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Saturday, Nov. 07, 2009

Sunnyside winery wins top award at Tri-Cities Wine Festival

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Grapes from one of Washington's original wine regions won best of show Saturday night at the 31st annual Tri-Cities Wine Festival.

Upland Winery's 2007 Malbec from Snipes Mountain in the Yakima Valley was the top wine out of 387 judged over three days.

Upland is one of Washington's newest wineries, opening in 2006, but it has one of the state's oldest histories. In 1917, William Bridgman planted some of Washington's first wine grapes on Snipes Mountain near Sunnyside. After Prohibition was repealed in 1933, he opened Upland Winery. Bridgman, a two-time mayor of Sunnyside, died in 1968 and the winery closed in 1972. The land then was purchased by the Newhouse family, which continues to farm it today and owns the new Upland Winery.

Earlier this year, Snipes Mountain was approved by the federal government as an official American Viticultural Area, or appellation, one of 11 in Washington.

Three colleges entered their wines in this year's competition: Yakima Valley Community College (Yakima Valley Vintners), Walla Walla Community College (College Cellars) and South Seattle Community College (Northwest Wine Academy), all of which offer viticulture and winemaking degrees. Each college earned medals alongside the professionally made wines.

This year's judges were: Lane Hoss, vice president of marketing for Anthony's Restaurants; Coke Roth, a Kennewick attorney and Red Mountain grape grower; Richard Larsen, a plant pathologist at Washington State University in Prosser; Keith Bown, vice president of winemaking for Vincor Canada in Ontario; Eric Degerman, managing editor of Wine Press Northwest magazine in Kennewick; and Michael Moyer, instructor of wine science at Walla Walla Community College.

The festival is run by the Tri-Cities Wine Society. The results of the competition were announced Saturday night at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.

Best of show

Upland Winery 2007 Malbec

Double gold/Best of class

Airfield Estates 2008 Bombshell Red

Barnard Griffin Winery 2007 Merlot

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2008 Eroica Riesling

Coyote Canyon Winery 2008 Downtown White

Coyote Canyon Winery 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Jones of Washington 2008 Wahluke Slope Estate Vineyards Chardonnay

Mercer Estates 2008 Pinot Gris

Skylite Cellars 2008 Viognier

Smasne Cellars 2007 Block 3 Lawrence Vineyard Syrah

Steppe Cellars 2006 Artemisia

Three Rivers Winery 2007 Weinbau Vineyard Cabernet Franc

Gold/Best of class

Coyote Canyon Winery 2008 Life is a Rose

Wy'East Vineyards 2008 Blue Chip Pinot Noir

Double gold

Abacela 2006 Estate Tempranillo

Basel Cellars Estate Winery 2006 Inspired

CAVU Cellars 2006 Horizon Red

Claar Cellars 2008 Ice Wine

Coyote Canyon Winery 2007 Big John Cabernet Reserve

Domaine Ste. Michelle NV Blanc de Noirs

Hedges Family Estate 2006 Three Vineyards

Hedges Family Estate 2008 CMS Red

Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2008 Late Harvest Riesling

Le Chateau Winery 2006 Masterpiece Red #1

Milbrandt Vineyards 2008 Traditions Riesling

Northwest Wine Academy 2007 Syrah

Pend d'Oreille Winery 2007 Bistro Rouge

Rock Meadow Cellars 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Russell Creek Winery 2007 Tributary

San Juan Vineyards 2006 Merlot

San Juan Vineyards 2006 Syrah

Tasawik Vineyards 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

Tsillan Cellars 2008 Estate Reserve Gewurztraminer


Airfield Estates 2008 Spitfire

Anelare 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

Barnard Griffin Winery 2007 Malbec

Barrister Winery 2007 Cabernet Franc

Bunchgrass Winery 2006 Syrah

Camas Prairie Winery 2008 Wild Plum

Challenger Ridge Vineyard and Cellars 2006 Reserve Pinot Noir

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2006 Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2007 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay

Coyote Canyon Winery 2007 Syrah

DavenLore Winery 2008 Riesling

Domaine Ste. Michelle NV Extra Dry

Gamache Vintners 2007 Estate Riesling

Gamache Vintners 2005 Estate Syrah

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2007 Merlot

Heymann Whinery NV Cranberry wine

Hogue Cellars 2006 Malbec

Hogue Cellars 2008 Muscat Canelli

Kestrel Vintners 2006 Winemaker Select Cabernet Franc

Kestrel Vintners 2008 Sauvignon Blanc

Kestrel Vintners 2008 Viognier

Kestrel Vintners NV Holiday Edition

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2008 Ice Wine

Lake Chelan Winery 2008 Chelan County

Lone Canary Winery 2007 Syrah

Milbrandt Vineyards 2006 The Estates Merlot

Milbrandt Vineyards 2007 The Estates Late Harvest Riesling

Mount Baker Vineyards 2008 Barrel Select Chardonnay

Mount Baker Vineyards 2006 Cabernet Franc

Northwest Wine Academy 2007 Barbera

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2008 Gewurztraminer

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2007 Wallula Vineyard Biodynamic Riesling

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2008 Sweet Riesling

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2008 Chenin Blanc

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2008 Autumnus White

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2007 Autumnus Red

Pend d'Oreille Winery 2006 Meyer Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Rock Meadow Cellars 2007 Rockin' Red

Saint Laurent Estate Winery 2006 Wahluke Cabernet

Samson Estates Winery 2008 Riesling

San Juan Vineyards 2008 Riesling

Silver Lake Winery 2008 Roza Riesling

Skylite Cellars 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

Skylite Cellars 2005 Big Red Hiney

Smasne Cellars 2006 Kenner Ray Red Wine

Smasne Cellars 2006 Clone #6 Cabernet Sauvignon

Steppe Cellars 2006 Merlot

Steppe Cellars 2008 Riesling

Three Rivers Winery 2008 Riesling

Thurston Wolfe Winery 2007 Petite Sirah

Thurston Wolfe Winery 2007 Dr. Wolfe's Family Red

Tildio Winery 2006 Estate Syrah

Tsillan Cellars 2008 Estate Riesling

Tsillan Cellars 2007 Estate Barrel Select Syrah

Upland Winery 2007 Vintage Muscat Ice

Vin du Lac 2007 Barrel Select Syrah

Vine Heart Winery NV Sangiovese

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2008 Pinot Gris

Willow Crest Winery 2008 Pinot Gris

Windy Point Vineyards 2006 Exclamation Point!

Windy Point Vineyards 2006 Pointless Red

Yakima Valley Vintners 2008 Primitivo


Abacela 2008 Albarino

Abacela 2006 Port

Airfield Estates 2008 Lightning

Airfield Estates 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2007 Gravity Merlot

Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2006 Alderdale Cabernet Sauvignon

Anelare 2006 Syrah

Barnard Griffin Winery 2008 Pinot Gris

Barnard Griffin Winery 2007 Late Harvest Muscat Canelli

Barrister Winery NV Rough Justice

Basalt Cellars 2006 Syrah

Basalt Cellars 2006 Rim Rock Red

Basalt Cellars 2007 Malbec

Basel Cellars Estate Winery 2006 Estate Merlot

Bunchgrass Winery 2006 Walla Walla Valley Triolet

CAVU Cellars 2008 Sauvignon Blanc

CAVU Cellars 2008 Barbera

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2006 Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon

Claar Cellars 2008 Chardonnay

Claar Cellars 2006 Courneauxcopia

Claar Cellars NV Fouled Anchor Port

College Cellars 2008 Willard Farms

Columbia Crest Winery 2006 Walter Clore Private Reserve Red Wine

Coyote Canyon Winery 2008 Albarino

DavenLore Winery 2007 Durif

Desert Wind Winery 2007 Ruah

Desert Wind Winery 2007 Viognier

DiStefano Winery 2005 Meritage

DiStefano Winery 2005 Syrah R

Domaine Ste. Michelle NV Blanc de Blancs

Domaine Ste. Michelle NV Brut

Elegante Cellars 2007 Sangiovese

Elegante Cellars 2007 Malbec

Eliseo Silva 2008 La Rosa de Syrah

Evergreen Vineyards 2008 Riesling

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2006 Ginkgo Red

Glen Fiona Winery 2004 Merlot

Glen Fiona Winery 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon

Gordon Brothers Cellars 2008 Chardonnay

Gordon Brothers Cellars 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Gordon Brothers Cellars 2007 Kamiak Rock Lake Red

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards 2007 Laid Back Cab

Hidden Legend Winery NV Wild Chokeberry Mead

Hightower Cellars 2006 Red Mountain Red Wine

Hogue Cellars 2006 Terroir Red Wine

Hogue Cellars 2008 Terrior White Table

Hoodsport Winery 2008 Pinot Gris

Hoodsport Winery NV Blackberry

Jones of Washington 2006 Wahluke Slope Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Jones of Washington 2006 Jack's Reserve

Kestrel Vintners 2006 Signature Edition Boushey Merlot

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2008 Dry Riesling

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2008 Riesling

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2007 Chenin Blanc

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2006 Zinfandel

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2008 Big Kiona Zinfandel

Le Chateau Winery 2006 Sangiovese

Lone Canary Winery 2007 Barbera

Marshal's Winery 2007 Pinot Noir

Marshal's Winery 2004 Cabernet Franc

Mercer Estates 2007 Sauvignon Blanc

Mercer Estates 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Milbrandt Vineyards 2006 The Estates Malbec

Mount Baker Vineyards 2008 Proprietor's Limited Release Viognier

Naches Heights Vineyard 2008 Pinot Gris

Naches Heights Vineyard 2007 Two Dancers

Northstar Winery 2006 Merlot

Northwest Wine Academy 2008 Muscat Love

Northwest Wine Academy 2008 Chardonnay

Okanogan Estate & Vineyards 2005 Bench Rock

Okanogan Estate & Vineyards 2006 Riesling Ice Wine

Okanogan Estate & Vineyards 2007 Dry Riesling

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2007 Wallula Vineyard Riesling

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2008 Solstice Vineyard Riesling

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2008 Riesling

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2008 Framboise

Portrait Cellars 2005 Red Wine

Preston Premium Wines 2008 Sauvignon Blanc

Rock Meadow Cellars 2007 Cabernet Franc

RockWall Cellars 2008 Riesling

RockWall Cellars 2008 Auxerrois

RockWall Cellars 2008 Lula

Russell Creek Winery 2007 Sangiovese

Saint Laurent Estate Winery 2006 Merlot

San Juan Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Franc

Silver Lake Winery 2007 Merlot

Skylite Cellars 2008 Rose

Snoqualmie Vineyards 2007 Whistle Stop Red, Cabernet Merlot

Snoqualmie Vineyards 2008 Winemaker's Select Riesling

Steppe Cellars 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

Sweet Valley Wines 2007 Righteous Red

Sweet Valley Wines 2008 Viognier

Tagaris Winery 2007 Merlot

Tagaris Winery 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasawik Vineyards 2005 Merlot

Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard 2005 Onyx

Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard 2004 Winemaker's Barrel Select Syrah

Three Rivers Winery 2008 Chardonnay

Three Rivers Winery 2007 Tempranillo

Thurston Wolfe Winery 2008 PGV

Thurston Wolfe Winery 2007 J.T.W. Reserve Port

Tildio Winery 2008 Estate Riesling

Trio Vintners 2007 RIOT

Tsillan Cellars 2008 Estate Gewurztraminer

Tsillan Cellars 2007 Bellissima Rossa

Tsillan Cellars 2007 Estate Sinistra

Tsillan Cellars 2007 Estate Syrah

Tsillan Cellars 2007 Estate Malbec

Upland Winery 2007 Syrah

Upland Winery 2008 Viognier-Chenin Blanc

Upland Winery 2006 Old Vine Cabernet

Vin du Lac 2006 Barrel Select Merlot

Vin du Lac 2008 Lehm Riesling

Vin du Lac 2007 Barrel Select Cabernet Franc

Vin du Lac 2006 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon

Vine Heart Winery NV Tempranillo

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2007 Founders' Reserve Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2007 Elton Vineyard Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2008 Whole Cluster Fermented Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2007 Riesling

Willow Crest Winery 2006 Syrah

Yakima Valley Vintners 2008 Teacher's Pet

Yakima Valley Vintners 2007 Graduates Lost Hyrah

Yakima Valley Vintners 2008 Class Project


Cable Bridge Wines N/V Barrel Fermented Chardonnay

Cable Bridge Wines N/V Riesling

Challenger Ridge Vineyard and Cellars 2007 Faye Red Blend

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2007 Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay

Columbia Crest Winery 2006 Reserve Merlot

Coyote Canyon Winery 2007 Syrah

Coyote Canyon Winery 2008 Viognier

Coyote Canyon Winery 2006 Tres Cruces

DavenLore Winery 2006 Merlot

Desert Wind Winery 2007 Sangiovese

DiStefano Winery 2006 Winemaker's Reserve

Elegante Cellars 2008 Strawberry

Eliseo Silva 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

Evergreen Vineyards 2008 Jardiniere Rose, Rosie the Riveter Edition

Flying Dutchman Winery 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Flying Dutchman Winery 2005 Dutchman's Red

Frenchman Hills Winery 2005 Syrah

Gamache Vintners 2005 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Gilstrap Brothers Winery 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Ginkgo Forest Winery 2007 Pinot Noir

Glen Fiona Winery 2004 Claret

Glen Fiona Winery 2006 Basket Press Syrah

Hidden Legend Winery NV Wild Elderberry Mead

Hightower Cellars 2007 Murray Cuvee

Hightower Cellars 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

Hoodsport Winery 2007 Chardonnay

Hoodsport Winery NV Loganberry Dream

JLC Winery/Spofford Station 2004 JLC Palette

Jones of Washington 2008 Estates Vineyards Riesling

Jones of Washington 2008 Estates Vineyards Viognier

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2007 Sangiovese Rose

Kiona Vineyards Winery 2004 Cab-Merlot

Lake Chelan Winery 2006 Merlot

Lake Chelan Winery 2008 Chardonnay

Lake Chelan Winery 2006 Rivers Bend Estate Syrah

Lone Canary Winery 2007 Sangiovese

Martinez & Martinez Winery 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

Mercer Estates 2007 Merlot

Mount Baker Vineyards 2006 Proprietor's Limited Release Tempranillo

Northwest Wine Academy 2008 Viognier

Okanogan Estate & Vineyards 2008 Gewurztraminer

Okanogan Estate & Vineyards 2005 Barrel Select

Okanogan Estate & Vineyards 2006 Chardonnay Ice Wine

Okanogan Estate & Vineyards 2008 Pinot Grigio

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2007 Selenium Vin de Glaciere

Pend d'Oreille Winery 2007 Primitivo

Portrait Cellars 2005 Merlot

Preston Premium Wines 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

Preston Premium Wines 2008 Late Harvest White Riesling

Rock Meadow Cellars 2008 Chardonnay

Rock Meadow Cellars 2007 Syrah

RockWall Cellars 2007 Merlot

RockWall Cellars 2007 Generation

RockWall Cellars 2007 Second Generation

Saint Laurent Estate Winery 2006 Syrah

Silver Lake Winery 2007 Chardonnay Reserve

Silver Lake Winery 2007 Cabernet

Smasne Cellars 2006 Petit Verdot

Steppe Cellars 2008 Gewurztraminer

Sweet Valley Wines 2007 Double Barrel Red

Tagaris Winery 2007 Malbec

Tasawik Vineyards 2008 Rose

Tasawik Vineyards 2006 Hailstorm Red

Tasawik Vineyards 2008 Studio B Groovy White Blend

Tildio Winery 2006 Estate Tempranillo

Tsillan Cellars 2008 Estate Dry Riesling

Upland Winery 2007 Gewurztraminer

Vin du Lac 2008 Lehm Sauvignon Blanc

Vin du Lac 2008 Lehm Pinot Gris