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Jun 25, 2018
June 25th, 2018
Results are in for the 2018 Washington State Wine Competition. The 35th Washington State Wine Competition took place June 22, 2018, at Yakima Valley College in the Yakima Valley town of Grandview.
From 1980 through 2015, the judging was operated by the Central Washington State Fair in Yakima. Fair officials discontinued the judging when longtime competition director Ruth Anglin retired. The judging is now being operated by Great Northwest Wine, a media company based in Richland, Wash. It is owned by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue, newspaper veterans who have spent two decades as wine journalists. Both judge wine up and down the West Coast and operate several competitions each year throughout the Pacific Northwest.
At the Yakima Valley judging, Maryhill’s wines pulled in awards for the Best Chardonnay with the 2016 Proprietor’s Reserve Chardonnay, Best of Class with Sangiovese and showed stellar work with Rhône varieties in standalone bottlings of Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah as well as the Best GSM Blend in the 2015 Elephant Mountain Vineyard Marvell.
Maryhill’s vineyard-designate series also produced multiple golds that showcased McKinley Springs (Cinsault and Mourvèdre) in the Horse Heaven Hills, Tudor Hills in the Yakima Valley (Cabernet Franc and Sèmillon) and Art den Hoed’s Painted Hills (Dolcetto and Petite Sirah) as well as Joe Hattrup’s Elephant Mountain Carménère. That Hattrup-Batchelor work in 2015 on the obscure red Bordeaux grape led to the award for Best Red Wine at this spring’s Cascadia International Wine Competition in Richland.