Cascadia Wine Competition

 

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The fifth annual Cascadia Wine Competition will be staged March 21-23, 2017, at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore.

Enter the 2017 Cascadia Wine Competition

For its first three years, the Cascadia Wine Competition was called the Great Northwest Wine Competition. In 2016, we changed the name to differentiate it from our fall Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition.

Format

  • All wines are tasted blind by category.
  • Please submit three bottles of each entry.

Benefits of entering the Cascadia Wine Competition

  • Wines are judged by some of the top wine professionals throughout the country, including journalists, winemakers, retailers and educators.
  • Gold medals are announced immediately via email to wineries and on Twitter.
  • Results are posted as soon as the competition concludes.
  • Results are sent to our newspaper partners for inclusion in print and online.
  • Great Northwest Wine’s online audience (25,000 unique visitors per month and more than 2,700 email newsletter subscribers) receives results in a timely manner.
  • We link to medal winners’ website at no additional cost (some competitions charge up to $55 for such links).
  • Top winners appear in our weekly wine column, which is syndicated in more than 20 Northwest newspapers.
  • Select gold medal winners are featured as a “Wine of the Week” in the Tri-City Herald newspaper and on Wine Press Northwest’s website over the course of several weeks after the competition.
  • Our growing social media network receives alerts about competition medal winners.
  • Gold medal winners are automatically eligible for Wine Press Northwest magazine’s year-end Platinum Judging.
  • Gold medal winners are automatically eligible for consideration in The Seattle Times Top 50 Wines of the Year list.
  • Gold medal winners are automatically eligible for consideration in Great Northwest Wine’s Top 100 Wines of the Year list.

Dates

  • The 2017 competition will take place March 21-23 at the Columbia Gorge Hotel, 4000 Westcliff Drive, Hood River, OR 97031.
  • All wines should arrive at the Columbia Gorge Hotel no later than Thursday, March 16, 2017.

Competition directors

  • Eric Degerman — eric@greatnorthwestwine.com, 509-727-4317
  • Andy Perdue — andy@greatnorthwestwine.com, 509-727-4316

Chief judge

  • April Reddout, wine program director, Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center, Prosser, Wash.

2017 judges

  • Kristine Bono, tasting room manager, Goose Ridge Estate Winery, Richland, Wash.
  • Alan Busacca, proprietor/geologist, Volcano Ridge Vineyard and Vinitas Vineyard Consultants, Bingen, Wash.
  • Daniel Carr, co-owner/executive chef, Visconti’s Restaurants/Cured by Visconti’s, Wenatchee, Wash.
  • Rich Cushman, owner/winemaker, Viento Wines, Hood River, Ore.
  • Jay Drysdale, winemaker, Bella Wines, Naramata, British Columbia.
  • Ilene Dudunake, owner, A New Vintage Wine Shop, Meridian, Idaho
  • Don Elsing, tasting room manager, Fielding Hills Estate Winery, Chelan, Wash.
  • Tina Hammond, co-owner/winemaker, Privé Vineyard, Newberg, Ore.
  • Kathryn House, winemaking consultant, House of Wine, Boise, Idaho
  • Ellen Landis, sommelier/journalist, Vancouver, Wash.
  • Richard Larsen, research winemaker, Washington State University, Richland, Wash.
  • Tim McNally, broadcaster/journalist, WGSO 990 AM and New Orleans magazine, New Orleans
  • Sheri Sauter Morano, Master of Wine, Durham, N.C.
  • Jessica Munnell, winemaker, Mercer Estates, Prosser, Wash., and Wautoma Wines
  • Stephen Reustle, winemaker, Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards, Roseburg, Ore.
  • Barb Robertson, wine packaging specialist, MA Silva; columnist, Foothills magazine, Wenatchee, Wash.
  • Albert Coke Roth, III, Esq., columnist, Wine Press Northwest magazine, Kennewick, Wash.
  • Brad Smith, instructional technician vineyard and winery technology at Yakima Valley Vintners, Yakima Valley College, Grandview, Wash.
  • Coco Umiker, winemaker, Clearwater Canyon Cellars, Lewiston, Idaho
  • Gordy Venneri, co-owner/co-founding winemaker, Walla Walla Vintners, Walla Walla, Wash.
  • Jean Yates, president, Oregon Wine Marketing, Monroe, Ore.

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