SpierHead Winery uses Pinot Noir to win British Columbia Wine Awards

SpierHead Winery’s estate vineyard overlooks Okanagan Lake and Kelowna. The SpierHead 2014 Pinot Noir Cuvee received the Premier’s Award as the top wine from the British Columbia Wine Awards. (Photo courtesy of SpierHead Winery) PENTICTON, British Columbia – SpierHead Winery, a young winery in Kelowna headed by Montreal native Bill…

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Judges nominations grow for Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

Chris Horn, wine director for Seattle-based Heavy Restaurant Group; Naomi Boutz, manager/wine director of The Cellar at 317 Sherman in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; and Dave Smith, wine buyer for Everything Wine in Vancouver, British Columbia, judge at 2015 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in…

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Koenig Vineyards dessert wine tops 7th Idaho Wine Competition

Workers pick frozen Riesling clusters for Koenig Winery in Idaho’s Snake River Valley. (Photo courtesy of Koenig Winery) BOISE, Idaho – A dessert wine from one of Idaho’s top winemakers won best of show Tuesday afternoon at the seventh annual Idaho Wine Competition. Koenig Vineyards’ 2014 Botrytis Single Berry Select…

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Deep Roots Winery 2014 Syrah wins All Canadian Wine Championships

Deep Roots Winery on the Naramata Bench in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley earned the Red Wine of the Year award at this year’s All Canadian Wine Championships for its 2014 Syrah. (Photo courtesy of Bev Carnahan/All Canadian Wine Championships) PICTON, Ontario – Deep Roots Winery on British Columbia’s Naramata Bench…

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St. Hubertus Riesling tops Best of Varietal for British Columbia wine

Andy Gebert, winemaker and co-owner of St. Hubertus Estate Winery and Oak Bay in Kelowna, British Columbia, served in the Swiss army before joining his brother in 1990 and launching their winery. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) PENTICTON, British Columbia – Andy Gebert, winemaker and co-owner of St. Hubertus…

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Spring Valley, Woodward Canyon each earn 2 double golds in Florida

Owner Rick Small, left, and winemaker Kevin Mott are the two behind the Woodward Canyon Winery 2012 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon, which was The Seattle Times Wine of the Year for 2015. The 2013 vintage recently earned a double gold medal at the 2016 American Fine Competition in Florida. (Photo…

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Judges select favorites from 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition

The judging team for the fourth annual Cascadia Wine Competition poses in front of the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – Not every wine wins a gold medal at wine competitions. In fact, fewer than 20 percent do. And…

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Inside the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition

The historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore., is home to the annual Cascadia Wine Competition. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – During the fourth annual Cascadia Wine Competition – the largest judging of wines from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho in the country…

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Great whites from 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition

White wine grapes arrive at a Washington winery during harvest. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – Amid the more than 1,000 wines judged last week by 22 Northwest wine professionals during the fourth annual Cascadia Wine Competition, fewer than a third were white – a testament to the…

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Gold medal reds from 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition

Ken Robertson, chief of judges at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition, reviews a wine moments after it was awarded a gold medal by one of the six judging panels at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore. (Photo by Sharon Beth Photography) HOOD RIVER, Ore. – Red wines dominated the…

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