WAWineAwardsThe Washington State Wine Commission announced the winners of it’s annual Washington State Wine Awards Monday at an industry-heavy ceremony this past money. This year’s list of winners including many repeat and new winners and are selected from more than 130 nominations, a record number of submissions, and were chosen for their impressive menus, innovative educational programs and marketing efforts, and commitment to excellent service.

The Washington State Restaurant, Retailer and Tourism Champions of the Year are the most prestigious awards, recognizing industry leaders who show the strongest support for Washington State wine. Both the Restaurant and Retail of the Year receive a custom wine glass created by Issaquah’s Art By Fire. The Washington State Wine Grand Award and Award of Distinction commends individuals and organizations that designate menu and wine list space for Washington State wines while providing ongoing promotion and education.

Full Pull's Paul Zitarelli (left) and Matt Tessler (right)

Full Pull’s Paul Zitarelli (left) and Matt Tessler (right)

One of the most exciting moments of the event was Full Pull‘s win for Retailer of the Year. In the past this award has been given to larger grocery and chain retailers so it was a huge win for the relatively young company (they celebrated their 5th anniversary this past fall). Full Pull had previously been awarded the Independent Retailer of the Year in 2014.

“I’m so pleased that the Commission continues to recognize retailers for our work supporting Washington wine. This is a tremendous honor for our team, our winery and distributor partners and our list members,” said Full Pull owner Paul Zitarelli.


  • Restaurant of the Year: Aqua by El Gaucho
  • Independent Restaurant of the Year: Cypress Lounge & Wine Bar @ The Westin Bellevue
  • Restaurant Group of the Year: Anthony’s Restaurants
  • Sommelier of the Year: Chris Horn (Purple Cafè and Wine Bar)
  • Best Event Featuring Washington State Wine: Washington Wine Extravaganza – Wine World & Spirits
  • Retailer of the Year: Full Pull Wines
  • Independent Retailer of the Year: Impulse Wine
  • Retailer Chain of the Year: Costco Wholesale
  • Retail Steward of the Year: Carly Little  (QFC, Bellevue Village)
  • Hotel of the Year: Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center
  • Tourism Champion of the Year: Yakima Valley Tourism
  • Tourism Concierge of the Year: Dan Salvatora (Hotel Monaco)
  • Distributor of the Year: Young’s Market Company
  • Distributor Salesperson of the Year: Walid Akiki (Young’s Market Company)
  • Walter Clore Honorarium: Dan McCarthy (McCarthy & Schiering)

Anthony’s @ Columbia Point
Anthony’s Pier 66
Anthony’s @ the Old Mill
Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill
Barking Frog at Willows Lodge
Big Fish Grill
Blackfish Wild Salmon Grill & Bar
blueacre Seafood
Cafe Veloce
Castle Event Catering
Chandler’s Crabhouse
Collections Café
Copperleaf Reastauant at Cedarbrook Lodge
Daniel’s Broiler Prime Steaks and Chops
El Gaucho Bellevue
El Gaucho Seattle
El Gaucho Tacoma
Fountain Wine Bar
Inn at Ship Bay
Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing Restaurant
Mackay Restaurants
Pike Brewing Company
Rays Boathouse
Russell’s Restaurant & Loft
SkyCity at the Needle
Spazzo Italian Grill & Wine Bar
Sun Mountain Lodge
Swing Wine Bar
The Fireside
The Marc Restaurant
Trellis Restuarant
Tulalip Bay Dining
Valley Cafe of Ellensburg
Vino At The Landing
Vino Volo Seatac
Visconti’s Italian Restaurant
Visconti’s of Leavenworth
WAC – Washington Athletic Club
Waterstreet Café + Bar
Bin 41
Compass Wines
Grand Vin Wine Merchants
Town & Country Markets, Inc.
Total Wine & More
Corks and Canvas Events
Courtyard by Marriott Richland Columbia Point
EverGreen Escapes
Hotel Vintage
Pike Place Market Foundation
Seattle Theatre Group – Paramount Theatre
Seattle Wine and Food Experience
Sound Excursions
Visit Seattle
Bon Vivant Wine Tours
Seattle Uncorked – Belltown Crush
Willows Lodge
Omni Hotels & Resorts

Acqua Via
Adriatic Grill Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar
Breadline Cafe
Bridgewater Bistro
Cafe Juanita
Churchill’s Steakhouse
Dragonfish Asian Cafe
Duke’s Chowder House
Ivar’s Acres of Clams
Lloyd Martin
North City Bistro and Wine Shop
Packers Oyster Bar at Semiahmoo
Palomino Rustico Bellevue
Palomino Seattle
Purple Cafe and Wine Bar Bellevue
Purple Cafe and Wine Bar Kirkland
Purple Cafe and Wine Bar Seattle
Purple Cafe and Wine Bar Woodinville
Rediviva Restaurant
Reds Wine Bar
Salty’s On Alki
Six Seven
Steelhead Diner
TASTE Restaurant
The Barrel Thief
The Lincoln Center
The Rainier Club
The Triple Door
Tini Bigs
Washington State Convention Center
Wild Ginger
All Things Wine
The Wine Alley