having previously won gold and best of class for the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon and receiving the Stan Clarke Award at the 2014 competition,” Bianchi noted.

Bianchi continues to name the wine “Aragón” rather than as a varietal wine because the percentage of Grenache changes. In 2014, it could have been labeled as a G-S-M with the roles of Syrah and Mourvèdre. The 2016 vintage could have been labeled “Grenache,” and it was entered and judged as such.

 “I like Grenache, and you have to like Grenache because it’s not easy to work with,” Bianchi said. “I get it from Six Prong, which was planted in the Horse Heaven Hills by Dr. Steven Elerding. It was originally 80 acres, and it was kind of a winemaker’s vineyard – with a lot of interesting varietals. Al Fountain is the owner of Six Prong, and it’s managed by Marshall Edwards, who also manages vineyards on Red Mountain.”

Bianchi is in the middle of a short relocation of the Amelia Wynn tasting room. It lines up with his scaling back on the different styles and varieties of wine he’s producing. He plans to focus on four red wines, a rosé and a white, which will mean less driving across the state during harvest. Along the way, however, he created a 2017 Pinot Noir from Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills. 

“I’m moving the tasting room to 390 Winslow Way East, about 300 feet away, into a larger space,” Bianchi said. “We will have full-food service and call it Amelia Wynn Winery Café. It will be wine-centric, and I wanted a full kitchen, so we’ll be expanding the menu to emphasize wine and food pairing.”

It’s a construction project that he’s overseeing, and one he hopes to have completed by early August. When that’s open, and the transition will leave his wife, third-generation artist Wendy Armstrong, with an art gallery in the former tasting room space. The couple has been on Bainbridge Island long enough to believe that their community can support both businesses.

“I’ve lived and worked here for 41 years,” Bianchi said. “I’ve definitely seen it grow and change. The population was at 10,500 when I moved here in 1978. It’s about 28,000 now. And fortunately, almost 100 percent of my construction work has been on the island over the years.”

Judging panel

2019 Washington State Wine Competition results

Best of show
Amelia Wynn Winery 2016 Aragon Red Wine, Horse Heaven Hills $40

Best white wine
Thurston Wolfe 2018 Albariño, Yakima Valley $18

Best rosé
Jones of Washington 2018 Rosé of Syrah, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley $14

Best sweet wine
College Cellars NV Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Tawny Style Barbera Dessert Wine, Red Mountain $40

Best of class/double gold medal
Maryhill Winery 2017 Viognier, Columbia Valley $19
Northwest Cellars 2015 Petit Verdot, Red Mountain $48

Best of class/gold medal
Airfield Estates 2017 Chardonnay, Yakima Valley $15
Airfield Estates 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley $15
Columbia Crest 2017 Grand Estates Syrah, Columbia Valley $12
Eye of the Needle Winery NV Bellisimo Diavolo, Walla Walla Valley $55
Hamilton Cellars 2015 Weinbau Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $35
Jones of Washington 2015 Carménère, Wahluke Slope $30
Maryhill Winery 2016 Les Collines Merlot, Walla Walla Valley $38
Nine Hats 2016 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $25
Nodland Cellars 2016 Bad Attitude, Walla Walla Valley $35
Thurston Wolfe 2018 PGV Pinot Gris-Viognier, Columbia Valley $15
Upchurch Vineyard 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain $75
Wilridge Vineyard, Winery & Distillery 2016 Conley Vineyard Tempranillo, Columbia Valley $25

Double gold medal
Armstrong Family Winery 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley $48
Sherman Winery 2018 Marsanne, Yakima Valley $26
Thurston Wolfe 2017 Dr. Wolfe’s Family Red, Horse Heaven Hills $18

Gold medal
14 Hands NV Rosé (can), Washington State $6
Airfield Estates 2018 Sangiovese Rosé, Yakima Valley $16.
Balboa Winery 2018 Grüner Veltliner, Columbia Valley $28.
Cascade Cliffs Vineyard & Winery 2017 Petite Sirah, Wahluke Slope $60
Cave B Estate Winery 2018 Cave B Vineyards Roussanne, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley $27
Cave B Estate Winery 2018 Cuvée Blanc, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley $25
Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen 2017 Eroica Riesling, Columbia Valley $20
College Cellars 2018 Chardonnay, Walla Walla Valley $20.
Coyote Canyon Winery 2016 Tempranillo, Horse Heaven Hills $26
Davenport Cellars 2014 Contunuity, Columbia Valley $30
Davenport Cellars 2014 R.H.D., Columbia Valley $28
DeLille Cellars 2016 Four Flags, Red Mountain $66
DeLille Cellars 2016 Quintessence, Red Mountain $54
Eleven Winery 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain $55.00
Eleven Winery 2017 La Ronde, Washington $38.00
Eleven Winery 2018 Chenin Blanc, Yakima Valley $20.00
Eleven Winery 2018 Mourvèdre – The Prodigy, Washington $26.00
Genoa Cellars 2015 Ketch, Red Mountain $42.00
Hamilton Cellars. 2015 Bona Vita , Columbia Valley $32.00
Helix by REININGER 2016 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $25.00
Jones of Washington 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley $14.99
Jones of Washington 2017 Viognier, Wahluke Slope $14.99
Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2018 Estate Chenin Blanc Ice Wine, Red Mountain $50.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 McKinley Springs Mourvèdre, Horse Heaven Hills $38.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Proprietor’s Reserve Barbera, Columbia Valley $42.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Proprietor’s Reserve Syrah, Columbia Valley $38.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Proprietor’s Reserve Tavolo Rosso, Columbia Valley $38.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Syrah, Columbia Valley $27.00
Maryhill Winery 2017 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley $17.00
Maryhill Winery 2017 Winemaker’s White, Columbia Valley $16.00
Merry Cellars 2016 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley $50.00
Merry Cellars 2016 Petit Verdot, Columbia Valley $38.00
Michael Florentino Cellars 2018 Albariño , Yakima Valley $22.00
Nine Hats 2016 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $25.00
Nine Hats 2018 Julia’s Dazzle Rosé, Columbia Valley $18.00
Nodland Cellars 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley $45.00
Northwest Cellars 2015 Carménère, Red Mountain $48.00
Novelty Hill 2017 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Roussanne, Columbia Valley $23.00
Palencia Wine Co. 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley $18.00
Pondera Winery 2016 Stillwater Creek Vineyard GSM, Columbia Valley $42.00
REININGER Winery NV CPR Chuck P. Reininger Fourth Edition Red Wine, Columbia Valley $90.00
Seven Falls Cellars 2016 Rapids Red, Wahluke Slope $18.00
Skagit Crest Vineyard & Winery 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Puget Sound $18.00
Spoiled Dog Winery 2016 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, Puget Sound $38.00
Thurston Wolfe 2017 JTW’s Blend, Horse Heaven Hills $18.00
Tsillan Cellars 2016 Estate Reserve Malbec, Lake Chelan $42.00
Tsillan Cellars 2018 Estate Pinot Grigio, Lake Chelan $28.00
Upchurch Vineyard 2017 LTL Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain $30.00
Westport Winery 2017 MV Endeavor Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hills $49.00
Wilridge Vineyard, Winery & Distillery 2016 Wilridge Vineyard Estate Nebbiolo, Naches Heights $35.00
Yakima Valley Vintners 2016 A Sylem Red Wine, Columbia Valley $18.00

Silver medal
Airfield Estates 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley $30.00
Airfield Estates 2015 Reserve Merlot, Yakima Valley $30.00
Airfield Estates 2016 Airfield Red Blend, Yakima Valley $18.00
Airfield Estates 2016 Mustang, Yakima Valley $30.00
Airfield Estates 2018 Moscato, Yakima Valley $15.00
Armstrong Family Winery 2016 Malbec, Columbia Valley $34.00
Armstrong Family Winery 2016 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley $44.00
Armstrong Family Winery 2016 Petit Verdot, Columbia Valley $42.00
Armstrong Family Winery 2016 The Scotsman Syrah, Columbia Valley $42.00
Bainbridge Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir, Puget Sound $36.00
Balboa Winery 2014 Mith, Walla Walla Valley $55.00
Balboa Winery 2015 Pandemonium, Walla Walla Valley $60.00
Bayernmoor Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $39.00
Cascade Cliffs Vineyard & Winery 2017 Blood Red Barbera, Columbia Valley $75.00
Cave B Estate Winery 2016 Tempranillo, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley $33.00
Cave B Estate Winery 2018 Cave B Vineyards Chenin Blanc, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley $22.00
Cave B Estate Winery 2018 Unoaked Chardonnay , Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley $19.00
College Cellars 2018 Rosé of Pinot Gris , Yakima Valley $18.00
College Cellars 2018 Sauvgnon Blanc, Walla Walla Valley $18.00
College Cellars 2018 Sèmillon, Walla Walla Valley $18.00
College Cellars 2017 Barbera, Walla Walla Valley $20.00
College Cellars 2017 Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley $25.00
College Cellars 2017 Petit Verdot, Walla Walla Valley $30.00
Coyote Canyon Winery 2014 Graciano, Horse Heaven Hills $26.00
Coyote Canyon Winery 2014 H/H Estates Big John Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $42.00
Coyote Canyon Winery 2014 H/H Estates Bozak, Horse Heaven Hills $42.00
Coyote Canyon Winery 2014 Tres Cruces Red Blend, Horse Heaven Hills $24.00
Coyote Canyon Winery 2015 Michael Andrews Spanish Red Blend, Horse Heaven Hills $32.00
Coyote Canyon Winery 2016 Primitivo, Horse Heaven Hills $26.00
Coyote Canyon Winery 2018 Concrete Fermented Albariño, Horse Heaven Hills $28.00
Davenport Cellars 2008 Continuity, Columbia Valley $30.00
Davenport Cellars 2012 Continuity, Columbia Valley $30.00
Davenport Cellars 2012 R.H.D., Columbia Valley $28.00
Davenport Cellars 2013 R.H.D., Columbia Valley $28.00
Davenport Cellars 2013 Continuity, Columbia Valley $30.00
Davenport Cellars 2013 Merlot, Columbia Valley $30.00
Davenport Cellars 2015 Patch, Columbia Valley $0.00
Eleven Winery 2017 Elephant Mountain Vineyard Syrah, Yakima Valley $26.00
Eleven Winery 2017 Malbec, Yakima Valley $41.00
Eleven Winery 2018 La Primavera, Washington $22.00
Eleven Winery 2018 Pinot Grigio, Yakima Valley $17.00
Eleven Winery 2018 Roussanne, Yakima Valley $24.00
Eleven Winery 2018 Sugarloaf Vineyard Viognier, Yakima Valley $24.00
Eye of the Needle Winery 2015 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $35.00
Eye of the Needle Winery 2018 Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley $20.00
Eye of the Needle Winery NV 10th Anniversary, Walla Walla Valley $70.00
Farmhand Winery 2016 Go 4 Red, Columbia Valley $32.00
Farmhand Winery 2016 Malbec, Columbia Valley $32.00
Fletcher Bay Winery 2017 Pirate Red, Columbia Valley $34.00
Fletcher Bay Winery 2017 Sangiovese, Yakima Valley $37.00
Genoa Cellars 2015 Traveler Sangiovese, Red Mountain $33.00
Genoa Cellars 2017 Tell-Tale White Blend, Columbia Valley $22.00
Hamilton Cellars 2015 Red Mountain Malbec, Red Mountain $44.00
Harbinger Winery 2017 Viognier, Rattlesnake Hills $25.00
Harbinger Winery 2018 Albariño, Yakima Valley $22.00
Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2018 Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley $15.00
Lagana Cellars 2016 Walla Walla Valley Syrah, Walla Walla Valley $32.00
Lagana Cellars 2018 Breezy Slope Vineyard Pinot Noir Rosé, Walla Walla Valley $20.00
Longship Cellars 2016 Reserve Tempranillo, Columbia Valley $65.00
Longship Cellars 2017 Bandito Garnacha, Wahluke Slope $36.00
Longship Cellars 2017 Invader Tempranillo, Columbia Valley $36.00
Longship Cellars 2017 Majik Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills $32.00
Longship Cellars 2017 Once is Enough Petite Sirah, Wahluke Slope $34.00
Lopez Island Vineyards 2017 Raven’s Caw Red, Columbia Valley $38.00
Lopez Island Vineyards 2018 Siegerrebe, Puget Sound $25.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $27.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $30.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Clifton Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope $42.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Eagle Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain $36.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Elephant Mountain Cabernet Franc, Rattlesnake Hills $38.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Elephant Mountain Carménère, Rattlesnake Hills $46.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Elephant Mountain Merlot, Rattlesnake Hills $38.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Elephant Mountain Mourvèdre, Rattlesnake Hills $42.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Elephant Mountain Sangiovese, Rattlesnake Hills $38.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Kiona Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain $51.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Kiona Vineyards Merlot, Red Mountain $44.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Kiona Vineyards Petite Sirah, Yakima Valley $42.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Les Collines Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope $42.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Les Collines Syrah, Wahluke Slope $38.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 McKinley Springs Cinsaut, Horse Heaven Hills $42.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 McKinley Springs Petit Verdot, Horse Heaven Hills $38.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Merlot, Columbia Valley $21.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Northridge Vineyard Syrah, Wahluke Slope $42.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Painted Hills Tempranillo, Yakima Valley $38.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $38.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $46.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Proprietor’s Reserve Grenache, Columbia Valley $42.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Proprietor’s Reserve Malbec , Columbia Valley $38.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Proprietor’s Reserve Merlot, Columbia Valley $36.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Proprietor’s Reserve Rosso Granto, Columbia Valley $38.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Proprietor’s Reserve Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $36.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Proprietor’s Reserve Serendipity, Columbia Valley $38.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Proprietor’s Reserve Zinfandel, Columbia Valley $46.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Zinfandel, Columbia Valley $16.00
Maryhill Winery 2017 Proprietor’s Reserve Chardonnay, Columbia Valley $31.00
Maryhill Winery 2017 Winemaker’s Red, Columbia Valley $16.00
Maryhill Winery 2018 Proprietor’s Reserve Albariño, Columbia Valley $25.00
Maryhill Winery 2018 Proprietor’s Reserve Rosé, Columbia Valley $25.00
Maryhill Winery 2018 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $17.00
Merry Cellars 2018 Viognier, Columbia Valley $24.00
Nine Hats 2015 Malbec, Columbia Valley $25.00
Nine Hats 2017 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley $14.00
Nine Hats 2017 Riesling, Columbia Valley $14.00
Northwest Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain $36.00
Northwest Cellars 2014 Petite Sirah, Red Mountain $36.00
Northwest Cellars 2015 Carménère, Horse Heaven Hills $48.00
Palencia Wine Co. 2015 Vino la Monarcha Merlot, Columbia Valley $22.00
Palencia Wine Co. 2016 El Viñador Syrah, Wahluke Slope $50.00
Palencia Wine Co. 2016 Vino la Monarcha Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $22.00
Palencia Wine Co. 2016 Vino la Monarcha Sangiovese, Wahluke Slope $24.00
Palencia Wine Co. 2018 El Viñador Albariño, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley $25.00
Palouse Winery 2016 Poet Blend, Rattlesnake Hills $60.00
Palouse Winery 2016 Saint Sangiovese, Rattlesnake Hills $58.00
Pondera Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $36.00
Pondera Winery 2015 SVS – Stillwater Creek Vineyard, Columbia Valley $45.00
Port Townsend Vineyards 2018 Siegerrebe, Puget Sound $20.00
Port Townsend Vineyards 2018 Viognier, Yakima Valley $23.00
Saviah Cellars 2017 The Jack Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $18.00
Saviah Cellars 2018 The Jack Red Wine, Columbia Valley $18.00
Sherman Winery 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $38.00
Sherman Winery 2016 Mourvèdre, Red mountain $38.00
Skagit Cellars 2016 Barbera, Horse Heaven Hills $36.00
Skagit Crest Vineyard & Winery 2016 Pinot Noir, Puget Sound $27.00
Skagit Crest Vineyard & Winery 2017 Chardonnay, Puget Sound $16.00
Thurston Wolfe 2017 Petite Sirah, Horse Heaven Hills $20.00
Tsillan Cellars 2016 Estate Sangiovese, Lake Chelan $30.00
Tsillan Cellars 2018 Estate Sempre Amore, Lake Chelan $28.00
Tucannon Cellars 2015 Cabernet Franc, Horse Heaven Hills $35.00
Tucannon Cellars 2015 Red Fusion, Columbia Valley $32.00
Tucannon Cellars 2015 Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills $34.00
Velen Winery 2018 Sunrise Orange Muscat/Riesling, Yakima Valley $15.00
Westport Winery 2017 MV Argonaut Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $49.00
Westport Winery 2017 MV Nomad Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $49.00
Wilridge Vineyard, Winery & Distillery 2015 Wilridge Vineyard Estate Melange Noir, Naches Heights $40.00
Wilridge Vineyard, Winery & Distillery 2016 Wilridge Vineyard Estate Sangiovese, Naches Heights $35.00
Wilridge Vineyard, Winery & Distillery 2016 Wilridge Vineyard Zweigelt, Naches Heights $35.00
Wind Rose Cellars 2014 Barbera, Yakima Valley $22.00
Yakima Valley Vintners 2016 Campus Blend Red Wine, Columbia Valley $16.00
Yakima Valley Vintners 2016 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Primitivo, Columbia Valley $18.00
Yakima Valley Vintners 2018 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Research Paper Roussanne, Columbia Valley $16.00

Bronze medal
Armstrong Family Winery 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $55.00
Babick Cellars 2017 Merlot, Columbia Valley $22.00
Bayernmoor Cellars 2017 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley $29.00
Bayernmoor Cellars 2018 Rosé, Columbia Valley $15.00
College Cellars 2018 Riesling, Columbia Valley $18.00
College Cellars 2018 RVM, Walla Walla Valley $20.00
College Cellars 2015 Golden Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley $25.00
College Cellars 2017 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley $25.00
College Cellars 2017 Seven Hills Vineyard La Laurelia Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley $30.00
College Cellars 2017 Tempranillo, Walla Walla Valley $25.00
Eye of the Needle Winery 2016 Malbec, Columbia Valley $35.00
Eye of the Needle Winery 2018 Rosé, Red Mountain $15.00
Farmhand Winery 2018 Gruner Meadow Grüner Veltliner, Columbia Valley $21.00
Harbinger Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $35.00
Harbinger Winery 2014 Malbec, Wahluke Slope $28.00
Harbinger Winery 2014 Syrah, Washington State $32.00
Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2016 Estate Red Mountain Merlot, Red Mountain $25.00
Kiona Vineyards and Winery NV Estate Red Mountain Pioneer Red Version II, Red Mountain $25.00
Lagana Cellars 2016 J&S Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley $36.00
Liberty Lake Wine Cellars 2017 Red Heaven Zinfandel, Red Mountain $41.00
Lopez Island Vineyards 2017 Chardonnay, Yakima Valley $18.00
Lopez Island Vineyards 2018 Rosé, Yakima Valley $20.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Elephant Mountain Marvell GSM, Rattlesnake Hills $46.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Malbec, Columbia Valley $27.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 McKinley Springs Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $46.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 McKinley Springs Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills $38.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Painted Hills Primitivo, Yakima Valley $30.00
Maryhill Winery 2016 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $27.00
Maryhill Winery 2017 Proprietor’s Reserve Roussanne, Columbia Valley $22.00
Maryhill Winery 2018 Muscat di Canelli, Columbia Valley $17.00
Maryhill Winery 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley $17.00
Maryhill Winery 2018 Sèmillon, Columbia Valley $15.00
Merry Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $48.00
Nodland Cellars 2016 Syrah, Yakima Valley $53.00
Palouse Winery 2016 Red Satin Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hills $50.00
Skagit Cellars 2015 Merlot, Lake Chelan $34.00
Skagit Cellars 2015 Serendipity Syrah, Lake Chelan $65.00
Skagit Cellars 2018 Sangiovese Rosé, Columbia Valley $23.00
Skagit Cellars 2018 Viognier, Columbia Valley $23.00
Skagit Crest Vineyard & Winery 2017 Pinot Blanc, Puget Sound $20.00
Skagit Crest Vineyard & Winery 2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Puget Sound $16.00
Tucannon Cellars 2015 Mourvèdre, Horse Heaven Hills $40.00
Velen Winery 2013 Barbera, Yakima Valley $22.00
Wilridge Vineyard, Winery & Distillery 2015 Wilridge Vineyard Estate Red Dessert Wine Port, Naches Heights $25.00
Wilridge Vineyard, Winery & Distillery 2016 Wilridge Vineyard Estate Muscat Blanc Dessert Wine, Naches Heights $20.00
Wilridge Vineyard, Winery & Distillery 2018 Acadia Vineyard Organic Pinot Grigio, Columbia Gorge $18.00
Yakima Valley Vintners 2015 Carménère, Yakima Valley $16.00

About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the President and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for a decade. He is a frequent wine judge at international wine competitions throughout North America and orchestrates 10 Northwest competitions each year.

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