Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

Idaho wine country is a diverse growing region.

Great Northwest Wine conducts a one-of-a-kind wine competition each October. It’s called The Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, and the 2020 judging was staged Oct. 7-8 at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore.

Here’s how it works:

  • We invite influential wine professionals to join us in this competition. (The panel size has been reduced this year in order to achieve social distancing and safety for the backroom team and judges as we work in the hotel’s historic Benson Ballroom.)
  • Judges nominate as many as 120 Pacific Northwest wines to be invited.
  • The panel then evaluates the wines in a blind competition.

This year’s nominating judges included:

Chief judges for the 2020 Invite were Kristine Bono, general manager of Tertulia Cellars in Walla Walla, Wash., and Dana Van Nest, a writer and communications strategist as well as a student of the Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle College.

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