Bob Betz receives top honor at Washington State Wine Awards

By on January 27, 2014

Bob Betz, Master of Wine, was honored at the 2014 Washington Wine Awards.

Bob Betz, Master of Wine, and founder of Betz Family Winery in Woodinville, Wash., was honored as the 2014 recipient of the Walter Clore Honorarium Award at the Washington State Wine Awards. (Photo via Flickr/click for credit)

Woodinville winemaker Bob Betz, Seattle sommelier Jeff Thorsen and The Marc Restaurant in Walla Walla’s Marcus Whitman Hotel received top honors Monday night at the Washington State Wine Awards in Seattle.

washington-state-wine-awards-logoBetz, who launched his renowned Betz Family Winery in 1997 during a storied 28-year career as a Chateau Ste. Michelle executive, was awarded the Walter Clore Honorarium. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated dedication to the advancement of the Washington wine industry.

Betz also is one of a handful in the Pacific Northwest to become a Master of Wine, the highest level of education in the world of wine. He received his degree in 1997 with honors as the top scholar in both the theory examinations and the viticulture portion.

Marco Campolio, executive chef at The Marc, has elevated the culinary program at the Marcus Whitman Hotel in downtown Walla Walla.

Antonio Campolio, executive chef at The Marc, has elevated the culinary program at the Marcus Whitman Hotel in downtown Walla Walla. He prepared a dinner at the James Beard House in New York City in 2012. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

The Marc chosen as state’s top wine restaurant

The Marc Restaurant was named Restaurant of the Year, and Thorsen of RN74 in Seattle received the Sommelier of the Year award as part of the ceremonies at Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

Other category winners included Anthony’s Restaurants and its Raise a Glass, Fund a Scholarship (Best Event Featuring Washington Wine), Russell’s in Bothell (Independent Restaurant of the Year), Schwartz Brothers (Best Restaurant Group), John Cooper of Yakima Valley Tourism (Tourism Concierge of the Year), Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau (Tourism Champion), Bellevue Westin (top hotel), Total Wine & More (Retailer of the Year), Puget Consumers Cooperative (retailer group), Full Pull Wines (independent retailer), Dan McCarthy of McCarthy & Schiering Wine (Retail Salesperson of the Year), Cru Selections (top distributor) and Jason Harris of Young’s Market Company (top distributor salesperson).

The 2014 Washington State Wine Awards goblet, designed by Julie Conway, goes to The Marc (Restaurant of the Year) and Total Wine and More (Retailer of the Year).

The 2014 Washington State Wine Awards goblet, designed by Julie Conway, goes to The Marc (Restaurant of the Year) and Total Wine and More (Retailer of the Year). (Image courtesy of the Washington State Wine Commission)

It was the 10th individual award for Anthony’s. No other restaurant has received as many in the history of the Washington State Wine Commission’s awards program.

“Education has always been a part of Anthony’s philosophy, as well as giving back to the community,” said Lane Hoss, Anthony’s Vice President of marketing and beverage director. “We are so pleased to be recognized for our ongoing community involvement with our Raise a Glass, Fund a Scholarship promotion to put towards the Viticulture and Enology Program at Washington State University. It is an honor to be recognized by the Washington wine industry.”

Hoss (2003) and Anthony’s founder Budd Gould (2012) each have received the Walter Clore Honorarium. The Seattle-based restaurant group also has been awarded Restaurant of the Year in 2004, Best Event Featuring Washington Wine (2003, 2006, 2008 and 2014), the Winemaker Choice Award in 2007 and Best Restaurant Group in 2011. At least one of its restaurants has received a Grand Award each year since the wine commission created the program in 2002.

“The Washington State Wine Awards are a way to say thank you to our champions,” Steve Warner, president of Washington State Wine Commission, said in a news release. “We can grow the best grapes and make the best wine here in Washington, but we cannot be truly successful without support from these outstanding individuals and organizations. They help us continue to build momentum for Washington State wine.”

Master Sommelier Rob Bigelow served as the master of ceremonies, and attendees were able to taste wines from 70 Washington wineries.

The 15 businesses and individuals recognized as leaders by the Washington State Wine Awards will be featured in a full-page ad in March in 10 key publications: Food & WineWine SpectatorSunset MagazineSeattle MetSeattle MagazineSip NorthwestElle Decor and Wine Press Northwest, as well as the 2014 Washington State Wine Tour Guide.

This marked the 12th year for the Washington Wine Commission’s awards program, and the second time since being rebranded. Winners were selected from more than 100 nominations and were chosen based on their menus, educational programs, marketing efforts and service.

Grand Awards:

·      Anthony’s at Columbia Point (Richland)

·      Anthony’s at Pier 66 (Seattle)

·      AQUA by El Gaucho (Seattle)

·      Barking Frog at Willows Lodge (Woodinville)

·      Bistro San Martin (Arlington)

·      Canlis Restaurant (Seattle)

·      Compass Wines (Anacortes)

·      Cypress Lounge & Wine Bar at The Westin Bellevue

·      Daniel’s Broiler Prime Steaks and Chops of Bellevue

·      El Gaucho Bellevue

·      El Gaucho Seattle

·      Hotel Vintage Park (Seattle)

·      Impulse Wine (Seattle)

·      Metropolitan Market (Western Washington)

·      Port Ludlow Resort

·      RN74 (Seattle)

·      SkyCity at the Space Needle

·      Sullivan’s Steakhouse (Seattle)

·      Sun Mountain Lodge (Winthrop)

·      Swing Wine Bar (Olympia)

·      The Dining Room at Sun Mountain Lodge (Winthrop)

·      The Fireside (Port Ludlow)

·      The Herbfarm (Woodinville)

·      The Metropolitan Grill (Seattle)

·      Tulalip Bay Dining at the Tulalip Resort and Casino

·      Valley Cafe (Ellensburg)

·      Visconti’s of Leavenworth

·      Visconti’s of Wenatchee

·      Visit Seattle

·      Washington Athletic Club (Seattle)

·      Willows Lodge (Woodinville)

·      Yakima Valley Tourism

Awards of Distinction:

·      Acqua Via (Olympia)

·      Adriatic Grill Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar (Tacoma)

·      Assaggio Ristorante (Seattle)

·      blueacre (Seattle)

·      Breadline Cafe (Omak)

·      Bridgewater Bistro (Astoria, Ore.)

·      Café Veloce (Kirkland)

·      Chandler’s Crabhouse (Seattle)

·      Churchill’s Steakhouse (Spokane)

·      Demetris Woodstone Taverna (Edmonds)

·      FAR-EATS (Seattle)

·      Inn at Ship Bay (Orcas Island)

·      Ivar’s Acres of Clams (Seattle)

·      Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing Restaurant

·      Ivar’s Salmon House (Seattle)

·      LOCAL 360 (Seattle)

·      Masselow’s Restaurant (Airway Heights)

·      Pike Brewing Company (Seattle)

·      Purple Cafe and Wine Bar (four locations – Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Woodinville)

·      Ray’s Boathouse (Seattle)

·      Salty’s at Redondo Beach (Seattle)

·      Salty’s on Alki (Seattle)

·      Spazzo Italian Grill & Wine Bar (Redmond)

·      Steelhead Diner (Seattle)

·      The Barrel Thief (Seattle)

·      The Lincoln Center (Spokane)

·      The Rainier Club (Seattle)

·      The Station Pizzeria (Woodinville)

·      The Triple Door (Seattle)

·      Wild Ginger (Seattle)

·      Wild Ginger at the Bravern (Bellevue)

Here is a list of last year’s winners

Restaurant of the Year
Visconti’s Italian Restaurant
Sommelier of the Year
Thomas Price, Metropolitan Grill
Retailer of the Year
Metropolitan Market
Walter Clore Honorarium
Doug Charles, Compass Wines
Independent Restaurant of the Year
Copperleaf Restaurant at the Cedarbrook Lodge
Best Event Featuring Washington Wine
Washington Wine Challenge, Urbane
Restaurant Group of the Year
MacKay Restaurant Group
Independent Retailer of the Year
Wine World & Spirits
Retailer Chain of the Year
Yoke’s Fresh Market
Retailer Steward of the Year
Doug King, Metropolitan Market
Tourism Champion of the Year
Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau
Tourism Concierge of the Year
Anne Peavey, Seattle’s Convention and Visitor Bureau
Hotel of the Year
Hotel Vintage Park
Distributor of the Year
Young’s Market Company
Salesperson of the Year
Kris Patten, Young’s Market Company

About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for 15 years. He is a frequent wine judge along the West Coast and contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the region's longest-running golf publication.

2 Comments

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  2. Julie Conway

    February 2, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Hello Eric: Thanks for the mention about the goblet awards ! They were super fun to make and a very unique design for wine goblets! I am honored to be selected by the WSW Commission.

    Cheers,
    Julie

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