The recognition and acclaim of Washington wines continue! Alex Golitzin, of Quilceda Creek Vintners, is a semi-finalist for the prestigious James Beard Foundation’s annual award for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional. Only three other winery professionals were nominated in this group of 20 semi-finalists. The winner will be awarded on May 3rd.

Alex Golitzin and his wife Jeannette founded Quilceda Creek winery in 1978. Quilceda Creek winery was the 12th bonded winery in Washington State. Although the Washington wine industry is young compared to other renown wine regions, Quilceda Creek Vintners is the epitome that it doesn’t take 100 years to create a world class winery. Although we don’t normally stress numerical ratings in this blog, we can’t help but be impressed that Quilceda Creek Wines are the only Washington wines to receive 100 point scores from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. It is one in a very select group of wineries world wide that have received multiple 100 point scores.

Golitzin credits his son Paul Golitzin and Washington’s Columbia Valley vineyards with the winery’s unprecedented achievements.  Son Paul, who has shared winemaking duties with his father since joining the winery in 1992, is “unyielding, steadfast and single-minded in his quest to produce world-class Cabernet Sauvignon,” his father says.  “Paul’s drive, outstanding palate, and creative winemaking coupled with the consistent, world-class growing conditions of the Columbia Valley have proved to be a prodigious force,” says Golitzin.

Quilceda Creek Vintners is the only Washington winery that is dedicated exclusivity to Cabernet Sauvignon. This dedication has been awarded not only by the wine industry but their customers. The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon sold out in a matter of days via their private mailing list. The waiting list to get on the private mailing list is reportedly 2+ years but the Gotlitzin family is unable to predict how long a customer may wait before being admitted. It is up to the grapes. I have been on the waiting list for six months and counting the days!

You don’t have to be on the private mailing list to experience Quilceda Creek wines. At the Taste Washington preview at El Gaucho this week, I saw 2005 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon on the Captain’s list. Also at that event, I learned that Quilceda Creek will be the subject of a Taste Washington seminar, The Legend of Quilceda Creek on March 27.  I am planning on attending this seminar for the opportunity to meet Alex Golitzin and taste legendary Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon.