NW wines earn gold at International Women’s Wine Competition

By on July 11, 2015
The 2014 Northwest Wine Summit gathered 28 judges and 942 wines for its 19th annual competition.

The 2015 International Women’s Wine Competition uses all female wine experts for judges. It takes place in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Nine Northwest wines earned gold or better – including three best-of-class honors at the 2015 International Women’s Wine Competition.

womens-wine-compThe judging, owned and operated by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine in California’s Sonoma County, uses only female judges. The wines come from wineries whose cellars are led by women and men, though the competition does provide an award for the best female winemaker.

Three Washington wines won best-of-class honors, including AniChe Cellars‘ 2012 Be Holden, a Malbec-leading red blend crafted by owner Rachael Horn. Aniche Cellars is in the Columbia Gorge town of Underwood, Wash.

Also winning best of class were Kendall Farms in Sunnyside, Wash., which is owned by Lisa Kendall, and Stemilt Creek Winery in Wenatchee, Wash. Stemilt Creek wines are made by Jan Mathison with her husband, Kyle, serving as the vineyard manager.

EdenVale Winery in Medford, Ore., won a unanimous double gold medal and a gold medal. The winemaker is Ashley Campanella.

Olympic Cellars near Port Angeles, Wash., won three gold medals. For several years, the operation was run primarily by women, which spurred a label called Working Girl.

Sinclair Estate Vineyards in Walla Walla, Wash., also won a gold medal. Its winemaker/general manager is Amy Alvarez-Wampfler.

Here are the complete Pacific Northwest results from the 2015 International Women’s Wine Competition.

Gold/Best of class

AniChe Cellars 2012 Be Holden, Horse Heaven Hills, $26

Kendall Farms 2011 Four Vine Blend, Walla Walla Valley, $50

Stemilt Creek Winery 2011 Caring Passion, Washington, $17

Double gold

EdenVale Winery 2007 Heritage Red, Rogue Valley, $23

Gold

EdenVale Winery 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Rogue Valley, $65

Olympic Cellars 2012 Alder Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $27

Olympic Cellars 2013 Dungeness Red, Horse Heaven Hills, $19

Olympic Cellars 2013 Mt. Olympus Red, Columbia Valley, $22

Sinclair Estate Vineyards 2011 Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $35

Silver

Airlie Winery 2014 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $16

Airlie Winery 2014 Seven, Willamette Valley, $16

Airlie Winery 2014 Müller-Thurgau, Willamette Valley, $14

Amelia Wynn Winery 2013 Zephyr Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills, $23

AniChe Cellars 2013 Elephant Mountain Vineyard Atticus, Rattlesnake Hills, $38

AniChe Cellars 2013 Elephant Mountain Vineyard Moth Love, Rattlesnake Hills, $38

AniChe Cellars 2013 Shelob, Columbia Valley, $34

AniChe Cellars 2013 Barbariccia, Columbia Valley, $20

Coal Mine Vineyard 2013 Tempranillo, Rogue Valley, $28

Copa di Vino NV Pinot Grigio, Columbia Valley, $3

Hedgeline Vineyards 2013 Riesling, Washington, $9

L. Donovan Wines 2010 Mourvèdre, Rogue Valley, $25

Nodland Cellars 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $38

Nodland Cellars 2012 Bad Attitude, Walla Walla Valley, $15

Olympic Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, Wahluke Slope, $18

Olympic Cellars 2012 Sagemoor Vineyard Syrah, Columbia Valley, $27

Prosser Vineyard & Winery 2012 Red blend, Horse Heaven Hills, $18

Sinclair Estate Vineyards 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $35

Sinclair Estate Vineyards 2011 Red, Columbia Valley, $40

Stemilt Creek Winery 2011 Boss Lady, Columbia Valley, $24

Bronze

Amelia Wynn Winery 2014 Red Willow Vineyard Riesling, Yakima Valley, $20

AniChe Cellars 2014 Come & Go, Yakima Valley, $20

AniChe Cellars 2014 Tzyippy, Columbia Gorge, $20

AniChe Cellars 2014 Boushey Vineyard Bombadil, Yakima Valley, $24

Dana Campbell Vineyards 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Rogue Valley, $20

EdenVale Winery 2007 Steelhead Run Tempranillo, Rogue Valley, $45

Grizzly Peak Winery 2012 Tempranillo, Rogue Valley, $28

Long Walk Vineyard 2014 Orchard Bloom Rosé, Rogue Valley, $15

Nodland Cellars 2010 Private Blend, Columbia Valley, $28

Olympic Cellars 2014 Madeleine Angevine, Washington, $20

Rogue Winery NV Pick Me, Rogue Valley, $11

Rusty Grape Vineyard 2013 Gewürztraminer, Washington, $19

Sinclair Estate Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $28

Stemilt Creek Winery NV Nettie Rosé, Columbia Valley, $12

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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