The 2010 Grape Cup pitched the UW Husky alumni wine makers against the WSU Cougar wine makers. Last year,  WSU was victorious in the blind tasting by the judges panel. This year there were two types of judging: People’s Choice for favorite winery and the Referees scoring the best wine of the event.

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Grape Cup 2010

People’s Choice for Favorite Winery

The people have spoken and the UW Husky alumni wineries scored more  points than the WSU Cougar Alumni. UW Huskies win over all in the team competition by one point over the  WSU Cougars. It was a WSU alumni winery, Smasne Cellars,  that took the individual winery first place  prize in the people’s choice division of Grape Cup 2010.

Go Huskies!

  1. Smasne Cellars (Cougar)
  2. Pandora Cellars (Husky) and Two Mountain Winery (Husky) (tie)
  3. Goose Ridge  (Cougar)

Referee’s Call Best Wine


Referee judging Plaza Winery

A panel of  six judges (including me), dressed as referees, scored the wines on a 10 point scale. The points were tallied up and the WSU Cougars beat out the Huskies by only 1/2 point.

  1. Smasne Carmenére (Cougar)
  2. Pandora Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (Husky)
  3. Skylite Cellars Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Cougar) and Brian Carter Cellars Oriana (Husky)

Go Cougars!


Referees discussing the score

Although the judges were different this year, the results are very similar to last year’s Grape Cup. In the 2009 Grape Cup, Skylite Cellars, Smasne Cellars, Brian Carter Cellars took the top prizes and the WSU Cougars won the team competition by a narrow margin.  The Smasne Carmenére was third place last year but took top honors this year. The Washington State Cougars won by  a razor thin margin this year in the team competition. Next year will it be the University of Washington Huskies turn to win the judges over?

The Grape Cup is put on by David LeClaire of  Seattle Uncorked as annual fundraiser for the Washington State Farmworker Housing Trust