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.

Please click here to enter the eighth annual Great Northwest Invite.

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 include:

Chief judges for the 2020 Invite are Richard Larsen, research winemaker/enologist emeritus, Washington State University, Richland, Wash.; Ken Robertson, columnist for Wine Press Northwest magazine. and editor emeritus of the Tri-City (Wash.) Herald; and Dana Van Nest, a writer and communications strategist as well as a student of the Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle College.

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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