Abeja Chardonnay edges DeLille’s Harrison Hill at Great Northwest Invitational

By on November 12, 2021
Daniel Wampfler and his wife, Amy Alvarez-Wampfler, took over the winemaking at Abeja in January 2016. (Photo courtesy of Abeja)

HOOD RIVER, Ore. — Judges at the 2021 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition thumbed their noses at the A-B-C crowd – “Anything but Chardonnay” – by voting the Abeja 2020 Washington State Chardonnay as the best wine of the two-day event.

A recount was required before Abeja’s flagship Chardonnay was declared the winner, a single vote separating it from the DeLille Cellars 2018 Harrison Hill Red Wine as the judging’s top wine.

The nine-year competition was staged last month at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel for some of the Northwest’s top wine buyers, retailers and merchants.

“There’s a reason why Chardonnay is America’s favorite wine, in large part because growing conditions and winemaking decisions result in a wide variety of styles,” says Daniel Wampfler, who makes the wine at Abeja alongside his wife, Amy Alvarez-Wampfler. 

“Amy and I seek to craft an elegant, textured Chard that pairs well with food. It requires an artisan touch. We couldn’t be more honored to have such a distinguished panel of judges give this kind of recognition to our wine, and the fact that the judges selected a Chardonnay as best of show makes the award even more special.”

Maryhill Winery amasses 11 golds, 3 BOCs

Richard Batchelor, left, continues to reel in gold medals for Maryhill Winery owners Craig and Vicki Leuthold. (Photo courtesy of Maryhill Winery)

New Zealand native Richard Batchelor used results from the 2021 Great Northwest Invitational — 11 gold medals — to prove that he continues to produce some of the Northwest’s most delicious wines while looking down upon the Columbia River at Maryhill Winery near Goldendale, Wash.

Their work stems from the long-term relationships Maryhill owners Craig and Vicki Leuthold have cultivated with vineyards such as Elephant Mountain (Rattlesnake Hills), Kiona (Red Mountain), McKinley Springs (Horse Heaven Hills), Northridge (Wahluke Slope), Otis (Yakima Valley) and Painted Hills. Double gold medals went to the 2018 Northridge Syrah, 2018 Elephant Mountain Marvell GSM, 2018 Kiona Merlot and 2018 McKinley Springs Mourvèdre, with the first two receiving best-of-class acclaim.

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery in British Columbia won three double gold medals, led by the 2019 Riesling Icewine that reached the sweepstakes as the Best Sweet Wine of the judging. It was no surprise that Walter and Gordon Gehringer’s 2020 examples of Ehrenfelser ($14) and Auxerrois ($14) also were unanimous selections for gold medals.

Riesling fuels Chateau Ste. Michelle to 5 golds

Eroica Riesling
German icon Ernst Loosen, left, and Bob Bertheau, stand atop Snipes Mountain in the middle of the Yakima Valley. The tandem spent 17 years working together on the Eroica Riesling program for Chateau Ste. Michelle. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and its winemakers flexed their muscles throughout the two-day judging, a company-wide performance led by its namesake brand Chateau Ste. Michelle with five gold medals. Four of those were unanimous votes for gold. Three were for Riesling produced by Bob Bertheau and David Rosenthal — the brilliant 2015 Eroica Gold, the iconic 2019 Eroica and the 2020 Dry Riesling, aka “Baby Eroica.” Bertheau, who launched his own consulting company earlier in 2021, also spearheaded the double gold 2019 Artist Series Red Blend with Brian Mackey.

Other SMWE golds were won by Northstar, a double gold/best of class for the 2018 Columbia Valley Merlot; H3, a double gold for the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc ($14); Columbia Crest for its 2017 Walter Clore Red Blend, and Erath Winery’s 2019 Reserve Collection Pinot Noir ($25).

The Precept Wine umbrella spanned six gold medals with showings by Browne Family Vineyards in Walla Walla, Idaho sister projects Ste. Chapelle and Sawtooth, and New Mexico sparkling producer Gruet, which reaches in the Pacific Northwest for grapes.

Blends by Brian Carter turn into 4 golds

Brian Carter drives thousands of miles throughout the Columbia Valley each vintage to help him build the award-winning wines for his tasting rooms in Woodinville and Vancouver USA. (Richard Duval Images)

As usual, master blender Brian Carter was a major force throughout the proprietary red blend flights, earning four gold medals. Three came from the 2016 vintage with Solesce (a Meritage style), Byzance (Grenache-led GSM) and his Tempranillo-based Corrida, while his entry-level 2018 Abracadabra ($25) that involves 12 varieties received best-of-class acclaim.

Mellisoni Vineyards, the reigning Washington Winery of the Year for Wine Press Northwest, took an Asti spumante approach with its 2020 Bollicine Muscat to pick up the award for The Invite’s best sparkling wine award and earn a spot in the sweepstakes. Rob and Donna Mellison’s Bollicine Rosé, made with Syrah, earned a gold medal. Their 2018 Forte Rosso, a 50/50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, returned a double gold medal.

Siren Song Wines, not far from Mellisoni Vineyards near the south shore of Lake Chelan, was awarded four gold medals — three achieved double gold — for red wines from the 2017 vintage. The Reserve Beijo is a Merlot-based blend from winemaker Kevin Brown’s lakeside vineyard, and the Ancient Stones Vineyard Grand Cru Estate Collection Cabernet Franc came off his Walla Walla Valley planting. Cab Franc also led his Jolie Red Wine. A gold medal went to his Raving Beauty Cabernet Sauvignon.

A year ago, Woodinville’s Lisa Callan used her Boushey Vineyards Picpoul to win The Invite’s Best White Wine award. This year, her work from the 2020 vintage with Grenache Blanc from Dick Boushey’s vineyard was in contention after picking up a double gold. She earned three gold medals in the judging, including her 2019 Boushey Vineyards Grenache and a 2018 Cabernet Franc.

Invite’s top Cab comes off Milbrandt’s Clifton Hill

Kendall Mix took over the winemaking for Milbrandt Vineyards and Ryan Patrick Wines in 2017. (Photo courtesy of Milbrandt Vineyards)

After being awarded a double gold medal, Milbrandt Vineyards used its 2018 Clifton Hill Vineyard Single Vineyard Series Cabernet Sauvignon to win a close vote for the competition’s top Cab. Butch Milbrandt’s winemaker, Kendall Mix, displayed his versatility when the 2020 Riesling achieved a double gold. His large production 2019 The Estates Cab also went gold.

On Bainbridge Island, Amelia Wynn winemaker Paul Bianchi once again displayed his flair for Rhône varieties with gold medals for Syrah, Marsanne, and rosé of Grenache. Each was grown in a different region — The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater, Yakima Valley and Horse Heaven Hills, respectively.

Barrister Winery in Spokane’s Cork District added to its long history of remarkable Cabernet Franc as its bottling from the 2018 vintage was voted best of class after receiving a double gold. It began 2021 with a BOC at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Barrister’s flagship Rough Justice, a Merlot-led red blend ($23), earned a gold medal as did its 2018 Summit View Vineyard Malbec.

Freddy Arredondo at his family’s Cave B Estate Winery adjacent to the Gorge Amphitheater in the Ancient Lakes region racked up a trio of double gold medals — 2018 Syrah, 2020 Roussanne and 2020 Dry Rosé. 

Coyote Canyon Winery in Prosser earned gold medals for its Albariño, Life is Rosé from Barbera and H/H Estates 2018 GW Smith Malbec, all made with estate grapes off the Andrews family’s expansive plantings in the Horse Heaven Hills.

Wautoma Springs, a Prosser brand owned by winemaker Jessica Munnell and acclaimed vineyard manager Tom Merkle, also received gold medals for work with a rosé (a 2020 from Syrah), a white (2020 Sauvignon Blanc) and their Malbec-influenced 2018 El Prat ($28).

First wine from Lagriōth tops rosé sweepstakes 

Chad Steiner recently opened Lagriōth Winery in the Chelan Valley town of Manson, Wash. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

Lagriōth Winery near the Lake Chelan community of Manson made a remarkable splash at The Invite as its first commercially released bottling — a 2020 Double D Vineyard Mourvèdre Rosé — reached the sweepstakes as the best rosé of the competition.

“What? Holy cow – that’s awesome!!!” Chad Steiner said via email.

Steiner, owner of Chelan Valley Farms and his winemaking wife, Jeana, shared credit for the rosé with longtime Manson winemaker Shane Collins of Rocky Pond Estate Winery. Collins’s duties for Rocky Pond include overseeing David Dufenhorst’s Double D planting in the proposed Rocky Reach American Viticultural Area along the Columbia River downstream from Chelan. Collins also turned Rocky Pond’s young 2019 Stratastone — a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre from Double D — into a gold medal.

Airfield Estates in the Yakima Valley can toast co-owner Lori Stevens’s election victory in her bid for a Port of Benton commissioner post with gold medals awarded to her family’s super Tuscan-inspired 2019 Spitfire and 2018 Mustang, a GSM blend. On a whole, the GSM category continues to be increasing in interest and quality in the Pacific Northwest. Of the 17 entrants, six were awarded a gold medal and nine received a silver medal.

Jason Morin, who operates tasting rooms on each side of the Cascades for his Ancestry Cellars brand, merited a double gold for his 2018 Reminiscence Riesling and a gold for his 2020 Le Cortège Chenin Blanc.

Red Mountain producer Hightower Cellars used its suave red program to earn a double gold with its entry-level Murray Red Wine ($20) and approachable 2018 Merlot. The Red Mountain pioneering family at Kiona Vineyards and Winery received gold medals for its 2019 Lemberger ($17) and 2019 Chenin Blanc Ice Wine ($50), each a product of Tyler Williams’s first vintage as head winemaker at the three-generation estate.

Burnt Bridge Cellars in Vancouver USA, led by Ben Stuart, a product of Walla Walla Community College’s winemaking school, leaned heavily on Walla Walla breadbaskets Les Collines and Seven Hills for the golds earned by his 2016 Merlot and Merlot-led 2016 Blend X bottling.

Dunham Cellars promoted Robert Campisi after Wampfler left for Abeja, and the Walla Walla winemaker earned gold medals for work with Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc on behalf of the brand made famous by the late Eric Dunham.

Full Pull collaborations strike gold twice

Paul Zitarelli owns and operates Full Pull Wines in Seattle. (Richard Duval Images)

Full Pull Wines in Seattle, under the direction of Paul Zitarelli, picked up a double gold medal for the 2019 Stones Speak Vineyard Ankleroller Block Syrah and a gold for the Starside Cabernet Sauvignon. Both wines are produced for Full Pull’s club members. None of the wines were evaluated during the competition by Zitarelli, a longtime judge at The Invite.

Quarterbacks-turned-vintners Dan Marino and Damon Huard can hand off three gold-medal winning reds to fans of Passing Time Winery, thanks to talents of Woodinville’s Chris Peterson. He worked with historic Red Mountain planting Klipsun Vineyard for the 2019 Cab, Champoux and Discover for another 2019 Cab, and Cab also leads the 2018 Columbia Valley Red Wine.   

Robert Delf of Northwest Cellars used the 2016 vintage to garner gold medals for a Carménère from the Walla Walla Valley as well as Merlot.

The Aquilini family’s young Roaming Dog brand, under the direction of winemaker Joshua Maloney, received gold medals for its 2020 Riesling and 2020 rosé from Cabernet Sauvignon.

Casey McClellan, the Walla Walla Valley’s first classically trained winemaker, once again proved that he’s leaving his successor at Seven Hills Winery — longtime assistant Bobby Richards — with a stellar cellar that includes gold medals for the modestly priced 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon ($30) and 2020 Dry Rosé ($20).

Decade-old Sigillo Cellars, led by founding winemaker Mike Seal, earned gold medals through The Invite for his tasting rooms in Snoqualmie and Chelan with the 2018 red Rhône blend called Relativity and a 2019 Tempranillo. 

Dr. Bob Jankelson’s winery, tasting room, restaurant and vines for Tsillan Cellars anchor wine touring along the south shore of Lake Chelan, and estate fruit produced a double gold for the 2018 Reserve Syrah and a gold for the 2020 Reserve Chardonnay. Tsillan Cellars earned Washington Winery of the Year honors in 2020.

Invite panels fall in love with Malbec

Josh Lawrence stands in Solaksen Vineyard, a site on the Royal Slope that’s owned and operated by Lawrence Vineyards. His Gärd Vintners 2018 Malbec was voted best of class at the 2021 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition. (Richard Duval Images)

There were 11 gold medals awarded to Malbec — the Bordeaux grape recently elevated into prominence by Argentina — and Gärd Vintners, with tasting rooms in Woodinville, Ellensburg and Walla Walla, topped the group with its 2018 Lawrence Vineyards Malbec. The Seattle Times recently named the Gärd Vintners 2017 Malbec as its No. 1 Northwest wine for 2021.

Second-generation Woodward Canyon Winery earned a double gold for its classic 2019 Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon ($99), and the Small family’s 2020 Chardonnay was in the discussion for best of class. Plantings at Celilo Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge reaching back to 1980 continue to play a significant role in the Chardonnay program for winemaker Kevin Mott, who also benefits from using 45-year-old vines at Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard.

Seattle-based Ackley Beverage can boast of a gold medal for its new Cataclysm Wine Co. brand with a deliciously priced 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon ($16) and a gold medal for the Biodynamic-focused Montinore Estate 2018 Reserve Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley. The Seattle Times spotlighted that Cataclysm Cab among its Top 20 Under $20 for 2021.

Spangler reds, praiseworthy Pinot lead Oregon results

Oregon wine
Patrick Spangler is the owner and winemaker at Spangler Vineyards in Roseburg, Ore. (Photo by Bob Marple/Great Northwest Wine)

Panels at the Columbia Gorge Hotel heaped praise on Oregon Pinot Noir — 15 entries were awarded a gold medal or better — while a historic Willamette Valley label produced the judging’s top Riesling. However, it was Southern Oregon’s Patrick Spangler who used Bordeaux and Italian varieties to burnish his reputation as one of the Pacific Northwest’s top red winemaking talents.

Spangler Vineyards, the 2018 Oregon Winery of the Year, entered five reds that went onto achieve gold — 2018 Carménère, 2017 Claret, 2017 Malbec and 2014s of Nebbiolo ($49) and Zinfandel.

Hood River native Rich Cushman was awarded four gold medals on behalf of his work for Mt. Hood Winery. That included a double gold 2019 Pinot Noir and a gold for the fortified Pinot Noir named Puerto Montaña. He also displayed the region’s diversity by turning an estate Riesling grown by the Bickford family into gold, while from just beyond the eastern edge of the Columbia Gorge came the double gold 2018 Gunkel Vineyards Barbera.

Stephen Reustle and Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards in Southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley turned three white varieties from the 2020 vintage into four gold medals at The Invite, including the best-of-class Estate Grüner Veltliner.

King Estate, named the 2021 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year by Wine Press Northwest magazine, mounted a challenge for the best white wine of the judging as its 2019 Domaine Pinot Gris earned a double gold and best-of-class award. Brent Stone and his winemaking team also received a double gold for their 2019 Pinot Noir ($29).

Penner-Ash Wine Cellars in Newberg, purchased in 2016 by California giant Jackson Family Wines, worked with historic Hyland Vineyard near McMinnville for the 2018 Riesling ($35) that won double gold and best of class. That year marked the first vintage at Penner-Ash for winemaker Kate Ayres. Another JFW brand — La Crema — earned a gold medal for its 2019 Pinot Noir.

Rachel Rose, grower/winemaker for Bryn Mawr Vineyards in the Willamette Valley’s Eola-Amity Hills, continued her rise with gold medals for the 2018 Estate Pinot Noir and a 2020 sparkling rosé of Pinot Noir.

Capitello Wines in Eugene, led by former King Estate winemaker Ray Walsh, turned Pinot Noir and a dessert-style Muscat into gold.

Another Hood River producer, Cathedral Ridge Winery, earned gold medals for its 2016 Reserve Malbec and 2019 Chardonnay.

The cellar at Yamhill Valley Vineyards, the 2019 Oregon Winery of the Year, and winemaker Ariel Eberle continue to pay homage to late Stephen Cary with a pair of remarkable estate Pinot Noirs. Both the Reserve, which earned a double gold, and the Tall Poppy are products of the 2016 vintage — Eberle’s first as the head winemaker taking over for Cary, who died in 2018.

Zerba Cellars, on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla Valley, used estate grapes from Cockburn Vineyard en route to gold medals for the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2018 Malbec.

2Hawk Vineyard & Winery near Medford, led by former Abacela winemaker Kiley Evans, received the award for the Best Tempranillo and a gold for his 2020 Sauvignon Blanc.

Idaho winemakers account for 21 golds at The Invite

Karl and Coco Umiker are the husband/wife team at Clearwater Canyon Cellars in Lewiston, Idaho. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

The Gem State continues to mine gold in U.S. competitions, and Idaho producers entered seven wines that went on to win best-of-class awards. All totaled, there were 21 gold medals from Idaho winemakers, 10 of them went double gold.

At The Invite, Idaho was led by Clearwater Canyon Cellars, the 2020 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year from historic Lewiston. Coco Umiker earned four gold medals, which included best-of-class awards for her 2019 Carménère and 2019 Reserve Petite Sirah — both made with Washington grapes. However, her flagship 2019 Renaissance Red ($23) from the Lewis-Clark Valley also returned a gold.

Meredith Smith, a native of Boise like Umiker, wowed judges with four gold medals from the two Snake River Valley brands she oversees for Precept — Ste. Chapelle and Sawtooth. A pair of entries from Sawtooth’s Classic Fly Series, the 2019 GSM and 2020 Chenin Blanc, each went double gold and BOC. The Ste. Chapelle 2020 Panoramic Chardonnay shared BOC honors with the Abeja entry, and the Ste. Chapelle 2020 Open Air Muscat Blanc was also gold-worthy.

Not far from the Sunnyslope, Gregg Alger of Huston Vineyards backed up the double gold medal won at the 2021 Idaho Wine Competition for the debut of his estate Grüner Veltliner ($38) with a double gold at The Invite. Alger, who recently began working with longtime Walla Walla Vintners winemaker William vonMetzger, also picked up double gold medals for a 2018 Syrah and 2019 Malbec.

Bubble maven Hailey Minder continued her recent roll with her own 3100 Cellars brand when her 2016 Whitewater was voted as the top example of methode Champenoise after receiving a double gold.

Cinder Wines near Boise earned a best-of-class award for its 2020 Dry Viognier — voted Best White at the 2021 Idaho Wine Competition — and a gold for Riesling.

Invite judges sniffed out two gold medals for Two Bad Labs Vineyard in Lewiston as owner/winemaker Paul Sullivan’s work received a double gold medal for his 2020 Sèmillon and a gold for a 2018 rosé.

2018 Harrison Hill voted Invite’s Best Red Wine

Jason Gorski, director of winemaking and viticulture at DeLille Cellars, finishes morning punch downs during the fall of 2019 in Woodinville, Wash. (Richard Duval Images)

To see DeLille’s Harrison Hill program making history at The Invite was not a surprise. Vines were first planted in that Sunnyside neighborhood more than a century ago by William Bridgman. In 1962, it was re-established with Cabernet Sauvignon, which makes it home to the second-oldest Cab vines in the state.

“Harrison Hill is the most unique site we source from at DeLille Cellars,” says Jason Gorski, director of winemaking and viticulture. “The foundation of the vineyard, and wine, is the 1962 planting of Cabernet Sauvignon. Over the past 60 years, additional blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot were planted, as the town of Sunnyside literally grew around the vineyard. 

“Today, when you visit the site, you can nearly touch an end post and the fence surrounding one of the neighboring house’s backyards simultaneously,” he continues. “The vineyard itself is planted on a steep slope, with soils that contain large riverbed rocks originally deposited by the Columbia River – attributes that define the Snipes Mountain AVA.”

In the 1970s, cuttings of that Cab made their way to now-famous Red Willow Vineyard, and it was the late David Lake, a winemaking Master of Wine, who recommended that DeLille’s owners negotiate with then-Ste. Michelle CEO Allen Shoup to take over the contract for grapes at Harrison Hill in 1994.

The Newhouse family farms all 5 acres for DeLille. And it is now Gorski who creates the Harrison Hill, which is always in a Left Bank Bordeaux approach. For the 2018, the final blend came in at Cabernet Sauvignon (61%), followed by Merlot (26%) and Cabernet Franc (13%) — all off Harrison Hill.

One judge described the 2018 Harrison Hill — the 25th vintage in its series — as “a complete wine.”

Gorski, a Duke grad from New Jersey, has been with DeLille since 2009 after spending seven years with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.

“The resulting wine reflects its origin and the age of the vines, with complexity and classic Cabernet style favored over raw power or a modern blockbuster fruit profile,” he says. “Despite the fragility and moderate weight provided by older vines, the wine is aged almost exclusively in new French oak (90% or more new every vintage). We blend Harrison Hill early, meticulously selecting barrels for the cuvée based on quality and style. There is never a case target for this blend — we simply bottle the best wine the vineyard provides each year.”

By its nature, Harrison Hill Vineyard is a prized and relatively small production for DeLille, ranging 300 to 500 cases depending upon the vintage. In 2018, those 5 acres produced 375 cases.

Keri Tawney, director of marketing for DeLille, says, “We rarely enter Harrison Hill into wine competitions due to its highly limited availability. The few competitions we do enter are usually by request or because they take place in Washington state.

“The significance of this wine in the narrative of the state’s viticultural history is known within Washington’s wine community, and although it is a small production, we want the wine to be tasted and shared within that community, and for the history to be remembered,” she adds.

DeLille also earned gold medals for its 2020 Rosé and 2020 Chaleur Blanc. A year ago, the 2019 Chaleur Blanc was selected by The Seattle Times as the No. 1 Northwest Wine of 2020.

Wampflers take key role in growth at Abeja

Daniel Wampfler and his wife, Amy Alvarez-Wampfler arrived at Abeja in January 2016. (Richard Duval Images)

The Wampflers took over the winemaking at Abeja on the heels of the 2015 crush, and they brought with them plenty of expertise with Chardonnay. Their showing at The Invite adds another delicious chapter. 

Alvarez-Wampfler’s résumé includes managing 10,000 barrels of Chardonnay at Columbia Crest. Her husband’s career at Dunham Cellars included the popular Shirley Mays Chardonnay program.

“We truly are partners in all aspects of winemaking,” Alvarez-Wampfler says. “We make picking, winemaking and blending decisions together. I have a special passion for Chardonnay, but we craft as one team.”

In a 2018 interview with critic Owen Bargreen, Robert Campisi, who replaced Wampfler at Dunham, noted, “Their Chardonnay is amazing.”

Ken and Ginger Harrison founded Abeja in 2000 with acclaimed winemaker Jon Abbott, and their collaboration immediately turned the brand and the century-old Walla Walla farmstead along Mill Creek Road into a wine country destination that came to be known as The Inn at Abeja. Abbott and his wife, Molly, moved on in 2015 to launch their Devona project. They live in Monmouth, Ore., yet continue to make wine in Walla Walla. (Devona received a gold medal at The Invite for its 2016 Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.)

In 2018, the Harrisons sold interest in the winery to a local partnership that includes Seattle businessman Arnie Prentice while John Oppenheimer of Columbia Hospitality in Seattle acquired majority interest in a partnership that owns the inn.

Chardonnay on display at new The Kitchen at Abeja 

The Wampflers collaborate on the food and wine pairings at The Kitchen at Abeja with executive chef Elodie Li, a native of Kirkland, Wash. (Photo by Colby Kuschatka / Courtesy of Abeja) 

Changes surrounding Abeja include the maturation of the Mill Creek Estate Vineyard and its increased role in the Washington State Chardonnay, which has involved Conner Lee and Celilo vineyards since Abbott’s first vintage of Abeja Chardonnay in 2002. It’s worth noting that the Woodward Canyon 2020 Chardonnay, another recipient of gold at The Invite, also incorporates fruit from Celilo.

“In addition to using more estate grapes in the wine, we purchased a concrete tank shortly after we arrived in 2016 and ferment a small amount of Chard in it each vintage for added texture and mouthfeel,” Wampfler says. “Our cooper selection has also evolved over the years.”

Earlier this year, Abeja opened up an on-premise restaurant to non-guests of the inn by launching The Kitchen at Abeja. Features include a wine-pairing menu beyond its standard five or seven-course prix fixe options. Executive chef Elodie Li, a native of Kirkland, Wash., who spent two years at Michelin star restaurants in Provence, works with the Wampflers on the restaurant pairings.

“We sometimes serve crab salad with the Washington State Chardonnay at The Kitchen at Abeja, and it’s killer,” Alvarez-Wampfler says. “At home, Dan and I like to pair this wine with albondigas, a Mexican meatball soup. It’s a special family dinner, perfect on a cold fall or winter night.”

While the 2020 Estate Chardonnay won’t be released to Abeja list members until spring 2022, their state cuvée — judged to be one of the best wines in the Northwest — has an ample production level of nearly 800 cases.

“A limited amount of our 2020 WA State Chardonnay is available at the winery, but it should be reasonably easy to find in the high-end wine shops around the Northwest,” Wampfler says.

The judging panel for the 2021 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition featured:

Chief judges for the 2021 Invite were Dana Van Nest, a writer and communications strategist who is a contributor to Winebow and a student of the Napa Valley Wine Academy; and Kristine Bono, a certified sommelier from Walla Walla.

Judging coordinator

  • Kim Wolfe, senior provider network executive, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, based in Mountlake Terrace, Wash.

Competition photography


2021 Great Northwest Invitational results

Best of show/best white wine

Abeja 2020 Chardonnay, Washington State $45

Best red wine/double gold medal

DeLille Cellars 2018 Harrison Hill Red Wine, Snipes Mountain $105

Best rosé/double gold medal

Lagriōth Winery 2020 Double D Vineyard Mourvèdre Rosé, Columbia Valley $24

Best sparkling wine/gold medal

Mellisoni Vineyards 2020 Bollicine Dry Bubbly Muscat Canelli, Columbia Valley $60

Best sweet wine/double gold medal

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2019 Riesling Icewine, Golden Mile Bench $48

The DeLille Cellars 2018 Harrison Hill 25th Vintage Red Wine comes from hallowed ground in the Washington state wine industry, a vineyard site first planted along Snipes Mountain by William Bridgman more than a century ago. (Richard Duval Images)

Other best-of-class awards

Best Cabernet Sauvignon/double gold medal
Milbrandt Vineyards 2018 Clifton Hill Vineyard Single Vineyard Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope $42

Best methode Champenoise sparkling wine/double gold medal
3100 Cellars 2016 Whitewater Sparkling Wine, Snake River Valley $36

Best Riesling/double gold medal
Penner-Ash Wine Cellars 2018 Hyland Vineyard Old Vine Riesling, McMinnville $35

Best Merlot/double gold medal
Northstar Winery 2018 Merlot, Columbia Valley $41

Best Syrah/double gold medal
Maryhill Winery 2018 Northridge Syrah, Wahluke Slope $48

Best Cabernet Franc/double gold medal
Barrister Winery 2018 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $33

Best Pinot Gris/double gold medal
King Estate Winery 2019 Domaine Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley $29

Best Sauvignon Blanc/double gold medal
Chris James Cellars 2020 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Yamhill-Carlton $28

Best Carménère/double gold medal
Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2019 Carménère, Washington State $32

Best Rhône red blend/double gold medal
Sawtooth Winery 2019 Classic Fly Series GSM, Snake River Valley $48

Best Barbera/double gold medal
Mt. Hood Winery 2018 Gunkel Vineyards Barbera, Columbia Valley $34

Best Albariño/double gold medal
Palencia Wine Co. 2020 Albariño, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley $22

Best Chenin Blanc/double gold medal
Sawtooth Winery 2020 Classic Fly Series Chenin Blanc, Snake River Valley $24

Best Grüner Veltliner/double gold medal
Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards 2020 Estate Grüner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley $28

Co-Best Chardonnay/gold medal
Ste. Chapelle Winery 2020 Panoramic Chardonnay, Snake River Valley $26

Best Tempranillo/gold medal
2Hawk Vineyard & Winery 2017 Tempranillo, Rogue Valley $49

Best Malbec/gold medal
Gärd Vintners 2018 Lawrence Vineyards Malbec, Royal Slope $45

Best Grenache/gold medal
Maryhill Winery 2018 Proprietor’s Reserve Grenache, Columbia Valley $46

Best proprietary red blend/gold medal
Brian Carter Cellars 2018 Abracadabra, Columbia Valley $25

Best Viognier/gold medal
Cinder Wines 2020 Dry Viognier, Snake River Valley $25

Best Petite Sirah/gold medal
Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2019 Coco’s Reserve Petite Sirah, Washington $38

Best proprietary white blend/gold medal
Drum Roll Wine 2020 Drum Roll White, Columbia Valley $14

Double gold medal

Ancestry Cellars 2018 Reminiscence Riesling, Columbia Gorge $22
Block Wines 2019 Stones Speak Vineyard Ankleroller Block Syrah, Walla Walla Valley $70
Browne Family Vineyards 2019 Heritage Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $20
Callan Cellars 2020 Boushey Vineyards Grenache Blanc, Yakima Valley $25
Cave B Estate Winery 2020 Cave B Vineyard Dry Rosé, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley $21
Cave B Estate Winery 2020 Cave B Vineyard Roussanne, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley $25
Cave B Estate Winery 2018 Cave B Vineyard Syrah, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley $30
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2017 Artist Series Red Blend, Columbia Valley $65
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2020 Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley $9
Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen 2015 Eroica Gold Riesling, Columbia Valley $30
Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen 2019 Eroica Riesling, Columbia Valley $20
Coiled Wines 2019 Merlot, Snake River Valley $34
Colter’s Creek Winery 2018 Fondo Estate Syrah, Lewis-Clark Valley $25
Desert Wind Winery 2017 Ruah Proprietary Red Blend, Wahluke Slope $20
Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2020 Old Vines Auxerrois, Golden Mile Bench $14
Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2020 Ehrenfelser, Golden Mile Bench $14
H3 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Horse Heaven Hills $14
H/H Estates 2018 Coyote Canyon Vineyard G W Smith Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills $47
Hightower Cellars 2018 Murray Red Wine, Columbia Valley $20
Huston Vineyards 2020 Estate Vineyard Grüner Veltliner, Snake River Valley $38
Huston Vineyards 2019 Malbec, Snake River Valley $32
Huston Vineyards 2018 Syrah, Snake River Valley $31
J. Christopher Wines 2018 Basalte Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $30
King Estate Winery 2019 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $29
Kvlt Mead 2021 Atomic Breath, American $35
L’Ecole N° 41 Winery 2020 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley $21
Left Coast Estate 2020 White Pinot Noir, Van Duzer Corridor $24
Maryhill Winery 2018 Elephant Mountain Marvell GSM, Rattlesnake Hills $54
Maryhill Winery 2018 Kiona Vineyard Merlot, Red Mountain $50
Maryhill Winery 2018 McKinley Springs Mourvèdre, Horse Heaven Hills $44
Mellisoni Vineyards 2018 Forte Rosso Red Wine, Royal Slope $125
Milbrandt Vineyards 2020 Riesling, Columbia Valley $15
Mt. Hood Winery 2019 Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge $38
Oak Flat Vineyard 2017 Grenache, Columbia Gorge $30
Schmidt Family Vineyards 2018 Reserve Malbec, Applegate Valley $36
Siren Song Wines 2017 Siren’s Reserve Beijo Red Wine, Lake Chelan $42
Siren Song Wines 2017 Ancient Stones Vineyard Grand Cru Estate Collection Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley $54
Siren Song Wines 2017 Jolie Red Wine, Washington State $41
Stag Hollow Wines 2017 Dolcetto, Yamhill-Carlton $24
Tsillan Cellars 2018 Reserve Syrah, Lake Chelan $48
Tulpen Cellars 2018 Yellow Bird Vineyard Merlot, Walla Walla Valley $45
Two Bad Labs Vineyard 2020 Sèmillon, Lewis-Clark Valley $20
Wautoma Springs 2020 Rosé, Columbia Valley $17
Woodward Canyon Winery 2019 Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington State $99
Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2016 Reserve Pinot Noir, McMinnville $45

Gold medal

2Hawk Vineyard & Winery 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Rogue Valley $26
Airfield Estates Winery 2019 Spitfire Red Wine, Yakima Valley $32
Airfield Estates Winery 2018 Mustang Red Wine, Yakima Valley $30
Amelia Wynn Winery 2020 Marsanne, Yakima Valley $28
Amelia Wynn Winery 2020 Grenache Rosé, Horse Heaven Hills $24
Amelia Wynn Winery 2019 Syrah, The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater $44
Anam Cara Cellars 2019 Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains $42
Ancestry Cellars 2020 Le Cortège Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley $24
Baer Winery 2017 Ursa Red Wine, Columbia Valley/Royal Slope $39
Barrister Winery 2018 Summit View Vineyard Malbec, Walla Walla Valley $43
Barrister Winery NV Rough Justice Red Wine, Columbia Valley $23
Be Human Wines 2020 Riesling, Columbia Valley $17
Bethel Heights Vineyard 2019 Estate Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills $32
Starside 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $25
Brian Carter Cellars 2016 Solesce Red Wine, Columbia Valley $60
Brian Carter Cellars 2016 Byzance Red Wine, Columbia Valley $34
Brian Carter Cellars 2016 Corrida Gran Reserva Red Wine, Columbia Valley $65
Bryn Mawr Vineyards 2018 Estate Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills $40
Bryn Mawr Vineyards 2020 Sparkling Rosé, Willamette Valley $28
Burnt Bridge Cellars 2016 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley $30
Burnt Bridge Cellars 2016 Blend X Red Wine, Columbia Valley $40
Callan Cellars 2018 Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley $32
Callan Cellars 2019 Boushey Vineyards Grenache, Yakima Valley $38
Capitello Wines 2019 Dolcino Muscat, Willamette Valley $26
Capitello Wines 2019 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $35
Cataclysm Wine Co. 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $16
Cathedral Ridge Winery 2019 Reserve Chardonnay, Columbia Valley $44
Cathedral Ridge Winery 2016 Reserve Malbec, Columbia Valley $48
Cedergreen Cellars 2018 Gamay Noir, Yakima Valley $27
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2020 Indian Wells Chardonnay, Columbia Valley $17
Cinder Wines 2020 Off-Dry Riesling, Snake River Valley $23
Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2019 Malbec, Washington $28
Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2019 Renaissance Red, Lewis-Clark Valley $23
Columbia Crest 2017 Walter Clore Red Blend, Columbia Valley $40
Convergence Zone Cellars 2017 Squall Line Red Blend, Columbia Valley $35
Cooper Mountain Vineyards 2018 Old Vines Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $60
Coyote Canyon Winery 2020 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Albariño, Horse Heaven Hills $21
Coyote Canyon Winery 2020 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Life is Rosé, Horse Heaven Hills $21
Craft Wine Co. 2017 Minimus Chardonnay, Willamette Valley $35
Dahlman Cellars 2019 Red Bench, Columbia Valley $40
DAMA Wines 2019 GSM, Columbia Valley $40
DeLille Cellars 2020 Rosé, Columbia Valley $32
DeLille Cellars 2020 Chaleur Blanc, Columbia Valley $38
Devona 2016 Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $70
Dunham Cellars 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon XXIII, Columbia Valley $50
Dunham Cellars 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley $22
Dusted Valley Vintners 2019 Tall Tales Syrah, Walla Walla Valley $62
Elephant Seven 2018 Yellow Bird Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley $30
Erath Winery 2019 Reserve Collection Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $25
Five Star Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley $42
Gruet Winery NV Sauvage Blanc de Blancs, American $21
Hightower Cellars 2018 Merlot, Red Mountain $30
Iris Vineyards 2019 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $24
Jones of Washington 2019 Pinot Gris, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley $14
Kerry Hill Winery 2019 Tempranillo, Snake River Valley $35
Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2019 Estate Chenin Blanc Ice Wine, Red Mountain $50
Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2019 Estate Lemberger, Red Mountain $17
La Crema 2019 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $40
Lady Hill Winery 2019 Trinity Vineyard Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $38
Lindsay Creek Vineyards 2016 Petite Sirah, Washington $28
Maryhill Winery 2020 Otis Vineyard Proprietor’s Reserve Albariño, Columbia Valley $25
Maryhill Winery 2018 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $50
Maryhill Winery 2017 Vintage Port, Columbia Valley $40
Maryhill Winery 2018 Classic Malbec, Yakima Valley $28
Maryhill Winery 2018 Proprietor’s Reserve Tavolo Rosso, Columbia Valley $40
Maryhill Winery 2018 Art den Hoed Vineyard Painted Hills Tempranillo, Columbia Valley $50
Mellisoni Vineyards 2020 Bollicine Rosé, Columbia Valley $60
Milbrandt Vineyards 2019 The Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope $27
Montinore Estate 2018 Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $40
Mt. Hood Winery 2012 Puerto Montaña Pinot Noir Dessert Wine, Columbia Gorge $46
Mt. Hood Winery 2020 Riesling, Columbia Gorge $24
Muret-Gaston 2015 Edythe Mae Vineyard Syrah, Yakima Valley $50
Northwest Cellars 2016 Carménère, Walla Walla Valley $42
Northwest Cellars 2016 Merlot, Columbia Valley $28
Öömrang Wines 2020 Estate Siegerrebe, Puget Sound $75
Passing Time Winery 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $89
Passing Time Winery 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain $89
Passing Time Winery 2018 Red Blend, Columbia Valley $55
Phelps Creek Vineyards 2018 Van Horn Riesling, Columbia Gorge $26
Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards 2020 Estate Green Lizard Grüner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley $32
Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards 2020 Estate Riesling, Umpqua Valley $24
Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards 2020 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Umpqua Valley $26
Roaming Dog Wines 2020 Riesling, Columbia Valley $15
Roaming Dog Wines 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé, Columbia Valley $15
Rocky Pond Estate Winery 2019 Stratastone Red Blend, Columbia Valley $45
Ste. Chapelle 2020 Open Air Muscat Blanc, Snake River Valley $20
Seven Hills Winery 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley $30
Seven Hills Winery 2020 Dry Rosé, Columbia Valley $20
Sigillo Cellars 2018 Relativity Red Wine, Columbia Valley $30
Sigillo Cellars 2019 Tempranillo, Wahluke Slope $38
Siren Song Wines 2017 Raving Beauty Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington State, $41
Skagit Cellars 2017 Burgess Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $42
Spangler Vineyards 2018 Carménère, Southern Oregon $32
Spangler Vineyards 2017 Claret, Southern Oregon $29
Spangler Vineyards 2014 Zinfandel, Oregon $29
Spangler Vineyards 2017 Malbec, Southern Oregon $32
Spangler Vineyards 2014 Nebbiolo, Oregon $49
Talent Cellars 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oregon $44
Three of Cups 2018 Le Jugement GSM, Columbia Valley $21
Three Rivers Winery 2018 Streamlet, Columbia Valley $45
Thurston Wolfe Winery 2019 Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills $30
TruthTeller 2018 The Cynic, Walla Walla Valley $40
Tsillan Cellars 2020 Reserve Chardonnay, Lake Chelan $36
Two Bad Labs Vineyard 2018 Rosé, Washington $22
Two Mountain Winery 2019 Syrah, Yakima Valley $26
Valcan Cellars 2017 Tempranillo, Rogue Valley $32
Vine 46 2016 Latitude Red Wine, Washington $24
Wautoma Springs 2018 El Prat Red Blend, Columbia Valley $28
Wautoma Springs 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley $17
Woodward Canyon Winery 2020 Chardonnay, Washington State $44
Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2016 Tall Poppy Pinot Noir, McMinnville $75
Zerba Cellars 2018 Cockburn Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley $40
Zerba Cellars 2018 Cockburn Vineyard Estate Malbec, Walla Walla Valley $50

Silver medal

2Hawk Vineyard & Winery 2020 Grenache Rosé, Rogue Valley $18
3100 Cellars 2018 Runoff Rosé, Snake River Valley $36
Airfield Estates Winery 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley $35
Airfield Estates Winery 2020 Chardonnay, Yakima Valley $15
Airfield Estates Winery 2019 Bombshell Red, Yakima Valley $18
Airfield Estates Winery 2020 Rosé, Yakima Valley $18
Airfield Estates Winery 2020 Viognier, Yakima Valley $18
Anam Cara Cellars 2018 Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains $42
Anam Cara Cellars 2020 Riesling, Chehalem Mountains $24
Ancestry Cellars 2020 Macheveau, Lake Chelan $28
Ancestry Cellars 2020 Réjouissant Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley $22
Armstrong Family Winery 2017 Fronk, Columbia Valley $38
Armstrong Family Winery 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $39
Armstrong Family Winery 2018 Four Birds, Columbia Valley $32
Armstrong Family Winery 2019 The Scotsman Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills $44
Be Human Wines 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé, Horse Heaven HIlls $17
Belle Fiore Winery 2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Rogue Valley $38
Belle Fiore Winery 2018 Reserve Caprettone, Rogue Valley $32
Bitner Vineyards 2018 Merlot/Petit Verdot, Snake River Valley $40
Block Wines 2017 Discovery Vineyard Block 1 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $60
Block Wines 2020 Portteus Vineyard Old Block Chardonnay, Yakima Valley $40
Block Wines 2018 Boushey Vineyard Golden Block Grenache, Yakima Valley $45
Bluebird Hill Cellars 2018 South Block Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $49
Bluebird Hill Cellars 2018 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $32
Brian Carter Cellars 2014 Opulento Port-Style Wine, Yakima Valley $24
Brian Carter Cellars 2017 Tuttorosso Red Wine, Yakima Valley $34
Brian Carter Cellars 2018 Ketchie Red Wine, Columbia Valley $50
Brian Carter Cellars 2019 Oriana White Wine, Yakima Valley $25
Brook & Bull Cellars 2018 Cabernet Sauvginon, Walla Walla Valley $42
Brook & Bull Cellars 2020 Chardonnay, Royal Slope $32
Brook & Bull Cellars 2019 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley $42
Brook & Bull Cellars 2018 The Silent Ode Red Wine, Columbia Valley $48
Browne Family Vineyards 2018 Heritage Series Chardonnay, Columbia Valley $20
Callan Cellars 2020 Boushey Vineyards Picpoul, Yakima Valley $25
Camas Prairie Winery 2020 Strawberry Mead, Idaho $14
Camas Prairie Winery 2020 Huckleberry Mead, Idaho $14
Camas Prairie Winery 2020 Raspberry Mead, Idaho $14
Capitello Wines 2018 Croft Vineyard Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $55
Cathedral Ridge Winery 2017 Bolton Vineyard Reserve Barbera, Columbia Valley $48
Cathedral Ridge Winery 2018 Elephant Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $36
Cathedral Ridge Winery 2017 The Last Best Wife Reserve Petite Verdot, Columbia Valley $48
Cathedral Ridge Winery 2017 Dampier Vineyard Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge $38
Cavatappi Winery 2017 Nebbiolo, Yakima Valley $32
Cavatappi Winery 2020 Pinot Grigio, Columbia Valley $13
Cedergreen Cellars 2018 Chenin Blanc, Yakima Valley $21
Cedergreen Cellars 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley $19
Chateau Faire Le Pont Winery 2017 Petit Verdot, Yakima Valley $40
Chateau Faire Le Pont Winery 2017 Syrah, Wahluke Slope $40
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2018 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $30
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2017 Ethos Chardonnay, Columbia Valley $36
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2018 Indian Wells Merlot, Columbia Valley $18
Chemeketa Cellars 2019 Gamay Noir, Eola-Amity Hills $15
Chemeketa Cellars 2020 Riesling, Eola-Amity Hills $15
Chemeketa Cellars 2017 Sparkling Blanc de Noir, Eola-Amity Hills $30
Chris James Cellars 2018 Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $32
Chris James Cellars 2018 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $59
Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2019 Louis Delsol Cabernet Sauvignon, Lewis-Clark Valley $32
Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2019 Merlot, Lewis-Clark Valley $28
Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2019 The Wine Project, Washington $32
Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2020 Umiker Vineyard Estate Rosé of Syrah, Lewis-Clark Valley $22
Coiled Wines 2019 Black Mamba Red Wine, Snake River Valley $34
Coiled Wines 2018 Rizza Sparkling Riesling, Washington $30
Coiled Wines 2019 Sidewinder Red Wine, Snake River Valley $30
Col Solare 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain $75
Colter’s Creek Winery 2020 Piquette, Lewis-Clark Valley $20
Columbia Crest 2018 Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $12
Convergence Zone Cellars 2020 Upland Vineyard Sunbreak Chenin Blanc, Snipes Mountain $19
Convergence Zone Cellars 2018 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Mistral Grenache, Red Mountain $33
Convergence Zone Cellars 2017 Storm Front Red Blend, Columbia Valley $29
Cooper Mountain Vineyards 2019 Chardonnay Old Vines, Willamette Valley $35
Cooper Mountain Vineyards 2020 Tocai Friulano, Willamette Valley $25
Côte Bonneville 2019 Chardonnay, Yakima Valley $50
Côte Bonneville 2013 Carriage House, Yakima Valley $50
Coyote Canyon Winery 2019 El Chispear Albariño Methode Champenoise, Horse Heaven Hills $35
Craft Wine Co. 2018 Omero Cellars Gamay Noir, Willamette Valley $25
Craft Wine Co. 2018 Johan Vineyard Blaufränkisch, Van Duzer Corridor $30
Craft Wine Co. 2018 Minimus Helix, Van Duzer Corridor $30
Dahlman Cellars 2019 The Actuary, Columbia Valley $30
Dahlman Cellars 2019 The Nurse Red Wine, Columbia Valley $35
Dahlman Cellars 2020 Roussanne, Yakima Valley $22
Dahlman Cellars 2020 Pét-Net, Columbia Valley $25
DAMA Wines 2018 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley $50
DAMA Wines 2017 Tempranillo, Hose Heaven Hills $40
DeLille Cellars 2018 Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain $160
DeLille Cellars 2018 Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain $75
DeLille Cellars 2019 Metier Red Wine, Yakima Valley $45
DeLille Cellars 2018 Doyenne Red Wine, Columbia Valley $45
Desert Wind 2018 Merlot, Wahluke Slope $18
Devona 2018 Chardonnay, Washington $44
Devona 2018 Freedom Hill Vineyard Chardonnay, Oregon $44
Devona 2018 Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir, Oregon $50
Devona 2018 Mount Richmond Vineyard Pinot Noir, Oregon $50
Dixie & Bass 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé, Horse Heaven Hills $19
Dixie & Bass 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Horse Heaven Hills $19
Domaine Ste. Michelle NV Brut, Columbia Valley $13
Domaine Ste. Michelle NV Brut Rosé, Columbia Valley $13
Drink Washington State 2016 Escape to Walla Walla Red Blend, Walla Walla Valley $29
Dumas Station Wines 2016 Birch Creek Vineyard Estate Old Block Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley $55
Dumas Station Wines 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley $40
Dumas Station Wines 2017 Cow Catcher Red Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley $26
Dunham Cellars 2019 Shirley Mays Chardonnay, Columbia Valley $25
Dunham Cellars 2018 Trutina Red Wine, Columbia Valley $29
Dusted Valley Vintners 2019 Olsen Vineyard Chardonnay, Yakima Valley $29
Dusted Valley Vinters 2018 Stained Tooth Syrah, Columbia Valley $35
Dusted Valley Vintners 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $35
Echolands Winery 2018 Seven Hills Vineyard Red, Walla Walla Valley $52
Echolands Winery 2018 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley $38
Eleven Winery 2019 La Ronde, Washington $40
Elk Cove Vineyards 2019 Clay Court Estate Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains $60
Elk Cove Vineyards 2020 Estate Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley $19
Erath Winery 2019 Pinot Noir, Oregon $19
Eternal Wines 2020 Eternal Lust Albariño, Columbia Valley $29
Eternal Wines 2016 Eternal Discovery, Horse Heaven Hills $59
Eternal Wines 2016 Eternal Echo, Columbia Valley $59
Eternal Wines 2017 Rocket Man Red, Columbia Valley $39
Fences Winery 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Rogue Valley $50
Fences Winery 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Rogue Valley $30
Full Pull & Friends NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature, Yakima Valley $25
Gärd Vintners 2018 Lawrence Vineyards Kvasir, Royal Slope $50
Gärd Vintners 2018 Lawrence Vineyards Vaucluse, Royal Slope $40
Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2020 Unoaked Chardonnay, Golden Mile Bench $14
Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2020 Private Reserve Pinot Noir, Golden Mile Bench $15
Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2020 Classic Riesling, Golden Mile Bench $15
Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2020 Rosé, Golden Mile Bench $15
Gruet Winery NV Blanc de Blancs, American $17
H3 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $14
H3 2018 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills $14
Harbinger Winery 2016 Malbec, Wahluke Slope $30
Harbinger Winery 2016 Sagemoor & Elephant Mountain Vineyards Syrah, Washington State $35
Hightower Cellars 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain $40
INTRINSIC Wine Co. 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley $19
Iris Vineyards 2018 GSM, Rogue Valley $28
J. Christopher Wines 2018 Estate Vineyard Rock Blocks Selection Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains $65
J. Christopher Wines 2017 Appassionata GG Riesling, Chehalem Mountains $50
Jones of Washington 2016 Jack’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley $25
Jones of Washington 2017 Carménère, Wahluke Slope $30
Jones of Washington 2017 Reserve Chardonnay, Columbia Valley $25
Jones of Washington 2020 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley $14
Jones of Washington 2015 Merlot, Wahluke Slope $15
Jones of Washington 2019 Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley $10
Jones of Washington 2020 Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley $10
Jones of Washington 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley $15
Kennedy Shah 2016 Reserve Petit Verdot, Yakima Valley $48
King Estate Winery 2019 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley $19
King Estate Winery 2020 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $20
King Estate Winery 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Oregon $19
King Estate Winery 2017 Brut Cuvée, Willamette Valley $40
Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2016 Estate Old Block Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain $75
Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2019 Estate Cuvée Artemisia White Wine, Red Mountain $30
Lady Hill Winery 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $38
Lady Hill Winery 2020 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley $24
Lady Hill Winery 2019 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $38
Latah Creek Wine Cellars 2020 Familigia Vineyard Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley $12
Left Coast Estate 2017 Truffle Hill Pinot Noir, Van Duzer Corridor $42
Left Coast Estate 2018 Cali’s Cuvée Pinot Noir, Van Duzer Corridor $25
Liberty Lake Wine Cellars 2018 Scooteney Flats Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Red Mountain $38
Liberty Lake Wine Cellars 2019 Scooteney Flats Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain $38
Liberty Lake Wine Cellars 2019 Gewürztraminer, Red Mountain $18
Liberty Lake Wine Cellars 2018 Reserve Syrah Red Wine, Red Mountain $44
Liberty Lake Wine Cellars 2020 Tahija Dry Riesling, Yakima Valley $17
Lindsay Creek Vineyards 2020 Dry Riesling, Lewis-Clark Valley $20
Liquid Light 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Washington State $16
Lone Birch Winery 2020 Chardonnay, Yakima Valley $12
Lone Birch Winery 2020 Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley $12
Lone Birch Wines 2020 Rosé, Yakima Valley $12
Longship Cellars 2018 Wise Man Cabernet Sauvignon, White Bluffs $40
Longship Cellars 2018 Pet Cheetah Grenache, Yakima Valley $38
Longship Cellars 2018 Quinn Red Blend, Columbia Valley $38
Longship Cellars 2020 Wild Harvest Rosé, Yakima Valley $24
Longship Cellars 2019 Ginger Man Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills $36
LUKE Wines 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope $25
LUKE Wines 2018 Merlot, Wahluke Slope $25
Maryhill Winery 2019 Proprietor’s Reserve Barbera, Columbia Valley $50
Maryhill Winery 2019 Classic Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley $28
Maryhill Winery 2018 Elephant Mountain Carménère, Rattlesnake Hills $55
Maryhill Winery 2019 Classic Chardonnay, Columbia Valley $18
Maryhill Winery 2018 McKinley Springs Proprietor’s Reserve Cinsault, Horse Heaven Hills $54
Maryhill Winery 2018 Art Den Hoed Vineyard Painted Hills Dolcetto, Yakima Valley $54
Maryhill Winery 2020 Bloxom Vineyard Proprietor’s Reserve Grüner Veltliner, Columbia Valley $28
Maryhill Winery 2019 Proprietor’s Reserve Malbec, Columbia Valley $42
Maryhill Winery 2019 Classic Merlot, Columbia Valley $25
Maryhill Winery 2020 Classic Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley $20
Maryhill Winery 2019 Winemaker’s Red, Columbia Valley $18
Maryhill Winery 2019 Proprietor’s Reserve Rosé, Columbia Valley $29
Maryhill Winery 2020 Classic Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $20
Maryhill Winery 2018 Classic Sangiovese, Columbia Valley $28
Maryhill Winery 2019 Classic Syrah, Columbia Valley $28
Maryhill Winery 2020 Winemaker’s White, Columbia Valley $18
Maryhill Winery 2018 Classic Zinfandel, Columbia Valley $20
Mercer Estates 2017 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills $25
Mercer Family Vineyards 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills $25
Mt. Hood Winery 2017 Summit Red, Columbia Gorge/Columbia Valley $28
North by Northwest 2017 Red Blend, Columbia Valley $15
Northstar Winery 2018 Cabernet Sauvgnon, Columbia Valley $40
Oak Flat Vineyards 2019 Grenache Blanc, Columbia Gorge $25
Oak Flat Vineyards 2016 Mourvèdre, Columbia Gorge $25
Oak Flat Vineyards 2019 Grenache Syrah and Mourvèdre, Columbia Valley $25
Öömrang 2020 Estate Müller-Thurgau, Puget Sound $75
Palencia Wine Co. 2019 Casa Amarilla Grenache Syrah & Mourvèdre, Yakima Valley $36
Palencia Wine Co. 2017 El Viñador Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope $42
Palencia Wine Co. Vino la Monarcha 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $22
Palencia Wine Co. Vino la Monarcha 2016 Merlot, Columbia Valley $22
Parejas Cellars 2019 Appaloosa Red, Lewis-Clark Valley $37
Parejas Cellars 2020 Sweetwater Rosé, Lewis-Clark Valley $20
Pearl and Stone Wine Co. 2017 Wandering, Yakima Valley $29
Phelps Creek Vineyards 2019 Chardonnay, Columbia Gorge $28
Phelps Creek Vineyards 2019 Ziegler Vineyards Riesling, Columbia Gorge $24
Pike Road Wines 2019 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $20
Radicle Vine 2020 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $20
Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards 2015 Estate Rojo Dulce Lot #3, Umpqua Valley $35
Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards 2019 Estate Grenache, Umpqua Valley $31
Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards 2019 Estate Merlot, Umpqua Valley $34
Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards 2018 Estate Winemaker’s Reserve Pinot Noir, Umpqua Valley $42
Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards 2019 Estate Selection Syrah, Umpqua Valley $32
Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards 2019 Estate Winemaker’s Reserve Syrah, Umpqua Valley $42
Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards 2019 Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley $29
Revelry Wines 2017 RANGE Grenache/Syrah, Columbia Valley $40
Rivaura Estate Vineyards & Winery 2019 Estate Grenache, Lewis-Clark Valley $36
Rivaura Estate Vineyards & Winery 2020 Estate Cabernet Franc Rosé, Lewis-Clark Valley $19
Rivaura Estate Vineyards & Winery 2019 Estate Syrah, Lewis-Clark Valley $38
Sawtooth Winery 2019 Classic Fly Series Malbec, Snake River Valley $38
Sawtooth Winery 2019 Trout Trilogy Tempranillo, Snake River Valley $80
Schmidt Family Vineyards 2018 Tempranillo, Applegate Valley $40
Seven Hills Winery 2018 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley $30
Seven Hills Winery 2019 Pentad Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley $85
Sigillo Cellars 2019 Mourvèdre, Yakima Valley $34
Sigillo Cellars 2018 Petite Sirah, Yakima Valley $36
Sigillo Cellars 2018 Petit Verdot, Wahluke Slope $40
Sigillo Cellars 2019 GSM, Columbia Valley $36
Sigillo Cellars 2019 Syrah, Yakima Valley $36
Siren Song Wines 2017 Auberge Red Wine, Washington State $36
Siren Song Wines 2017 A Night in Madrid Red Wine, Washington State $41
SMAK Wines 2019 Summer Rosé of Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley $18
SMAK Wines 2020 Fall / Winter Rosé of Syrah, Columbia Valley $18
Spring Valley Vineyard 2018 Derby Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley $50
Spring Valley Vineyard 2018 Sharilee Petit Verdot, Walla Walla Valley $50
Spring Valley Vineyard 2018 Estate Frederick Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley $50
Spring Valley Vineyard 2018 Nina Lee Syrah, Walla Walla Valley $50
Stag Hollow Wines 2017 Tempranillo, Yamhill-Carlton $30
Talent Cellars 2017 Nuf Sed Red, Oregon $24
Tamarack Cellars 2019 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley $19
Tamarack Cellars 2018 Firehouse Red, Columbia Valley $19
Three of Cups 2018 La Monde Malbec, Columbia Valley $18
Three of Cups 2017 Le Croyant Petite Sirah, Red Mountain $28
Thurston Wolfe Winery 2019 Dr. Wolfe’s Family Red, Horse Heaven Hills $18
Thurston Wolfe Winery 2019 Zinfandel, Horse Heaven Hills $20
Thurston Wolfe Winery 2019 Petite Sirah, Horse Heaven Hills $20
Tinte Cellars 2018 Malbec, Columbia Valley $42
Tinte Cellars 2017 Bishops Blend, Columbia Valley $28
Tinte Cellars 2020 Viognier, Columbia Valley $30
TruthTeller 2018 The Miscreant Project Boldface Lie, Columbia Valley $18
Tsillan Cellars 2019 Reserve Malbec, Lake Chelan $50
Tsillan Cellars 2019 Bellissima Rossa, Columbia Valley $38
Tsillan Cellars 2018 Bella Vigna, Lake Chelan $34
Tsillan Cellars 2020 Riesling, Lake Chelan $24
Two Bad Labs Vineyard 2020 Summer White, Lewis-Clark Valley $17
Two Mountain Winery 2019 Copeland Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley $35
Two Mountain Winery 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley $29
Two Mountain Winery 2019 Copeland Vineyard Chardonnay, Rattlesnake Hills $24
Two Mountain Winery 2019 Merlot, Yakima Valley $24
Two Mountain Winery 2020 Copeland Vineyard Riesling, Rattlesnake Hills $19
Valcan Cellars 2020 Bare White Malbec, Rogue Valley $24
Valcan Cellars 2017 Rainbow’s End Vineyard Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $34
Valdemar Estates 2019 Entre Nosotros Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $40
Valdemar Estates 2019 DuBrul Vineyard Chardonnay, Yakima Valley $50
Valdemar Estates 2020 Roussanne, Columbia Valley $40
Valdemar Estates 2019 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley $65
Vine 46 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington State $32
Waterbrook Winery 2018 Reserve Merlot, Columbia Valley $25
Wautoma Springs 2018 Behemoth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $48
Wautoma Springs 2018 Inky Reserve Malbec, Wahluke Slope $48
Westport Winery 2018 Charterboat Chick Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $31
Westport Winery 2019 Kraken, Rattlesnake Hills $50
Westport Winery 2018 Mermaid Merlot, Yakima Valley $31
Westport Winery 2018 Nirvana, Columbia Valley $31
Westport Winery 2019 Courage, Yakima Valley $33
Williamson Vineyards 2020 Albariño, Snake River Valley $23
Williamson Vineyards 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley $35
Williamson Vineyards 2020 Dry Rosé, Snake River Valley $17
Winescape 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain $42
Winescape 2018 Field Trip Red Wine, Columbia Valley $36
Winescape 2018 Marmot Incarnate Red Wine, Columbia Valley $35
Woodhouse Wine Estates 2020 Kennedy Shah Picnic Blend, Yakima Valley $20
Woodward Canyon Winery 2019 Artist Series #28 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington State $59
Woodward Canyon Winery 2019 Estate Merlot, Walla Walla Valley $52
Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2019 Riesling, McMinnville $20
Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2020 Rosé of Pinot Noir, McMinnville $20
Zerba Cellars 2019 Estate Chardonnay, Walla Walla Valley $25

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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