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WENATCHEE ◆ LEAVENWORTH ◆ CHELAN ◆ AND ALL OF NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON

OOTHILLS September-October 2014

THE

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Rio Vista’s Viognier shines brightest in 2014 NCW Wine Awards


EDITOR’S LETTER

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hether your thing is red wine or white wine — or both — local winemakers have applied their craft to bring out the best of the grapes that went into that particular vintage you’re pouring. Increasingly, those grapes are being grown right here in North Central Washington. Estate wineries are becoming more common as vines planted several years ago are now producing at greater levels. Some wineries use a combination of estate-grown grapes and grapes from other sources, including the highly productive Wahluke Slope, which one wine writer has described as the “backbone” of the state’s wine industry. Regardless of the source, local winemakers are doing better things with grapes than they were three or four years ago. That’s according to the men and women who served as judges for the 2014 NCW Wine Awards. All of this year’s judges are repeat judges, with some going back to the inaugural NCW Wine Awards in 2011. It should also be noted that the grapes from existing vineyards are also improving with age, so the combination of better grapes and evolving winemaking talents are paying big dividends for local wine fans. You can check out the results from the NCW Wine Awards starting on Page 44. ****************************** Sadly, this issue marks the last time you’ll see the work of photographer Kathryn Stevens and page designer Jared Johnson in the pages of Foothills. Kathryn shot this issue’s cover photo, and Jared masterfully put the pages together. Both artists are largely responsible for the visual success of this magazine since its inception in 2011. Kathryn has moved to Western Washington, where she will continue to focus on her business, Atlas & Elia Photography. Jared, meanwhile, has taken his talents to the Yakima Valley, where he is the new design/production manager for Good Fruit Grower. They are lucky to have him. Thank you Jared and Kathryn for the outstanding work you’ve both done for Foothills over the years.

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Contents 6

Fast 5

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She’s a Beauty

A collection of do-over candidates

Karen McCart has a way with cars

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A Bread for All Seasons

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Trail drive

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All Aboard!

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48 Hours

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Winner’s Circle

Sandwich packs fall flavors

Cycling Wenatchee’s nearby hills

Volunteers power riverfront railway

Cave B resort is the perfect getaway

Results from 2014 NCW Wine Awards


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FAST FIVE

‘Oops?’ EDITION

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Meeting needs to nit-pick

You either love ’em or hate ’em. Wenatchee’s welcome sculptures at either end of town — yep, those precast boulders that read “Meeting Rivers, Meeting Friends, Meeting Needs” — triggered visceral reactions when unveiled in 2006. Residents described them as resembling, ahem, cow plops, and the slogan was branded as New Age blather. And even worse, their installation meant removal of a longtime welcome sign that claimed Wenatchee as Apple Capital of the World. Horrors! Today, local folks still roll their eyes when the entrance art creeps into conversation, but criticism has softened. And thankfully, a new sign stands at the north entrance to reclaim the city as Apple Capital of the World.

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Bubbling globs of goo

Gurgle if you love Lava Lamps. The City of Soap Lake has been gurgling for 14 years about erecting a giant Lava Lamp that would put the lakeside town on the national “quirky” map. The idea first bubbled from the brain of local artist Brent Blake and soon lit up the imaginations of city leaders. Blake even corralled a 50-foot-tall replica lamp that previously adorned the Target store in New York City, but installation of it came unplugged when he discovered pieces were missing or broken. Enter Andy Kovach, Everett architect, who’s proposed raising $1 million to build a 60-foot lamp at the south end of the lake. There’d even be a trail and benches where mesmerized lamp devotees could sit and stare. Cool, dude. 6

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It’s payback time

We’ll likely come to love Town Toyota Center as the Wenatchee Valley’s premier event arena. After all, the 4,500-seat palace (with 103 bathroom stalls and urinals) has hosted hit songstress Kelly Clarkson, staged the traveling show of “Cats” and even hauled in tons of dirt for the Hot Rod Mud Bog Drag Races. Most folks agree, however, that lovin’ the place has been a long hard road — one paved with 42 million bucks of budget-crushing debt and a contentious (but successful) campaign to pay it all back by raising


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Sprint boats sink

Fast? Check. Loud? Check. Caked in mud? Check. Hard to imagine what exactly went wrong with East Wenatchee’s Thunder Swamp Sprint Boat Races, since they were supercharged more than most events held in a water-filled trench dug into a wheat field. But in three races spaced over two summers (2010-2011), the city spent nearly $120,000 in prep and promo for the vroom-and-zoom sport that featured zippy little powerboats. Truth is, organizers had the track and had the competitors, but lacked enough paying swamp-race fans to really make a splash. As Mayor Steve Lacy said at the time, “There has to be a better way to do tourism without losing 120 grand.”

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Turrets for tourists

taxes. That payback will take 30 years, so let’s just sit back and enjoy more Disney on Ice, Bad Boys of Arenacross, Bull Riding Blowouts and beer pong tournaments.

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WHEELS OF WONDER

‘Something Beautiful’ Quincy woman helps transform 1968 Chevelle into showstopper

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aren McCart’s 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle was her irst real project car, but deinitely not

her last. She inished the 396 SS in a yearand-a-half with help from her husband, Randy McCart, and won an award the irst time she entered it in a show. Her goal when she got the Chevelle, which was an oxidized red color with a makeshift roof and rust on the left quarter panel, was to ready it in time for the 2009 Classy Chassis Parade & Car Show that takes place in East Wenatchee each spring. To meet the deadline, the couple spent a dozen or so late nights working in their garage. For their eforts, McCart’s muscle car was awarded best domestic modiied vehicle from the 1960s, a title it reclaimed at the 2010 and 2014 shows. It also won best of show at the Classy Chassis in 2010. “My husband kind of got me 8

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Karen McCart with the 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle she rebuilt.


STORY BY SHARON ALTARAS PHOTOS BY MIKE BONNICKSEN

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“As soon as he pulled that tarp off, I knew it was the one I wanted. I knew it would work with what I wanted to do.” started,” says the 49-year-old Quincy resident who manages the pro shop at Crescent Bar Resort. “He had a ’67 Camaro he was just about done with, and he had to sell it. We had babies — priorities,” McCart says. “He said, ‘As soon as the irst one graduates, I’m getting another one.’ ” And that’s just what he did. Another 1967 Camaro that needed “a lot of work” came into the couple’s life a month before the elder of their two children graduated high school. “I was kind of his little grunt. But then when it was done, wow, he turned it into something beautiful,” McCart recalls. “After about a year, I got tired of just sitting in the passenger seat.” So, she proposed another project vehicle — this one would be mostly hers. After years of going to car shows, McCart had igured out that she wanted a mid-’60s Chevelle, and had a general idea of the overall look and color scheme she was after. She says her husband bugged a customer at work about his sidelined project Chevelle until one day the man came in and said he was ready to sell it. “As soon as he pulled that tarp of, I knew it was the one I wanted,” she 10

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Seen in about 2009, Karen McCart stripped her 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle down to bare metal for the rebuild.

The interior is mostly original. McCart put in 1969 front seats, because the original seats had a low back and she figured the car was safer with the high-back seats of the ’69 model. says. “I knew it would work with what I wanted to do.” The car, which she got for $5,500, ran rough and had to be started with a switch located under the dash. It had the original engine block in it, but

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had its stock automatic transmission swapped for a manual so the man could race the car on country roads. The McCarts modiied the engine and made the car an automatic once again, replacing the pitted-out roof for a vinyl one — McCart likes the texture contrast. They also had the front seats redone. They took the car to a Moses Lake shop to have it painted pearl black with metal lake mixed in and lots of layers of clear coat. They also lowered the vehicle to make it more beefy. “We tried to keep that one pretty close, pretty true. Hours and hours of cleaning parts and buing trim pieces and trying to salvage what you can,” McCart remembers. My husband “kind of inspired me to do this, so I worked right alongside

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him with the car,” says McCart, who estimates the labor was split 50-50. “We had our bonding moments, we called them,” where difering communication styles resulted in frustration. But she says her husband was patient and let her get her hands dirty, instead of stepping in when he knew he could more easily do the job. “The only way I learn is if you tell me, and I do it hands-on,” she says. From what she knows, she is the third owner. The irst owner of the Chevelle was a woman, also. McCart had no experience working on cars before she met her husband, but says she is hooked now on making old things new. “It’s kind of cool to watch them emerge from an ugly duckling to something beautiful,” she says. The couple’s garage is outitted with a fridge, a wood stove and a stereo. McCart says when work quiets down at the end of summer, they’ll

Celebrating

The original “serial numbers matching” engine is still in the car. McCart added some chrome to dress it up. be spending a lot of their free time in there. Since inishing his Camaro, her husband has started work on a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda that he painted lime green.

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She recently found a 1969 Chevrolet El Camino. “I have the whole front end of, engine disconnected, ready to pull out, doors of, all the trim of,” she says. “I am doing this one all myself.” F

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KITCHEN CREATIONS

STORY BY M.K. RESK PHOTOS BY GINA MORTON

Bread

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year ago I was looking for another way to help pay for school,” says Mackenzi Brunner, a junior pre-nursing student at Eastern Washington University in Cheney. “My mom had a killer bread recipe and we played around with it.” When her irst samplers gobbled up a whole loaf in no time, she realized she was onto something special. Now the Cashmere native and owner of Brunner Breads travels home each weekend to supply bread to her hungry fans in North Central Washington. She drives home on Friday, gets her baking supplies set, lets the dough rise overnight, wakes up and bakes it Saturday morning, and gets to Pybus Market in time to sell at the Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market. She’s done by about 2 p.m. and then heads back to Cheney or leaves early Sunday morning to “catch up on homework, clean the apartment, relax.” This motivated, enterprising young woman doesn’t stop there. Martin’s Market sells her bread most of the week (Wednesday through Sunday) and Blom’s American Pub and Irish Grill serves her beer bread as a side. Blom’s co-owner, Karin Blomquist, was Brunner’s leadership teacher in high school. Both outlets are in Cashmere. 12

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Mackenzi Brunner’s bread is served as a side at Blom’s American Pub and Irish Grill in Cashmere. It’s also available by the loaf at Martin’s Market in Cashmere.

Kale and beets add up to savory sandwich flavor.

Brunner also works to come up with new lavor combinations and recipes. Her mom helps a lot, and so do her college friends. “If we need a study break, we come up with ideas,” says Brunner. Spinach and bacon bit bread was a lop, but her recent sweet potato rosemary combination was a resounding hit. Her apple cider bread is another favorite. Brunner previously worked at


Mackenzi Brunner is a full-time student at Eastern Washington University who comes home on the weekend to make bread that she sells at multiple outlets, including the Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market at Pybus Market.


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NCW RECREATION

Two-Wheeled B World-class mountain biking in our backyard


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enatchee and the surrounding valley is blessed in many ways. Soft snow in the winter, tall rocks ready to climb year round, and a mountain landscape soaked in the sun 300-plus days of the year. And without a doubt, one of these blessings includes miles of premier mountain biking trails that sprawl throughout the foothills of our backyard. And to get those tires spinning and dirt flying, here is a little more information to get you on your way.

From the Backdoor If you live anywhere in the Wenatchee area, it doesn’t take much efort to ind

yourself at a mountain bike trailhead. Whether it’s in the No. 2 Canyon area south of town or the Horselake trail system to the north, or even somewhere in the middle on the Sage Hills section; world-class mountain biking is only a solid warm-up ride or short car commute away. And don’t let the vicinity fool you; in terms of scenery, varying skill level and ample options of which way to go, mountain biking in North Central Washington ofers the complete package.

Before you Go Essential items to bring mountain biking include a working mountain bike (good brakes, working shifters and

A local rider follows the path on Lester Trail, a portion of the Sage Hills Trail system. Hannah Brzozowski photo


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Two riders make their way up Lester Trail just outside of Wenatchee.


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NCW LIFE

Chugga Chugga Volunteers keep Wenatchee Riverfront Railway rolling along Peshastin orchardist Nile Saunders donated his train, equipment and part of the track that he had set up and operated in his orchard for roughly 30 years. The original coal-fired steam engine was used locally until 2003 when the boiler was shut down over safety concerns.


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The mini railway operates in Riverfront Park, with parking access on Worthen Street, just north of Pybus Market.

hen Dave Sleeman works on the Wenatchee Riverfront Railway, making sure the trains run on time, he wears a dirty engineer’s cap made of blue-andwhite-pinstripe ticking, with overalls to match. On Sleeman, this does not look like a costume. It’s just natural attire for someone who’s been around, and in love with, trains since he was 2. He’s 64 and retired now, and still has the Lionel miniature train set his dad and granddad gave him 62 years ago. It’s a tiny part of a model train collection that ills 46 apple boxes and 28 totes at his home, along with a couple of roomsize train sets. He has plans for another that will ill a 20- by 20-foot room above his garage.

But Sleeman’s main railroading activity, since 1988, has been keeping the miniature Riverfront passenger line running on its 10-inch-wide tracks. He is a vital part of a small cast of volunteers, spanning generations, who have worked thousands of livelong days to keep the tracks sound, the mechanicals tuned and the choo-choos clickety-clacketing for the past 26 years. It was in 1988 that Peshastin orchardist Nile Saunders donated the train and various sections of track and other equipment to the city of Wenatchee. For about 30 years before that, the coal-ired steam engine had pulled the children of Peshastin around an eighth-mile track through Saunders’ acres of pears. “Saunders never charged for rides,”

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Train enthusiasts comes in all sizes and ages, including Ellie Galbraith, who was visiting the Wenatchee Riverfront Railway as part of the John Starkovich family reunion in July. Ellie is seen near the full-sized train car that occupies a spot near the mini-train rail.


Joel Brownlee, center, waves his train ticket, during a ride with other St. Joseph School classmates last year. ticket sales and conduct passengers for the 17 days a year the railroad runs. That’s not including the 80 or so times a year that people rent the line for birthday parties or other special occasions.

It’s a lot of work. Ten volunteers put in 239 hours during May, according to logs Sleeman keeps. Ranks of unpaid help even include a couple of men — Bill Sorensen and Gary Kliewald — who ran the train when it was still in

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The Wenatchee Riverfront Railway makes its way across the trestle on the south end of the track layout.

It takes a dedicated team of volunteers to run the mini-train as many as 100 days a year, including special events. Duties range from conductor and brakeman to clerk and ticket salesman. At left, the depot includes a coal-fired stove in the office area.

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might help ease that concern. Like Sleeman, Scott Cheek has this obsession with trains. And like Sleeman, Cheek has worked for the Riverfront line since the last century. Cheek is 23 now, and except for a few years when he needed to pay more attention to his high school work, he’s worked on the Riverside Railway nearly his entire life. His love of trains also extends to a sizeable personal collection, which ills a large room in his home in western Wenatchee. “It’s a disease. You catch it and you can’t explain it,” he said. Cheek caught it early. “At 6, I was volunteering down here as a conductor,” he said. “They have pictures to prove it.” It was not something his parents forced on him. “My mom tolerated it, didn’t encourage it. My dad really didn’t care.” Sleeman remembers that Cheek “was a gung-ho little sucker. He had 40,000 questions about trains.” A PUD security oicer in his other life, Cheek still spends around 23 hours

a month helping out on the Riverside line. In his spare time, he’s building an engine that will be a carbon copy of one currently in use at the Riverside Railway. Eventually, he said, he’ll use it to help do chores on his two-acre farm where he raises show pygmy goats. Sometimes he brings the little critters down to the Riverside Railway to ride them around in the miniature cattle cars. “They don’t care for it much,” he said. Railroad regulations prevented Cheek from being an engineer on the park’s trains until he was 16 (for gas locomotives) or 18 (for steam). Which means that it’ll be 10 years or so before Hudson Barclay, a new volunteer for the rail line, will be pulling the levers in the engine room. Hudson’s mom, Toddi Barclay, was looking for a volunteer role she and her son could ill together. The Humane Society and homeless shelters seemed inappropriate for his age, she said. Her family had been frequent passengers on the Riverside line, and “One day we

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At the end of another successful run, Dave Sleeman walks the engine back to the small building where it is stored when not in use.

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were down there and one of the guys said, ‘I’ve been working on it since I was 6.’ I said, ‘Well, he’s 6, so perfect.’ ” That was in June, and the pair has missed only one train weekend since. Toddi runs the ticket oice. Hudson helps on the train, riding the caboose and clambering on and of to switch tracks, among other duties. On Father’s Day, Toddi’s husband, Brian, worked with Hudson. It was a day when the train was short-stafed, and it would not have been able to run without them. “Both came home

so happy that they were high-iving and excited, really glad that they were needed,” Toddi said. Hudson has no model trains as yet, though he likes to play with his small wooden toy choo-choo. His mom intends to not pressure him to keep volunteering unless he wants to. “If he still is interested in it, we will support him, but we won’t force it.” She did, however, recently buy for Hudson a pair of tiny overalls and a blue-and-white-pinstripe engineer’s cap. F


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he stress between the shoulders starts to ease about halfway down the long, treelined driveway beyond the resort’s rock-wall entrance gate. Welcome to Cave B Estate Winery & Resort, arguably the Paciic Northwest’s inest example of an estate winery married with top-notch resort amenities. For the uninitiated, Cave B is south of Quincy, adjacent to the Gorge Amphitheatre, site of popular concerts that have drawn rowdy guests by the thousands since its inception 25 years ago. The resort is the quiet, classy alternative to the crowded concert scene. Vineyards are spread out all over the property, along with overnight accommodations that range from 25 posh yurts to 15 luxurious, stand-alone one- and two-bedroom

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clifhouses overlooking the Columbia River gorge and string of a dozen unique cavern rooms built up against the rocky features of the property. There are also three guest rooms inside the main building, which includes the resort’s front desk, a pair of conference rooms and Tendril’s restaurant. Cave B it the bill perfectly for a quick, two-night getaway. As parents of two busy little girls, it’s diicult convincing my wife that it’s OK to sneak away without our daughters. The proximity of Cave B to our home in Wenatchee — roughly 45 minutes — made it easier to leave them in the safe care of our most-trusted babysitter.

DAY 1 We pulled up mid-afternoon to the resort’s main building and checked in at the front desk. Armed with a map of the compound, we drove over to the cluster of 25 yurts on the southernmost edge of the resort’s developed property. The white-topped yurts — open April through October — are plain in a luxe, Cave B way. Most of the roundshaped structures are outitted with a king-sized bed smack dab in the middle of the round-shaped structure. There’s also a comfortable couch, a small table with chairs and a minifridge. Additional comforts include a nicer-than-you’d-expect-to-ind-in-ayurt bathroom and shower, as well as an air conditioning unit that makes even the most unbearable summer heat irrelevant inside the smooth, concrete-loored structure. We quickly got dressed in our swimsuits and made our way to the outdoor pool, which is about an 5-minute walk from the yurt area. Later, we made the short walk to the tasting room and bought a bottle of the 2010 Caveman Red to enjoy with the picnic dinner we brought with us from Wenatchee. We spent the rest of the evening playing Scrabble, reading and chatting

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Cave B Estate Winery planted its first grapes — three different white varieties — in 1980. Those vines are still productive today, and the winery has since planted an additional 14 varieties. At upper right, friends find a shaded spot on the edge of the Cave B piazza to enjoy a glass of wine. The piazza, an open plaza area near the tasting room surrounded by high grape vines, is a popular wedding reception spot. about how guilty we feel enjoying the rare evening away from our daughters. Notice that I didn’t mention watching TV among our evening pursuits. That’s

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Freddy Arredondo is the award-winning winemaker at Cave B Estate Winery.

DAY 2 We woke early to beat the heat as we set out on a hike down a long ravine that starts next to the pool area and winds its way to the Columbia River. The paths are well-marked and easy to maneuver. We reached the river in just under an hour after stopping to take photos and take in the views along the way. We turned around and headed back up toward the resort. As we reached the 36

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trailhead, we were really looking forward to a late breakfast at Tendrils. The restaurant’s patio ofers a fabulous view of the river and the blufs on the opposite side — a perfect accompaniment to the hearty breakfast, fresh-squeezed orange juice and cofee that I ordered. After breakfast, we headed back to the yurt and packed our things up. We were checking out ... and checking into a onebedroom clifhouse on the other side of

the resort. As much as we enjoyed the yurt experience — it is something you should try at least once — the clifhouse seemed more like home, with hardwood loors, loor-to-ceiling windows and an arbor-covered terrace with great views looking out over the river gorge. There’s also a glass ireplace that separates the seating area from the bedroom. Atop the ireplace is a lat-screen TV that pivots to allow viewing from either room.


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In the early afternoon, we wandered back to the tasting room and met up with Freddy Arredondo, a former chef who is now the do-everything wine guy at Cave B. Freddy manages the sprawling vineyards and serves as the chief winemaker. He’s also the son-in-law of owners Vince and Carol Bryan. But if you think nepotism is why Freddy is in charge of all things wine at Cave B, you’d be wrong. The haul of medals

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Cave B Estate Winery and Resort offers a mix of accommodations that range from fully-equipped yurts to plush cliffhouses, with views of the Columbia River gorge between Crescent Bar and Vantage. At right, an interior look of a Cave B yurt.

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STUFF THE PIGGY BANK... and awards his wines have won over the past several years — including multiple honors from the North Central Washington Wine Awards — are solid proof of his winemaking chops. Freddy poured us small tastes of several varieties. Our personal favorites were the 2010 Cuvée du Soleil and the 2012 Unoaked Chardonnay. We then loaded into his pickup for a driving tour of the sprawling vineyard property. The oldest vines — Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer — date back to 1980 and are still very productive, he said.

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The pool area sits on a cliff edge overlooking the river gorge.

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A pair of hikers head down the trail from the Cave B trailhead toward the Columbia River. The diferent soil types, sloping vineyards and heat that relects of the property’s rocky features and the clifs across the river all contribute to create what Freddy describes as a small laboratory, where he grows 17 diferent varieties over 130 acres. Generally, the red grapes are clustered on the property’s western edge, closest to the river, while the whites prosper on the east end, where the temperatures are moderately milder. Freddy’s description provided a backstory of the growing process that 42

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goes into each pour. After another visit to the pool, we headed to the main building for dinner at Tendril’s. We were too late to grab a patio table, but we had a window seat that allowed us to watch the sun set behind the hills across the gorge. Executive chef Adam Johnson had the night of, but the substitute chef did not disappoint. My wife ordered the halibut with gnocchi in a cream sauce with sautéed greens, while I ordered the massive pork shank with peppernatta couscous. The melt-in-your-mouth pork

shank and perfectly prepared halibut were delicious. The wine pairings suggested by the waiter were spot-on, enhancing an already phenomenal dining experience.

DAY 3 More hiking! At least that was our plan when we went to bed the night before. Feeling less than inspired, we ignored the alarm we had set and simply stayed in bed an extra 90 minutes. After another great Tendril’s breakfast,


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lot of education goes into making fine wines. Apparently, John and Jan Little’s background as teachers qualified them for excellence when they launched their new careers at Rio Vista Wines. Rio Vista’s 2013 Antoine Creek Vineyards Viognier was picked as the Best of Show wine at the 2014 NCW Wine Awards. The wonderfully floral and fruity Viognier — judges notes included “Gorgeous aromatics, bright and luscious” — isn’t the only winner for Rio Vista. The winery won Double Gold for its 2013 Riesling and Gold Medals for another three wines. It won five more Silver Medals. John and Jan both retired from teaching in 2004. Jan taught in the Wenatchee School District for 25 years. John taught in Wenatchee Valley College’s carpentry program. He’s also worked as a carpenter and a longtime orchardist. Winemaker/winery owner he counts as his fourth career. “I’m a farmer at heart,” he says about the three acres of grapes in seven varieties he grows along the Columbia River between Chelan and Pateros. Estate grapes make up about 60 percent of what’s used for Rio Vista’s 1,000-case annual production, including those used for his perennial prize-winning Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon. The rest comes from small vineyards located just a few miles away. Grapes for his Best of Show Viognier came from Antoine Creek

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Rio Vista owners John and Jan Little are both former teachers. John is the winemaker, with help from Jan. Vineyards. John said he was relieved that vineyard and his own weren’t damaged during the Carlton Complex Fire that devastated nearby Pateros and surrounding areas this summer. John said he learned his winemaking craft by working closely with some of the region’s best winecrafters — Craig Mitrakul, Ray Sandidge and John Morgan. The winery’s location is clearly a

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Rio Vista Wines: 2013 Chardonnay, 2013 Wacky White, 2013 Viognier, 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Riesling good one for growing grapes. John expects this year’s extremely warm summer will produce an excellent vintage. Rio Vista’s tasting room and scenic Columbia River park-like setting have also been a hit with visitors who keep the family-run operation busy, especially in good weather months. Rio Vista is the only winery in the

state that can be accessed by boat or seaplane, as well as road traveling vehicles. Recreational offerings include boat docks, a swimming area, picnic tables, indoor and outdoor games and a gallery by noted Northwest watercolorist Kerry Siderius, John and Jan’s daughter. Rio Vista’s labels feature her images. F

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Meet the Judges MODERATORS Eric Degerman is a wine author and journalist. He was managing editor of Wine Press Northwest magazine for 15 years before launching Great Northwest Wine, a news and information company. He judges wine professionally throughout the West Coast. He lives in Richland. Andy Perdue, a thirdgeneration newspaperman and author, is the Seattle Times wine columnist. He was editor-inchief of Wine Press Northwest magazine for 15 years

before launching Great Northwest Wine. He lives in Richland. JUDGES Dan Car is co-owner of Visconti’s Italian Restaurants in Wenatchee and Leavenworth and the Fire and Ice restaurants in Pybus Market. Visconti’s awards include Wine Spectator Award of Excellence recipient since 1998 and Wine Spectator “Best of” Award of Excellence in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Visconti’s in Wenatchee was picked as the state’s best wine restaurant by the Washington State Wine Commission in 2013. Don Elsing is wine director at Sun Mountain Lodge

near Winthrop. Under his leadership, the resort has received numerous awards for its wine list. Recent awards include the 2012 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and the 2012 Washington Grand Award given by the Washington State Wine Commission. Mike Rader is a inancial consultant and longtime wine enthusiast. He judges wine throughout the Paciic Northwest and is a member of Great Northwest Wine’s tasting panel. He lives in Kennewick.

Barb Robertson earned an Advanced Certiication and Diploma through the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. She has worked in the Northwest wine industry for more than 10 years, including distribution, sales, production and marketing. She lives in Wenatchee. Ken Robertson is a retired newspaper editor with more than 35 years of wine writing experience. He is a professional wine judge and is a longtime columnist for Wine Press Northwest magazine. He lives in Kennewick. Heather Unwin is executive director of the Red Mountain AVA Alliance. Prior to that, she worked for Terra Blanca Winery on Red Mountain. She

has earned an Advanced Certiication and Diploma through the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. She lives in Richland. Jay Drysdale has worked in the food and wine industry for more than 20 years. He came up through the kitchens to become a chef. He traded in his apron for a corkscrew and became a sommelier and is now a winemaker living in Naramata, B.C. Rick Steigmeyer has been an awardwinning journalist for more than 30 years and writes for The Wenatchee World and Foothills magazine.

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artin-Scott Winery was one of the early entrants in the North Central Washington wine scene. Maybe it’s that wealth of experience that helped the East Wenatchee winery to a dominant showing at the 2014 NCW Wine Awards. Martin-Scott’s 2011 Cabernet Franc was picked as the event’s Best Red Wine when judges convened for a double blind competition of more than 230 wines in early summer. Judges found the winning Cabernet Franc fragrant with oak, spice, vanilla, green olive and Rainier cherry. Ready to drink, it offered a bright entry with good acidity and sweet tannins and nuances of cherry, vanilla, mint leaf and oak. In addition, the winery won a Double Gold medal for its 2012 Counoise, Gold Medals for three other wines and a pair of Silver Medals. The Counoise and Montepulciano (Gold) were the only wines of those varieties entered and judges loved them both. About the Montepulciano, a popular grape in Italy but rarely grown here, they raved about its creamy entry of blackberry, boysenberry and huckleberry. “Great oak treatment and very drinkable,” they wrote in tasting notes. The Counoise, Montepulciano and several other European grape varieties are grown in a small vineyard near the Scotts’ home near East Wenatchee. The vineyard has been a source of excitement the past few years. “We’re continuing to experiment not in any sophisticated way, but it’s been a lot of fun,” said Mike Scott. Mike and his wife, Judi Martin-Scott, have

Martin-Scott Winery 2012 Montepulciano, 2012 Counoise, 2013 Peddler White, 2011 Cabernet Franc and 2013 Riesling been involved in grapes and wine since the Columbia Basin vineyard boom began in the mid-1990s. Mike oversaw conversion of hundreds of acres of Columbia Basin land from potatoes and onions to vineyards when Chateau Ste. Michelle Estates offered basin farmers contracts to produce grapes. He decided to follow the trend and replace apples on a portion of his own land with grapes. Mike and Judi, now retired as a hospital lab manager, found a wine venture the perfect way to enjoy more time together with family while meeting many new friends at their tasting room. Their three children and six grandchildren are all involved. Nearly all of their wine is sold from their home winery tasting room and at their popular summer patio dinners prepared by Ravenous Catering.

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Mike Scott, seen here on the lawn just off the tasting room patio, says the goal of Martin-Scott Winery is to produce award-winning wines and sell them at affordable, “blue-collar” prices. Making wine — and often mentoring other winemakers — is something they really enjoy. The winery produces only about 1,000 cases a year, but often in as many as 20 varieties. “Our legacy is making wine we can enjoy with family and friends,” Scott said. F 755 S. LAKESHORE RD • CHELAN • 509.682.5454 • CHELANESTATEWINERY.COM September / October 2014

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ave B Estate Winery’s 2012 Sauvignon Blanc wowed judges at last year’s North Central Washington Wine Awards. The winery’s 2013 Sauvignon Blanc wowed them again this year with back-to-back Double Gold medals. But it wasn’t the star of the show for this spectacular vineyard, winery and resort perched on a cliff above the Columbia River near George. No, that would be Cave B’s 2013 Sémillon Ice Wine, a wine as rare and exceptional as the winery and its magnificent setting. The ice wine was picked as the 2014 NCW Wine Awards Best Dessert Wine. Cave B winemaker Freddy Arredondo said he netted rows of Sémillon with ice wine in mind. Nature offered a helping hand with a hard freeze in early December. “We were very fortunate. We were hoping for that, but otherwise it would have been picked for a late harvest wine,” he said. The wine’s rich baked apple and vanilla ice cream flavors are indeed the perfect finish to a royal meal. But Arredondo — also a trained chef — isn’t one to skip a course getting to dessert. Cave B Estate wines won five other Gold Medals in addition to the event’s Best Dessert Wine award and Double Gold winning entries. The winery also earned Silver Medals for seven other wines. Cave B owner Dr. Vince Bryan has invested heavily to follow his dream of a vineyard and winery that would rival the best in Europe. Along the way, he

Cave B Estate Winery 2012 Cavewoman White, 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Semillon, 2011 Syrah, 2011 XXVI Merlot, 2013 Viognier, 2013 Semillon Ice Wine also created The Gorge Amphitheatre and world-class resort Cave B Inn and Spa. His belief that the area around Quincy and George would become one of the world’s finest Pinot Noirgrowing regions hasn’t been realized. But many other grape varieties that he planted as early as 1980 have done very well there. Now known as the Ancient Lakes American Viticulture Area, the region he first planted is winning a solid worldwide reputation, especially for its

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white wine grapes but for others as well. Arredondo said the Double Gold winning Sauvignon Blanc is a blend of grapes from vineyards at two elevations on the property that produce grapes that are very different. “One vineyard produces grapes that are full of minerality and acid — the other full of boxwood and grassiness similar to a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. They blend together very nicely,” he said. Arredondo has proven his ability to make astonishing wines from the many varietals Bryan has planted along the multi-leveled, wind-swept benches on the property. Wine lovers — and the entire region — have benefitted from their research and experiments. F

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ike Thiede has been putting his science background to good use lately. Since opening Ginkgo Forest Winery less than a decade ago, the retired Hanford environmental scientist has been a perennial award winner. Ginkgo wines earned an impressive six Gold, seven Silver and five Bronze medals in the 2014 NCW Wine Awards this year. Thiede and his wife Lois purchased 140 acres in the Columbia Basin while they were both still working at Hanford. They grew apples and cherries on the land as part-time farmers. They started planting grapes in 2000 and released their first few wines in 2005. The awards started coming with their 2006 vintage Pinot Noir, which won the top award in a blind Pinot tasting at famed Ray’s Boat House. Thiede’s wines have won medals at several competitions the past few years including the NCW Wine Awards, but judges felt Ginkgo really came into its own the past two years. Last year’s winners included a Double Gold medal for its 2008 Cabernet Franc, Gold for its 2010 Barbera and four Silver awards. The varied selection Thiede entered this year showed improving excellence in his craft, especially with hearty red wines. Six Ginkgo Forest red wines won gold: 2009 Tumbleweed Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 Carménère, 2012 Coalesce red blend, 2010 Wildwood red blend, 2011 Ginkgo Red and 2010 Syrah. Another six Ginkgo reds and one Rosé won Silver medals.

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2012 Carménère, 2009 Tumbleweed Cab, 2010 Syrah, 2011 Ginkgo Red, 2010 Wildwood Blend, 2012 Coalesce Thiede said he loved the Carménère grape so much he considered adding 1 percent to all his other wines. Our judges like it too. They said the gold medal winner had classic aromatic notes of black pepper, boysenberry, dark chocolate and black olive. Tastes started big, showed assertive acidity, solid tannins and well structured, balanced and lasted long. It can be tough to find these fine wines. The Thiedes distribute to several local stores in North Central Washington and on the west side of the Cascades too. Check their website at ginkgowinery.com for a list of locations or how to purchase wine online.

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is a jewel on the banks of the Columbia River only 10 minutes N. of Chelan. Award winning wines include double golds, golds and silvers PLUS we offer 3 decks, sandy beach with rustic hut, gazebo, picnic grounds and acres of landscaped grounds.

Visit by car, boat or float plane (call 509-682-5555 for plane bookings). For travel details go to www.riovistawines.com/how-to-find-us/

(509) 682-9713

www.riovistawines.com

24415 U.S. 97

Ron Mason

Former environmental scientist Mike Thiede began growing grapes in the Wahluke Slope area in 2000. He is the co-owner and winemaker at Ginkgo Forest Winery. If you’re on the westside, Ginkgo now has a tasting room in Tacoma’s Old Town district at 2221 N. 30th St. Tastings and winery tours at the home location in Mattawa can also be arranged by calling (509) 932-0082. F

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Best of Show

Best Red

Rio Vista Wines 2013 Antoine Creek Vineyards Viognier, Columbia Valley, $23 (132 cases)

Martin-Scott Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $25 (46 cases)

Judges’ comments: Viognier is so difficult to grow and make, so it is a treat to find something as gorgeous as this effort from this winery near Lake Chelan. It opens with classic aromas of orange creamsicle and nutmeg, followed by flavors of grapefruit, apple and orange, all backed with impressive acidity that makes this wine bright and luscious.

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Tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The tasting room is closed Sundays in January, February and March.

Tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday

3400 10th St. SE, East Wenatchee

24415 Highway 97, Chelan

(509) 886-4596; martinscottwinery.com

(509) 682-9713; riovistawines.com

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Judges’ comments: This East Wenatchee winery has been producing superb wine for years. This fantastic Cab Franc opens with aromas of vanilla, green olive, Rainier cherry and oak spice. On the palate, it reveals flavors of mint leaf, cherry and vanilla, all backed with bright acidity and sweet tannins.


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Best Dessert Cave B Estate Winery 2013 Sémillon Ice Wine, Ancient Lakes, $38 (143 cases) Judges’ comments: This beautiful dessert wine opens with aromas of baked apple, nutmeg, clove and vanilla ice cream, followed by rich, bright, sweet flavors with delicious acidity and fantastic length. Quincy tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 348 Silica Road N.W., Quincy (next to Gorge Amphitheatre) (509) 785-3500; caveb.com Woodinville tasting room open Monday and Thursday 2 to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday 14356 Woodinville-Redmond Road, Redmond

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DOUBLE GOLD

Cabernet Franc

Dessert

Other Red

Benson Vineyards Estate Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc, Lake Chelan, $35 (189 cases)

Jones of Washington 2011 Late Harvest Riesling, Ancient Lakes, $20 (534 cases)

Martin-Scott Winery 2012 Counoise, Columbia Valley, $20 (69 cases)

Judges’ comments: Using estate grapes from the north shore of Lake Chelan, this destination winery has crafted a beautiful red wine with aromas of tobacco, crushed leaf, moist earth, red cherry and plum, followed by racy red flavors of cherry, vanilla and plum. It’s all beautifully structured with a long finish.

Judges’ comments: This lusciously sweet white wine is loaded with aromas and flavors that are as exotic as they are approachable. Aromas of apple, fig and mango give way to juicy flavors of ripe pear, honey and clove.

Tasting room opens at 11 a.m. daily

Pybus Public Market, 7 N. Worthen St., Wenatchee

Judges’ comments: Counoise is a rare red grape from France’s Southern Rhône Valley, and it is successfully grown in small amounts in Washington. This example is a classic, with aromas of ripe strawberry, dried herbs and a bit of exotic spiciness. On the palate, it reveals flavors of red currant, cranberry and cherry with a whisper of smoke and white pepper. It is beautifully balanced.

754 Winesap Ave., Manson

(509) 888-0809; jonesofwashington.com

Wenatchee tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday

(509) 687-0313; bensonvineyards.com Quincy tasting room open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

3400 10th St. SE, East Wenatchee

Friday through Monday until Labor Day and

(509) 886-4596; martinscottwinery.com

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DOUBLE GOLD

Red Blend Crayelle Cellars 2011 Gabriel’s Horn, Columbia Valley, $24 (71 cases) Judges’ comments: This Cab-heavy red blend reveals aromas of sweet herbs, black pepper, pencil shavings and red cherry. It’s a big wine with rich tannins and assertive acidity that shows off flavors of plum, blackberry, black cherry and black olive on the way to a lengthy and impressive finish.

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Judges’ comments: This Rhône-style red blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre is a rich, plush wine that is easy to enjoy. It opens with aromas of smoke, espresso, leather and purple fruit, followed by ripe, luscious flavors of red and purple fruit, all backed by supple tannins. Tasting room open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. weekends

508 Cabernet Court, Prosser

207A Mission Ave., Cashmere

(509) 788-0030; milbrandtvineyards.com

(509) 393-1996; crayellecellars.com

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Milbrandt Vineyards 2011 Vineyard Series Mosaic, Wahluke Slope, $28 (440 cases)


Other White Crayelle Cellars 2013 Albariño, Ancient Lakes, $19 (160 cases) Judges’ comments: This Spanish white grape might be perfect for the cooler Ancient Lakes appellation near Quincy. This example offers aromas of sweet lemon, elderflowers, Gala apple and pear, followed by elegant flavors of citrus and orchard fruit. It’s all backed by refreshing acidity. Tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. weekends 207A Mission Ave., Cashmere (509) 393-1996; crayellecellars.com

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DOUBLE GOLD

Riesling

Syrah

Rio Vista Wines 2013 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $16 (60 cases)

Malaga Springs Winery 2010 Syrah, Washington, $24 (75 cases)

Judges’ comments: When it comes to American Riesling, it is difficult to beat Washington, and this is a great example from a winery just north of Lake Chelan on Highway 97 along the Columbia River. This reveals aromas and flavors of peach, apricot and ripe apple, all backed with bright acidity for beautiful balance.

Judges’ comments: This winery south of Wenatchee has crafted a gorgeous Syrah. On the nose, it reveals aromas of cinnamon, plum, pomegranate and tobacco, followed by dense flavors that are highlighted by cocoa powder, Marionberry and plum. Tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday and by

Tunnel Hill Winery 2012 Syrah, Lake Chelan, $30 (116 cases) Judges’ comments: Award-winning filmmaker Guy Evans runs this winery near the south shore of Lake Chelan, and he is turning out some beautiful wines. This Syrah reveals aromas of black tea, black cherry and toast, followed by rich flavors of dark chocolate, plush fruit and blackberry jam. Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; call for fall tasting room hours

Tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday

appointment noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday

37 Highway 97A, Chelan

24415 Highway 97, Chelan

3450 Cathedral Rock Road, Malaga

(509) 682-3243; tunnelhillwinery.com

(509) 682-9713; riovistawines.com

(509) 860-1879

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Sauvignon Blanc Cave B Estate Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Ancient Lakes, $25 (371 cases) Judges’ comments: Washington doesn’t get a lot of credit for crafting classic Sauvignon Blanc, but this example could change some minds. Aromas of lime, fresh herb and honeysuckle lead to flavors of minerality, lemon-lime and just a touch of sweetness that rounds out the bright acidity. Quincy tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 348 Silica Road N.W., Quincy (next to Gorge Amphitheatre) (509) 785-3500; caveb.com Woodinville tasting room open Monday and Thursday 2 to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 14356 Woodinville-Redmond Road, Redmond

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GOLD Chateau Faire Le Pont 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $23 (145 cases) Judges’ comments: This winery and restaurant in Wenatchee has proven through the years to be one of the top producers in North Central Washington. This Cab is loaded with aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, blackberry, minerality and dark plum, all backed with assertive tannins that meld perfectly with the ample fruit and long finish.

Dutch John’s Wines 2008 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $23 Judges’ comments: Named for John Galler, the owner of Washington’s first winery back in the late 1800s, this Cashmere winery crafts delicious wines, particularly Syrahs. This Cab also is a highlight, thanks to aromas and flavors of cola, sarsaparilla, blackberry, lavender and vanilla. It’s all backed by approachable tannins. Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; other times by appointment 207 Mission Ave., Cashmere (509) 782-3845; dutchjohnwines.com

Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

Cabernet Sauvignon Beaumont Cellars 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $34 (112 cases) Judges’ comments: Owner/winemaker Pete Beaumont has shown his prowess with red wines since his first vintage a few years ago. This Cab using Red Mountain grapes is a superb example of his winemaking style, with aromas of sarsaparilla, sweet herbs and smoky cherry. Rich, plush, elegant flavors of cherry and plum make this is an approachable and easy-drinking red. Quincy tasting room open 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8634 Road U N.W., Quincy

Chateau Faire Le Pont 2010 Elerding Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $38 (205 cases) Judges’ comments: This Wenatchee winery traveled to southern Washington for these prized grapes, and that strategy paid off with a superb wine. This opens with aromas of warm blackberry jam, alder smoke and a hint of crushed herbs, followed by big, bright flavors of black currant, black pepper and tobacco.

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2009 Tumbleweed Cab, Wahluke Slope, $15 (73 cases) Judges’ comments: Ginkgo Forest is one of the few wineries to make its home on the warm and remote Wahluke Slope. This delicious and affordable Cab opens with inviting aromas of vanilla, blackberry, plum sauce and roasted meat, followed by rich flavors of ripe plum, blackberry, black cherry and huckleberry. Its beautiful acidity and moderate tannins provide all the structure for a drink-now red. Mattawa tasting room open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, May through October; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November through April 22561 Road T.7 S.W., Mattawa (509) 932-0082; ginkgowinery.com

Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday;

Tacoma tasting room open Wednesday and Thursday, noon to

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Woodinville tasting room open 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday; 3 to 9 p.m.

1 Vineyard Way, Wenatchee

2221 N. 30th St. (Old Town), Tacoma

Friday; noon to 8 p.m., Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

(509) 667-9463; fairelepont.com

(253) 301-4372; ginkgowinery.com

(509) 787-5586; beaumontcellars.com

19151 144 Ave. NE, Unit E, Woodinville (425) 482-6349; beaumontcellars.com

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Judges’ comments: The 2010 vintage of this wine was one of the best made in Washington, and the newest release continues to impress. This offers aromas and flavors of smoke, dark cherry, black pepper and sage, all backed by rich, plush and delicious finish.

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Milbrandt Vineyards 2011 The Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $26 (3,000 cases)

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GOLD Rio Vista Wines 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $32 (78 cases)

Errant Cellars 2012 Cabernet Franc, Ancient Lakes, $24 (19 cases)

Judges’ comments: Winemaker John Little quietly is crafting some of the finest wines in North Central Washington at his place along the Columbia River north of Lake Chelan. This Cab is a luscious wine with aromas of raspberry jam on toast, cola and horehound, followed by rich flavors of boysenberry, blueberry and black currant. It’s all backed by moderate tannins.

Judges’ comments: Megan Couture is the owner and winemaker of this small winery in Quincy, and she’s off to a great start with this Cab Franc. It offers aromas and flavors of black cherry, cedar, plum, black pepper and minerality. It is all backed with ample structure to pair well with grilled meats or lasagna.

Tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday 24415 Highway 97; Chelan (509) 682-9713; riovistawines.com

Tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. Saturday; other days by appointment 15 B St. SE, Quincy (509) 289-9660; errantcellars.com

Plain Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $30 (75 cases) Judges’ comments: This winery near Leavenworth used grapes from the eastern Yakima Valley to make this wine. The result is a delicious Cab with aromas of smoke, tar, black currant and cola. Bold tannins back rich flavors of blackberry, dark plum and chocolate, all backed with bright acidity. Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; by appointment on Sunday 18749 Alpine Acres Road, Plain (425) 931-7500; plaincellars.com

Cabernet Franc Beaumont Cellars 2012 Cabernet Franc, Ancient Lakes, $27 (86 cases) Judges’ comments: A red wine from Ancient Lakes is kind of rare, but winemaker Pete Beaumont has crafted a delicious Cab Franc from the somewhat cooler region near Quincy. This is a classic example with aromas of fresh herbs, succulent spices and dried cherries. A rich entry leads to gorgeous flavors of red currant, black olive, dark chocolate and nutmeg. It’s a smooth, polished wine. Quincy tasting room open 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8634 Road U N.W., Quincy (509) 787-5586; beaumontcellars.com

Chardonnay Benson Vineyards Estate Winery 2012 Chardonnay, Lake Chelan, $21 (339 cases) Judges’ comments: Scott Benson is the winemaker at this stunning family operation on the north shore of Lake Chelan, and this Chardonnay from estate grapes is superb. It opens with aromas of sweet herbs, apple and banana bread, followed by rich, buttery flavors alongside notes of pear and pineapple. Tasting room opens at 11 a.m. daily

Woodinville tasting room open 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday;

754 Winesap Ave., Manson

3 to 9 p.m. Friday; noon to 8 p.m., Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

(509) 687-0313; bensonvineyards.com

19151 144 Ave. NE, Unit E, Woodinville (425) 482-6349; beaumontcellars.com

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Jones of Washington 2013 Estate Chardonnay, Wahluke Slope, $15 (1,806 cases) Judges’ comments: For those seeking a bright, fruit-driven Chardonnay, this is it. This opens with elegant aromas of pear, apple and jicama, followed by enchanting flavors of pear, apple and a hint of creaminess on the midpalate. It’s all backed with bright acidity.

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Wenatchee tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday Pybus Public Market, 7 N. Worthen St., Wenatchee (509) 888-0809; jonesofwashington.com Quincy tasting room open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Monday until Labor Day and noon to

503 Grant Rd., East Wenatchee

509-670-8340

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5 p.m. Friday through Sunday until Memorial Day 2101 F St. S.W., Quincy (509) 787-8108; jonesofwashington.com

Rio Vista Wines 2013 Estate Come Fly With Me Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $17 (112 cases) Judges’ comments: If you’re looking for a white wine for just about any occasion, this Chardonnay from Rio Vista is the ticket. Its crowd-pleasing moves include aromas of pineapple, Golden Delicious apple and a hint of oak. On the palate, flavors of orchard and tropical fruit are backed with a bit of juicy sweetness that helps this go down easily.

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Tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday 24415 Highway 97, Chelan (509) 682-9713; riovistawines.com

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GOLD Merlot Cave B Estate Winery 2011 XXVI Merlot, Columbia Valley, $43 (141 cases) Judge’s comments: Winemaker Freddy Arredondo is building his reputation as one of Washington’s top Merlot winemakers. This superb example opens with aromas of sage, raspberry and cedar, followed by inviting flavors of black cherry and tarragon. It’s a medium-bodied and approachable wine. Quincy tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 348 Silica Road N.W., Quincy (next to Gorge Amphitheatre)

Vin du Lac Winery 2012 Barrel Select Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $25 (645 cases) Judges’ comments: This winery on the north shore of Lake Chelan is just minutes away from downtown. Here’s a luscious Chardonnay with aromas of butter, pear and pineapple, followed by flavors of vanilla, mango and passion fruit. It’s all backed with delicious richness on the midpalate. Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, May through September; noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, October through April 105 Highway 150, Chelan (509) 682-2882; vindulac.com

(509) 785-3500; caveb.com

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday 14356 Woodinville-Redmond Road, Redmond

Chelan Estate Winery 2009 Merlot, Lake Chelan, $25 (265 cases) Judges’ comments: This winery on the south shore of Lake Chelan has put together a rich red with aromas and flavors of ripe red fruit with hints of complex chai spices and a luscious finish.

755 S. Lakeshore Road, Chelan (509) 682-5454; chelanestatewinery.com

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Leavenworth tasting room open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily 703 Highway 2, Leavenworth (509) 548-9883; okanoganwine.com Oroville tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily 1205 Main St., Oroville (509) 476-2736; okanoganwine.com

Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Judges’ comments: Based near the border town of Oroville, this longtime Washington winery has crafted a Merlot with aromas of dark cherry, poached plum and pomegranate, followed by complex and integrated flavors of red and dark fruits and even a hint of thyme.

Woodinville tasting room open Monday and Thursday 2 to 6 p.m.;

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Okanogan Estate & Vineyards 2008 Merlot, Washington, $16 (1,846 cases)

Wedge Mountain Winery 2011 Merlot, Wahluke Slope, $28 (95 cases) Judges’ comments: Longtime winemaker Charlie McKee is crafting delicious wines in Peshastin. This is a sexy Merlot with darkertoned aromas and flavors of black currant, dark chocolate, black cherry and saddle leather. Tasting room open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday 9534 Saunders Road, Peshastin (509) 548-7068; wedgemountainwinery.com


Other Red Beaumont Cellars 2012 Sangiovese, Wahluke Slope, $26 (75 cases) Judges’ comments: Sangiovese, a key grape in Italy, has rarely translated well in the New World. But here is a delicious example from a top boutique producer in Quincy. This opens with aromas of vanilla, cherry and smoke, followed by flavors that are dominated by classic red-toned fruit, including cherry, red currant and cranberry. The bright acidity and mild tannins lift all the fruit without overwhelming it. Quincy tasting room open 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8634 Road U N.W., Quincy (509) 787-5586; beaumontcellars.com Woodinville tasting room open 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday; 3 to 9 p.m. Friday; noon to 8 p.m., Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday 19151 144 Ave. NE, Unit E, Woodinville

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2012 Carménère, Wahluke Slope, $30 (69 cases) Judges’ comments: Carménère is a rare red Bordeaux variety that once was thought lost to antiquity. It’s made a comeback in the New World and is showing great promise in Washington. This example is a classic with aromas and flavors of black pepper, boysenberry, dark chocolate and black olive, all backed with solid tannins. This is a fascinating wine.

Judges’ comments: Montepulciano is one of the most-planted grapes in Italy (and it has no relation to Vino Nobile de Montepulciano, which is made with Sangiovese). It’s a rare grape in Washington, but here’s a luscious example with aromas and flavors of blackberry, huckleberry, cream and black pepper. It has a long finish, thanks to moderate tannins and bright acidity. Tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The tasting room is closed Sundays in January, February and March 3400 10th St. SE, East Wenatchee (509) 886-4596; martinscottwinery.com

Judges’ comments: Tempranillo is a red grape most famous in the Rioja region of Spain. This example from the arid Wahluke Slope is a delicious, New World version. It opens with aromas of moist earth, Graham cracker, cherry wood and brambly fruit. On the palate, it offers flavors of black currant, leather and mocha. While it’s utterly delicious now, we think it will really wow us in a year.

Mattawa tasting room open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through

Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.,

Saturday, May through October; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and

Saturday; by appointment on Sunday

Saturday, November through April

18749 Alpine Acres Road, Plain

22561 Road T.7 S.W., Mattawa

(425) 931-7500; plaincellars.com

(509) 932-0082; ginkgowinery.com Tacoma tasting room open Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. 2221 N. 30th St. (Old Town), Tacoma (253) 301-4372; ginkgowinery.com

(425) 482-6349; beaumontcellars.com

Martin-Scott Winery 2012 Montepulciano, Columbia Valley, $18 (71 cases)

Plain Cellars 2011 Tempranillo, Wahluke Slope, $27 (75 cases)

Milbrandt Vineyards 2011 Northridge Vineyard Primitivo, Wahluke Slope, $28 (250 cases) Judges’ comments: Primitivo is a clone of Zinfandel, and this comes from Milbrandt’s top vineyard on the warm Wahluke Slope. It opens with gorgeous aromas of blackberry, black cherry and vanilla, followed by plush flavors of milk chocolate and dark ripe fruit. This is high on our yummy scale.

Other White Cave B Estate Winery 2012 Sémillon, Ancient Lakes, $25 (103 cases) Judges’ comments: Sémillon is a rare white wine in the New World, and here is a classic example from a top Ancient Lakes winery. It opens with aromas of fig and nutmeg, followed by luscious, creamy flavors of ripe pear, fresh fig and a minerally flintiness that adds another layer of complexity. Quincy tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 348 Silica Road N.W., Quincy (next to Gorge Amphitheatre) (509) 785-3500; caveb.com

Tasting room open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Woodinville tasting room open Monday and Thursday 2 to 6 p.m.;

508 Cabernet Court, Prosser

Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

(509) 788-0030; milbrandtvineyards.com

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GOLD Eagle Creek Winery 2012 Gewürztraminer, Columbia Valley, $18 (96 cases)

Red Blend Cairdeas Winery Tri, Columbia Valley, $29

Judges’ comments: Gewürztraminer has long been a favorite grape to grow in Washington, though it has fallen a bit out of favor in recent years. This is a classic example, with aromas of lychee, clove and Texas pink grapefruit, followed by clean, bright flavors of citrus and tropical fruits. A bit of sweetness keeps everything in balance.

Judges’ comments: This is an unusual and successful blend of Syrah, Dolcetto, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvèdre that is a lighter-bodied wine that prances across the palate. It’s loaded with red-toned fruit backed with bright acidity. This is easy to like.

Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday, May through October 10037 Eagle Creek Road, Leavenworth

Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily during summer;

(509) 548-7668; eaglecreekwinery.com

call for hours the rest of the year 3395 State Route 150, Chelan (509) 687-0555; cairdeaswinery.com

Chateau Faire Le Pont 2010 Reserve Provence, Columbia Valley, $35 (175 cases)

Estate Winery at Lake Chelan … … offering the most magnificent views & fabulous wines in the Northwest 750 Kinsey Road Manson, WA 98831 (509) 687-4421

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Judges’ comments: Owner/winemaker Doug Brazil has turned this Wenatchee winery into one of the state’s top small producers in a short period of time. This luscious red blend offers complex notes of cola, Baker’s chocolate, red and black fruits and even a hint of chorizo spice in the finish. Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday 1 Vineyard Way, Wenatchee (509) 667-9463; fairelepont.com


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 6 Chelan Estate Winery 2007 Reserve Red, Columbia Valley, $30 (253 cases) Judges’ comments: Red blends have become a huge category for Washington wineries, and here’s a great example — and one that has a nice bit of maturity. It’s a dark, intense wine with hints of black olive and espresso backing up notes of ripe dark fruit. It’s all backed with assertive tannins that easily keep up with all the fruit.

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Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily during summer; call for hours the rest of the year 755 S. Lakeshore Road, Chelan (509) 682-5454; chelanestatewinery.com

Eagle Creek Winery 2011 Montage, Columbia Valley, $23 (96 cases) Judges’ comments: This Bordeaux-style blend from a Leavenworth winery is a succulent red with aromas of cherry licorice, clove and black pepper, followed by wonderfully spicy flavors of red fruit backed with moderate tannins. Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday, May through October 10037 Eagle Creek Road, Leavenworth (509) 548-7668; eaglecreekwinery.com

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Ginkgo Forest Winery 2012 Coalesce, Wahluke Slope, $26 (143 cases) Judges’ comments: Here is a delicious red blend from one of the few wineries on the arid Wahluke Slope. This opens with alluring aromas of vanilla, maple syrup and boysenberry, followed by plush, luscious flavors of dark, ripe, bold fruit. Mattawa tasting room open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, May through October; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November through April 22561 Road T.7 S.W., Mattawa (509) 932-0082; ginkgowinery.com Tacoma tasting room open Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. 2221 N. 30th St. (Old Town), Tacoma (253) 301-4372; ginkgowinery.com

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Ginkgo Forest Winery 2011 Ginkgo Red, Wahluke Slope, $15 (418 cases) Judges’ comments: Here is an affordable and delicious blend from a Mattawa winery that reveals intriguing aromas of sandalwood and brambleberry, followed by rich, dark flavors of blackberry cobbler backed by bold tannins. Mattawa tasting room open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, May through October; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November through April 22561 Road T.7 S.W., Mattawa (509) 932-0082; ginkgowinery.com Tacoma tasting room open Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. 2221 N. 30th St. (Old Town), Tacoma (253) 301-4372; ginkgowinery.com

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2010 Wildwood Blend, Wahluke Slope, $24 (135 cases)

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Judges’ comments: The Wahluke Slope has long been the backbone of the Washington wine industry, and this little winery near Mattawa is taking full advantage of its ripe grapes. This is a big, bold red with intense concentration from first whiff to final swallow. It has all the pieces in place. Mattawa tasting room open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, May through October; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November through April 22561 Road T.7 S.W., Mattawa

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(509) 932-0082; ginkgowinery.com

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Tacoma tasting room open Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

One South Wenatchee Ave

www.Wenatchee.org

509.662.2116

2221 N. 30th St. (Old Town), Tacoma (253) 301-4372; ginkgowinery.com September / October 2014

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GOLD Stemilt Creek Winery 2008 A Day’s Work, Columbia Valley, $26 (720 cases)

Tunnel Hill Setenta, Columbia Valley, $33 (150 cases)

Judges’ comments: This Cab-leading blend from a winery with tasting rooms in Wenatchee and Leavenworth opens with subtle aromas of oak spice, black cherry and buttered toast. On the palate, it’s a rich, dark wine with complex, smoky flavors backed by supple tannins.

Judges’ comments: This blend of Cab, Zin and Syrah is a luscious combination that exudes aromas and flavors of spicy dark chocolate, black cherry and black currant. It’s a big, rich, yummy red.

Wenatchee tasting room open during summer from noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; call for hours during rest of the year 110 N. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee (509) 665-3485; stemiltcreekwinery.com

Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; Leavenworth tasting room open during summer from noon to 7

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p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

37 Highway 97A, Chelan

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; call for hours during rest of the year

(509) 682-3243; tunnelhillwinery.com

617 Front St., Leavenworth

Okanogan Estate & Vineyards 2010 Bench Rock, Washington, $18 (962 cases) Judges’ comments: Syrah is successfully finding its way into a lot of red blends, and here’s a great example with a Cab-based wine. It opens with aromas of sweet herbs, sassafras and red currant, followed by red-toned fruit on the palate. It finishes with notes of cranberry, cedar and vanilla.

(509) 888-5357; stemiltcreekwinery.com

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Leavenworth tasting room open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily 703 Highway 2, Leavenworth (509) 548-9883; okanoganwine.com Oroville tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily 1205 Main St., Oroville (509) 476-2736; okanoganwine.com

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Judges’ comments: Victor Palencia has emerged as one of Washington’s best young winemakers, and he excels with white grapes from the Ancient Lakes near Quincy. This is an instant classic with aromas and flavors of dusty yellow rose, minerality, gala apple and a pleasing lemon-lime note in the finish. Wenatchee tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and

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Quincy tasting room open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Monday until Labor Day and noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday until Memorial Day 2101 F St. S.W., Quincy

Proudly providing awards & medals for the NCW Wine Awards.

(509) 787-8108; jonesofwashington.com

Martin-Scott Winery 2013 Apple Block Vineyard Riesling, Columbia Valley, $12 (51 cases) Judges’ comments: This luscious and affordable Riesling uses grapes planted where Golden Delicious apples once thrived. It reveals aromas and flavors of apricot, lime and white peach, all backed with crisp acidity and just a bit of sweetness. Tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The tasting room is closed Sundays in January, February and March 3400 10th St. SE, East Wenatchee (509) 886-4596; martinscottwinery.com

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Serving North Central Washington since 1977!

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GOLD Syrah Beaumont Cellars 2012 Syrah, Ancient Lakes, $26 (52 cases) Judges’ comments: Cool-climate Syrah is some of the most fascinating wine, and this example from the Quincy area exudes aromas and flavors of brambleberry, black berry, black raspberry, black pepper and vanilla. It is an utterly distinctive red wine. Quincy tasting room open 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8634 Road U N.W., Quincy (509) 787-5586; beaumontcellars.com

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2010 Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $18 (234 cases) Judges’ comments: The Wahluke Slope near Mattawa is the sweet spot when it comes to Washington Syrah, and winemakers statewide swear by this region for this plush Rhône red. This example is loaded with dark ripe fruit, mint, sage and a sprinkling of cocoa powder. Mattawa tasting room open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, May through October; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November through April

Woodinville tasting room open 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday; 3 to 9 p.m. Friday; noon to 8 p.m., Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

22561 Road T.7 S.W., Mattawa (509) 932-0082; ginkgowinery.com

19151 144 Ave. NE, Unit E, Woodinville

Okanogan Estate & Vineyards 2010 Riesling, Washington, $14 (312 cases) Judges’ comments: Riesling can take many shapes and forms. Indeed, it is perhaps the most versatile wine grape on the planet. This is a fuller-bodied white with classic aromas and flavors of ripe apple and a hint of Germanic petrol notes. It is a substantial wine on the palate, giving way to a long, memorable finish. Leavenworth tasting room open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily 703 Highway 2, Leavenworth (509) 548-9883; okanoganwine.com

(425) 482-6349; beaumontcellars.com

2221 N. 30th St. (Old Town), Tacoma

Cave B Estate Winery 2011 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $30 (294 cases) Judges’ comments: Here’s a luscious yet complex Syrah with aromas of smoky, sizzling ham alongside hints of horehound, blackberry and boysenberry syrup, all backed with moderate tannins.

Oroville tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Quincy tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through

1205 Main St., Oroville

Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday;

(509) 476-2736; okanoganwine.com

Tacoma tasting room open Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 348 Silica Road N.W., Quincy (next to Gorge Amphitheatre) (509) 785-3500; caveb.com

(253) 301-4372; ginkgowinery.com

Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2009 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $30 (145 cases) Judges’ comments: When it comes to Syrah, Washington is at the crossroads between the complexity of the Old World and the ripeness of the New World — and this is a classic example. This Syrah offers aromas and flavors of sizzling bacon alongside blackberry jam on buttered toast. Both smokiness and saltiness show up on the nose and palate. Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily during summer; call for hours the rest of the year 636 Front St., Leavenworth

Woodinville tasting room open Monday and Thursday 2 to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday 14356 Woodinville-Redmond Road, Redmond

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(509) 888-2236; ryanpatrickvineyards.com


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Viognier

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Cave B Estate Winery 2013 Viognier, Ancient Lakes, $25 (266 cases) Judges’ comments: Viognier is maddeningly difficult to grow and turn into good wine, so when you come across an example like this, jump on it. This is a floral wine with amazing aromatics of grapefruit and lemon oil. On the palate, it reveals flavors of citrus, both orange and grapefruit.

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Quincy tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 348 Silica Road N.W., Quincy (next to Gorge Amphitheatre) (509) 785-3500; caveb.com

Open Friday & Saturday Noon to 5 Sunday Noon to 4 www.MartinScottWinery.com

Woodinville tasting room open Monday and Thursday 2 to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday 14356 Woodinville-Redmond Road, Redmond

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Restaurant and Lounge Jones of Washington 2013 Estate Viognier, Wahluke Slope, $15 (596 cases) Judges’ comments: Winemaker Victor Palencia shows his prowess with this difficult grape. It’s a pretty wine with aromas of orange, grapefruit, apple and blossoms with flavors of sweet herbs, lemon and lime.

Live music every weekend year-round! Tumwater Restaurant & Lounge is open for breakfast, lunch or dinner and specializes in American and Bavarian fare with an emphasis on fresh, home style food in a casual sitting with friendly service!

Wenatchee tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday Pybus Public Market, 7 N. Worthen St., Wenatchee (509) 888-0809; jonesofwashington.com Quincy tasting room open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Monday until Labor Day and noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday until Memorial Day 2101 F St. S.W., Quincy (509) 787-8108; jonesofwashington.com

Free Wifi!

509.548.4232 www.tumwaterinn.com

219 9th Street • PO Box 780 • Leavenworth, WA 98826 September / October 2014

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GOLD

White Blend Martin-Scott Winery 2013 Peddler White, Columbia Valley, $14 (57 cases) Judges’ comments: This affordable white blend is named for Chris Scott, a family member who gained regional fame for delivering wines in the Wenatchee area on his bike. It offers aromas and flavors of fresh linen, pear and minerality, along with hints of lemon and kiwi. It is a deliciously refreshing wine. Tasting room open noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The tasting room is closed Sundays in January, February and March 3400 10th St. SE, East Wenatchee (509) 886-4596; martinscottwinery.com

Rio Vista Wines 2013 Wacky White, Columbia Valley, $20 (170 cases) Judges’ comments: This Chardonnay-based blend is from a winery along the Columbia River just north of the Lake Chelan cutoff. It reveals aromas and flavors of apple, pear, white peach and mango, all backed with beautifully bright acidity. Tasting room open noon to 6

Cave B Estate Winery 2012 Cavewoman White, Ancient Lakes, $14 (412 cases) Judges’ comments: This unusual but effective blend of Chardonnay and Sémillon is a fascinating wine with aromas and flavors of juniper, lemon-lime, sagebrush, pear and apricot. Quincy tasting room open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday;

p.m. Wednesday through Sunday

and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

24415 Highway 97; Chelan

348 Silica Road N.W., Quincy (next to Gorge Amphitheatre)

(509) 682-9713; riovistawines.com

(509) 785-3500; caveb.com Woodinville tasting room open Monday and Thursday 2 to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday 14356 Woodinville-Redmond Road, Redmond

Benson Vineyards 100% Estate Wines from Lake Chelan Tasting Room Open Daily 11am 754 Winesap Ave Manson, WA 509 687 0313 bensonvineyards.com 76

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A closer look at wine judging E

ight judges and two panel moderators swirled, snifed, tasted and spit through about 235 diferent wines June 2 to determine awards for the 2014 North Central Washington Wine Awards. Judging was coordinated by Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman of Great Northwest Wine. They’ve organized dozens of wine competitions throughout the Northwest. The wines were submitted by 35 NCW wineries. Judges tasted about 150 wines each all told. Gold medal winners were sampled a second time to determine the superlative winners — Best of Show, Best Dessert, Best Red. It’s fun, but also serious work. Wineries and winemakers submit their wines expecting the most fair and knowledgeable competition possible to win well-deserved awards for their product and craft. Although each wine is judged independently, medals tell a winemaker how his or her wines stack up against others in the region, if there are laws in his or her process and if the wines are accomplishing intended goals. And yes, medals deinitely help sales. Confronted with thousands of wines, consumers look for impressive medals and high scores as a way to choose one likely to satisfy. Wineries launt medals and good results, and they should. With that in mind, judges are tasked with doing the near impossible: using our subjective knowledge of wine to be as objective as can be and determine each wine’s merit. Wines are not judged

Rick Steigmeyer swirls a red in his glass during judging for the 2014 NCW Wine Awards. against each other. All can earn a Gold Medal or none at all. To delete bias, wines are all judged double blind. Judges don’t know speciically which wines from which wineries are entered in the competition. Moderators tell the judges what type or varietal is in front of them but ofer no wine speciics about the producer or source of the grapes. Judges taste the wines in lights according to type. Judges inspect each wine’s color and clarity and the clear layer at the top of wine that ofers information about its alcohol level. They

STORY BY RICK STEIGMEYER PHOTO BY MARCO MARTINEZ

swirl the wine to blend in oxygen and expose the delicate aromas. Finally, they sip the wine and wash over tastebuds in diferent parts of their mouth before spitting it into a cup. Notes are taken for each wine before moving on to the next. Often, judges will revisit a wine a few times to see if it opens up given a few minutes more time. Judges award each wine Gold, Silver, Bronze or no medal. Once all the wines in a light are scored, judges hand the score sheets to the moderator, who enters the scores in his computer that identiies each number with a speciic wine. If all four judges in the panel agree on a medal, that’s what it is. If all four judges award Gold, the wine is elevated to Double Gold. If there are diferences, the moderator calls for a discussion to come to consensus. Judges can take another sip and argue their case up or down until they agree. After all the wines are judged, the backroom crew brings out new pours of the Gold and Double Gold winners to determine Best of Show, Best Red or Best White and Best Dessert Wine. Perdue and several judges from previous NCW Wine Awards agreed that local wines have vastly improved over the past four years. Beyond the superlative winners — Best of Show, Best White, Best Dessert — nearly 25 percent of wines entered received Gold or Double Gold medals — 58 wines — more than twice as many as in previous years. Ten Double Gold medals were awarded this year. Last year, there were only two.

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SILVER

WineGirl Wines & The Blending Room 2011 Deadly Aim Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley, $28 (25 cases) winegirlwines.com

Cabernet Franc Cave B Estate Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $33 (285 cases) caveb.com Ginkgo Forest 2010 Cabernet Franc, Wahluke Slope, $30 (46 cases) ginkgowinery.com Stemilt Creek Winery 2008 Transforming Traditions Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $32 (86 cases) stemiltcreekwinery.com Voilà Winery 2011 Reserve Cabernet Franc, Washington, $34 (60 cases) voilavineyards.com Voilà Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc, Washington, $24 (45 cases) voilavineyards.com WineGirl Wines & The Blending Room 2011 Kamari Reserve Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $36 (150 cases) winegirlwines.com 78

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Cabernet Sauvignon Cave B Estate Winery 2011 XXVI Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $48 (144 cases) caveb.com Errant Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $21 (30 cases) Ginkgo Forest Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $20 (225 cases) ginkgowinery.com Ginkgo Forest Winery 2010 Tumbleweed Cab, Wahluke Slope, $15 (235 cases) ginkgowinery.com Jones of Washington 2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $15 (7,700 cases) jonesofwashington.com

September / October 2014

Malaga Springs 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $32 (75 cases) malagaspringswinery.com Martin-Scott Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $28 (50 cases) martinscottwinery.com Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $40 (300 cases) ryanpatrickvineyards.com Tunnel Hill Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley, $33 (120 cases) tunnelhillwinery.com Wedge Mountain Winery 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $35 (100 cases) wedgemountainwinery.com WineGirl Wines & The Blending Room 2011 JoJo Stiletto Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hills, $28 (25 cases) winegirlwines.com

Chardonnay Beaumont Cellars 2013 Reserve Chardonnay, Ancient Lakes, $30 (42 cases) beaumontcellars.com Cave B Estate Winery 2011 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $25 (350 cases) caveb.com

Chateau Faire Le Pont 2011 Commander’s Reserve Port, Washington, $43 (55 cases) fairelepont.com

Lake Chelan Winery 2011 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $35 (405 cases) lakechelanwinery.com

Hard Row to Hoe Land Ho, Columbia Valley, $35 (175 cases) hardrow.com

Malaga Springs Winery 2009 Evolution Malbec, Red Mountain, $25 (75 cases) malagaspringswinery.com

Gewürztraminer

Malaga Springs 2011 Malbec, Washington,$25 (100 cases) malagaspringswinery.com

Chateau Faire Le Pont 2013 Chardonnay, Yakima Valley, $20 (138 cases) fairelepont.com

Icicle Ridge Winery 2013 The Blondes Gewürztraminer, Washington, $30 (650 cases) icicleridgewinery.com

Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2012 Naked Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $10 (4,200 cases) ryanpatrickvineyards.com

Martin-Scott Winery 2013 Grace’s Vineyard Gewürztraminer, Columbia Valley, $9 (16 cases) martinscottwinery.com

Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2012 Reserve Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $20 (700 cases) ryanpatrickvineyards.com

Dessert Benson Vineyards Estate Winery 2013 Late Harvest Viognier, Lake Chelan, $14 (221 cases) bensonvineyards.com

Vin du Lac Winery 2013 Lehmbecker Gewürztraminer, Lake Chelan, $22 (271 cases) vindulac.com

Malbec Chateau Faire Le Pont 2010 Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills, $40 (72 cases) fairelepont.com

Rio Vista Wines 2012 Malbec, Washington, $32 (141 cases) riovistawines.com

Merlot Beaumont Cellars 20012 Reserve Merlot, Wahluke Slope, $32 (32 cases) beaumontcellars.com Eagle Creek Winery 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $21 (96 cases) eaglecreekwinery.com Jones of Washington 2009 Estate Merlot, Wahluke Slope, $15 (630 cases) jonesofwashington.com


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OCTOBER 17 - 18 - 19, 2014 Friday 10 am - 8 pm

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Jim Custer Enterprises Fri. 8-22 2x4.688 FOOTHILLS Jones of Washington 2010 Estate Merlot, Wahluke Slope, $15 (70 cases) jonesofwashington.com

Chateau Faire Le Pont 2010 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, Wahluke Slope, $40 (72 cases) fairelepont.com

Milbrandt Vineyards 2011 Traditions Merlot, Columbia Valley, $17 (6,000 cases) milbrandtvineyards.com

Ginkgo Forest 2012 Grenache, Wahluke Slope, $26 (116 cases) ginkgowinery.com

Stemilt Creek Winery 2009 Caring Passion, Columbia Valley, $18 (484 cases) stemiltcreekwinery.com

Hard Row to Hoe 2011 Burning Desire Petit Verdot, Columbia Valley, $35 (175 cases) hardrow.com

Other Red

Malaga Springs 2010 Sangiovese, Washington, $24 (75 cases) malagaspringswinery.com

Beaumont Cellars 2012 Petit Verdot, Wahluke Slope, $30 (78 cases) beaumontcellars.com Cave B Estate Winery 2011 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $33 (193 cases) caveb.com

Rio Vista Wines 2012 Barbera, Columbia Valley, $20 (134 cases) riovistawines.com

Cave B Estate Winery 2011 Tempranillo, Columbia Valley, $33 (193 cases) caveb.com

Rio Vista Wines 2012 Tempranillo, Lake Chelan, $32 (138 cases) riovistawines.com

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SILVER

Snowgrass Winery 2012 Rapscallion Mourvèdre, Red Mountain, $30 (25 cases) snowgrasswines.com

Pinot Noir

Snowgrass Winery 2010 Southdown Sangiovese, Red Mountain, $25 (25 cases) snowgrasswines.com

Other White

Chateau Faire Le Pont 2011 Milbrandt Vineyard Pinot Noir, Washington, $30 (120 cases) fairelepont.com Chelan Estate Winery 2008 Pinot Noir, Lake Chelan, $25 (455 cases) fairelepont.com Tunnel Hill Winery 2012 Estate Pinot Noir, Lake Chelan, $25 (120 cases) tunnelhillwinery.com

Eagle Creek Winery 2013 Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, $18 (96 cases) eaglecreekwinery.com

Voilà Winery 2010 Pinot Noir, Washington, $32 (70 cases) voilavineyards.com

Jones of Washington 2013 Estate Pinot Gris, Ancient Lakes, $13 (1,901 cases) jonesofwashington.com

Voilà Winery 2012 Pinot Noir, Washington, $22 (80 cases) voilavineyards.com

Jones of Washington 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Ancient Lakes, $15 jonesofwashington.com

Red Blend Benson Vineyards Estate Winery 2010 Meritage, Lake Chelan, $39 (193 cases) bensonvineyards.com

Malaga Springs Winery 2013 Chenin Blanc, Washington, $17 (60 cases) malagaspringswinery.com

Cairdeas Winery 2011 Consonance, Columbia Valley, $34 cairdeaswinery.com

Malaga Springs Winery 2013 Muscat Canelli, Washington, $15 (50 cases) malagaspringswinery.com

Cairdeas Winery 2011 Gréine, Columbia Valley, $38 cairdeaswinery.com

Milbrandt Vineyards 2013 Traditions Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $13 (9,000 cases) milbrandtvineyards.com

Chateau Faire Le Pont 2010 Confluence, Columbia Valley, $43 (220 cases) fairelepont.com

Silvara Vineyards 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Horse Heaven Hills, $24 silvarawine.com

Chateau Faire Le Pont 2010 Reserve Tre Amori, Columbia Valley, $39 (134 cases) fairelepont.com

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Dutch John’s Wines 2008 Colockum Red, Washington, $26 (100 cases) dutchjohnwines.com Dutch John’s Wines 2007 Great Northern Red, Washington, $24 (100 cases) dutchjohnwines.com Errant Cellars 2012 Henry’s Red, Columbia Valley, $20 (76 cases) Ginkgo Forest Winery 2010 Ginkgo Red, Wahluke Slope, $15 (480 cases) ginkgowinery.com Ginkgo Forest 2011 Coalesce, Wahluke Slope, $26 (125 cases) ginkgowinery.com Horan Estates Winery 2011 HVH Red, Columbia Valley, $22 (150 cases) horanestateswinery.com Jones of Washington 2010 Barrel Select Red Wine, Ancient Lakes, $25 (199 cases) jonesofwashington.com Legend Cellars Legendry Red, Columbia Valley, $25 (75 cases) legendcellars.com

Stemilt Creek Winery 2009 A Day’s Work, Columbia Valley, $26 (524 cases) stemiltcreekwinery.com

Malaga Springs Winery 2013 Sangiovese Rosé, Washington, $17 (75 cases) malagaspringswinery.com

Chateau Faire Le Pont 2013 Viognier, Columbia Valley, $22 (120 cases) fairelepont.com

Stemilt Creek Winery 2008 Caring Passion, Columbia Valley, $17 (684 cases) stemiltcreekwinery.com

Malaga Springs 2013 Blanc de Noir, Washington, $18 (70 cases) malagaspringswinery.com

Horan Estates Winery 2012 Viognier, Ancient Lakes, $20 (100 cases) horanestateswinery.com

Vin du Lac Winery 2011 Red Café Cuvée Rouge, Columbia Valley, $25 (677 cases) vindulac.com

WineGirl Wines & The Blending Room 2013 Scarlet Leather Rosé, Lake Chelan, $22 (30 cases) winegirlwines.com

Malaga Springs Winery 2013 Viognier, Washington, $16 (50 cases) malagaspringswinery.com

Voilà Winery 2012 Cashmere Red Cuvèe, Washington, $22 (100 cases) voilavineyards.com

Riesling Cave B Estate Winery 2013 Riesling, Ancient Lakes, $22 (118 cases) caveb.com Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2013 Nauti Buoy, Lake Chelan, $22 (200 cases) hardrow.com Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2012 Ryan’s Riesling, Columbia Valley, $10 (2,500 cases) ryanpatrickvineyards.com Silvara Vineyards 2013 Riesling, Washington, $24 silvarawine.com

Rosé Cave B Estate Winery 2013 Dry Rosé, Ancient Lakes, $18 (315 cases) caveb.com

Plain Cellars 2011 Eclipse, Columbia Valley, $28 (100 cases) plaincellars.com

Chateau Faire Le Pont 2013 Rosé of Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $23 (25 cases) fairelepont.com

Rio Vista Wines 2011 Loony Red, Columbia Valley, $32 (191 cases) riovistawines.com

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2013 Ginkgo Rosé, Wahluke Slope, $15 (187 cases) ginkgowinery.com

Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2012 Redhead Red, Columbia Vallley, $10 (3,500 cases) ryanpatrickvineyards.com

Jones of Washington 2013 Rosé of Syrah, Ancient Lakes, $13 (832 cases) jonesofwashington.com

Sparkling Cairdeas Winery 2013 Sparkling Viognier, Columbia Valley, $28 cairdeaswinery.com

Syrah Benson Vineyards Estate Winery 2010 Syrah, Lake Chelan, $29 (373 cases) bensonvineyards.com Chateau Faire Le Pont 2010 Milbrandt Vineyards Free Run Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $30 (148 cases) fairelepont.com Eagle Creek Winery 2011 Syrah, Columbia Valley $21 (72 cases) eaglecreekwinery.com Errant Cellars 2012 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $21 (27 cases) Jones of Washington 2010 Reserve Syrah, Ancient Lakes, $30 (167 cases) jonesofwashington.com

Vermouth Legend Cellars 2006 Vincitone, Columbia Valley, $30 (130 cases) legendcellars.com

Tunnel Hill Winery 2013 Viognier, Lake Chelan, $19 (90 cases) tunnelhillwinery.com

White Blend Benson Vineyards Estate Winery 2012 Curious, Lake Chelan, $19 (303 cases) bensonvineyards.com Cairdeas Winery 2013 Southern White, Columbia Valley, $20 cairdeaswinery.com Cave B Estate Winery 2012 Cuvée Blanc, Ancient Lakes, $25 (240 cases) caveb.com Eagle Creek Winery 2012 Adler Weiss, Columbia Valley, $21 (96 cases) eaglecreekwinery.com Errant Cellars 2013 Patio White, Columbia Valley, $17 (49 cases) Gard Vintner 2012 Lawrence Vineyards Freyja, Columbia Valley, $14 (360 cases) gardvintners.com Horan Estates Winery 2012 Duet, Columbia Valley, $20 (201 cases) horanestateswinery.com

Viognier

Rio Vista Wines 2013 Sunset on the River, Columbia Valley, $20 (203 cases) riovistawines.com

Benson Vineyards Estate Winery 2012 Viognier, Lake Chelan, $22 (339 cases) bensonvineyards.com

Wapato Point Cellars 2013 Harmony, Lake Chelan, $22 (700 cases) wapatopointcellars.com


BRONZE

Cabernet Franc

Dessert

Gewürztraminer

Wedge Mountain Winery 2010 Cabernet Franc, Wahluke Slope, $28 (95 cases) wedgemountainwinery.com

Lake Chelan Winery 2013 Sweet Riesling, Lake Chelan, $20 (339 cases) lakechelanwinery.com

WineGirl Wines & The Blending Room 2012 Gewürztraminer, Columbia Valley, $18 (160 cases) winegirlwines.com

Cabernet Sauvignon Ginkgo Forest Winery 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $25 (69 cases) ginkgowinery.com

Fruit/Nongrape

Chardonnay Wedge Mountain Winery 2012 Evergreen Vineyard Chardonnay, Ancient Lakes, $18 (130 cases) wedgemountainwinery.com WineGirl Wines & The Blending Room 2012 Kamari Chardonnay, Ancient Lakes, $22 (160 cases) winegirlwines.com

Malbec

Eagle Creek Winery Raspberry Riesling, Columbia Valley, $16 (50 cases) eaglecreekwinery.com

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2010 Malbec, Wahluke, $20 (94 cases) ginkgowinery.com

Spencer Farm 2012 Blueberry, Washington, $24 (668 cases) spencerfruitorganics.com

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2011 Malbec, Wahluke Slope, $20 (130 cases) ginkgowinery.com

Spencer Farm 2013 Raspberry, Washington, $26 (570 cases) spencerfruitorganics.com

Jones of Washington 2010 Reserve Malbec, Wahluke Slope, $30 (74 cases) jonesofwashington.com

Tunnel Hill Winery 2012 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $30 (120 cases) tunnelhillwinery.com

Snowgrass Winery 2010 Menagerie Merlot, Red Mountain, $25 (25 cases) snowgrasswines.com

Beaumont Cellars 2013 Tempranillo, Wahluke Slope, $27 (73 cases) beaumontcellars.com

Wedge Mountain Winery 2010 Northridge Vineyard Malbec, Wahluke Slope, $42 (100 cases) wedgemountainwinery.com

Vin du Lac Winery 2010 Café Merlot, Columbia Valley, $25 (103 cases) vindulac.com

Martin-Scott Winery 2012 Tempranillo, Columbia Valley, $22 (149 cases) martinscottwinery.com

WineGirl Wines & The Blending Room 2011 Primp Daddy My Derby Wife Merlot, Rattlesnake Hills, $28 (25 cases) winegirlwines.com

Beaumont Cellars 2012 Zinfandel, Wahluke Slope, $26 (54 cases) beaumontcellars.com

Other Red

Cairdeas Winery 2013 Boushey Vineyard Marsanne, Yakima Valley, $30 cairdeaswinery.com

Merlot Benson Vineyards Estate Winery 2010 Merlot, Lake Chelan, $32 (379 cases) bensonvineyards.com Chateau Faire Le Pont 2010 Merlot, Wahluke Slope, $23 (130 cases) fairelepont.com

Atam Winery 2012 Barbera, Lake Chelan, $22 (93 cases) atam-winery.com

Horan Estates Winery 2011 Mike Horan Merlot, Columbia Valley, $24 (125 cases) horanestateswinery.com

Benson Vineyards Estate Winery 2010 Sangiovese, Lake Chelan, $29 (581 cases) bensonvineyards.com

Other White

Pinot Grigio Benson Vineyards Estate Winery 2012 Pinot Gris, Lake Chelan, $20 (176 cases) bensonvineyards.com

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BRONZE

Jones of Washington 2011 Lady Label Pinot Gris, Ancient Lakes, $10 (250 cases) jonesofwashington.com

Pinot Noir Benson Vineyards Estate Winery 2010 Pinot Noir, Lake Chelan, $26 (543 cases) bensonvineyards.com

Riesling Atam Winery 2011 Riesling, Lake Chelan, $17 (225 cases) atam-winery.com Chateau Faire Le Pont 2013 Riesling, Washington, $18 (188 cases) fairelepont.com

Okanogan Estate & Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir, Washington, $16 (1,582 cases) okanoganwine.com

Gard Vintners 2011 Lawrence Vineyards Grand Klasse Reserve Riesling, Columbia Valley, $22 (294 cases) gardvintners.com

Rio Vista Wines 2011 Pinot Noir, Columbia Valley, $42 (75 cases) riovistawines.com

Gard Vintners 2012 Lawrence Vineyards Riesling, Columbia Valley, $14 (220 cases) gardvintners.com

WineGirl Wines & The Blending Room 2011 Kamari Reserve Pinot Noir, Lake Chelan, $32 (120 cases) winegirlwines.com

Jones of Washington 2011 Lady Label Riesling, Ancient Lakes, $10 (250 cases) jonesofwashington.com

Red Blend Benson Vineyards Estate Winery 2011 Cabriovese, Lake Chelan, $29 (189 cases) bensonvineyards.com Benson Vineyards Estate Winery 2011 Rhythm, Lake Chelan, $28 (353 cases) bensonvineyards.com

Tunnel Hill Winery 2013 Estate Riesling, Lake Chelan, $17 (80 cases) tunnelhillwinery.com

Rosé

Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2010 Rock Island Red, Columbia Valley, $20 (1,800 cases) ryanpatrickvineyards.com Stemilt Creek Winery 2008 Boss Lady, Columbia Valley, $24 (300 cases) stemiltcreekwinery.com

Stemilt Creek Winery 2012 Sweet Adelaide, Columbia Valley, $12 (500 cases) stemiltcreekwinery.com

Jones of Washington 2011 Lady Label Rosé, Columbia Valley, $10 (250 cases) jonesofwashington.com

Tunnel Hill Winery 2013 Pinot Noir Rosé, Lake Chelan, $20 (110 cases) tunnelhillwinery.com Voilà Winery 2010 Free Run de Pinot Noir Rosé Ambrosia, Washington, $20 (90 cases) voilavineyards.com

Sauvignon Blanc Malaga Springs Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Washington, $15 (50 cases) malagaspringswinery.com

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Syrah

Viognier

Beaumont Cellars 2012 Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $27 (86 cases) beaumontcellars.com

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2012 Viognier, Wahluke Slope, $15 (77 cases) ginkgowinery.com

Jones of Washington 2011 Estate Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $17 (547 cases) jonesofwashington.com

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards, Shameless Hussy Viognier, Lake Chelan, $18 (350 cases) hardrow.com

White Blend Cairdeas Winery 2013 Nellie Mae, Columbia Valley, $22 cairdeaswinery.com Ginkgo Forest Winery 2013 Ginkgo Blanco, Wahluke Slope, $15 (210 cases) ginkgowinery.com

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