Northwest wines win top medals at Florida competition

By on March 6, 2013

Washington wine

Kiona Vineyards Winery on Washington’s Red Mountain won three gold medals at the 2013 Florida State Fair International Wine Competition.

EAST PALATKA, Fla. – Northwest wines won 12 gold medals from the 26th annual Florida State Fair International Wine Competition.

Leading the way with three gold medals were Barking Frog, a winery in Carlton, Ore., that uses primarily Washington grapes, and Kiona Vineyards Winery on Washington’s Red Mountain. Kiona also received six silver medals.

Kitzke Cellars on Candy Mountain in Washington earned two gold medals.

Also winning gold medals were Dos Estevan Wines, Madsen Family Cellars, Nodland Cellars and Westport Winery.

Oregon wine

Ron Helbig is the owner and winemaker for Barking Frog winery in Carlton, Ore.

Here are all the medal-winning wines from the Pacific Northwest:

Gold

Barking Frog Winery 2010 Barbera, Washington

Barking Frog Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington

Barking Frog Winery 2010 Five, Washington

Dos Estevan Wines 2010 Grenache, Washington

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2011 Late Harvest Riesling, Washington

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2011 Riesling, Washington

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2010 Cab-Merlot, Washington

Kitzke Cellars 2009 Monte Caranelle, Columbia Valley

Kitzke Cellars 2009 Malbec, Columbia Valley

Madsen Family Cellars 2008 Merlot, Wahluke Slope

Nodland Cellars 2008 Private Blend, Columbia Valley

Westport Winery NV Rapture of the Deep, Washington

Silver

Barking Frog Winery 2010 Cabernet Franc, Washington

Che é Amore NV Che Dire Maria, Washington

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2010 Lemberger, Red Mountain

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2012 Chardonnay, Washington

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2011 Reserve Dry Riesling, Red Mountain

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2009 Chenin Blanc Ice Wine, Red Mountain

Kiona Vineyards Winery NV First Crush Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2010 Big Kiona Zinfandel, Red Mountain

Kitzke Cellars 2009 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley

Madsen Family Cellars 2008 Cabernet Franc, Red Mountain

Prosser Vineyard and Winery 2010 Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills

Samson Estates Winery 2010 Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills

Samson Estates Winery NV Oro Hazelnut, Washington

Samson Estates Winery 2011 Riesling, Columbia Valley

Westport Winery NV Duckleberry Grunt, Washington

Bronze

Barking Frog Winery 2009 Syrah, Washington

Dos Estevan Wines 2010 Cabernet Franc, Washington

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2010 Zinfandel, Red Mountain

Kitzke Cellars 2009 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley

Madsen Family Cellars 2008 Gewurztraminer, Yakima Valley

Nodland Cellars 2009 Avante Garde, Columbia Valley

Prosser Vineyard and Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills

Prosser Vineyard and Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills

Westport Winery NV Dawn Patrol, Washington

About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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