Northwest wines shine at Los Angeles International Wine Competition

By on June 6, 2013

Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Don Galleano, a winemaker in the Cucamonga Valley of Southern California, judges wine at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition. (Photo courtesy Los Angeles International Wine Competition)

POMONA, Calif. – Six British Columbia wines won best-in-class honors at one of the top California wine competitions.

This was the 74th annual Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition, held at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona.

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery near Oliver, B.C., led the way with two best-of-class awards, while Fort Berens, Gehringer Brothers, JoieFarm and Poplar Grove also won top honors. Girly Girl Wines, a label for Silver Lake Winery in Woodinville, Wash., also won a best-in-class award.

Gehringer Brothers, across the Okanagan River from Burrowing Owl near British Columbia’s border with Washington state, also won four gold medals.

More than 3,000 wines from around the globe were entered in the judging, which took place about two weeks ago.

Here are the results of Northwest wineries’ medals:

Gold/Best in class

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2009 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley

Fort Berens Estate Winery 2012 Riesling, British Columbia

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Classic Auxerrois, Okanagan Valley

Girly Girl Wines 2011 Riesling, Columbia Valley

JoieFarm 2011 En Famille Reserve Gewurztraminer, Okanagan Valley

Poplar Grove 2010 Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley

Gold

A to Z Wineworks 2012 Pinot Gris, Oregon

Argyle Winery 2009 Brut, Willamette Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Eroica Riesling, Columbia Valley

Church & State Wines 2011 Coyote Bowl Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2009 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley

Desert Hills Estate Winery 2008 Mirage, Okanagan Valley

Dobbes Family Estate 2011 Grand Assemblage Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Domaine Ste. Michelle NV Extra Dry, Columbia Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Dry Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Classic Ehrenfelser, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Private Reserve Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Private Reserve Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Hyatt Vineyards 2010 Zillah Gorilla Zinfandel, Rattlesnake Hills

Lake Chelan Winery 2009 Rivers Bend Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Nk’Mip Cellars 2009 Qwam Qwmt Meritage, Okanagan Valley

Noble Ridge 2009 Reserve Meritage, Okanagan Valley

Poplar Grove 2011 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2012 Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2012 Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2011 Grenache, Umpqua Valley

Sandhill Wines 2011 Small Lots Block B11 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Silver Lake Winery 2011 Riesling, Rattlesnake Hills

Trio Vintners 2010 Far Away Vineyard Grenache, Yakima Valley

Westport Winery NV Dawn Patrol, Washington

Silver

Abacela 2012 Grenache Rosé, Umpqua Valley

Abacela 2009 Reserve Syrah, Umpqua Valley

Apex Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Argyle Winery 2011 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Arrowleaf Cellars 2012 Bacchus, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2010 Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2010 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2009 Meritage, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Calona Vineyards 2012 Artist Series Gewurztraminer, Okanagan Valley

Calona Vineyards 2012 Artist Series Sovereign Opal, Okanagan Valley

Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2011 Reserve Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills

Cassini Cellars 2009 Collector Series Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Cassini Cellars 2009 Maximus, Okanagan Valley

Cassini Cellars 2010 Maximus, Okanagan Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling, Columbia Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Church & State Wines 2009 Meritage, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2012 Cuvee Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2010 Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2010 Quintessential, Okanagan Valley

Cliff Creek Cellars 2007 Claret, Southern Oregon

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2009 Anniversary Cuvee, Walla Walla Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2011 Viognier, Walla Walla Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2009 Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley

Desert Hills Estate Winery 2012 Gewurztraminer, Okanagan Valley

Desert Hills Estate Winery 2011 Gamay, Okanagan Valley

Domaine Ste. Michelle NV Brut, Columbia Valley

Fletcher Bay Winery 2011 Late Harvest Pinot Grigio, Yakima Valley

Fort Berens Estate Winery 2012 Pinot Gris, British Columbia

Gamache Vintners 2012 Riesling, Columbia Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Classic Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Dry Rock Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Private Reserve Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Desert Sun, Okanagan Valley

Girly Girl Wines 2010 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Glen Fiona Winery 2011 Puncheon Select Syrah, Walla Walla Valley

Hedgeline 2011 Chardonnay, Washington

JoieFarm 2012 Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley

JoieFarm 2011 En Famille Reserve Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

JoieFarm 2012 A Noble Blend, Okanagan Valley

JoieFarm 2011 Gamay, Okanagan Valley

JoieFarm 2012 Rosé, Okanagan Valley

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2010 Lemberger, Red Mountain

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2012 Late Harvest Riesling, Columbia Valley

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2012 Riesling, Washington

Lopez Island Vineyards & Winery 2012 Siegerrebe, Puget Sound

Marchesi Vineyards 2011 Achille Barbera, Columbia Valley

McWatters Collection 2009 HMC Meritage, Okanagan Valley

Mount Baker Vineyards 2011 Madeleinie Angevine, Puget Sound

Nk’Mip Cellars 2011 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Nk’Mip Cellars 2011 Qwam Qwmt Icewine, Okanagan Valley

Nk’Mip Cellars 2011 Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Nk’Mip Cellars 2011 Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Nk’Mip Cellars 2009 Qwam Qwmt Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley

Nk’Mip Cellars 2011 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2011 Riesling, Columbia Valley

Poplar Grove 2010 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Rainstorm 2010 Pinot Noir, Oregon

Red Rooster Winery 2012 Gewurztraminer, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2012 Reserve Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2011 Malbec, Umpqua Valley

Roza Ridge 2010 Petit Verdot, Rattlesnake Hills

Roza Ridge 2010 Malbec, Rattlesnake Hills

Roza Ridge 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hills

Sandhill Wines 2010 Small Lots Estate Vineyard Sangiovese, Okanagan Valley

Sandhill Wines 2012 Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Sandhill Wines 2011 Small Lots Osprey Ridge Vineyard Viognier, Okanagan Valley

Silver Lake Winery 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Rattlesnake Hills

Silver Lake Winery 2008 Roza Red, Rattlesnake Hills

Summerhill Pyramid Winery 2012 Gewurztraminer, Okanagan Valley

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Tsillan Cellars 2010 Estate Sangiovese, Lake Chelan

Tsillan Cellars 2011 Estate Chardonnay, Lake Chelan

Tsillan Cellars 2011 Sempre Amore, Lake Chelan

Tsillan Cellars 2010 Estate Reserve Syrah, Lake Chelan

Tsillan Cellars 2010 Estate Malbec, Lake Chelan

Tsillan Cellars 2011 Nudo Chardonnay, Lake Chelan

Bronze

A to Z Wineworks 2011 Pinot Noir, Oregon

A to Z Wineworks 2012 Chardonnay, Oregon

Abacela 2009 Port, Umpqua Valley

Abacela 2012 Albariño, Umpqua Valley

Argyle Winery 2011 Nuthouse Chardonnay, Eola-Amity Hills

Arrowleaf Cellars 2011 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Arrowleaf Cellars 2012 Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Bridge Press Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2011 Athene, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2010 Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2011 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2010 Meritage, Okanagan Valley

Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills

Cassini Cellars 2010 Quatro, Okanagan Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Artist Series Meritage, Columbia Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Church & State Wines 2010 Coyote Bowl Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2011 Gravelbourg Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2010 Coyote Bowl Cabernet Sauvignon, Similkameen Valley

Cliff Creek Cellars 2011 Red Red Wine, Southern Oregon

Cliff Creek Cellars 2007 Syrah, Southern Oregon

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2010 Dedication Seven, Columbia Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2009 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley

Desert Hills Estate Winery 2012 Viognier, Okanagan Valley

Domaine Ste. Michelle NV Brut Rosé, Columbia Valley

Fletcher Bay Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley

Fort Berens Estate Winery 2011 Meritage, British Columbia

Gamache Vintners 2010 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley

Gamache Vintners 2009 Malbec, Columbia Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Optimum Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2012 Dry Rock Vineyard Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Girly Girl Wines 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Girly Girl Wines 2010 Merlot, Columbia Valley

Glen Fiona Winery 2009 Basket Press Reserve Syrah, Walla Walla Valley

Hyatt Vineyards 2010 Merlot, Rattlesnake Hills

Hyatt Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hills

Hyatt Vineyards 2011 Riesling, Rattlesnake Hills

JoieFarm 2012 Un-Oaked Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

JoieFarm 2012 Riesling, Okanagan Valley

JoieFarm 2012 Muscat, Okanagan Valley

JoieFarm 2011 En Famille Reserve Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2011 Reserve Riesling, Red Mountain

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2011 Chenin Blanc Ice Wine, Red Mountain

Lake Chelan Winery 2010 Pinot Noir, Lake Chelan

Lake Chelan Winery 2010 Malbec, Columbia Valley

Leone Italian Cellars 2009 Dolcetto, Columbia Valley

Marchesi Vineyards 2012 Valentino Primitivo, Columbia Valley

Maritime Wines 2011 Willapa White, Washington

Mount Baker Vineyards 2008 Reserve Syrah, Yakima Valley

Mount Baker Vineyards 2011 Proprietor’s Limited Reserve Viognier, Yakima Valley

Nk’Mip Cellars 2009 Qwam Qwmt Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Nk’Mip Cellars 2010 Qwam Qwmt Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Nk’Mip Cellars 2011 Talon, Okanagan Valley

Noble Ridge 2011 Mingle, Okanagan Valley

Noble Ridge 2009 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Noble Ridge 2011 Pinot Grigio, Okanagan Valley

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2011 Sweet Riesling, Columbia Valley

Peller Estates Winery 2011 Family Select Merlot, British Columbia

Poplar Grove 2008 The Legacy, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2012 Gewurztraminer, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2012 Reserve Rosé, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2011 Pinot Noir, Similkameen Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2010 Reserve Meritage, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2012 Reserve Viognier, British Columbia

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2011 Syrah, Umpqua Valley

Rocky Creek Winery 2012 Pinot Gris, Vancouver Island

Rocky Creek Winery NV Katherine’s Sparkle, Vancouver Island

Roza Ridge 2009 Roadside Market Red, Rattlesnake Hills

Sandhill Wines 2011 Estate Vineyard Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Sawtooth Winery 2010 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley

Silver Lake Winery 2010 Roza Rosé, Rattlesnake Hills

Silver Lake Winery 2010 Chardonnay, Rattlesnake Hills

Silver Lake Winery 2010 Reserve Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hills

Sozo Friends 2009 Balance, Columbia Valley

Sozo Friends 2011 Compassion Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Summerhill Pyramid Winery NV Cipes Brut, Okanagan Valley

Summerhill Pyramid Winery 2010 Baco Noir, Okanagan Valley

Summerhill Pyramid Winery 2010 Alive, Okanagan Valley

Summerhill Pyramid Winery 2009 Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2011 Oldfield Series 2Bench White, Okanagan Valley

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2009 Oldfield Series Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2010 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Waterbrook Winery 2011 Reserve Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Waterbrook Winery 2010 Reserve Merlot, Columbia Valley

Westport Winery 2010 Bella, Washington

Whitestone Winery 2009 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley

Wine by Joe 2011 Chardonnay, Willamette Valley

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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