- Betz Family Winery will not release wines from smoky 2020 vintage
- Matías Kúsulas replaces Aryn Morell as Gård Vintners winemaker
- Boise-area Telaya Wine Co., uses Idaho Syrah to top Cascadia International
- Sagemoor enters Walla Walla Valley grape market with Southwind Vineyard purchase
- Fire destroys distillery at Westport Winery Garden Resort in Washington
- Fries family departs Washington wine industry with Desert Wind sale
- Warnshuis realizes dream of Utopia along Oregon’s tiny Ribbon Ridge
- Fidelitas promotes Will Hoppes, Mitch Venohr as part of transition
- New Alliance of Women in Washington Wine already stands at 200 strong
- Bullocks bid goodbye to Eye of the Needle Winery in Woodinville
Cascadia International Wine Competition
The 10th annual Cascadia International Wine Competition is scheduled for May 3-5, 2022 at the Courtyard Richland Columbia Point in Richland, Wash.
For its first three years, the Cascadia was known as the Great Northwest Wine Competition. In 2016, we changed the name to differentiate it from our wine buyer-focused Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition each October at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel.
- See the 2021 competition results
- See the 2020 competition results
- See the 2019 competition results
- See the 2018 competition results
- See the 2017 competition results
- See the 2016 competition results
- See the 2015 competition results
- See the 2014 competition results
- See the 2013 competition results
- All wines are tasted blind by category.
- Please submit three bottles of each entry because this is a multi-day judging.
Here is the link to enter the 2022 Cascadia International Wine Competition. The fee is $70 per entry, and the deadline to enter is Friday, April 29.
Entries must be shipped to:
Cascadia Wine Competition
c/o Wine Boss
318 Wellhouse Loop
Richland, WA 99352
There are sub-categories to help vintners place their wines within the class that best suits them. Categories include canned wine as well as wine coolers and wine spritzers. For a complete list of categories, please go to the bottom of this page.
Benefits of entering the Cascadia International Wine Competition
- Wines are judged by some of the top wine professionals throughout the country, including journalists, winemakers, retailers and educators.
- Gold medals are announced immediately via email to wineries and on Twitter.
- Results are posted as soon as the competition concludes.
- Results are sent to our newspaper partners for inclusion in print and online.
- Great Northwest Wine’s online audience (25,000 unique visitors per month and more than 3,000 email newsletter subscribers) receives results in a timely manner.
- We link to medal winners’ website at no additional cost (some competitions charge up to $55 for such links).
- Top winners appear in our weekly Northwest Wine column, which is syndicated in more than 20 Northwest newspapers.
- All gold medal wines are eligible for consideration on The Seattle Times Top 20 Wines of the Year list.
- All gold medal wines are eligible for consideration on The Seattle Times “Case Studies” for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.
- Select gold medal winners are featured as a “Wine of the Week” in the Tri-City Herald newspaper and on Wine Press Northwest’s website during the course of several weeks after the competition.
- Our growing social media network receives alerts about competition medal winners.
- A gold medal qualifies for Wine Press Northwest magazine’s year-end 22nd annual Platinum Judging.
- The judging is scheduled for May 3-5 in Richland, Wash.
- While the competition was open to wineries in North America, any wine entered must be produced using fruit from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Idaho or Montana.
- For the fourth consecutive year, the British Columbia Wine Institute recognizes the Cascadia as a judging worthy of its international consolidation program.
- For inquiries beyond the U.S., please contact Eric Degerman at eric@GreatNorthwestWine.com for deadlines and guidelines.
- Eric Degerman — (509) 727-4317, eric@GreatNorthwestWine.com
- Mike Rader, First Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Kennewick, Wash.
Associate judging coordinator
- Kim Wolfe, senior provider network executive, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, based in Mountlake Terrace, Wash.
2020 Chief judges
- Barb Robertson, Pacific Northwest account manager, Saxco International, Concord, Calif.; columnist, Foothills magazine, Wenatchee, Wash.
- Ken Robertson, columnist, Wine Press Northwest magazine, Kennewick, Wash.
- Dana Van Nest, award-winning communications strategist, screenwriter; a student of the Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle College.
2020 judging panel
- Kaleigh Brook, general manager, Valdemar Estates, Walla Walla, Wash.
- Ilene Dudunake, owner, A New Vintage Wine Shop, Meridian, Idaho
- Kent FitzGerald, KWFitzGerald Consulting, Walla Walla, Wash.
- Ellen Landis, journalist/certified sommelier/educator, EllenOnWine.com, St. Petersburg, Fla.
- Ali Mayfield, owner/winemaker, Ali Mayfield Wines, Mattawa, Wash.
- Sophia McDonald Bennett is a journalist based in Eugene, Ore., who contributes to SevenFifty Daily, Wine Enthusiast and the Slow Wine Guide, and also serves as a marketing and public relations instructor at the University of Oregon.
- Philippe Michel, associate, Metis Northwest, Walla Walla, Wash.
- Tim Norris, sales director, Kerloo Cellars, Seattle; proprietor, Eyes on the Vine
- Stephen Reustle, founding winemaker, co-owner, Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards, Roseburg, Ore.
- Alexis Sells, winemaker, Fortuity Cellars, Wapato, Wash.
- Gordy Venneri, co-founder/former owner, Walla Walla Vintners, Walla Walla, Wash.
- Kent Waliser, director of wine and grape sales, Sagemoor Vineyards, Pasco, Wash.
- Richard Duval Images, Woodinville, Wash.
Hybrid, native, non-grape wines
- Pinot Noir
- Petite Sirah
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Cabernet Franc
- Petit Verdot
- Touriga Naçional
- Tinta Cáo
- Maréchal Foch
- Red native/other hybrid varieties
- Blauer Zweigelt
- Red blend (please specify dominant grape)
- Red blend, GSM
- Red blend led by native/hybrid
- Rosé (Pinot Gris)
- Rosé (Sangiovese)
- Rosé (Nebbiolo)
- Rosé (Pinot Noir)
- Rosé (Gamay)
- Rosé (Tempranillo)
- Rosé (Cabernet Franc)
- Rosé (Merlot)
- Rosé (Cabernet Sauvignon)
- Rosé (Cinsaut)
- Rosé (Grenache)
- Rosé (Syrah)
- Rosé (Mourvèdre)
- Rosé (GSM)
- Rosé (blend other than GSM)
- Blanc de blanc
- Blanc de noir
- Sparkling rosé
- Sparkling Gamay
- Sparkling Syrah
- Sparkling Riesling
- Sparkling Gewürztraminer
- Sparkling Muscat
- Sparkling, other
- Sparkling, non-grape
White dessert/Late harvest
- Ice wine/icewine
- Fortified, Port-style
- Fortified using non-Port varieties
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Chardonnay, oaked
- Chardonnay, unoaked
- White Pinot Noir
- White blends (please specify dominant grape)
- Pinot Gris
- Chenin Blanc
- Grenache Blanc
- Pinot Blanc
- Grüner Veltliner
- Malvasia Bianca
- Riesling, dry
- Riesling, off-dry
- Riesling, sweet
- White variety, Other (Please specify)
- Madeleine Angevine
- Melon de Bourgogne/Muscadet