Our award-winning wineries.

We are proud to say that our small, innovative wineries consistently earn high ratings and are frequently featured in publications like Seattle Magazine, Wine Press Northwest, Northwest Palette, Washington Tasting Room, Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast—and have won multiple awards in numerous competitions.

Sip Magazine Best of  Winners 2016
Best Viognier – 1st Place Horan Estates Winery 2014 Ancient Lakes
Best Viognier -Panel Pick Jones of Washington 2014

Best Syrah -2nd place Horan Cellars Winery – 2012 Reserve Syrah

Best Rose’ – 3rd Place – Napeequa Vintners 2015 Davey Outrageous Pinkie A Go-Go
Best Proprietary Blend -Panel Pick – Napeequa Vintners 2014 Davey Outrageous Grill Thrill

Best Sparkling –1st place- Karma Vineyards 2011 Methode Champenoise Brut
Best Sparkling -2nd place- Karma Vineyards 2012 Methode Champenoise Pink Bubbly

Best Sauvignon Blanc –1st place- Ancestry Cellers 2015 Rejouissant 

Best Pinot Gris -Panel Picks Jones of Washington 2014 Ancient Lakes

Best Dessert- Panel Picks- Rocky Pond Winery 2014 VSPN Late Harvest Riesling

 

Wenatchee Wine and Food Festival Wine Competition Winners 2016
Here are the medal winners from this year’s Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival wine competition. Nine judges swirled, sipped and spit out 233 wines from 31 regional wineries for the sixth annual competition.Congratulations to all our great local wineries!

37 Cellars
Bronze 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 Chardonnay, 2013 Merlot

Baroness Cellars
Silver 2012 Nebbiolo, Huntress, Sunshine Sangria
Bronze 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Benson Vineyards
Silver 2015 Chardonnay,2015 Viognier
Bronze 2015 Curiosity

Bergdorf CellarS
Silver 2010 Mourvedre,2013 Pinot Noir, 2012 Double Cabernet

Brender Canyon Vineyard
Gold 2012 Merlot
Bronze 2014 Brender Canyon Vineyard Clusterphobia

Cairdeas Winery
Gold 2013 Tri
Silver 2015 Grenache Blanc, 2013 Syrah
Bronze 2013 Consonance, 2015 Nellie Mae, 2015 Northern White

Chateau Faire Le Pont
Gold 2012 Elerding Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Silver 2012 Confluence
Bronze 2012 Malbec

Chelan Estate Winery
Gold 2010 Pinot Noir
Silver 2013 Merlot, 2013 Petit Verdot, 2013 Reserve Red

Crayelle Cellars
Gold 2015 Neve’s Blanc Sauvignon Blanc
Silver 2014 Bishop’s Block, 2014 Gabriel’s Horn (Red Blend), 2015 Rose

Eagle Creek Winery
Double Gold 2014 Gewurztraminer
Silver 2014 Cabernet Franc, 2014 Chenin Blanc, 2014 Montage Blend Merlot and Cabernet Franc, 2014 Alder Weiss
Bronze 2014 D. LoVarco Super Tuscan Blend

Horan Estates Winery
Gold 2013 Merlot
Silver 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 HVH , 2012 Reserve Syrah, 2013 CWM Syrah
Bronze 2014 Viognier

Icicle Ridge Winery
Bronze 2015 The Blondes Gewürztraminer, 2015 Syrah

Jones of Washington
Double Gold 2014 Chardonnay, 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 Riesling
Gold 2015 Rose of Syrah
Silver 2012 Jack’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 Reiman Simmons House Red Cabernet Sauvignon,2015 Chardonnay, 2015 Pinot Gris, 2012 Barrel Select Red, 2013 Syrah, 2015 Viognier
Bronze, 2012 Pybus Market Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 Merlot, 2013 Carmenere, 2012 Sangiovese

Leony’s Cellars
Bronze 2014 Ascendance Cabernet Franc, 2014 Gewurztraminer

Malaga Springs Winery
Gold 2013 Cabernet Franc, 2015 Chenin Blanc, 2014 Al y Kat Red Blend, 2013 Syrah
Silver 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 Zin’s Best Port Style Desert Wine, 2015 Blanc de Noir, 2015 Viognier
Bronze 2014 Zinfandel

MVP Vintners
Gold 2014 Vino Secreto Syrah
Silver 2014 Vino Secreto Malbec
Bronze 2013 Chateau Picard ‘Kokomo’ Viognier

Plain Cellars
Gold 2013 Cabernet Franc, 2014 Chardonnay
Silver 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Malbec, 2013 Tempranillo, 2013 Eclipse Red Blend, 2013 Just Plain Red, 2013 Summer Solstice Red
Bronze 2013 Petite Syrah

2013 Rio Vista Wines
Gold, 2014 Pinot Noir, 2015 Pinot Noir Rose, 2015 Viognier
Silver 2013 Cabin Cabernet Franc,2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Merlot, 2013 Tempranillo, 2014 River View Red, 2014 Sunset on the River, 2015 Wacky Whit
Bronze 2013 Malbec, 2012 Loony Red

Rocky Pond Winery
Gold 2013 Late Harvest Riesling
Silver 2014 VSPN Late Harvest, 2014 Stratastone, 2013 Glacial Treasure
Bronze 2014 Viognier

Ryan Patrick Wines
Gold 2013 Rock Island Red, 2015 Rose
Silver, 2013 Reserve Grenache, 2013 Reserve Syrah
Bronze 2015 Riesling

Silvara Vineyards
Double Gold 2014 Merlot, 2013 Meritage
Gold 2014 Malbec

Snowgrass Winery
Silver 2014 Silver Falls Syrah

Stemilt Creek Winery
Silver 2011 A Day’s Work Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 Caring Passion Merlot, Sweet Adelaide, Nettie Rose
Bronze 2011 Boss Lady Red Blend

Tsillan Cellars
Double Gold 2013 Estate Reserve Syrah
Gold 2013 Estate Syrah
Silver 2013 Estate Malbec, 2015 Estate Dry Riesling, 2015 Estate Riesling
Bronze 2015 Estate Nudo Chardonnay

Tunnel Hill Winery
Double Gold 2014 Syrah
Silver 2014 Malbec, 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Sacrilege
Bronze,2015 Estate Riesling, 2015 Estate Pinot Noir Rose, 2015 Estate Viognier

Villa Monaco Winery
Silver 2013 Corner Store Cab, 2013 Merlot, 2013 Ruthie’s Reserve

Wedge Mountain Winery
Silver 2014 Cabernet Franc, 2014 Chardonnay
Bronze 2014 Lemberger

2016 Seattle Wine Award Winners

Jones of Washington, Rio Vista won Best of Show and Double Gold medal awards to top a multitude of local medal-winning wineries at the 2016 Seattle Wine Awards held last week in Seattle. Wedge Mountain, Tsillan Cellars, Cave B Estate, Rio Vista and Plain Cellars were also big winners.

Here’s the list of local award winners. Congratulations to all!

Best of Show – Double Gold
Jones of Washington 2012 Barrel Select Red Wine
Rio Vista Winery 2015 Viognier

Diamond of the Decade
Wedge Mountain 2006 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Double Gold Medal
Alta Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alta Cellars 2011 Reserve Cabernet
Ancestry Cellars 2012 Provoant
Plain Cellars 2013 Cabernet Franc
Tsillan Cellars 2013 Estate Malbec
Villa Monaco Winery 2013 Ruthie’s Reserve Red
Plain Cellars 2013 Summer Solstice
Jones of Washington 2014 Riesling
Tsillan Cellars 2015 Estate Riesling
Tunnel Hill Winery 2014 Estate Riesling
Silvara Vineyards 2014 Riesling
Crayelle Cellars 2015 Rosé
Jones of Washington 2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Tildio Winery 2015 Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Tsillan Cellars 2013 Estate Syrah
Tsillan Cellars 2013 Estate Syrah Reserve
Tunnel Hill 2013  Estate Syrah
Rocky Pond Winery 2014 Syrah
Jones of Washington 2015 Viognier
Rocky Pond Winery 2014 Viognier
Cairdeas Winery 2015 Northern White

Gold Medal
Crayelle Cellars 2015 Albariño
Wedge Mountain 2014 Cabernet Franc
37 Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Plain Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Villa Monaco Winery 2013 Corner Store Cabernet Sauvignon
Wedge Mountain 2014 Chardonnay
Cairdeas Winery 2015 Late Harvest Roussanne
Tsillan Cellars 2013 Estate Winemaker’s Select Malbec
Rio Vista Wines 2013 Malbec
Mellisoni Vineyards 2015 Pinot Grigio
Rio Vista Wines 2014 Pinot Noir
Rio Vista Wines 204 River View Red
Tsillan Cellars 2015 Estate Dry Riesling
Rio Vista Wines 2013 Tempranillo
Cairdeas 2014 Nellie Mae White Blend
Mellisoni Vineyards 2015 45 Degrees White Blend

Silver Medal
Tsillan Estate 2013 Estate Barbara
37 Cellars 2012 Cabernet Franc
Jones of Washington 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Jones of Washington 2012 Jack’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Jones of Washington 2014 Chardonnay
Jones of Washington 2012 Merlot
Rio Vista Wines 2013 Merlot
Plain Cellars 2013 Petite Syrah
Jones of Washington 2015 Pinot Gris
Mellisoni Vineyards 2014 Pinot Grigio
Silvara Vineyards 2013 Meritage
Tsillan Cellars 2013 Estate Bellissima Rossa
Tsillan Cellars 2013 Estate Sinistra
Plain Cellars 2013 Just Plain Red
Tsillan Cellars 2013 Estate Syrah-Grenache
Cairdeas Winery 2013 Consonance
Cairdeas Winery 2013 Tri
Rocky Pond Winery 2014 Riesling
Jones of Washington 2015 Rose of Syrah
Mellisoni Vineyards 2011 Syrah
Plain Cellars 2013 Tempranillo
Tsillan Cellars 2015 Estate Nudo Chardonnay
Tsillan Cellars 2015 Estate Viognier
Rocky Pond Winery 2014 Glacial Treasure
Tsillan Cellars 2015 Estate Sempre Amore

Bronze Medal
Tildio Winery 2012 Estate Reserve Cabernet Franc
Mellisoni Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Rocky Pond Winery 2014 Chardonnay
Silvara Vineyards 2014 Chenin Blanc
Malaga Springs Winery 2010 Malbec
37 Cellars 2013 Merlot
Villa Monaco 2013 Merlot
Silvara Vineyards 2013 Red Blend
Wedge Mountain 2014 Lemberger
Plain Cellars 2014 Riesling
Mellisoni Vineyards 2013 Sangiovese
Cairdeas Winery 2013 Lake Chelan Syrah
Tildio Winery 2012 Reserve Tempranillo
Milbrandt Vineyards 2014 The Estates Clifton Viognier
Mellisoni Vineyards 2015 3 Bastards White Blend

 

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2016

Best of class
Tsillan Cellars 2014 Gewürztraminer, Lake Chelan, $14

Double gold
Cairdeas Winery 2013 Trí, Yakima Valley, $36
Jones of Washington 2014 Pinot Gris, Ancient Lakes Columbia Valley, $13

Gold
’37 Cellars 2013 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $30
Silvara Vineyards 2013 Meritage, Columbia Valley, $42
Willow Crest Winery 2014 Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley, $12

Silver
Cairdeas Winery 2014 Nellie Mae, Columbia Valley, $24
Cairdeas Winery NV Syrah, Lake Chelan, $45
Cairdeas Winery 2013 Consonance, Yakima Valley, $39
Goose Ridge Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $35
Goose Ridge Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $24
Goose Ridge Vineyards 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $30
Goose Ridge Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $16
Jones of Washington 2014 Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $10
Malaga Springs Winery NV Sangiovese, Washington, $24
Malaga Springs Winery 2012 Syrah, Washington, $32
Malaga Springs Winery 2014 Viognier, Washington, $16
Stemilt Creek 2011 Estate Vineyards A Days Work, Columbia Valley, $26
Stemilt Creek 2011 Boss Lady, Columbia Valley, $24
Stemilt Creek 2011 Caring Passion, Washington, $17
Tsillan Cellars 2013 Bellissima Rossa, Lake Chelan, $28
Tsillan Cellars 2013 Barbera, Lake Chelan, $25
Tsillan Cellars 2013 Malbec, Lake Chelan, $30
Tsillan Cellars 2013 Winemaker’s Select Malbec, Lake Chelan, $30
Tsillan Cellars 2013 Syrah, Lake Chelan, $30
Tsillan Cellars 2013 Syrah, Lake Chelan, $30

Bronze
Jones of Washington 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $15
Jones of Washington 2014 Chardonnay, Wahluke Slope, $14
Jones of Washington 2012 Merlot, Wahluke Slope, $15
Malaga Springs Winery 2014 AlyKat Rosé, Washington, $17
Tsillan Cellars 2013 Sinistra, Lake Chelan, $28
Tsillan Cellars 2014 Pinot Grigio, Lake Chelan, $19
Tsillan Cellars 2013 Sangiovese, Lake Chelan, $25

WinePress Northwest Platinum Judging 2015

DOUBLE PLATINUM & BEST OF THE BEST

Best Buy!Jones of Washington 2014 Pinot Gris, Ancient Lakes Columbia Valley $13
It hasn’t been the easiest year for the Jones clan after patriarch Jack Jones died in March. But the family has moved forward, and thanks to the talents of winemaker Victor Palencia, the wines released in 2015 have been spectacular. This luscious Pinot Gris offers aromas of white flowers and starfruit, followed by flavors of Key Lime pie and hints of pear that are balanced perfectly with bracing acidity. Pair this with grilled halibut, seared scallops or grilled chicken. (2,030 cases; 13.4% alc.) Medals: North Central Washington Wine Awards (Double gold/best of class), Seattle Wine Awards (Double gold)

Jones of Washington 2012 Estate Vineyards Reserve Malbec, Wahluke Slope • $30
Malbec is little more than an afterthought in its native Bordeaux, playing a small but important blending role. But in Washington, it is developing into an exciting red wine, and this is a superb example with fruit coming from the arid Wahluke Slope. Aromas of ripe blueberry and black pepper lead to powerful yet elegant flavors of boysenberry and pie spice, all with a backbone of firm tannins that give way to a persistent finish. (182 cases; 14.5% alc.) Medal: North Central Washington Wine Awards (Double gold/best of class)

Best Buy! Legend Cellars NV Vincitore, Columbia Valley •  $30
This young winery on the north shore of Lake Chelan is making its name with this off-dry vermouth. It is created using Cabernet Franc, botanicals such as citrus and lavender, then fortified with brandy. It opens with aromas and flavors of chai spices, roasted hazelnut, cinnamon and plum. It is an unusual and delicious aperitif or after-dinner delight. (85 cases; 18.2% alc.) Medal: North Central Washington Wine Awards (Gold/Best dessert)

Best Buy! Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2013 Ryan’s Riesling, Columbia Valley • $12
Yakima Valley native and WSU grad Jeremy Santos oversees the winemaking for this longtime North Central Washington winery now owned by the Milbrandts. This luscious Riesling offers aromas of pear, floral notes and ripe Ginger Gold apple. On the palate, the 2.2% residual sweetness provides plenty of juiciness, yet the bright acidity more than makes up for it. This offers something for new wine drinkers as well as experts. (3,500 cases; 12% alc.) Medals: North Central Washington Wine Awards (Double gold/best of class), Seattle Wine Awards (Gold)

Malaga Springs Winery 2014 Viognier, Washington • $16
Located near the Columbia River south of Wenatchee, Wash., this small producer is moving up in quality, thanks to efforts like this Viognier. It is loaded with aromas of apricot, lime zest and vanilla, followed by beautifully textured flavors of sweet orange, peach and cream. Just-right acidity gives this a finish that lingers seemingly forever. ( 50 cases; 13.8% alc.) Medal: North Central Washington Wine Awards (Gold/best of class)

PLATINUM

Silvara Vineyards 2013 Red Blend, Washington • $32
Vintner Gary Seidler leads the efforts at this winery near the Bavarian-style town of Leavenworth, Wash. This is a blend that leans heavily on Syrah and also includes Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The result is a heady wine with aromas of wild game, dark fruit and dark-roasted coffee, followed by rich flavors of mocha, blueberry, pipe tobacco and spice. (264 cases; 14.1% alc.) Medal: North Central Washington Wine Awards (Double gold/best red)

Wedge Mountain Winery NV Crested Butte Tawny, California •  $28
Charlie McKee crafts his wines in the North Central Washington town of Peshastin. For this dessert wine, he brought in traditional Portuguese varieties from California’s Central Valley. The resulting wine is a gorgeous, nutty tawny-style sipper with aromas of savory spice, barbecued brisket and brown sugar. On the palate, it reveals flavors of dried cherry, coffee and Tootsie Roll. (63 cases; 19.5% alc.) Medal: Wine Press Northwest fortified judging (Outstanding)

Karma Vineyards 2011 Brut, Columbia Valley • $50
Let’s face it: The world is a happier place when a bottle of bubbly has been opened. And that means this winery on the south shore of Lake Chelan should be filled with smiles. Under the direction of winemaker Craig Mitrakul, Karma is crafting some of the best sparkling wine in the Pacific Northwest. This dry sparkler opens with lovely aromas of fresh-baked bread, pear and apple, followed by luscious flavors of Meyer sweet lemon and Asian pear. It’s all backed by bright acidity and a creamy texture. (300 cases; 12.5% alc.) Medal: Wine Press Northwest sparkling wine judging (Outstanding)

Karma Vineyards 2011 Pink Bubbly, Columbia Valley •  $40
Sparkling wine is the happiest of drinks, so we’re thankful that this winery on the south shore of Lake Chelan has chosen to focus on it. This gorgeous pink bubbly is one of the best we’ve run across in the Pacific Northwest, thanks to aromas of cherry, strawberry and fresh-baked bread and complex flavors of floral notes, spice, cranberry and red currant. The lively bubbles back up all the luscious flavors. (300 cases; 12.5% alc.) Medal: Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition (Double gold/best sparkling wine)

Plain Cellars 2012 Petite Sirah, Yakima Valley • $30
Garrett Grubbs is the winemaker behind this up-and-coming winery near the North Central Washington community of Leavenworth, and he is crafting several superb red wines. This gorgeous Petite Sirah is loaded with aromas and flavors of concentrated dark fruit, black licorice and cherry pipe tobacco. It’s beautifully extracted without being over the top. Enjoy now or tuck in your cellar for a few years. (100 cases; 13.9% alc.) Medal: North Central Washington Wine Awards (Gold)

Tsillan Cellars 2014 Estate Viognier, Lake Chelan •  $18
Owner Bob Jankelson and winemaker Shane Collins have teamed up to turn this winery on the southern shore of Lake Chelan into one of the true destination wineries of the Pacific Northwest. And Lake Chelan is proving to be a great place for Viognier, a fickle white grape. This example opens with subtle aromas of floral and stone fruit notes, followed by flavors of orange and ripe orchard fruit. (143 cases; 13.8% alc.) Medal: Seattle Wine Awards (Double gold)

Tsillan Cellars 2014 Estate Sempre Amore, Lake Chelan • $16
Winemaker Shane Collins leads with Pinot Gris on this delicious white blend using estate grapes. Aromas of lychee, orange zest and starfruit lead to flavors of kiwi, Mandarin orange, Asian pear and apple. It is a deliciously tart presentation with beautiful balance of mild sweetness and bright acidity. (423 cases; 13.5% alc.) Medals: North Central Washington Wine Awards (Gold), Indy International Wine Competition (Gold), Seattle Wine Awards (Double gold)

Chateau Faire Le Pont 2011 Confluence, Washington •  $46
Based in Wenatchee, Wash., Chateau Faire Le Pont has established itself as one of the top producers of red blends not only in North Central Washington but also the state. This Cab-leading red reveals aromas and flavors of elegant red fruit, moderate use of oak and red and black currant. It’s a delicious and approachable wine. (250 cases; 13.7% alc.) Medal: North Central Washington Wine Awards (Double gold)

 

Seattle Wine Award Winners 2015  Cascade Valley Wine Country Winners!

Diamond of The Decade ~ 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
2005 Boudreaux Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, WA
2005 Tsillan Cellars Bellissima Rossa, CV

DOUBLE GOLD 2012 Kestrel Vintners Cabernet Franc, YV
DOUBLE GOLD 2012 Kestrel Vintners Petit Verdot
DOUBLE GOLD 2014 Kestrel Vintners Sauvignon Blanc, CV
DOUBLE GOLD 2012 Villa Monaco Corner Store Cab, WA
DOUBLE GOLD 2012 Ryan Patrick Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
DOUBLE GOLD 2012 Ryan Patrick Vineyards Rock Island Red, WS
DOUBLE GOLD 2013 Ryan Patrick Vineyards Naked Chardonnay, CV
DOUBLE GOLD 2012 Cairdeas Winery Consonance, CV
DOUBLE GOLD 2012 Cairdeas Winery Counoise, YV
DOUBLE GOLD 2011 One Wines, Inc. One Red, Destiny Ridge Vineyard
DOUBLE GOLD 2011 One Wines, Inc. One Exception, Destiny Ridge Vineyard
DOUBLE GOLD 2014 One Wines, Inc. One White, Destiny Ridge
DOUBLE GOLD 2012 Jones of, Washington Syrah, WS
DOUBLE GOLD 2014 Jones of Washington Pinot Gris AL
DOUBLE GOLD 2014 Jones of Washington Rosé of Syrah, AL
DOUBLE GOLD 2014 Jones of, Washington Viognier, WS
DOUBLE GOLD 2013 Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards Chardonnay, LC
DOUBLE GOLD 2014 Tsillan Cellars Estate Chardonnay, LC
DOUBLE GOLD 2014 Tsillan Cellars Estate Pinot Grigio, LC
DOUBLE GOLD 2014 Tsillan Cellars Estate Gewürztraminer, LC
DOUBLE GOLD 2014 Tsillan Cellars Estate Sempre Amore, LC
DOUBLE GOLD 2014 Tsillan Cellars Estate Viognier, LC
DOUBLE GOLD 2013 Mellisoni Vineyards Gewürztraminer, LC
DOUBLE GOLD 2013 Mellisoni Vineyards 45 Degrees, LC

GOLD 2011 Stemilt Creek Winery Cab Franc, Transforming Traditions, CV
GOLD 2011 Kestrel Vintners Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, YV
GOLD 2012 Kestrel Vintners Co-Ferment Syrah, YV
GOLD 2014 Kestrel Vintners Pinot Gris, YV
GOLD 2011 Mellisoni Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, LC
GOLD 2012 Cairdeas Winery Dolcetto, WS
GOLD 2012 Cairdeas Winery C2, WS
GOLD NV Cairdeas Winery Tri, CV
GOLD 2013 Cairdeas Winery Southern White, YV
GOLD 2013 Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards Barbera, WA
GOLD 2014 Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards Shameless Hussy, LC
GOLD 2014 Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards Viognier, LC
GOLD 2011 37 Cellars Cabernet Franc, Bacchus/Seven Hills
GOLD 2011 37 Cellars Petit Verdot, Dionysus Vineyard
GOLD 2013 Malaga Springs Winery Blanc de Noirs, WA
GOLD 2012 Tsillan Cellars Estate Bellissima Rossa, LC
GOLD 2012 Tsillan Cellars Estate Sinistra, LC
GOLD 2012 Tsillan Cellars Estate Syrah, LC
GOLD 2012 Villa Monaco Ruthie’s Reserve Red Blend
GOLD NV Wedge Mountain Winery Les Chevaux de la Montagne
GOLD 2013 Ryan Patrick Vineyards Riesling, CV

SILVER 2012 Jones of Washington Cabernet Sauvignon, WS
SILVER 2011 Jones of Washington Jack’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, AL
SILVER 2011 Jones of Washington Barrel Select Red Wine AL
SILVER 2014 Jones of Washington Riesling, AL
SILVER 2014 Jones of, Washington Sauvignon Blanc AL
SILVER 2011 Stemilt Creek Winery A Day’s Work, Cabernet SauvignonCV
SILVER 2011 Stemilt Creek Winery Caring Passion, CV
SILVER 2011 Stemilt Creek Winery Boss Lady, CV
SILVER 2012 Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards Estate Malbec, LC
SILVER 2012 Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards Syrah, LC
SILVER 2013 Ryan Patrick Vineyards Redhead Red, CV
SILVER 2013 Ryan Patrick Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay, Bacchus Vineyard?SILVER 2014 Tsillan Cellars Estate Chardonnay Nudo, LC
SILVER 2014 Malaga Springs Winery Chenin Blanc, WA
SILVER 2013 Mellisoni Vineyards Riesling, LC
SILVER 2013 Mellisoni Vineyards 180 Degrees Rosé, LC

BRONZE 2012 Malaga Springs Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, WA
BRONZE 2012 Tsillan Cellars Estate Malbec, LC
BRONZE 2012 Tsillan Cellars Estate Sangiovese, LC
BRONZE 2014 Jones of Washington Chardonnay, WS
BRONZE NV Stemilt Creek Winery Sweet Adelaide, CV
BRONZE NV Stemilt Creek Winery Rosé Nettie, CV
BRONZE 2014 Kestrel Vintners Rosé, CV
BRONZE 2014 Wedge Mountain Winery Viognier AL

Great NW Wine Competition

March, 26th, 2015 100 wines earned GOLD at the Great NW Wine Competition. Here are the winners from our region.

DOUBLE GOLD
Pasek Cellars Winery NV Blackberry Dessert Wine, Washington, $12

GOLD
Goose Ridge Vineyards 2010 Merlot Dreams, Columbia Valley, $30
Jones of Washington 2011 Barrel Select Red Blend, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $25
Kestrel Vintners 2012 Co-Ferment Syrah, Yakima Valley, $40
Goose Ridge Vineyards 2010 Merlot Dreams, Columbia Valley, $30
Plain Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $35

SILVER
Chelan Estate Winery 2010 Merlot, Lake Chelan, $25
Chelan Estate Winery 2012 Stillwater Creek Petit Verdot, Columbia Valley, $40
Goose Ridge Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $24
Goose Ridge Vineyards 2010 Merlot, Columbia Valley
Goose Ridge Vineyards 2010 Sol Duc, Columbia Valley, $50
Malaga Springs Winery 2013 Blanc de Noir, Washington, $15
Malaga Springs Winery 2014 Viognier, Washington, $15
Malaga Springs Winery 2012 Reserve Zinfandel, Washington, $34
Plain Cellars 2012 Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley, $28
Plain Cellars 2012 Malbec, Yakima Valley, $28
Plain Cellars 2012 Petite Sirah, Yakima Valley, $30
Plain Cellars 2012 Just Plain Red, Yakima Valley, $28
Plain Cellars 2012 Summer Solstice Red, Columbia Valley, $30
Silvara Vineyards 2012 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley, $32
Silvara Vineyards 2012 Red Blend, Columbia Valley, $32
Tsillan Cellars 2012 Estate Barbera, Lake Chelan, $28
Tsillan Cellars 2012 Estate Bellissima Rossa, Lake Chelan, $30
Tsillan Cellars 2012 Estate Sangiovese, Lake Chelan, $28
Tsillan Cellars 2012 Estate Syrah, Lake Chelan, $30

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Award Winners 1/27/2015

Cascade Valley Wine Country wineries brought medals home from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Congratulations to all the winners!

GOLD
Rio Vista Wines 2012 Summit Vineyard Tempranillo, $32
Tsillan Cellars 2012 Malbec, $32

Silver
37 Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, $30
Cairdeas 2012 Counoise, $36
Jones of Washington 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, $15
Jones of Washington 2013 Chardonnay, $15
Rio Vista Wines 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, $32
Tsillan Cellars 2012 Estate Reserve Syrah, $35
Tsillan Cellars 2012 Syrah, $30
Tsillan Cellars 2012 Sinistra, $28

Bronze
37 Cellars 2012 Pepper Bridge Merlot, $30
Jones of Washington 2013 Pinot Gris, $13
Jones of Washington 2013 Riesling, $12
Tsillan Cellars 2013 Gewürztraminer, $14
Tsillan Cellars 2012 Estate Barbera, $28
Tsillan Cellars 2012 Bellissima Rossa, $30
Tsillan Cellars 2012 Estate Sangiovese, $28

 

WinePress Northwest Platinum Judging 2014

DOUBLE PLATINUM

Jones of Washington
2013 Pinot Gris, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley
Young Victor Palencia has a real touch with the grapes from the relatively cool Ancient Lakes region of Washington, and this Pinot Gris is simply stunning. It opens with gorgeous aromas of pear, lime and cotton candy, followed by flavors of tropical fruit, honeydew melon and citrus. Enjoy this with shellfish. (1,901 cases; 13.8% alc.) Medals: Great Northwest Wine Competition (double gold/best of class), Wine Press Northwest Pinot Gris judging (Outstanding), Seattle Wine Awards (gold)

2013 Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley
This is the second Platinum in three years for this wine from Jones of Washington, which has tasting rooms in Quincy and Wenatchee, Wash. Winemaker Victor Palencia performs a delicious high-wire act by perfectly balancing fruit, acidity and sweetness on this Riesling. Broad fruit flavors and bright floral notes are backed with 2.17% residual sugar that barely register, thanks to crisp acidity. Medals: North Central Washington Wine Awards (gold), Seattle Wine Awards (double gold)

PLATINUM

Tunnel Hill Winery • $30
2012 Syrah, Lake Chelan
Winemaker and documentary filmmaker Guy Evans continues to find success in transforming the family apple business to wine. This gorgeous Syrah from the south shore of Lake Chelan is beautifully balanced all the way through with nuances of spice, blackberry, and dark chocolate. (114 cases; 15.1% alc.) Medal: North Central Washington Wine Awards (double gold)

Rio Vista Wines • $29
2012 Barbera, Columbia Valley
North of the cutoff to Lake Chelan along the Columbia River, winemaker John Little is crafting superb wines. Among them is this Italian variety, which is fun and delicious to drink. Aromas and flavors of vanilla, cherry, coconut and plum are backed with rich acidity and moderate tannins. (150 cases; 14.14% alc.) Medal: Washington State Wine Competition (gold)

Rio Vista Wines< • $27
2013 Antoine Creek Vineyards Viognier, Columbia Valley
Rio Vista is along the Columbia River north of Lake Chelan on Highway 97, and owner/winemaker John Little is crafting gorgeous wines. This stunning Viognier offers aromas and flavors of pear, orange and clove, all backed with impressive acidity and a lengthy finish. Enjoy with baked or grilled chicken. (100 cases; 12.7% alc.) Medals: North Central Washington Wine Awards (best of show), Washington State Wine Competition (gold)

Tunnel Hill Winery• $33
NV Setenta, Columbia Valley
Winemaker Guy Evans crafted this unusual blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Syrah. Aromas and flavors of strawberry freezer jam, fresh raspberry, white pepper and a sprinkling of cocoa powder. Mild tannins back up all the fruit. (177 cases; 14.6% alc.) Medal: North Central Washington Wine Awards (gold)

Jones of Washington • $15
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope
Winemaker Victor Palencia has developed a delicious and affordable Cabernet Sauvignon using estate grapes on the Wahluke Slope. This is a rich, deep wine with aromas and flavors of blackberry, black cherry, rose petal, orange oil and pomegranate. A juicy midpalate gives this youthful approachability. (7,700 cases; 14.7% alc.) Medals: Sunset International Wine Competition (gold), Seattle Wine Awards (double gold)

Jones of Washington • $13
2013 Rosé of Syrah, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley
This wine from Victor Palencia is as pretty to look at as it is to taste. Notes of strawberry, raspberry, red currant and cotton candy are backed with juicy acidity and just a hint of sweetness to round out this gorgeous pink wine. (832 cases; 13.2% alc.) Medal: Seattle Wine Awards (gold)