Marty Clubb of L’Ecole No. 41 Winery in Lowden, Wash., received the Rich Smith Award of Excellence for his contributions to the Washington state and American wine industry. He is the first from the Pacific Northwest to receive the award from WineAmerica and the Winegrape Growers of America. (Photo courtesy of L’Ecole No. 41)
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.