Northwest wines fare well at granddaddy of wine competitions

By on July 19, 2014
Northwest wines fared well at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition.

Wines are lined up to be judged at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition in Southern California. (Photo courtesy of L.A. International Wine Competition)

POMONA, Calif. – Nearly 40 Pacific Northwest wines earned gold or better at one of the oldest wine competitions in the United States.

Nine Northwest wines earned best in class and another 27 were gold at the 75th annual Los Angeles International Wine Competition in Southern California.

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ Eroica Rieslings took home two of the best-in-class awards, winning top ratings for the 2012 Gold Riesling and 2012 Riesling. The company also earned gold medals for a Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from 14 Hands, Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon from Chateau Ste. Michelle and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Crest.

Burrowing Owl in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley won a best in class for its Syrah, as well as gold medals for Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

And Gehringer Brothers from the Okanagan Valley earned four gold medals for Chardonnay, Riesling and Ehrenfelser.

Here are the complete results of the Pacific Northwest wines:

Gold/best in class

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2011 Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2011 Coyote Bowl Series Malbec, Okanagan Valley

Desert Hills Estate Winery 2009 Three Boys Vineyard Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Eroica 2012 Gold Riesling, Columbia Valley

Eroica 2012 Riesling, Columbia Valley

Fort Berens Estate Winery 2012 Meritage, British Columbia

Little Beaver 2012 Golden Maple Ice Wine, Okanagan Valley

Milbrandt Vineyards 2011 Traditions Merlot, Columbia Valley

Winter’s Hill Estate 2012 Pinot Gris, Dundee Hills

Gold

14 Hands Winery 2010 The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills

14 Hands Winery 2010 The Reserve Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills

Backyard Vineyards 2013 Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Browne Family Vineyard 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2011 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley

Castle Rock Winery 2011 Syrah, Columbia Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Ethos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Church & State Wines 2011 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Columbia Crest 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Desert Wind Winery 2011 Merlot, Wahluke Slope

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2013 Dry Rock Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2013 Classic Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2013 Ehrenfelser, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2013 Private Reserve Riesling, Okanagan Valley

JoieFarm 2012 En Famille Reserve Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley

Ledger David Cellars 2011 Malbec, Rogue Valley

Little Beaver 2011 Merlot-Pinot Noir Ice Wine, Okanagan Valley

Marchesi Vineyards 2012 Achille Barbera, Columbia Valley

Milbrandt Vineyards 2011 The Estates Merlot, Wahluke Slope

Noble Ridge 2012 Pinot Grigio, Okanagan Valley

Perseus Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, British Columbia

Perseus Winery 2012 Cab-Syrah, British Columbia

Sandhill Wines 2011 Vanessa Vineyard Syrah, Similkameen Valley

Sun River Vintners 2011 Souzao, Red Mountain

Waterbrook Winery 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Wayne Gretzky Okanagan 2011 No. 99 The Great Red, Okanagan Valley

Silver

3 Cru 2012 Nomad, Okanagan Valley

3 Cru 2010 Traveller, Okanagan Valley

50 Peaks 2012 White Wine, Okanagan Valley

50 Peaks 2012 Red Wine, Okanagan Valley

50th Parallel Estate 2013 Riesling, Okanagan Valley

50th Parallel Estate 2013 Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley

50th Parallel Estate 2013 Rosé, Okanagan Valley

Abacela 2013 Grenache Rosé, Umpqua Valley

Backyard Vineyards 2013 Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley

Bench 1775 Winery 2012 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Bitner Vineyards 2009 Cab-Syrah, Snake River Valley

Bonamici Cellars 2012 Belviaggio, Okanagan Valley

Bonamici Cellars 2012 White Wine, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2011 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2010 Meritage, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley

Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2012 The Expedition Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Church & State Wines 2010 Quintessential, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2011 Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2012 Gravelbourg Vineyard Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Cliff Creek Cellars 2008 Cabernet Franc, Southern Oregon

Cliff Creek Cellars 2008 Syrah, Southern Oregon

Cliff Creek Cellars 2008 Claret, Southern Oregon

Cliff Creek Cellars 2010 Merlot, Southern Oregon

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2010 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2012 Viognier, Walla Walla Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2011 Dedication Eight, Walla Walla Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2010 Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2010 Anniversary Cuvee, Walla Walla Valley

Desert Hills Estate Winery 2011 Eagles Nest Vineyard Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Desert Wind Winery 2011 Ruah, Wahluke Slope

Duck Pond Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir, Oregon

Duck Pond Cellars 2013 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley

Fort Berens Estate Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc, British Columbia

Fort Berens Estate Winery 2013 Riesling, British Columbia

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2013 Classic Auxerrois, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2013 Private Reserve Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2013 Gewürztraminer/Schonburger, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2013 Desert Sun, Okanagan Valley

House Wine 2012 House Red, American

JoieFarm 2013 A Noble Blend, Okanagan Valley

JoieFarm 2013 Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley

JoieFarm 2013 Re-think Pink, Okanagan Valley

Kalala 2009 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2013 Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2010 Tempest, Okanagan Valley

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2011 Meritage, Okanagan Valley

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2013 Seven Poplars Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Laughing Stock Vineyards 2011 Red Wine, Okanagan Valley

Laughing Stock Vineyards 2011 Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Ledger David Cellars 2010 Tempranillo, Rogue Valley

Ledger David Cellars 2012 Primoris Chenin Blanc, Rogue Valley

Little Beaver 2011 3 in 1 Ice Wine, Okanagan Valley

Little Beaver 2010 Riesling-Chardonnay Ice Wine, Okanagan Valley

Little Beaver 2008 Chardonnay Ice Wine, Okanagan Valley

Monster Vineyards 2011 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Noble Ridge 2011 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Noble Ridge 2010 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Peller Estates Okanagan 2013 Family Series Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Perseus Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc, Similkameen Valley

Poplar Grove 2010 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Poplar Grove 2009 The Legacy, Okanagan Valley

Poplar Grove 2011 Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley

Poplar Grove 2012 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2013 Reserve Viognier, British Columbia

Red Rooster Winery 2012 Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2013 Bantam, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2013 Reserve Rosé, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2012 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2013 Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Sandhill Wines 2011 Small Lots Two, Okanagan Valley

Sandhill Wines 2011 Small Lots Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Sandhill Wines 2011 Phantom Creek Vineyard Small Lots One, Okanagan Valley

Sandhill Wines 2012 Icewine, Okanagan Valley

Sandhill Wines 2013 Estate Vineyard Rosé, Okanagan Valley

Seven Falls 2012 Chardonnay, Wahluke Slope

Seven Falls 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope

Sun River Vintners 2010 Souzao Angelica, Red Mountain

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2010 Oldfield Series Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2013 Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2012 2Bench White, Okanagan Valley

Township 7 Vineyards and Winery 2011 Reserve 7, Okanagan Valley

Washington Hills 2012 Merlot, Washington

Wayne Gretzky Okanagan 2012 No. 99 The Great White, Okanagan Valley

Wayne Gretzky Okanagan 2013 No. 99 Pinot Grigio, Okanagan Valley

Westport Winery NV Duckleberry Grunt, Washington

Westport Winery NV Little Wild, Washington

Westport Winery NV Night Watch, Washington

Wild Meadows 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley

Bronze

50th Parallel Estate 2013 Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Backyard Vineyards 2013 Rosé, Okanagan Valley

Backyard Vineyards 2011 Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Bench 1775 Winery 2012 Groove, Okanagan Valley

Bench 1775 Winery 2012 Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley

Bonamici Cellars 2012 Red Wine, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2011 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2011 Athene, Okanagan Valley

Calona Vineyards 2012 Artist Series Unoaked Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Calona Vineyards 2013 Artist Series Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Castle Rock Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Church & State Wines 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2011 Coyote Bowl Series Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2010 Coyote Bowl Series Red, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2012 Coyote Bowl Series Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2010 Tempranillo, Walla Walla Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2010 Syrillo, Walla Walla Valley

Desert Hills Estate Winery 2011 Three Boys Vineyard Malbec, Okanagan Valley

Desert Hills Estate Winery 2009 Mirage, Okanagan Valley

Desert Hills Estate Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley

Desert Hills Estate Winery 2012 Cactus White, Okanagan Valley

Duck Pond Cellars 2012 Fries Family Cellars Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Fletcher Bay Winery 2011 Patriot Red, Columbia Valley

JoieFarm 2012 En Famille Reserve Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

JoieFarm 2012 PTG, Okanagan Valley

Kalala 2012 Chardonnay Icewine, Okanagan Valley

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2013 Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2012 Seven Poplars Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Ledger David Cellars 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Rogue Valley

Little Beaver 2010 Zweigelt, Okanagan Valley

Little Beaver 2012 Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Marchesi Vineyards 2013 Valentino Primitivo, Columbia Valley

Milbrandt Vineyards 2013 Traditions Riesling, Columbia Valley

Milbrandt Vineyards 2012 Traditions Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Monster Vineyards 2012 Skinny Dip Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Noble Ridge 2009 Reserve Meritage, Okanagan Valley

Noble Ridge 2012 Mingle, Okanagan Valley

Peller Estates Okanagan 2013 Family Selet Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Perseus Winery 2010 Invictus, Similkameen Valley

Poplar Grove 2011 Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Primarius 2012 Pinot Noir, Oregon

Red Lily Vineyards 2010 Tempranillo, Rogue Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2013 Reserve Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2012 Pinot Noir, British Columbia

Red Rooster Winery 2013 Reserve Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Sandhill Wines 2013 King Family Vineyard Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Sandhill Wines 2012 Estate Vineyard Small Lots Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Sandhill Wines 2012 Phantom Creek Vineyard Small Lots Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Sandhill Wines 2011 Phantom Creek Vineyard Small Lots Malbec, Okanagan Valley

Sandhill Wines 2011 Estate Vineyard Small Lots Three, Okanagan Valley

South Stage Cellars 2009 Harmony, Rogue Valley

Sun River Vintners 2010 Tinta Cao Angelica, Red Mountain

Wayne Gretzky Okanagan 2012 Cab-Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Westport Winery NV Pineapple Express, Washington

Winter’s Hill Estate 2011 Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills

Winter’s Hill Estate 2013 Pinot Blanc, Dundee Hills

Winter’s Hill Estate 2013 Pinot Noir Rosé, Dundee Hills

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 .

One Comment

  1. Zach Liebo

    November 20, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Lots of BC wine up there! It is fantastic stuff! Something needs to change and allow that to flow into the States. ASAP!

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