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Saturday, Jun. 12, 2010

Mid-Columbia vineyards show well at L.A. competition

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Kiona Vineyards Winery on Red Mountain won best in show for its 2008 Chenin Blanc ice wine at the prestigious Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition.

Kiona, the oldest winery on Red Mountain, won the top award for limited-production wines. Kiona also won gold for its reserve Sangiovese.

The competition was held mid-May at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona. Results were released Friday.

Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville won three gold medals for its Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon, Cold Creek Chardonnay and dry Riesling.

Domaine Ste. Michelle in Paterson won gold medals for its blanc de blanc and blanc de noir sparkling wines.

Barnard Griffin in Richland won gold for its ros of Sangiovese, while next-door neighbor Tagaris won gold for its Alice Vineyard Mourvedre.

Three Prosser wineries won gold: Tasawik Vineyards for its Hailstorm Red, Hogue Cellars for its Genesis Riesling and Gamache Vintners for its Viognier.

Waterbrook Winery in Walla Walla won for its Melange red blend, and Northstar in Walla Walla won for its Merlot.

And Columbia Crest in Paterson won for its Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon.

For complete medal results for all Pacific Northwest wines, go to www.winepressnw.com/winners.