Awards Celebrate Businesses and Individuals Who Champion Our Industry
SEATTLE (March 17, 2016) — Washington State Wine partners with Seattle magazine’s 2016 Washington Wine Awards to present three awards that will honor the businesses and individuals who prove to be champions of the Washington State wine industry: Best Restaurant to Experience Washington State Wine, Retail Wine Steward of the Year and the Walter Clore Washington Wine Ambassador Award. These awards will recognize those whose passion for Washington State wine drives them to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with others in memorable, innovative ways.
The awards connect Seattle magazine’s readership of 190,000+ directly to our wine community. The program will feature a comprehensive social media campaign and will invite consumers and industry professionals, to participate in the nomination process.
“Our organization is always looking for exciting, innovative ways to recognize the businesses and individuals who are champions of Washington State wine,” said Steve Warner, President of Washington State Wine. “We’re excited about our partnership with Seattle magazine and to build on the success of their existing Wine Awards program, as well as ours.”
Both award programs have a long-standing history. The Washington State Wine Awards began with the Washington State Wine Restaurant Awards in 2003. In 2013, the awards were transitioned into the Washington State Wine Awards, which awarded restaurants, retailers, hotels and tourism entities. As the program evolved, it grew beyond the mission of Washington State Wine and sought to find a partner that could continue the legacy of the program and maintain its integrity and momentum.
Seattle magazine’s Washington Wine Awards, now in its 11th year, recognizes excellence in a variety of Washington red and white varietals, and honors touring and tasting experiences, winemakers, vineyard owners, sommeliers and more.
Nominations for “Best Restaurant to Experience Washington Wine” and “Retail Wine Steward of the Year” can be submitted here. Washington State Wine will select the recipient of the “Walter Clore Washington Wine Ambassador Award” internally. Nominations will close Sunday, April 3. Winners will be featured in the August issue of Seattle magazine and recognized at the Red, White & Brew event on Friday, July 22, 2016.
About Washington State Wine:
Washington State Wine represents every licensed winery and wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, WSW provides a marketing platform to raise positive awareness of the Washington State wine industry and generate greater demand for its wines. Funded almost entirely by the industry through assessments based on grape and wine sales, WSW is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987. To learn more, visit washingtonwine.org.
About Seattle Magazine:
Seattle magazine is the definitive local guide to a vibrant, rapidly evolving city. Smart and savvy, Seattle magazine keeps more than 190,000 readers connected to the best of Seattle and surrounding areas every month, celebrating the creativity, culture, and beauty of our community. With a total circulation of 46,000, Seattle magazine—now its 50th year of publication–is the most subscribed-to city publication in Washington state. Seattle magazine is published by Minneapolis-based Tiger Oak Publications which also publishes Seattle Business, Seattle Bride, Oregon Bride, California Wedding Day, and Northwest Meetings & Events and custom publications locally as well as dozens of other titles across the country. Learn more at seattlemag.com and tigeroak.com