More than 60 wineries submitted 150+ wines for the awards in a variety of styles from red and white to sparkling and dessert. The wines were tasted and awarded medals by Great Northwest Wine’s tasting panel, led by longtime Northwest wine journalists Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman, conducted the judging under blind conditions. Wines were awarded gold, silver and bronze medal and four were given top honors:
- Best in Show: Brian Carter Cellars Opulento 2011, Yakima Valley
- Best Red: Milbrandt Vineyards Brothers’ Blend 2011, Columbia Valley
- Best White: Eye of the Needle Harvest White NV, Columbia Valley
- Best Sparkling: Treveri Cellars Gewürztraminer Demi-Sec NV, Columbia Valley
“It was enlightening to judge such a diverse and high-quality group of wines,” said Andy Perdue, wine columnist for The Seattle Times. “We tasted a lot of high-quality wines from up and down the West Coast, as well as a handful of international entries. While it is a bit unusual to select a fortified dessert wine as best in show, the Brian Carter Cellars Opulento was spectacular in its aromas, flavors and balance of fruit to alcohol.”
See Brian Carter talk about the art of blending and his history in Washington’s wine industry with TableTalk Northwest (from the recent Washington State Wine Awards):
Click here for a full list of results from the competition.