Washington wines earn top honors in S. California competition

By on September 13, 2013

Washington wine fared well at the 2013 Long Beach Grand Cru.

The Long Beach Grand Cru takes place in Southern California. (Photo courtesy Long Beach Grand Cru)

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Two Washington wines earned best-in-class status at a prestigious Southern California wine competition.

Domaine Ste. Michelle earned top honors for sparkling wine with its NV Brut, while Duck Pond Cellars of Dundee, Ore., won best in class for its red blend using estate grapes from Washington’s Wahluke Slope.

The Long Beach Grand Cru is conducted in Southern California and is run by renowned wine journalist Dan Berger.

Seven wines won gold medals, with three going to Hyatt Vineyards in Washington’s Rattlesnake Hills. Maryhill Winery in Goldendale, Wash., won two gold medals. Lopez Island Vineyards won gold for its Siegerrebe, an unusual white grape grown in the Puget Sound AVA. And Pend d’Oreille, a winery in the Idaho Panhandle, earned gold for a Cabernet Sauvignon using Washington grapes.

Washington wines fared well at the 2013 Long Beach Grand Cru.

Washington wineries won several top medals at the 2013 Long Beach Grand Cru. (Photo courtesy of Long Beach Grand Cru)

Here are the complete Northwest results:

Gold/Best in class

Domaine Ste. Michelle NV Brut, Columbia Valley

Duck Pond Cellars 2011 Red Blend, Wahluke Slope

Gold

Hyatt Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hills

Lopez Island Vineyards 2012 Siegerrebe, Puget Sound

Maryhill Winery 2010 Proprietor’s Reserve Grenache, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley

Pend d’Oreille Winery 2010 Lawrence Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Roza Ridge 2010 Petit Verdot, Rattlesnake Hills

Roza Ridge 2010 Roadside Market Red, Rattlesnake Hills

Silver

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Eroica Riesling, Columbia Valley

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

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2009 Cougar Hills Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2010 Dedication Seven, Columbia Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2009 Anniversary Cuvee, Walla Walla Valley

Cricket Hill Winery 2006 Cabernet Franc, Applegate Valley

Duck Pond Cellars 2011 Merlot, Wahluke Slope

Duck Pond Cellars 2010 Mingle, Wahluke Slope

Firesteed Cellars 2009 Riesling, Oregon

Hyatt Vineyards 2012 Riesling, Rattlesnake Hills

Hyatt Vineyards 2009 Syrah, Rattlesnake Hills

Maryhill Winery 2010 Barbera, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Clifton Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope

Maryhill Winery 2010 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Proprietor’s Reserve Malbec, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Merlot, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Proprietor’s Reserve Syrah, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Proprietor’s Reserve Tavola Rosso, Columbia Valley

Roza Ridge 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hills

Bronze

Abacela 2012 Albariño, Umpqua Valley

Citation 2009 Chardonnay, Oregon

Citation 2003 Pinot Noir, Oregon

Columbia Crest 2011 Grand Estates Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2009 Cougar Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley

Desert Wind Winery 2010 Chardonnay, Wahluke Slope

Desert Wind Winery 2010 Ruah, Wahluke Slope

Desert Wind Winery 2010 Merlot, Wahluke Slope

Desert Wind Winery 2009 Tempranillo, Wahluke Slope

Desert Wind Winery 2011 Viognier, Wahluke Slope

Duck Pond Cellars 2009 Chardonnay, Wahluke Slope

Duck Pond Cellars 2011 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley

Duck Pond Cellars 2011 Syrah, Wahluke Slope

Firesteed Cellars 2012 Pinot Gris, Oregon

Firesteed Cellars 2008 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Hyatt Vineyards 2010 Merlot, Rattlesnake Hills

Hyatt Vineyards 2010 Zilla Gorilla Zinfandel, Rattlesnake Hills

Maryhill Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Les Collines Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Elephant Mountain Vineyard Indira, Rattlesnake Hills

Maryhill Winery 2010 Hattrup Farms Marvell, Rattlesnake Hills

Maryhill Winery 2010 Sugarloaf Vineyard Mourvedre, Rattlesnake Hills

Maryhill Winery 2010 Northridge Vineyard Primitivo, Wahluke Slope

Maryhill Winery 2010 Proprietor’s Reserve Sangiovese, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Syrah, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2011 Winemaker’s Red, Columbia Valley

Maryhill Winery 2010 Proprietor’s Reserve Zinfandel, Columbia Valley

Pend d’Oreille Winery 2011 Vickers Vineyard Chardonnay, Snake River Valley

Pend d’Oreille Winery 2008 Merlot, Columbia Valley

Trio Vintners 2010 Far Away Vineyard Grenache, Yakima 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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