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.
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!
Wines were ranked on a 10 point scale by each of the six community judges and tallied by David LeClaire and Seattle Uncorked volunteers.
The Washington wines with the highest scores individual scores:
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?
It was pretty close, but WSU alumni wine makers beat out the UW alumni wine makers by a few points.