Raise Your Glass R
esults from Year 3 of the North Central Washington Wine Awards dominate this issue. That’s why we call it The Wine Issue. You’ll find the usual names — Jones of Washington, Chateau Faire le Pont, Milbrandt Vineyards, Vin du Lac, etc. — all over the results pages, taking home a slew of hardware for their entries. It’s always exciting, though, to see which wines will rise to the very top during judging. Pete and Katie Beaumont came out of nowhere in Year 1 when their Beaumont Cellars 2009 Syrah took home top honors. Truthfully, I hadn’t even heard of Beaumont Cellars prior to that year’s judging. I still dream about that ’09 Syrah. Year 2 saw Icicle Ridge Winery win Best of Show for its 2011 The Blondes Gewürztraminer, a well-deserved award if you were lucky enough to ever try that wine. Which brings us to this year. Gary Seidler of Silvara Vineyards wasn’t satisfied with his 2010 Malbec, so he sat down with some winemaking buddies over dinner and some of Gary’s other red wines. Together, they came up with a red blend that wowed judges this year. It’s a great story and a great wine. As I wrote after last year’s judging, don’t be disappointed if your favorite wines didn’t rank as high as you wished. Judges know their stuff, but they don’t know YOUR stuff. In the end, our tastes are our tastes, regardless of what others think. ************* Beyond wine, Gary Jasinek writes about the region’s three serious, but fun, putting courses. Rick Steigmeyer climbed atop his 2001 BMW R1100rt motorcycle and cruised the Cascade Loop, stopping along the way to chat with business owners and take some very nice photos. It’s a great spread. Emily Wooldridge is a new name to Foothills readers. The recent Entiat High School/Wenatchee Valley College graduate just wrapped up her second summer interning at The Wenatchee World. She wrote and participated in a Foothills story about thrift-store shopping. The stylish teenager is now off to Rhode Island to continue her studies at Brown University. We wish her well.
Marco Martinez, editor
September / October 2013
The premier lifestyle magazine for Wenatchee and North Central Washington