Award winning wines showcased during weekend of events – Feb. 20-21
February 17, 2016 (Seattle, WA) – The Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SWFE) announces the results of its third annual Wine Awards – Piper Heidsieck Brut Champagne, non-vintage – takes top honors. The annual competition, lead by Northwest based wine journalists Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman, included 204 wines from Washington, Oregon and California as well as international regions; wines will be part of weekend events February 20-21. Perdue and Degerman worked with a panel of nine judges who tasted and reviewed the wines under blind conditions, not knowing the producers, region of origin, or prices. One hundred thirty (130) wines were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals. Top honors went to:
- Best of Show: Piper Heidsieck Brut, NV Champagne
- Best Red Wine: Garnet Pinot Noir 2013, Monterey County, California
- Best White Wine: Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling 2014, Columbia Valley, Washington
- Best of Class went to:
- Ambassador Wines of Washington Estate Envoy 2012, Red Mountain, Washington
- Arbor Crest Cellars Dionysus Meritage 2012, Columbia Valley, Washington
- Bogle Vineyards Merlot 2013, California
- Serra Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Applegate Valley, Oregon
- Terra Blanca Winery & Vineyards Signature series Block 8 Syrah 2010, Red Mountain, Washington
- Wilridge Winery Malbec 2013, Yakima Valley, Washington
“We enjoy previewing the quality and regional diversity of wines the Seattle Wine and Food Experience attracts,” said Andy Perdue, editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. “The champagne from Piper Heidsieck was a standout this year for balance and flavor. The top selections are all wines attendees will want to seek out and taste during the upcoming weekend of events.”
A full list of awards can be viewed Seattle Wine and Food Experience. This year’s judges’ panel included a group of seasoned experts including: Doug Charles, Lane Hoss, Rebecca Murphy, Chris Nishiwaki, Tim O’Brien, April Reddout, Yashar Shayan, Dawn Smith and Mark Takagi. You can read more about the judges and their credentials at Seattle Wine and Food Experience.
Tickets for the Seattle Wine and Food Experience Grand Tasting are still available for $60 with advance purchase. Tickets will go up to $70 the day of the event and be available for cash purchase at the door.
Seattle Wine and Food Experience – Grand Tasting
Where: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall (300 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109)
When: Sunday, February 21, 2016
Hours: VIP: 12 – 5pm (SOLD OUT)/ General Admission: 1 – 5pm
Price: General Admission: $60, $70 cash at door
About Seattle Wine and Food Experience
The Seattle Wine and Food Experience is a deluxe showcase for wine, beverage, food and lifestyle in the Northwest featuring more than 500 wines from the Northwest and beyond. For a complete list of participating vendors and the wide variety of products to sample at this years event, please visit seattlewineandfoodexperience.com.