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Wineries from Lake Chelan, Leavenworth and Wenatchee win Gold & Double Gold medals at Seattle Wine Awards

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Tsillan Cellars was one of several area wineries that took home awards from the Seattle Wine Awards. (Photo by GoLakeChelan.com)

Just over 100 wineries from around Washington State received awards at the 2017 Seattle Wine Awards event, including 25 wineries in the Cascade Valley Wine country regions of Lake Chelan, Leavenworth and Wenatchee. Many took Gold, Double Gold (and a few Diamonds) at the Seattle Wine Awards.

“This year our region truly shines and we would like to congratulate all of the award winners from our region for continuously producing high quality beautiful wines that are sure to continue to please and excite pallets around the country,” said Madeline Nelson, executive director of Cascade Valley Wine Country.

About Seattle Wine Awards

The Seattle Wine Awards is the largest, most prestigious, and professional recognition program for Washington State wine, cider and fruit wine. This year, 2017 is marking the 12th anniversary of the Seattle Wine awards.

Wine from recognized Washington AVA’s and AVA’s extending into Oregon are judged by a panel of recognized industry professionals such as sommeliers, restaurateurs, wine critics and media personnel. Evaluation is held by blind tasting, varietal, and retail price tiers. Grand Awards of Excellence awarded at levels that include Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Lake Chelan area wineries that won awards include: Cairdeas Winery, Hard Row to Hoe, Karma Vineyards, Mellisoni Vineyard, Rio Vista Wines, Rocky Pond Wines, Tildio Winery, Tsillan Cellars and WineGirl Wines. Congratulations to all the award winners!

Completes List of “Regional” Wineries Winning Silver or Better

37 Cellars: Double Gold: nonvintage Quartet; Gold: 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 Quintet, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon; Silver: 2013 Merlot, 2014 Malbec.

Baroness Cellars: Silver: 2013 Carmenere.

Beaumont Cellars: Silver: 2013 Petit Verdot, 2013 Syrah.

Cairdeas Winery: Double Gold: 2014 Cinsault, 2016 Grenache Blanc, 2014 Counoise; Gold: 2015 Nellie Mae.

Cave B Estate Winery: Double Gold: 2014 Petit Verdot, 2016 Cuvee Blanc, 2016 Roussanne; Gold: 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 Viognier, 2016 Chenin Blanc, 2014 Tempranillo, 2014 Malbec, 2016 Dry Rosé of Merlot; Silver: 2013 Cuvee du Soleil.

Crayelle Cellars: Double Gold: nonvintage Tempranillo; Gold 2016 Albarino, 2016 Neve’s Blanc, 2016 Rosé.

Ginkgo Forest: Double Gold: 2012 Mourvedre, 2013 Carmenere; Gold: 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon; Silver: 2008 Sun in a Bottle dessert wine.

Hard Row to Hoe: Gold: 2015 Barbera, 2015 Rumours White, 2014 Burning Desire Cabernet Franc; Silver: 2015 Chardonnay.

Jones of Washington: Double Gold: 2015 Riesling, 2015 Sauvignon Blanc; Gold: 2015 Pinot Gris, 2014 Chardonnay; Silver: 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Carmenere, 2013 Petit Verdot.

Karma Vineyards: Double Gold: 2013 Pink sparkling wine, 2013 Brut sparkling wine.

Lost River Winery: Gold: 2013 Cedarossa Red.

Malaga Springs Winery: Double Gold: 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon; Gold: 2014 Chenin Blanc; Silver: 2014 Malbec.

Martin-Scott Winery: Double Gold: 2015 Riesling; Gold: 2014 Cabernet Franc; Silver: 2014 Raven Ridge Red.

Mellisoni Vineyard: Double Gold: 2016 Gewurtztraminer; Gold: 204 Malbec, 2016 180 Degrees Rosé; Silver: 2016 Pinot Grigio.

Milbrandt Vineyards: Double Gold: 2015 Traditions Riesling, 2014 Katherine Leone Vineyard Syrah, 2016 Traditions Rosé; Gold: 2014 Traditions Merlot, 2014 Ravenscliff Vineyard Malbec, 2015 Traditions Chardonnay, 2014 Clifton Hill Vineyard Syrah; Silver: 2015 Estates Chardonnay, 2014 Estates Malbec, 2012 Sentinel.

Palencia Wine Co.: Double Gold: Monarcha Pinot Noir Rosé; Gold: 2013 Monarcha Merlot, 2016 Sauvignon Blanc.

Plain Cellars: Gold: 2015 Chardonnay, 2014 Tempranillo, 2014 Petite Syrah, 2014 Eclipse; Silver: 2014 Summer Solstice, 2014 Just Plain Red, 2014 Cabernet Franc.

Rio Vista Wines: Double Gold: 2016 Sunset on the River; Gold: 2016 Wild Rose Rosé; Silver: 2016 Viognier, 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Rocky Pond Wines: Double Gold: 2015 Double D Syrah; Gold: 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 Viognier; Silver: 2015 La Domestique.

Ryan Patrick Wines: Double Gold: 2015 Redhead Red; Gold: 2016 Rosé, 2015 Rock Island Chardonnay, 2014 Reserve Syrah, 2015 Reserve Chardonnay (Sagemoor Vineyard); Silver: 2014 Rock Island Red, 2015 Naked Chardonnay, 2015 Reserve Chardonnay (French Creek Vineyard).

Stemilt Creek Winery: Double Gold: 2014 Ascent Syrah; Gold: 2014 Caring Passion Merlot, 2014 Ascent Cabernet Sauvignon; Silver: 2014 A Day’s Work Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 Boss Lady, 2016 Ascent Rosé.

Tildio Winery: Double Gold: 2013 Estate Tempranillo; Gold: 2013 Estate Syrah, 2016 Rosado of Cabernet Franc; Silver: 2013 Estate Cabernet Franc.

Tsillan Cellars: Double Gold: 2016 Estate Dry Riesling; Gold: 2016 Estate Sempre Amore, 2016 Estate Gewurtztraminer, 2016 Estate Riesling, 2014 Estate Syrah, 2016 Estate Nudo Chardonnay, 2016 Estate Chardonnay, 2014 Estate Syrah-Grenache, 2014 Estate Barbera, 2014 Estate Malbec; Silver: 2014 Estate Reserve Syrah, 2014 Estate Sangiovese, 2014 Bellissima Rossa, 2014 Estate Sinistra.

Villa Monaco: Double Gold: Corner Store Cabernet Sauvignon; Silver: 2014 Ruthie’s Reserve.

Wedge Mountain Winery: Silver: 2015 Merlot.

Wine Girl Wines: Double Gold: 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon; Silver: 2016 Pinot Gris, 2015 Reserve Chardonnay.

About Cascade Valley Wine Country

Cascade Valley Wine Country Alliance is responsible for positioning, promoting and enhancing Cascade Valley Wine Country regions within Chelan county including Lake Chelan, Wenatchee, and Leavenworth. Our goal is to increase consumer traffic to all Chelan County wineries and tasting rooms of which there are 72, and raise awareness that our region is producing high quality award winning wines that are not to be missed.

(By Christine Eagar)




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