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Who Won First Annual Grape Cup? WSU or UW

Washington State University (WSU) alumni joined University of Washington (UW) alumni wine makers competed in the first annual Grape Cup, held last night at the Pickering Place Barn in Issaquah.

Twenty five wineries participated in the Grape Cup benefit for the Washington Farmers’ Housing Trust.  Wineries were  divided into teams, based on alumni status of their wine makers and they were decked out in school colors.

WSU Alumni Wine Makers

WSU Alumni Wine Makers

Tefft Cellars

Tefft Cellars

22 Wineries submitted a red wine to a panel of community judges for blind tasting. The Washington Wines judged ranged from Malbec to Merlot, included several red blends and even a red dessert wine!

Grape Cup Judging Washington Wines

Grape Cup Judging Washington Wines

Wines were ranked on a 10 point scale by each of the six community judges and tallied by David LeClaire and Seattle Uncorked volunteers.

Tallying the judge's scores

Tallying the judge's scores

Grape Cup Individual Wine Winners

Grape Cup Individual Wine Winners

The Washington wines with the highest scores individual scores:

  1. Skylite Cellars 2006 Malbec
  2. Brian Carter Cellars 2006 Byzance
  3. Smasne Cellars 2006 Carmenére

Scores for the wines from UW alumni and WSU alumni were added up and averaged for their teams. So who won the bragging rights for winning the first annual Grape Cup?

wsu cougar

It was pretty close, but WSU alumni wine makers beat out the UW alumni wine makers by a few points.

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