4th Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition starts today

By on October 5, 2016

 

Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition.

Judges for the 2016 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition gather at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

HOOD RIVER, Ore. – Some of the Pacific Northwest’s top wine professionals have gathered at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel to judge some of the Northwest’s top wines in the fourth annual Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition.

Nearly 600 wines will be judged between now and Thursday afternoon, as judges from across the West Coast will swirl, sniff, sip and spit as they determine what some of the best wines in the Northwest are.

The Invitational is unlike any other wine competition in the country, as the wines being judged are nominated ahead of time by the judges. The judges are selected by Great Northwest Wine for the influence and knowledge of the Northwest wine industry, coming from all corners of the industry, including restaurateurs, writers, retailers and wholesalers.

This year’s nominating judges include:

Past winners of the Northwest Invite

Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition in Hood River, Ore.

Bottles are lined up to be judged today and Thursday at the fourth annual Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition in Hood River, Ore. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

Past winners of the Northwest Invite include:

  • Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery’s 2014 Old Vine Auxerrois from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley won best of show in 2015.
  • Wild Goose Vineyards’ 2012 God’s Mountain Vineyard Riesling from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley won best of show in 2014.
  • Seven Falls Cellars’ 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates won best of show in 2013.

Complete results of the 2016 wine competition will be announced Thursday afternoon on Great Northwest Wine.

Save

Save

Save

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 .

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Anti-spam measure * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.