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 2021 judging will be staged Oct. 6-7 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 2020 panel size was reduced in order to achieve social distancing for judges and increase safety for the backroom team while operating 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.

Nominating judges for the ninth annual Great Northwest Invite include:

Chief judges for the 2021 Invite will be Dana Van Nest, a writer and communications strategist who is a contributor to Winebow and a student of the Napa Valley Wine Academy; and April Reddout, proprietor of Reddout Wine Consulting, which is based in Washington’s Columbia Valley.

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