B.C., Oregon shine at L.A. International Wine Competition

By on May 22, 2015
Walter Gehringer of Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery

Walter Gehringer is the winemaker at Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery near Oliver, British Columbia. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

POMONA, Calif. – British Columbia and Oregon wines showed extremely well in the 76th anniversary of the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition in Southern California.

Northwest wineries earned 10 best-of-class awards and 27 gold medals. Of these, 37 awards, 29 were for British Columbia wines, and six were from Oregon. It appears that few Washington wineries entered the competition, which is held on the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds.

Leading the way was Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery near Oliver, B.C., winning five gold medals, including a best of class for its 2014 Old Vines Auxerrois. Mission Hill Family Estate near Kelowna, B.C., won four gold medals, including best-of-class awards, and Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards in Oregon’s Umpqua Valley won a best-of-class award and two additional gold medals.

Here are the complete Northwest awards from the 2015 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition.

Gold/best of class

Backyard Vineyards 2014 Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Cliff Creek Cellars 2009 Syrah, Southern Oregon

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2014 Old Vines Auxerrois, Okanagan Valley

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2012 Late Harvest Vidal, Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2013 Merlot Icewine, Okanagan Valley

Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery 2012 Reserve Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Grenache, Umpqua Valley

Sandhill Wines 2014 Osprey Ridge Vineyard Viognier, Okanagan Valley

Bench 1775 Winery 2013 Whistler Riesling Icewine, Similkameen Valley

Gold

50th Parallel Estate Winery 2013 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Bench 1775 Winery 2014 Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley

Bench 1775 Winery 2014 Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2012 Athene, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley

Duck Pond Cellars 2014 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley

Fort Berens Estate Winery 2013 Cabernet Franc, British Columbia

Fort Berens Estate Winery 2013 Meritage, British Columbia

Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2014 Gewürztraminer-Schonburger, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2013 Signature Series Riesling Icewine, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2014 Classic Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2014 Private Reserve Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Marchesi Vineyards 2014 Valentino Primitivo, Columbia Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2013 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2013 Icewine, Okanagan Valley

Open Kimono 2013 Riesling, Washington

Poplar Grove Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley

Poplar Grove Winery 2014 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Red Lily Vineyards 2011 Tempranillo, Rogue Valley

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Umpqua Valley

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Malbec, Umpqua Valley

Sandhill Wines 2012 Vanessa Vineyard Merlot, Similkameen Valley

Spierhead Winery 2013 Club Consensus Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery 2013 Gamay Noir, Okanagan Valley

Wayne Gretzky Estates 2013 Cab-Syrah, British Columbia

Silver

50th Parallel Estate Winery 2014 Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley

50th Parallel Estate Winery 2014 Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Backyard Vineyards 2014 Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley

Backyard Vineyards 2014 Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Bench 1775 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Bench 1775 2014 Chill, Okanagan Valley

Bench 1775 2014 Glow, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2013 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2012 Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2012 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2011 Meritage, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2012 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2013 Coyote Bowl Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2013 Gravelbourg Vineyard Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2010 Quintessential, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2011 Coyote Bowl Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2010 Coyote Bowl Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Cliff Creek Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Southern Oregon

Cliff Creek Cellars 2009 Claret, Southern Oregon

Columbia Winery NV Composition, Columbia Valley

Columbia Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Columbia Winery 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Columbia Winery 2013 Merlot, Columbia Valley

Columbia Crest 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2011 Anniversary Blend, Walla Walla Valley

Fort Berens 2013 Pinot Noir, British Columbia

Fort Berens 2014 Riesling, British Columbia

Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery 2013 Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2014 Ehrenfelser, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2014 Desert Sun, Okanagan Valley

Girardet Wine Cellars 2012 Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley

Girardet Wine Cellars 2012 Sangiovese, Umpqua Valley

Hedgeline 2013 Riesling, Washington

Isabella Winery 2010 Imperial Grand Reserve, British Columbia

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2014 Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2012 Seven Poplars Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2014 The Spice Jar, Okanagan Valley

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2012 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2012 Meritage, Okanagan Valley

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2013 Semillon, Okanagan Valley

Ledger David 2012 Tempranillo, Rogue Valley

Ledger David 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Rogue Valley

Lopez Island Vineyards 2014 Siegerrebe, Puget Sound

Lulu Island Winery 2013 Merlot-Cabernet Franc Icewine, Okanagan Valley

Lulu Island Winery 2013 Riesling-Chardonnay Icewine, Okanagan Valley

Marchesi Vineyards 2013 Achelle Barbera, Columbia Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2013 Icewine, Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2013 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2013 Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2012 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Mission Hill Family Estate 2013 Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Monster Vineyards 2014 Rosé, Okanagan Valley

Noble Ridge 2012 Reserve Meritage, Okanagan Valley

Noble Ridge 2010 The One, Okanagan Valley

Noble Ridge 2013 Pinot Grigio, Okanagan Valley

Paradise Ranch 2013 Late Harvest Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Paradise Ranch 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Icewine, Okanagan Valley

Poplar Grove 2011 The Legacy, Okanagan Valley

Quinta Ferreira 2009 Obra-Prima, Okanagan Valley

Red Lily Vineyards 2011 Red Blanket Tempranillo, Rogue Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2013 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2014 Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2013 Hen House Sly White, Okanagan Valley

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Gloria’s Syrah, Umpqua Valley

Roza Ridge 2010 Roadside Market Red, Rattlesnake Hills

Roza Ridge 2011 Malbec, Rattlesnake Hills

Roza Ridge 2012 Block 2 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hills

Sandhill Wines 2014 Hidden Terrace Vineyard Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Applegate Valley

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2012 Tempranillo, Southern Oregon

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2013 Albariño, Applegate Valley

Spierhead Winery 2013 Golden Retreat Vineyard Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Time Estate Winery 2012 Meritage, Okanagan Valley

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery 2013 Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Wayne Gretzky No. 99 2013 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Wayne Gretzky No. 99 2013 Merlot, British Columbia

Bench 1775 2013 Merlot Icewine, Okanagan Valley

Backyard Vineyards 2014 Rosé, Fraser Valley

Backyard Vineyards 2013 Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Bench 1775 2013 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Black Hills Estate Winery 2013 Alibi, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2012 Coyote Bowl Malbec, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2012 Coyote Bowl Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Cliff Creek Cellars 2009 Cabernet Franc, Southern Oregon

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2013 Viognier, Walla Walla Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2011 Reserve Syrah, Walla Walla Valley

Desert Wind Winery 2013 Ruah, Wahluke Slope

Duck Pond Cellars 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Fletcher Bay Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley

Fort Berens 2014 Chardonnay, British Columbia

Fort Berens 2014 Pinot Gris, British Columbia

Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery 2013 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2014 Dry Rock Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2014 Private Reserve Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Girardet Wine Cellars 2012 Syrah, Umpqua Valley

Girardet Wine Cellars 2012 Barbera, Umpqua Valley

Hyatt Vineyards 2012 Merlot, Rattlesnake Hills

Hyatt Vineyards 2012 Syrah, Rattlesnake Hills

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2013 Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Ledger David 2012 Cabernet Franc, Rogue Valley

Ledger David 2013 Viognier, Rogue Valley

Lulu Island Winery 2012 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Lulu Island Winery 2013 Viognier Icewine, Okanagan Valley

Monster Vineyards 2013 Monster Cabs, Okanagan Valley

Mullan Road Cellars 2012 Red, Columbia Valley

Noble Ridge 2012 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Noble Ridge 2013 Mingle, Okanagan Valley

Poplar Grove 2011 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Quinta Ferreira 2010 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2013 Hen House Ruffled Red, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2012 Hen House Ruffled Red, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2014 Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Viognier, Umpqua Valley

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Cot et Merlau, Umpqua Valley

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Winemaker’s Reserve Syrah, Umpqua Valley

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Winemaker’s Reserve Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley

Roza Ridge 2011 Petit Verdot, Rattlesnake Hills

Roza Ridge 2010 Syrah, Rattlesnake Hills

Sandhill Wines 2012 Estate Vineyard Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Sandhill Wines 2012 Vanessa Vineyard Red, Similkameen Valley

Sandhill Wines 2014 Hidden Terrace Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Sandhill Wines 2013 King Family Vineyard Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2011 Malbec, Southern Oregon

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery 2012 Reserve Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery 2013 Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery 2012 Rosé, Okanagan Valley

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery 2012 Merlot, Okanagan 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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