Great Northwest Wine Competition

Great Northwest Wine Competition

The second annual Great Northwest Wine Competition took place April 2-3, 2014, at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore. It drew more than 900 entries from wineries in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia.


All wines are tasted blind by category.

Benefits of entering the Great Northwest Wine Competition

  • Wines are judged by some of the top wine professionals on the West Coast, including writers, retailers and wholesalers.
  • Gold medals are announced immediately via email to wineries and on Twitter.
  • Results are posted immediately after the competition concludes.
  • Results are sent to our newspaper partners for inclusion in print and online.
  • Great Northwest Wine’s online audience (20,000 unique visitors per month and more than 2,000 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.


  • The 2014 competition took place April 2-3 at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore.
  • All wines were instructed to arrive no later than March 28.

Competition directors

  • Eric Degerman
  • Andy Perdue


  • Kristine Bono, evangelist, Alexandria Nicole Cellars, Prosser, Wash.
  • Alan Busacca, director, Center for Enology and Viticulture, Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College
  • Big John Caudill, sales manager, Cuvee Northwest, Yakima, Wash.
  • Cole Danehower, author/journalist,, Portland, Ore.
  • Ilene Dudunake, owner, A New Vintage Wine Shop, Meridian, Idaho
  • Don Elsing, wine director, Sun Mountain Lodge, Winthrop, Wash.
  • Tina Hammond, winemaker, Privé Vineyards, Newberg, Ore.
  • Kathryn House, enologist/educator, House of Wine, Boise, Idaho
  • Dixie Huey, proprietor/founder, Trellis Growth Partners, Camas, Wash.
  • Richard Larsen, research winemaker, Washington State University
  • Janel Lubanski, media relations manager, Trellis Growth Partners, Camas, Wash.
  • Ken McCabe, senior Vice President of national accounts, Precept Wine, Seattle
  • Jeff Moore, proprietor/distributor, Amphora Wine Co., Boise, Idaho
  • Scot Overturf, sommelier, Seattle
  • Stephen Reustle, winemaker, Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards, Roseburg, Ore.
  • Yashar Shayan, proprietor,, Seattle
  • Patrick Spangler, winemaker, Spangler Vineyards, Roseburg, Ore.
  • Heather Unwin, executive director, Red Mountain AVA Alliance, Richland, Wash.
  • Ron Washam, sommelier/writer, Healdsburg, Calif.
  • Jean Yates, President, Oregon Wine Marketing, Corvallis, Ore.