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 will be Wednesday, Oct. 7 and Thursday, Oct. 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.
  • Each of them has nominated up to 100 Pacific Northwest wines to be judged.
  • Each of them will then judge the wines as part of our blind competition.

The 2019 nominating judges include:

Chief judges for the 2019 Invite are Sophia McDonald Bennett, a journalist based in Eugene, Ore., who contributes to SevenFifty Daily; Dylan Joffe, staff writer for Full Pull Wines in Seattle and contributor to I’d Rather Be Meryl.com, and Ken Robertson, columnist for Wine Press Northwest magazine. and editor emeritus of the Tri-City (Wash.) Herald.

Gold medals will be posted on Twitter as they are awarded and emailed to the wineries. Full results will be posted upon the conclusion of the competition.

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