The Seattle Wine Awards Grand Wine Tasting is a gold medal experience. After a year off, the Seattle Wine Awards Grand Tasting returns with a revised format Sunday July 22. This year,  the award winning wine makers gather at the Rainier Club to present their gold medal award winning wines for you to taste. EVERY wine poured at this premiere event is a DOUBLE Gold or GOLD award winning wine. Spend a summer Sunday in the sumptuous Seattle’s Rainier Club sipping wine,  savoring snacks from the buffet and meeting the wine makers. Gold Medal Experience Grand Wine Tasting Tickets available online now.

Washington Wine Judging

The many vibrant colors of spring – 2012 Seattle Wine Awards Judging
©Alabastro Photography

Seattle Wine Awards LogoThese award winning Washington wines were judged earlier this year by an esteemed panel of 16 wine judges. Judges for the Seattle Wine Awards are a diverse group of masters of wine, wine buyers, sommeliers, wine writers and wine educators. The wine judging is based on single blind varietal categories of retail price tiers. Within those varietal/price categories, the wines were judged and awarded: Double Gold/Gold/Silver/Bronze ~ Grand Awards of Excellence.

All of the wines submitted for judging were from recognized Washington AVAs only – including WA AVA’s extending into Oregon.  The Seattle Wine Awards are all about celebrating the expression of Washington fruit as well as the craft that goes into making a fine Washington wine.

Gold Medal Experience Grand Wine Tasting

We are NOT known for being wine snobs at Wine Beer Washington, but every once in awhile it is pure pleasure to enjoy excellent wine in an elegant setting. So once a year we dig in our closets for something dressy and classy enough to match the Rainier Club and award winning wines and we go sip and savor with the best of them. Be sure to check out our previous experiences at the Seattle Wine Awards.

We have been lucky enough to taste a number of the Double Gold Award Winning Wines. Here are a few of our favorites that we suggest that you check out at the Grand Tasting or at the winery:

DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Brian Carter Cellars Opulento, Yakima Valley – Fortified Dessert Wine
DOUBLE GOLD NV Treveri Cellars Syrah Brut Sparkling, Columbia Valley – Sparkling Wine
DOUBLE GOLD 2010 Northwest Wine Academy Chardonnay, Yakima Valley – Chardonnay <$20
DOUBLE GOLD 2011 Latah Creek Wine Cellars Moscato d’Latah, Yakima Valley – White Varietal <$20
DOUBLE GOLD 2011 Coyote Canyon Winery Albarino, Horse Heaven Hills – White Varietal <$20
DOUBLE GOLD 2011 Cairdeas Winery Nellie Mae (Viognier/Roussanne), Columbia Valley – White Rhone <$20
DOUBLE GOLD 2011 William Church Winery Viognier, Columbia Valley – Viognier $20.01- $35
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Davenport Cellars R.H.D., Columbia Valley – Red Bordeaux Blend $20.01- $35
DOUBLE GOLD 2006 Woodhouse Wine Estates Darighe, Columbia Valley – Red Bordeaux Blend >$35
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 DeLille Cellars Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain – Cabernet Sauvignon >$35
DOUBLE GOLD 2009 Purple Star Syrah, Columbia Valley – Syrah <$20
DOUBLE GOLD 2007 McCrea Cellars Syrah, Ciel du Cheval – Syrah >$35
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Northwest Totem Cellars Qone, Columbia Valley – Red Propriety Blends $20.01- $35
DOUBLE GOLD 2008 Stottle Winery Malbec, Elerding Vineyard – Malbec $20.01- $35

Wineries pouring at the Gold Medal Experience Grand Wine Tasting

  1. Almquist Family Winery
  2. Array Chardonnay Cellars
  3. Brian Carter Cellars
  4. Cairdeas Winery
  5. Cave B Estate Winery
  6. Cedar River Cellars
  7. Cloudlift Cellars
  8. College Cellars
  9. Covington Cellars
  10. Davenport Cellars
  11. DeLille Cellars
  12. Desert Wind / Duck Pond
  13. Dowsett Family Cellars
  14. Dunham Cellars
  15. Dusted Valley Vintners
  16. Eight Bells Winery
  17. Five Star Cellars
  18. Gamache Vintners
  19. Gifford Hirlinger
  20. Goose Ridge Winery
  21. ICON Cellars
  22. Kaella Winery
  23. Kana Winery
  1. Latah Creek Vineyards
  2. L’Ecole No. 41
  3. Lodmell Cellars
  4. Madsen Family Winery
  5. Mackey Winery
  6. Mellisoni Vineyards
  7. Mercer Estates
  8. Mibrandt Vineyards
  9. Michael Florentino Cellars
  10. Morrison Lane Vineyards
  11. Naches Heights Vineyard
  12. Native Sun
  13. Nota Bene Winery
  14. Obelisco
  15. Ott Murphy Wines
  16. Pepper Bridge / Amavi Cellars
  17. Pleasant Hill Cellars
  18. Pondera Winery
  19. Purple Star
  20. Precept Wines / Waterbrook
  21. Robert Karl
  22. Rock Meadow Cellars
  1. Sleight of Hand Cellars
  2. Smasne Cellars
  3. Stottlemyer
  4. Tamarack Cellars
  5. Tapteil Winery
  6. Tenor Wines / Matthews Estate
  7. Tero Wine Estates
  8. Tertulia Cellars
  9. Terra Blanca Winery
  10. Thurston Wolfe Winery
  11. Treveri Cellars – Sparkling Wine House
  12. Two Vintners
  13. Upland Vineyard Winery
  14. Walla Walla Vintners
  15. Walter Dacon Wines
  16. Wedge Mountain Winery
  17. William Church Winery
  18. Woodward Canyon Winery
  19. Woodhouse Family Winery
  20. Yakima Valley Community College
  21. Zerba Cellars