British Columbia winery tops 3rd Great NW Invite

By on October 8, 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)

HOOD RIVER, Ore. – For the second consecutive year, a crisp white wine from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley delighted the judges of the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition.

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery‘s 2014 Old Vines Auxerrois won best of show at the third annual competition, which was conducted at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel west of Portland. Last year, Wild Goose Vineyards’ God’s Mountain Vineyard Riesling was the top wine.

The Great Northwest Wine Competition is unique in the United States, as it is believed to be the only competition in the nation in which the judges nominate the wines to be evaluated.

gehringer-bros-auxerroisAuxerrois is a rare white variety that is native to France’s Loire Valley. Walter Gehringer, co-owner/winemaker of Gehringer Brothers in Oliver, British Columbia, planted his first Auxerrois grapes in 1985, then added more acreage for the next two years.

“Nobody had heard of Auxerrois,” Gehringer told Great Northwest Wine. “Now, it has a little following.”

In what became known as “the Becker project,” about 60 grape varieties were planted throughout the Okanagan Valley in the late 1970s. Auxerrois showed the best of any white grape variety during these trials. However, little plant material was available in Canada for a few years.

Gehringer was able to take cuttings from those original Becker project vines and propagate them for his vineyard. The Becker project was led by Helmut Becker, one of Germany’s top grape breeders and vine researchers at the famed Geisenheim Institute.

As a result, Auxerrois never took off in a big way, and Gehringer believes that was not a bad thing for the burgeoning British Columbia wine industry.

“Kind of like Ehrenfelser, Auxerrois would be a hard sell,” Gehringer said.

Gehringer said Auxerrois is not a big wine. Rather, it is delicate with layers of complexity.

“It’s not a powerhouse,” he said.

He likes to pair Auxerrois with dishes that do not have intense flavors. Pumpkin soup and white turkey meats are delicious.

“Scallops are an absolute dynamite pairing,” he said enthusiastically.

Gehringer also won gold medals for its Dry Rock Vineyards Unoaked Chardonnay and Optimum Pinot Noir, but their wines have earned top awards in U.S. competitions for more than a decade. Gehringer Brothers is known as “King of the Platinum,” the year-end best of the best competition staged by Wine Press Northwest. Walter and Gordon Gehringer have amassed 47 Platinum medals in the competition’s first 15 years — nearly twice as many as any other winery in the Pacific Northwest. Gehringer Brothers has won at least one Platinum medal every year except 2001 and 2006.

Gehringer Brothers wines are available only in British Columbia. None of the wines are imported to the United States.

A few other trends from the competition:

The nominating judges for this year’s competition were:

Here are the results of the third annual Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition:

Best of show/double gold

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2014 Old Vines Auxerrois, Okanagan Valley, $13

Best red

Tamarack Cellars 2013 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $28

Best rosé

Seven Hills Winery 2014 Dry Rosé, Columbia Valley, $17

Best sparkling/double gold

Karma Vineyards 2011 Pink Bubbly, Lake Chelan, $40

Best dessert

Thurston Wolfe 2013 Touriga Naçional Port, Yakima Valley, $16

Double gold/best of class

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2012 Syrah-Mourvèdre, Snake River Valley, $26

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Ethos Late Harvest Riesling, Columbia Valley, $40

DeLille Cellars 2014 Chaleur Estate Blanc , Columbia Valley, $38

Sperling Vineyards 2012 Old Vines Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $32

Gold/best of class

Anam Cara Cellars 2012 Nicholas Estate Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $33

Barrister Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $31

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $30

Hamilton Cellars 2012 Champoux Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills, $60

Huston Vineyards 2014 Private Reserve Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $24

Jones of Washington 2014 Estate Pinot Gris, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $13

Mt. Hood Winery NV Summit Red Wine, Columbia Gorge , $22

Palencia Winery 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $18

Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard 2010 Arch Terrace Syrah, Red Mountain, $25

The Pines 1852 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel, Columbia Valley, $44

Westport Winery NV Rapture of the Deep, Washington, $28

Double gold

14 Hands Winery 2012 The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

Abacela 2014 Grenache Rosé, Umpqua Valley, $18

Ancestry Cellars 2013 Reminiscence Riesling, Columbia Gorge, $18

Angela Estate 2012 Abbott Claim Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $60

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Indian Wells Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $17

Lopez Island Vineyards 2014 Siegerrebe, Puget Sound, $25

Mercer Estates 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley , $24

Puffin 2012 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $29

Reininger Winery 2012 Carménère, Walla Walla Valley, $51

Saviah Cellars 2012 The Stones Speak Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $55

Sparkman Cellars 2012 Rainmaker Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley, $62

St. Innocent Winery 2013 Zenith Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $42

Sweet Cheeks Winery 2013 Vintage Riesling, Oregon, $14

Treveri Cellars NV Blanc de Blancs Brut, Columbia Valley, $15

Walla Walla Vintners 2013 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Walla Walla Vintners 2013 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $25

Whidbey Island Winery 2013 Dolcetto, Yakima Valley, $27

Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery 2014 Mystic River Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley, $23

Gold

Airfield Estates Winery 2014 Chardonnay, Yakima Valley, $15

Airfield Estates Winery 2014 Rosé, Yakima Valley, $15

Amavi Cellars 2014 Sémillon, Walla Walla Valley, $24

Amavi Cellars 2013 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $33

Ambassador Wines of Washington 2012 Estate Syrah, Red Mountain, $28

Angela Estate 2013 Abbott Claim Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $60

Baer Winery 2012 Arctos, Columbia Valley, $43

Barnard Griffin 2013 Syrah Port, Columbia Valley, $17

Barrister Winery NV Rough Justice X, Columbia Valley, $22

Brian Carter Cellars 2011 Tuttorosso, Yakima Valley, $34

Bridge Press Cellars 2011 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $25

Cathedral Ridge Winery 2013 Bolton Vineyard Reserve Barbera , Columbia Valley, $48

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Artist Series, Columbia Valley, $55

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2014 Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley, $9

Coeur de Terre Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $22

Columbia Crest 2013 Grand Estates Syrah, Columbia Valley, $12

Coyote Canyon Winery 2013 Albariño, Horse Heaven Hills, $22

DeLille Cellars 2012 Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain , $68

Doyenne 2012 Signature Syrah, Yakima Valley, $43

Dunham Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon XVIII, Columbia Valley, $45

Dunham Cellars 2012 Trutina, Columbia Valley, $29

Dusted Valley 2012 Petite Sirah, Wahluke Slope, $42

Eight Bells Winery 2012 Red Willow Vineyard Syrah 8 Clones, Yakima Valley, $32

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2014 Dry Rock Vineyards Unoaked Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, $13

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2014 Optimum Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, $18

Helix by Reininger 2011 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $28

Henry Earl Estate Wines 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $45

Jacob Williams Winery 2013 Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge, $30

Kerloo Cellars 2012 Stone Tree Malbec, Wahluke Slope, $40

Maryhill Winery 2014 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14

Maryhill Winery 2011 Marvell GSM, Rattlesnake Hills, $40

Maryhill Winery 2014 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $16

Memaloose 2014 Idiot’s Grace Riesling, Columbia Gorge, $19

Nelms Road 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $25

Palencia Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $30

Palencia Winery 2013 Casa Amarilla, Yakima Valley, $36

Poet’s Leap 2014 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $20

Reininger Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $45

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Golgotha Bloc Malbec, Umpqua Valley, $31

Rocky Pond Winery 2013 Riesling, Lake Chelan, $18

Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2013 Ryan’s Riesling, Columbia Valley, $12

Saviah Cellars 2013 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $25

Saviah Cellars 2012 Big Sky Cuvee, Columbia Valley, $35

Seven Hills Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $30

Sinclair Estate Vineyards 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $35

Stoller Family Estate 2013 Reserve Chardonnay, Dundee Hills, $35

Sweet Cheeks Winery 2014 Vintage Riesling, Oregon, $14

Walla Walla Vintners 2012 Yellow Bird Vineyard Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $38

Walla Walla Vintners 2013 Cuvée, Washington, $32

Walla Walla Vintners 2013 Estate Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $40

Waterbrook Winery 2013 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $14

Watermill Winery 2012 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $24

Wilridge Winery 2013 Estate Nebbiolo, Naches Heights, $40

Woodward Canyon Winery 2012 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $99

Woodward Canyon Winery 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $52

Woodward Canyon Winery 2012 Erratic, Walla Walla Valley, $66

Silver

14 Hands Winery 2013 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $20

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2012 Merlot, Snake River Valley, $21

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2011 Merlot, Washington, $21

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2012 Beau Geste, Snake River Valley, $50

50th Parallel Estate 2014 Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $18

720 Wine Cellars 2012 Croft Vineyards Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $25

Abacela 2012 Merlot, Umpqua Valley, $24

Abacela NV Vintner’s Blend #15, Umpqua Valley, $18

Abacela 2012 Estate Barrel Select Syrah, Umpqua Valley, $29

Airfield Estates Winery 2012 Syrah, Yakima Valley, $25

Amavi Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $33

Ambassador Wines of Washington 2012 Estate Plenipotentiary Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $50

Ambassador Wines of Washington 2012 Estate Grenache, Red Mountain, $42

Ambassador Wines of Washington 2012 Estate Envoy, Red Mountain, $35

Ancestry Cellars 2011 La Soeur, Columbia Valley, $35

Angel Vine 2011 The Sweet One, Columbia Valley, $22

Angel Vine 2012 Primitivo, Columbia Valley, $24

Angel Vine 2012 Zinfandel, Columbia Valley, $20

AniChe Cellars 2012 Moth Love, Rattlesnake Hills, $34

Bainbridge Vineyards 2013 Madeleine Angevine, Puget Sound, $18

Bainbridge Vineyards 2013 Müller-Thurgau, Puget Sound, $18

Bainbridge Vineyards 2014 Siegerrebe, Puget Sound, $22

Barnard Griffin 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $17

Barnard Griffin 2013 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $15

Barnard Griffin 2014 Albariño, Columbia Valley, $18

Barnard Griffin 2014 Roussanne, Columbia Valley, $20

Barnard Griffin 2014 Fumé Blanc, Columbia Valley, $9

Basalt Cellars 2011 Bacchus Syrah, Columbia Valley, $36

BBQ NV Oink! Red, American, $15

Bella Wines 2013 Bella Sparkling Blanc de Blanc, British Columbia, $25

Bella Wines 2013 Bella Blanc de Blanc, Okanagan Valley, $25

Bitner Vineyards 2014 Reserve Late Harvest Riesling, Snake River Valley, $19

Bitner Vineyards 2013 Riesling, Snake River Valley, $17

Blasted Church Vineyards 2011 OMG, Okanagan Valley, $24

Boomtown by Dusted Valley 2014 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $19

Brandborg Vineyard & Winery 2013 Gewürztraminer, Elkton Oregon, $18

Brian Carter Cellars 2010 Solesce, Wahluke Slope, $55

Brian Carter Cellars 2011 Le Coursier, Columbia Valley, $34

Brooks Winery 2012 Janus, Willamette Valley, $38

Browne Family Vineyards 2012 Tribute Red, Columbia Valley, $30

Bunnell Family Cellar 2010 Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills, $44

Buried Cane 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $16

Buried Cane 2012 Heartwood Red, Columbia Valley, $25

Cadaretta 2012 Windthrow, Columbia Valley, $50

Cadaretta 2013 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $35

Camaraderie Cellars 2012 Malbec, Yakima Valley, $29

Camaraderie Cellars 2012 Grace, Columbia Valley, $35

Cascade Cliffs Vineyard & Winery 2012 Blood Red Barbera, Columbia Valley, $75

Cascade Cliffs Vineyard & Winery 2012 RSV Nebbiolo, Horse Heaven Hills, $75

Cedar River Cellars 2012 Watershed Merlot, Columbia Valley, $25

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $15

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Ethos Reserve Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $36

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot, Columbia Valley, $30

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Eroica Gold Riesling, Columbia Valley, $30

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2013 Carménère, Washington, $28

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2013 Umiker Vineyard Syrah, Idaho, $28

Cloudlift Cellars 2012 Ascent Cabernet Franc, Horse Heaven Hills, $27

Coeur De Terre Vineyard 2012 Héritage Reserve Estate Pinot Noir, McMinnville, $36

College Cellars 2013 GSM, Walla Walla Valley, $24

Colter’s Creek Winery 2014 Riesling, Idaho, $12

Columbia Crest 2013 H3 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

Columbia Crest 2013 Andrews & Rowell Vineyard Reserve Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills, $35

Columbia Crest 2012 H3 Les Chevaux, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

Columbia Winery 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $14

Coyote Canyon Winery 2014 Life is Rosé, Horse Heaven Hills, $18

D’Anu 2013 Sangiovese, Walla Walla Valley, $24

Damsel Cellars 2012 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $32

Dancin Vineyards 2013 Chaustinelle Reserve Chardonnay, Southern Oregon, $32

Daven Lore Winery 2013 Tempranillo , Snipes Mountain, $29

Daven Lore Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $29

DeLille Cellars 2012 Harrison Hill , Snipes Mountain , $95

DeLille Cellars 2012 D2, Columbia Valley , $45

Dobbes Family Estate 2014 Crater View Vineyard Grenache Blanc, Rogue Valley, $26

Doyenne 2012 Grand Ciel Vineyard Syrah, Red Mountain, $65

Dusted Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $35

Dusted Valley 2012 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $42

Dusted Valley 2012 Stained Tooth Syrah, Columbia Valley, $32

Dusted Valley 2012 Grenache, Columbia Valley, $39

Fujishin Family Cellars 2012 Petite Sirah, Snake River Valley, $23

Full Pull & Friends 2012 Bacchus Vineyards Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $30

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2014 Signature Riesling Icewine, Okanagan Valley, $42

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2014 Minus 9 Ehrenfelser Icewine, Okanagan Valley, $42

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2014 Ehrenfelser, Okanagan Valley, $13

Gehringer Brothers Estate winery 2014 Classic Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $13

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2014 Desert Sun, Okanagan Valley, $11

Ginkgo Forest Winery NV Raspberry Sensation, Washington, $22

Goose Ridge Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $35

H/H Estate 2011 Big John Cab, Horse Heaven hills, $42

H/H Estate 2012 GW Smith Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills, $38

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2013 Estate Cabernet Franc, Lake Chelan, $40

Heart Catcher Wines 2013 Volcano Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel, Columbia Gorge, $35

Hedges Family Estate 2011 Red, Red Mountain, $30

Henry Earl Estate Wines 2011 Merlot, Red Mountain, $38

Henry Earl Estate Wines 2013 Riesling, Wahluke Slope, $20

Hudson Shah 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $14

Huston Vineyards 2013 Malbec, Snake River Valley, $29

Huston Vineyards 2013 Merlot, Snake River Valley, $27

Huston Vineyards 2014 Chicken Dinner Red, Snake River Valley, $18

Jacob Williams Winery 2012 Hi Valley Vineyard Merlot, Columbia Valley, $28

Karma Vineyards 2013 Karma All American Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $30

Kennedy Shah 2012 La Vie en Rouge, Columbia Valley, $14

Kettle Valley Winery 2011 Old Main Red, Okanagan Valley, $38

Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $25

Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2012 Old Block Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $65

Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2013 Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, $15

Knight Hill Winery 2013 Verdelho, Yakima Valley, $22

Koenig Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $22

Koenig Vineyards 2013 Bitner Vineyard Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $15

Koenig Vineyards 2012 Estate Vineyard Merlot, Snake River Valley, $22

Koenig Vineyards 2012 The Devil’s Bedstead Zinfandel, Snake River Valley, $25

Kyra Wines 2012 Dolcetto, Wahluke Slope, $20

Lookout Point Winery 2012 Malbec, Yakima Valley, $24

Lookout Point Winery NV Tableau, Rattlesnake Hills, $24

Lookout Point Winery 2012 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $30

Mahonia Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $25

Major Creek Cellars 2013 Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge, $25

Martinez & Martinez Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon , Horse Heaven Hills , $30

Maryhill Winery 2011 Les Collines Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $40

Maryhill Winery 2012 Indira, Rattlesnake Hills, $45

Maryhill Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $14

Maryhill Winery 2011 Zinfandel, Columbia Valley, $24

Matthews Winery 2012 Reserve Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $60

Matthews Winery 2013 Blackboard Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $30

Mercer Canyons 2014 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley , $13

Mercer Estates 2012 Spice Cabinet Vineyard Malbec, Horse Heaven Hills, $24

Mercer Estates 2014 Mercer Estates Riesling, Yakima Valley , $14

Michelle Sparkling Wines NV Brut, Columbia Valley, $13

Michelle Sparkling Wines NV Brut Rosé, Columbia Valley, $13

Milbrandt Vineyards 2014 Evergreen Vineyard The Estates Chardonnay, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $22

Milbrandt Vineyards 2011 The Estates Merlot, Wahluke Slope, $26

Milbrandt Vineyards 2014 Traditions Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley, $13

Milbrandt Vineyards 2012 Brothers’ Blend Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $17

Milbrandt Vineyards 2013 The Estates Ancient Lakes Vineyard Riesling, Columbia Valley, $19

Milbrandt Vineyards 2014 Traditions Riesling, Columbia Valley, $13

Moon Curser Vineyards 2012 Dead of Night, Okanagan Valley, $43

Moon Curser Vineyards 2012 Contraband Syrah, Okanagan Valley, $32

Moonlight Sparkling Wine Cellar NV Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc, Columbia Valley, $20

Mt. Hood Winery 2014 Mt Hood Winery Estate Riesling , Columbia Gorge , $18

Mullan Road Cellars 2012 Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $45

Mullan Road Cellars 2013 Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $45

Nine Hats 2014 Benches Vineyard Pinot Gris, Horse Heaven Hills, $12

Northstar Winery 2011 Premier Merlot, Columbia Valley, $85

O•S Winery 2013 Sonas Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley, $25

Obelisco Estate 2012 Electrum Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $70

Obelisco Estate 2012 Nefer Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $125

Obelisco Estate 2012 BDX Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $50

Obelisco Estate 2012 BDX Merlot, Red Mountain, $50

One Wines 2011 One Red Wine, Horse Heaven Hills, $40

Palencia Winery 2014 Pinot Noir Rosé, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $15

Panther Creek Cellars 2013 Carter Vineyard Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $65

Pendulum 2013 Red, Columbia Valley, $18

Perennial Vintners 2013 Frambelle, Puget Sound, $21

Portteus Winery 2009 Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hills, $55

Purple Star Wines 2013 Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $12

Purple Star Wines 2012 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $18

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Hebron Bloc Grenache, Umpqua Valley, $27

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Reserve Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, $39

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Smaragd Gruner Veltliner , Umpqua Valley, $29

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Gruner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley, $24

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Pishon Bloc Pinot Noir, Umpqua Valley, $34

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Winemaker’s Reserve Syrah, Umpqua Valley, $39

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Masada Bloc Syrah, Umpqua Valley, $32

Robert Ramsay Cellars 2012 McKinley Springs Cinsault, Horse Heaven Hills, $32

Robert Ramsay Cellars 2012 McKinley Springs Mourvèdre, Horse Heaven Hills, $35

Robert Ramsay Cellars 2012 Le Mein, Columbia Valley, $35

Robert Ramsay Cellars 2012 McKinley Springs Syrah, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

Rolling Bay Winery 2014 Upland Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay, Snipes Mountain, $38

Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $40

San Juan Vineyards 2014 Siegerrebe, Puget Sound, $22

San Juan Vineyards 2014 Riesling, Yakima Valley, $17

Saviah Cellars 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $45

Saviah Cellars 2012 GSM, Walla Walla Valley, $38

Saviah Cellars 2013 The Jack Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $18

Sawtooth Estate Winery 2013 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $14

Sawtooth Estate Winery 2012 Vineyard Select Skyline Red, Snake River Valley, $16

Seven Falls Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $20

Seven Falls Cellars 2012 Merlot, Wahluke Slope, $20

Sinclair Estate Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $37

Sinclair Estate Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $28

Sinclair Estate Vineyards 2012 Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $35

Sokol Blosser Winery NV Evolution Sparkling Wine, American, $20

Sparkman Cellars 2013 Wonderland Grenache, YAkima Valley, $32

Sparkman Cellars 2012 Stella Mae, Columbia Valley, $52

Spindrift Cellars 2014 Gewürztraminer , Willamette Valley , $19

Spring Valley Vineyard 2012 Uriah, Walla Walla Valley, $50

Stoller Family Estate 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $45

Tapteil Vineyard 2013 GSM, Red Mountain, $36

Tapteil Vineyard 2014 Argus Bone Dry Riesling, Yakima Valley, $16

Telaya Wine Co. 2013 Turas, Snake River Valley, $32

Tenet Wines 2013 The Pundit Syrah, Columbia Valley, $25

Tenor Wines 2012 1:1, Columbia Valley, $78

Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard 2010 Arch Terrace Merlot, Red Mountain, $25

Treos 2014 Albariño, Willamette Valley, $25

Treveri Cellars NV Blanc de Noir, Columbia Valley, $20

Tsillan Cellars 2012 Estate Reserve Syrah, Lake Chelan, $35

Vino la Monarcha 2013 Malbec, Wahluke Slope, $20

Vino la Monarcha 2014 Pinot Grigio, Columbia Valley, $15

Waitsburg Cellars 2013 Three Red, Columbia Valley, $25

Walla Walla Vintners 2013 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $32

Watermill Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley, $32

Watermill Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $24

Westport Winery 2013 Bella, Columbia Valley, $34

Westport Winery NV Bella, Columbia Valley, $34

Whidbey Island Winery 2013 Malbec, Columbia Valley, $20

Whidbey Island Winery 2013 Lemberger, Yakima Valley, $18

Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery 2014 Mystic River Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley, $19

Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery 2012 Red Horizon Meritage, Okanagan Valley, $22

Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery 2013 Stoney Slope Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $20

Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery 2014 Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $19

Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery 2014 Autumn Gold, Okanagan Valley, $19

Winter’s Hill Estate 2013 Pinot Noir , Dundee Hills, $39

Woodward Canyon Winery 2012 Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $59

Woodward Canyon Winery 2013 Estate Chardonnay, Walla Walla Valley, $66

Woodward Canyon Winery 2014 Estate Sauvignon Blac, Walla Walla Valley, $29

Wy’East Vineyards 2013 Blue Chip Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge, $25

Yakima Valley Vintners 2013 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Primitivo, Columbia Valley, $18

Zerba Cellars 2011 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $36

Zerba Cellars 2009 Reserve Nebbiolo, Walla Walla Valley, $55

Zerba Cellars 2012 Zinfandel, Walla Walla Valley, $45

Bronze

14 Hands Winery 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Washington, $10

2Hawk Vineyard & Winery NV Rosé, Southern Oregon, $16

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley, $23

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2012 Syrah, Snake River Valley, $21

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2014 Vivacious, Snake River Valley, $18

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2013 Beau Geste, Idaho/Washington/Oregon, $28

Airlie Winery 2012 Vintner’s Blend Pinot Noir , Willamette Valley, $35

Airlie Winery 2012 Pinot Noir , Willamette Valley, $28

Airlie Winery 2014 Seven, Willamette Valley, $15

Amelia Wynn 2012 Cabernet Franc, Red Mountain, $32

Amelia Wynn 2012 Aragón, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

Ancestry Cellars 2014 Reunion Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $25

Armstrong Family Winery 2012 Celebration Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $32

Bainbridge Vineyards 2014 Pinot Gris, Puget Sound, $22

Bainbridge Vineyards 2006 Pinot Noir, Puget Sound, $29

BBQ NV Oink! White, American, $15

Beresan Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $29

Beresan Winery 2012 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $29

Bitner Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley, $19

Block Wines 2014 Block V10 Rothrock Vineyard Chenin Blanc, Yakima Valley, $22

Block Wines 2014 Tauro Block Boushey Vineyard Semillon, Yakima Valley, $22

Boomtown by Dusted Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $19

Boomtown by Dusted Valley 2013 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $19

Boomtown by Dusted Valley 2013 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $19

Brian Carter Cellars 2011 Byzance, Columbia Valley, $34

Brooks Winery 2014 Sweet P, Eola- Amity Hills, $24

Bunnell Family Cellar 2011 ALX, Columbia Valley, $42

Cadaretta 2014 SBS, Columbia Valley, $23

Camaraderie Cellars 2013 Reserve Dionysius Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $45

Cathedral Ridge Winery 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $48

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills, $22

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Eroica Ice Wine, Columbia Valley, $60

Chelan Estate Winery 2012 Estate Vineyard Merlot, Lake Chelan, $18

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2014 Lochsa, Idaho, $15

Cloudlift Cellars 2012 Stratus Petit Verdot, Yakima Valley, $32

College Cellars 2014 Viognier, Walla Walla Valley, $15

Columbia Crest 2012 Walter Clore Private Reserve, Columbia Valley, $35

Coyote Canyon Winery 2012 Robert Andrews Mourvedre, Horse Heaven Hills, $38

Damsel Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $38

Dance 2014 Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills, $37

Daven Lore Winery 2013 Petit Verdot, Horse Heaven Hills, $29

ded.reckoning wine co. 2008 Klipsun Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $35

ded.reckoning wine co. 2013 Flintlock Merlot, Yakima Valley, $20

Dunham Cellars 2013 Three Legged Red, Washington, $19

Dunham Cellars 2014 Riesling Lewis Estate Vineyard, Columbia Valley, $20

Dusted Valley 2012 V.R. Special Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $60

Erath Winery 2014 Willakia Vineyard Chardonnay, Eola-Amity Hills, $35

Fujishin Family Cellars 2013 Tempranillo, Snake River Valley, $23

Full Pull & Friends 2012 Klipsun Vineyard Merlot , Red Mountain, $34

Full Pull & Friends NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature, Columbia Valley, $20

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2014 Private Reserve Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley, $14

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2014 Private Reserve Dry Riesling, Okanagan Valley, $13

Grantwood Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Grantwood Winery 2013 Zinfandel, Walla Walla Valley, $19

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir, Lake Chelan, $35

Heart Catcher Wines 2012 Volcano Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel, Columbia Gorge, $35

Karma Vineyards 2011 methode champenoise brut, Columbia Valley, $50

Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2014 Chenin Blanc Ice Wine, Red Mountain, $25

Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2012 Estate Red Mountain Lemberger, Red Mountain, $15

Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2012 Sangiovese, Red Mountain, $25

Koenig Vineyards 2012 Riesling Ice Wine, Snake River Valley, $20

Kramer Vineyards 2013 Brut Zero Dosage, Yamhill-Carlton, $32

La Chanterelle Winery 2012 Syrah, Wahluke Slope, $34

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2013 Merlot, Okanagan Valley , $20

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2014 Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley , $19

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, $26

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2012 Meritage, Okanagan Valley, $21

Left Coast Cellars 2014 The Orchards Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $18

Martinez & Martinez Winery 2011 Dominio De Martinez Cabernet Sauvignon , Horse Heaven Hills , $45

Martinez & Martinez Winery 2014 May Mae Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon , Horse Heaven Hills , $19

Maryhill Winery 2012 Winemaker’s Red, Columbia Valley, $15

Maryhill Winery 2012 Proprietor’s Reserve Zinfandel, Columbia Valley, $36

Memaloose 2012 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Gorge, $30

Milbrandt Vineyards 2012 The Estates Malbec, Wahluke Slope, $26

Milbrandt Vineyards 2012 Traditions Merlot, Columbia Valley, $17

Mt. Hood Winery 2014 Pinot Gris, Columbia Gorge , $20

Mt. Hood Winery 2014 Mt Hood Winery Estate Dry Riesling , Columbia Gorge , $20

Native Sun Wines 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $65

Nine Hats 2013 Red, Columbia Valley, $20

Oak Bay Vineyard 2013 Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley, $18

Purple Star Wines 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $12

Purple Star Wines 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $12

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Timnah Bloc Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, $29

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Winemaker’s Reserve Grüner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley, $29

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2013 Revelation & Sorek Bloc Gruner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley, $24

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Reserve Gruner Veltliner , Umpqua Valley, $29

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Talitha Cumi Bloc Sauvignon Blanc, Umpqua Valley, $23

Robert Karl Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $32

Robert Karl Cellars 2012 Claret, Horse Heaven Hills, $22

Robert Ramsay Cellars 2012 Par La Mer, Horse Heaven Hills, $35

Rocky Pond Winery 2013 Stratastone, Red Mountain, $24

Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2013 Naked Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $12

Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2012 Rock Island Red, Wahluke Slope, $20

Saviah Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Saviah Cellars 2013 Dugger Creek Vineyard Barbera, Walla Walla Valley, $30

Seven Falls Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, Wahluke Slope, $20

Sokol Blosser Winery 2012 Peach Tree Block Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $70

Sparkman Cellars 2013 Wilderness, Columbia Valley, $28

Tapteil Vineyard 2013 Spilya Vineyard Syrah, Yakima Valley, $36

Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard 2010 Arch Terrace Cabernet Franc, Red Mountain, $28

Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard 2011 ONYX, Red Mountain, $55

Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard 2011 Arch Terrace Riesling, Yakima Valley, $18

Walla Walla Vintners 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $38

Westport Winery 2014 Going Coastal, Yakima Valley, $28

Whidbey Island Winery 2014 Madeleine Angevine, Puget Sound, $17

Wind Rose Cellars 2013 Malbec, Yakima Valley, $20

Winter’s Hill Estate 2014 Pinot Gris, Dundee Hills, $17

Wy’East Vineyards 2014 Pinot Gris, Columbia Gorge, $19

Wy’East Vineyards 2013 Reserve Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge, $52

Zerba Cellars 2012 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley, $45

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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