Platinum Award qualifying judgings

By on January 31, 2021
Coco Umiker earned eight Platinum awards for Clearwater Canyon Cellars in Lewiston, Idaho, during the year-end judging of gold medal wines from 2020. (Photo by Sara Wilson/Courtesy of Clearwater Canyon Cellars)

Great Northwest Wine follows more than 50 competitions across the world to chart the progress of wines made with Pacific Northwest fruit. Qualifying judgings include: 

All-Canadian Wine Championships – Prince Edward County, Ontario, June 7-9
American Fine Wine Competition – Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Jan. 15
Beverage Tasting Institute – Chicago, March 15
Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival – Bellingham, Wash., July 8-9
British Columbia Lt. Governor’s Wine Awards – Penticton, September
Cascadia International Wine Competition – Richland, Wash., April 26-28
Chardonnay du Monde – Chaintré, France, March 9-11
Critics Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition – San Diego, Calif., June 25-26
Dan Berger International Wine Competition – Santa Rosa, Calif., Dec. 16, 2021
Decanter World Wine Awards – London, April 24-30
Denver International Wine Competition – Broomfield, Colo., June 25-26
Drink Pink Vino International Rosé Wine Competition – Colorado Springs, Colo., May 14-15
East Meets West Wine Challenge, which includes the West Coast Wine Competition and the International Eastern Wine Competition – Sonoma, Calif., Feb. 8-9
Finger Lakes International Wine & Spirits Competition – Rochester, N.Y. , June 21-23
Florida State Fair International Wine Competition – Pierson, Fla., TBA
Global Fine Wine Challenge (formerly the Six Nations Wine Challenge) – Sydney, Australia, Nov. 8-13
Great American International Wine Competition – Rochester, N.Y., April 22-24
Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition – Hood River, Ore., Oct. 5-6
Great Northwest Wine comparative tastings (for 2022 these are Merlot, Pinot Gris, Albariño) – Kennewick, Wash.
Harvest Challenge – Sonoma, Calif., Nov. 8-9
Hilton Head Wine and Food Festival International Wine Judging – Hilton Head, S.C., Feb. 11-12
Idaho Wine Competition – Caldwell, May 17
Indy International Wine Competition – West Lafayette, Ind., TBA
International Wine Challenge – London
International Women’s Wine Competition – Santa Rosa, Calif 
Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition – Prairie Village, Kansas
Jerry D. Mead’s New World International Wine Competition – La Verne, Calif.
Las Vegas Global Wine Awards – Las Vegas
Los Angeles International Wine Competition – Pomona, Calif., Feb. 22-23
McMinnville Wine & Food Classic – McMinnville, Ore., Jan. 8
Mondial des Pinots – Sierre, Switzerland
Monterey International Wine Competition – King City, Calif., March 12-13
National Wine Awards of Canada – TBA
New Orleans International Wine Awards – New Orleans, TBD
Newport Seafood & Wine Festival Competition – Newport, Ore.
Old Ebbitt Grill International Wines for Oysters Competition – Washington
Oregon Wine Awards – Seattle
Oregon Wine Competition – Ashland
Pacific Rim International Wine Competition – San Bernardino, Calif.
Portland Seafood & Wine Festival Competition – Portland, Ore., March 14-15
Rodeo Uncorked! Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo International Wine Competition – Houston
San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo International Wine Competition – San Antonio
San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge – San Diego
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition – Cloverdale, Calif.
San Francisco International Wine Competition – San Francisco
Savor NW Wine Awards – Cannon Beach, Ore., March 7-9
Seattle Wine Awards – Seattle
Sip magazine’s Best of the Northwest – Seattle
Sommeliers Choice Awards – San Francisco
TEXSOM Awards – Dallas, May 15-17
Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition – Walla Walla, Wash.
Washington State Wine Competition – Grandview 
Wenatchee Wine and Food Festival – Wenatchee, Wash., May 17

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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