H3 2016 Cab rides off as Washington State Wine Competition best of show

By on September 18, 2020
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Katie Nelson, head winemaker for H3 Wines, has spent 19 of her 22 years in the Washington wine industry working for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. In 2018, she became senior director of winemaking for Columbia Crest. (Photo courtesy of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates)

Two years after it earned acclaim from the world’s most influential wine publication, the Columbia Crest 2016 H3 Cabernet Sauvignon finished atop the 2020 Washington State Wine Competition as the best of show.

Since there were 500,000 cases produced of that $15 Cab, it should be easy for consumers to track down one or two of the 6 million bottles and judge for themselves. It earned a spot on Wine Spectator’s 100 Top Values list in the Dec. 31, 2018 issue.

“The magic of scale is a powerful thing!” said Katie Nelson, senior director of winemaking for Columbia Crest and H3 Wines, the latter of which recently became its own brand within the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates family.

Nelson returned to the Paterson production facility in 2018 to replace Juan Muñoz-Oca, who was promoted to Vice-President of winemaking for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. In her role, Nelson works with the same family-farmed vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills that Muñoz-Oca and his team did in 2016.

She credited Cal Mercer of Austin Sharp Vineyards, Mike and Jeff Andrews of Coyote Canyon Vineyards, Rob Andrews of McKinley Springs Vineyards and Rob Mercer of Mercer Vineyards for the grapes that contributed to the H3 2016 Cab. Rob Mercer was selected as the Honorary Grower of the 2020 Auction of Washington Wines.

“2016 was a wonderful year for Cabernet,” Nelson notes. “The warm weather later in the growing season was perfect for extended hang time, which showcases integrated tannins and concentrated fruit in this wine. The diurnal shifts we see in Washington during the growing season allow for vibrant acidity and great tension in our wines.

“When all of these characteristics align, we create these amazingly well-balanced wines that age for many years,” she added. “The Horse Heaven Hills is known for its silky, elegant tannins, which make them very enjoyable and approachable in their youth, as well.”

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates brands stood out throughout the Washington State Wine Competition with three of its wines reaching the sweepstakes. The Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen 2018 Eroica Riesling by Bob Bertheau, Ernst Loosen and David Rosenthal finished No. 1 in its category on its way to being selected the judging’s best white wine. It came up one vote away from best of show honors. Earlier this summer, the 2018 Eroica received a double gold medal and best of class at the Cascadia International Wine Competition.

The 14 Hands nonvintage Limited Release Unicorn Rosé Bubbles, which is sold in a $5.99 can, was the top sparkling wine of the judging.

Maryhill, Pondera, Tsillan Cellars with 5 golds

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Estate vineyards for Tsillan Cellars overlook Lake Chelan. (Richard Duval Images)

Maryhill Winery won best of show at the 2017 Washington State Wine Competition with a 2016 rosé, and Richard Batchelor’s 2019 Rosé of Sangiovese earned a double gold medal on its way to sweepstakes as the judging’s top pink. That and the 2019 Proprietor’s Reserve Rosé were among the five awards of gold or better Batchelor earned for owners Craig and Vicki Leuthold, who this fall will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the opening of their Woodinville tasting room – their fourth in Washington.

Woodinville winemaker Shane Howard achieved a fistful of gold medals for his family’s Pondera Winery, each of the five for red wine. The 2017 GSM, 2017 Syrah and 2017 Malbec were pulled off picturesque Stillwater Creek Vineyard in the newly established Royal Slope American Viticultural Area. 

This spring, Tsillan Cellars in Chelan was named 2020 Washington Winery of the Year by Wine Press Northwest magazine and followed that up with five gold medals at the Washington State Wine Competition. Ray Sandidge worked with fruit from Dr. Bob Jankelson’s Tuscan-inspired showpiece for all five winners, which included a best-of-class for the Merlot-led Piccolo Rosso Red Wine and a double gold for the Dolcetto rosé.

Martinez family, Aquilini bargain brands win 4 golds

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The Martinez family farms some of the oldest vines of Cabernet Sauvignon in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills and operates a tasting room at the Winemakers Loft in Prosser. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

Martinez & Martinez Winery in Prosser, led by winemaker Andrew Martinez and his family, impressed the judges with four gold medals across the past four vintages. Among those was a best-of-class award for the 2016 Dion Carlo Carménère from the Horse Heaven Hills where he grew up and best of class for the 2018 Tudor Hills Vineyard Roussanne. A 2019 Albariño, also from Tudor Hills in the Yakima Valley, earned votes for the judging’s best white. Martinez’s wife, Monica, is a member of the Tudor family.  

The Aquilini family sent shock waves through the Washington wine industry in 2013 when the Canadian entrepreneurs became the largest land owners on Red Mountain during a historic auction with a winning bid of $8.3 million for 670 acres. Thanks in large part to the winemaking of Cornell graduate Joshua Maloney, Aquilini Brands USA Inc., merited five gold medals at this year’s Washington State Wine Competition.

Maloney, who led the red wine program at Chateau Ste. Michelle prior to steering the ship at Wahluke Wine Co., earned golds with the Be Human 2018 Merlot ($15.99), Roaming Dog 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon ($12.99), the Roaming Dog 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé ($12.99) and Roaming Dog 2019 Chardonnay. Earlier this summer, that same Roaming Dog pink received a double gold at the Cascadia International Wine Competition. The the Aquilini Wines 2019 Sauvignon Blanc also earned a gold medal. 

Palencia’s winemaking accounts for 6 golds

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Victor Palencia, a graduate of Walla Walla Community College’s winemaking program, grew up helping his father manage vineyards in the Yakima Valley. Palencia has become one of Washington state’s most prolific and decorated winemakers. (Richard Duval Images)

Jones of Washington continues to rank among the elite with its white and rosé program thanks to its estate vineyards in the fascinating Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley and the magical touch of longtime winemaker Victor Palencia, earning double golds for the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc and 2019 Rosé of Syrah as well as best of class with its 2018 Pinot Gris.

In all, Palencia was behind six gold medals as he achieved gold with suave red wines — a 2016 Petit Verdot and 2018 Red Mountain Syrah — under his namesake Palencia Wine Co., brand, and the reserve El Viñador tier with which he honors his father. Gold also was placed on the 2018 Malbec under Palencia’s introductory Vino la Monarcha label.

Gallo-owned Columbia Winery in Woodinville, led by Canadian-born winemaker Sean Hails, turned heads with his Bordeaux-inspired 2019 Stratos White Blend that earned best of class as well as a gold for the 2017 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.

Merry Cellars in the college town of Pullman received two gold medals, one of them for a 2016 Mourvèdre-Syrah off Stillwater Creek Vineyard.

The Kludt family, credited as being the first Lake Chelan apple growers to plant vineyards, scored gold medals with each of their brands, led by the Kludt Family Winery 2017 Lot 2 Vineyard Reserve Malbec off their estate near Manson.

Spokane producers bring home multiple golds

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Phillip Butterfield and his wife, Patricia, were both professors in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University before Phillip transitioned into the role of full-time winemaker at their young Winescape project in Spokane’s Glenrose neighborhood. (Richard Duval Images)

Rising star Winescape on Spokane’s South Hill crafted the best Merlot of the judging and physician-turned-winemaker Phillip Butterfield also received a gold for his Cab-led Chateau Marmot red blend. Earlier this year, Winescape picked up a double gold for its 2019 Sangiovese Rosé from Red Mountain.

Two more boutique producers from the Spokane area earned gold medals for their work with Cabernet Sauvignon. Nodland Cellars followed up on an impressive showing at the 2020 Cascadia with his 2016 reserve Cab from the Walla Walla Valley. Mark Lathrop, who went from wine club member to owner/winemaker at Liberty Lake Wine Cellars, scored a double gold for his 2018 Scooteney Flats Vineyard Cab from Red Mountain, and there was also a gold medal for the 2018 Candy Mountain Sangiovese under his Tahija label.

Saviah Cellars scores twice with The Jack

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Saviah Cellars owner Rich Funk pulls a sample from a barrel in his cellar south of Walla Walla, Wash. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

Richard Funk in the Walla Walla Valley scored a pair of gold medals for his value-minded The Jack program with his Cabernet Sauvignon ($18) and Merlot-led Red Wine blend ($18), both under screwcap.

Walla Walla winemaker Gilles Nicault earned gold medals at both ends of the price spectrum — the Long Shadows Vintners 2017 Feather Cabernet Sauvignon ($70), which is made in collaboration with Napa icon Randy Dunn, and the bargain Nine Hats Wines 2018 Pinot Gris ($14).

Ste. Michelle transitions H3 tier into its own brand

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Juan Muñoz-Oca and vineyard manager Juan Uribe have collaborated on some of the best value wines made in the U.S., according to Wine Spectator magazine. (Photo courtesy of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates)

The massive cellar in Paterson, which ranks as the largest wine production facility in the Pacific Northwest, also received gold medals at the Washington State Wine Competition for the Columbia Crest 2018 Grand Estates Syrah ($12) and the H3 2016 Les Chevaux, a $15 blend crafted with Merlot as the backbone.

Munoz-Oca was the frontman for H3 when the brand was launched in 2008 under the leadership of Columbia Crest head winemaker Ray Einberger. A year later, the team received international acclaim for the Columbia Crest 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon — a wine that retailed for $35 — as Wine Spectator’s No. 1 wine in the world for 2009.

Earlier this summer, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates rolled out the new look for H3 bottlings, which include the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2018 Red Blend. The refreshed label focuses on the just wings of Pegasus rather than a silhouette of the mythical horse that appeared to fly over the H3 logo. The retail price for each of the H3 wines, and there are five in the lineup, is $13.99.

Nelson spent 17 years as a winemaker for the company, so returning to Columbia Crest after spending three vintages overseeing the Eastern Washington winemaking for Charles Smith and his Wines of Substance project. 

“We treat every lot with the same attention to detail, and as gently as we would in our small Reserve cellar” she said. “When it comes time to pick, we taste every block of fruit, receive fruit on our state-of-the-art sorting system, and create these elegant wines aiming to let the site and the vintage speak for themselves. We like to age our wines in concrete and a combination of new and neutral oak barrels.”

Her husband is Flint Nelson, co-owner of award-winning Wit Cellars in Prosser and whose winemaking résumé includes the large-scale Wahluke Wine Co.

Earlier this summer, the Wit Cellars 2019 Unleashed Sparkling Rosé won the award for Best Sparkling Wine at the 2020 Cascadia International Wine Competition.

Panelists at the 2020 Washington State Wine Competition were Kent FitzGerald, KWFitzGerald Consulting, Walla Walla, Wash.; Richard Larsen, research winemaker/enologist emeritus, Washington State University, Richland, Wash.; Philippe Michel, founder, Oak Traditions, associate, Metis Northwest, Walla Walla, Wash.; Mike Rader, First Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Kennewick, Wash.; Ken Robertson, columnist, Wine Press Northwest magazine, Kennewick, Wash.; and Gordy Venneri, retired co-founder, Walla Walla Vintners, Walla Walla, Wash. Gregg McConnell, editor, Wine Press Northwest magazine, Kennewick, Wash., served as a moderator.

In addition to identifying some of the state’s top wines, the Washington State Wine Competition also serves as a fundraiser for the next generation of Washington winemakers as proceeds from the judging fund a scholarship at Yakima Valley College’s winemaking program.

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The Columbia Crest 2016 H3 Cabernet Sauvignon, produced from grapes grown in the Horse Heaven Hills, was voted as best of show at the 2020 Washington State Wine Competition. (Traci Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

37th annual Washington State Wine Competition

Best of show/Best red wine
Columbia Crest 2016 H3 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $15.00
Best white wine
Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen 2018 Eroica Riesling, Columbia Valley $20.00
Best sparkling wine
14 Hands Winery NV Limited Release Unicorn Rosé Bubbles, Columbia Valley $5.99
Best rosé/double gold medal
Maryhill Winery 2019 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $17.00
Best of class/double gold medal
Martinez & Martinez Winery 2018 Tudor Hills Vineyard Viognier, Yakima Valley $18.00
Siren Song Wines 2016 Ancient Stones Vineyard Grand Cru Estate Selection Syrah, Walla Walla Valley $54.00
Best of class/gold medal
Jones of Washington 2018 Pinot Gris, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley $13.99
Winescape 2017 Merlot, Columbia Valley $30.00
Martinez & Martinez Winery 2016 Dion Carlo Carmenére, Horse Heaven Hills $40.00
Martinez & Martinez Winery 2018 Tudor Hills Vineyard Roussanne, Yakima Valley $24.00
Double gold medal
Columbia Winery 2019 Stratos White Blend, Columbia Valley $30.00
Jones of Washington 2019 Rosé of Syrah, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley $13.99
Jones of Washington 2019 Estate Vineyards Viognier, Wahluke Slope $14.99
Jones of Washington 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley $14.99
Liberty Lake Wine Cellars 2018 Scooteney Flats Vineyard Caberent Sauvignon, Red Mountain $35.00
Maryhill Winery 2017 Northridge Vineyard Syrah, Wahluke Slope $44.00
Northwest Cellars 2015 Kiona Vineyard Carménère , Red Mountain $48.00
Pondera Winery 2016 Discovery Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $55.00
TruthTeller Winery The Miscreant Project 2018 White Lie, Columbia Valley $14.00
Tsillan Cellars 2019 Estate Bocciolo di Rosa Rosé, Lake Chelan $24.00
Vino la Monarcha 2018 Malbec, Columbia Valley $24.00
Gold medal
Aquilini Wines 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Red Mountain $34.99
Be Human 2018 Merlot, Columbia Valley $15.99
Cascade Cliffs Vineyard & Winery 2018 Reserve Blood Red Barbera, Columbia Valley $80.00
Columbia Crest 2018 Grand Estates Syrah, Columbia Valley $12.00
Columbia Crest 2016 H3 Les Chevaux Red Blend, Horse Heaven Hills $15.00
Columbia Winery 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain $45.00
Elevation Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $30.00
Kludt Family Winery 2017 Lot 2 Vineyard Reserve Malbec, Lake Chelan $46.00
Lake Chelan Winery 2019 Buoy Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley $25.00
Long Shadows Vintners 2017 Feather Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $70.00
Martinez & Martinez Winery 2017 Les Vignes Le Tendre Syrah, Yakima Valley $32.00
Martinez & Martinez Winery 2019 Tudor Hills Vineyard Albariño, Yakima Valley $20.00
Maryhill Winery 2018 Riesling, Columbia Valley $17.00
Maryhill Winery 2019 Proprietor’s Reserve Rosé, Columbia Valley $27.00
Maryhill Winery 2018 Otis Vineyard Proprietor’s Reserve Albariño, Columbia Valley $24.00
Maryhill Winery 2018 Winemaker’s Red, Columbia Valley $17.00
Merry Cellars 2016 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Mourvèdre-Syrah, Columbia Valley $48.00
Merry Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $48.00
Nine Hats Wines 2018 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley $14.00
Nodland Cellars 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley $45.00
Palencia Wine Co. 2016 El Viñador Petit Verdot, Wahluke Slope $40.00
Palencia Wine Co. 2018 El Viñador Syrah, Red Mountain $45.00
Pondera Winery 2017 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $38.00
Pondera Winery 2017 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Malbec, Columbia Valley $34.00
Pondera Winery 2017 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Syrah, Columbia Valley $38.00
Pondera Winery 2017 Stillwater Creek Vineyard GSM, Columbia Valley $46.00
Roaming Dog 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé, Columbia Valley $12.99
Roaming Dog 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $12.99
Roaming Dog 2019 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley $12.99
Ross Andrew Winery 2018 Glaze Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $14.99
Saviah Cellars 2019 The Jack Red Wine, Columbia Valley $18.00
Saviah Cellars 2018 The Jack Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $18.00
Skagit Crest Vineyard & Winery 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $27.00
SMAK Wines 2019 Summer Rosé of Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley $18.00
Tahija. 2018 Candy Mountain Vineyard Sangiovese, Yakima Valley $28.00
Three Rivers Winery 2018 Artz Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain $42.00
Tsillan Cellars Winery 2017 Estate Bellissima Rossa, Lake Chelan $38.00
Tsillan Cellars Winery 2017 Estate Reserve Malbec, Lake Chelan $55.00
Tsillan Cellars Winery 2017 Estate Piccolo Rosso Red Wine, Lake Chelan $36.00
Tsillan Cellars 2017 Estate Reserve Syrah, Lake Chelan $38.00
Welcome Road 2018 Atelier, Yakima Valley $30.00
Westport Winery 2018 Kraken Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley $49.00
Winescape 2017 Chateau Marmot, Columbia Valley $33.00
Silver medal
Arbor Crest Wine Cellars 2017 Conner Lee Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $40.00
Arbor Crest Wine Cellars 2019 Conner Lee Vineyard Pinot Noir Rosé, Columbia Valley $25.00
Cascade Cliffs Vineyard & Winery 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $75.00
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2016 Artist Series Red Wine, Columbia Valley $65.00
Columbia Crest 2016 H3 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills $15.00
Columbia Crest 2016 Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $12.00
Columbia Winery 2017 Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills $40.00
DIxie & Bass 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé , Horse Heaven Hills $16.99
Dixie & Bass 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Horse Heaven Hills $16.99
Dixie & Bass 2018 Red Blend, Columbia Valley $16.99
Dixie & Bass 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $16.99
Elevation Cellars 2019 Imperium Riesling, Columbia Valley $20.00
Fortuity Cellars 2017 Malbec, Yakima Valley $36.00
Fortuity Cellars 2018 Syrah, Yakima Valley $40.00
Hamilton Cellars 2017 Estate Petit Verdot, Red Mountain $40.00
Hamilton Cellars 2017 Weinbau Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $38.00
Hamilton Cellars 2017 Estate Malbec, Red Mountain $48.00
Kludt Family Winery 2017 Home Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir, Lake Chelan $42.00
Kludt Family Winery 2017 Cougar Ridge Reserve Syrah, Lake Chelan $42.00
Lake Chelan Winery 2017 Pinot Noir, Chelan Valley $32.00
Liberty Lake Wine Cellars 2018 Red Heaven Vineyard Zinfandel, Red Mountain $45.00
Liberty Lake Wine Cellars 2018 Scooteney Flats Vineyard Malbec, Red Mountain $35.00
Liberty Lake Wine Cellars 2018 Scooteney Flats Vineyard Merlot, Red Mountain $30.00
Liberty Lake Wine Cellars 2018 Red Heaven Vineyard Tempranillo, Red Mountain $38.00
LIV – Lopez Island Vineyards 2019 Madeleine Angevine, Puget Sound $25.00
LIV – Lopez Island Vineyards 2019 Siegerrebe, Puget Sound $25.00
Martinez & Martinez Winery 2017 Petit Verdot, Horse Heaven Hills $34.00
Martinez & Martinez Winery 2018 Tudor Hills Vineyard Pinot Grigio, Yakima Valley $20.00
Martinez & Martinez Winery 2017 César Red Wine, Horse Heaven Hills $28.00
Maryhill Winery 2017 Proprietor’s Reserve Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $40.00
Maryhill Winery 2017 McKinley Springs Vineyard Petit Verdot, Horse Heaven Hills $40.00
Maryhill Winery 2017 Proprietor’s Reserve Syrah, Columbia Valley $28.00
Maryhill Winery 2017 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley $44.00
Maryhill Winery 2018 Tudor Hills Vineyard Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley $17.00
Maryhill Winery 2019 Roza Hills Vineyard Proprietor’s Reserve Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley $24.00
Maryhill Winery 2019 Bloxom Vineyard Proprietor’s Reserve Grüner Veltliner, Columbia Valley $24.00
Maryhill Winery 2017 Proprietor’s Reserve Rosso Granato Red Wine, Columbia Valley $40.00
Maryhill Winery 2017 Les Collines Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley $44.00
Maryhill Winery 2017 Clifton Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope $44.00
Maryhill Winery 2018 Tudor Hills Vineyard Proprietor’s Reserve Chardonnay, Columbia Valley $33.00
Maryhill Winery 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley $17.00
Maryhill Winery 2018 Gunkel Vineyards Muscat Canelli, Columbia Valley $17.00
Merry Cellars 2017 Malbec, Columbia Valley $50.00
Nodland Cellars 2017 Seven Hills Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley $53.00
Nodland Cellars 2017 Avant-garde Carménère, Walla Walla Valley $38.00
Nodland Cellars 2017 Bad Attitude Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley $35.00
Nodland Cellars 2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley $45.00
Northwest Cellars 2015 Verhey Vineyard Syrah, Yakima Valley $32.00
Northwest Cellars 2016 Fortissimo Red Wine, Columbia Valley $28.00
Northwest Cellars 2019 Aria, Yakima Valley $19.00
Palencia Wine Co. 2018 Grenache, Yakima Valley $40.00
Palencia Wine Co. 2019 Albariño, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley $22.00
Perennial Vintners NV Sparkling Siegerrebe, Puget Sound $25.00
Perennial Vintners 2016 Syrah, Yakima Valley $28.00
Perennial Vintners 2018 Lemberger, Red Mountain $26.00
Perennial Vintners 2017 Estate Melon de Bourgogne, Puget Sound $27.00
Pomeroy Cellars 2016 Farm Hand’s Red, Yakima Valley $29.99
Pomeroy Cellars 2016 DuBrul Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley $45.99
Pondera Winery 2017 Entwined Red Wine, Columbia Valley $34.00
Port Townsend Vineyards 2019 Portuguese Hill Vineyard Estate Siegerrebe, Puget Sound $23.00
Roaming Dog 2018 Red Blend, Columbia Valley $12.99
Siren Song Wines 2016 Viaggio Primitivo, Washington State $36.00
Siren Song Wines 2016 A Night In Madrid Red Wine, Washington State $36.00
Siren Song Wines 2016 Raving Beauty Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington State $36.00
Skagit Crest Vineyard & Winery 2018 Estate Chuckanut White, Puget Sound $18.00
SMAK Wines 2019 Spring Rosé of Sangiovese, Walla Walla Valley $18.00
SMAK Wines 2019 Fall/Winter Rosé of Syrah, Columbia Valley $18.00
Tertulia Cellars 2017 Estate Ryans’ Reserve Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley $45.00
The Miscreant Project 2017 Boldfaced Lie Red Wine, Columbia Valley $16.00
The Miscreant Project 2017 Pun Intended Red Wine, Columbia Valley $16.00
Three Rivers Winery 2018 Trivulet Red Wine, Wahluke Slope $38.00
Three Rivers Winery 2018 Streamlet Red Wine, Columbia Valley $45.00
TruthTeller Winery 2017 The Cynic Syrah, Walla Walla Valley $40.00
TruthTeller Winery 2017 Pun, Yakima Valley $30.00
TruthTeller Winery 2019 Frolic Viognier, Yakima Valley $22.00
Tsillan Cellars 2017 Estate Sangiovese, Lake Chelan $38.00
Tsillan Cellars 2017 Estate Merlot, Lake Chelan $38.00
Tsillan Cellars 2017 Estate Dolcetto, Lake Chelan $36.00
Tsillan Cellars Winery 2019 Estate Dry Riesling, Lake Chelan $22.00
Tsillan Cellars Winery 2019 Estate Pinot Grigio, Lake Chelan $28.00
Tsillan Cellars Winery 2017 Estate Sinistra Red Wine, Lake Chelan $30.00
Weather Station Wines 2016 Conner Lee Vineyard Merlot, Columbia Valley $40.00
Welcome Road 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Rattlesnake Hills $22.00
Westport Winery 2018 Courage Sagrantino, Yakima Valley $32.00
Westport Winery 2018 Tsunami Red Wine Blend, Columbia Valley $32.00
Winescape 2019 Rosé of Sangiovese, Red Mountain $22.00
Winescape 2017 Field Trip, Red Mountain $36.00

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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