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Belle and Bottle Wine Awards Announced for 2022 in the Heart of Washington  State’s Woodinville Wine Country 

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New Awards Program to Feature Tasting Panel of All Female Wine Professionals  

April 5th – WOODINVILLE – The Belle and Bottle Wine Awards program is taking place for the first time in 2022.  Wine evaluations will be conducted by a panel of all female wine professionals on May 9th. This  approach to wine evaluation desires to elevate the role of women in the wine industry as well as  advocate for female wine buyers whether in the trade or consumers. A consumer tasting event  highlighting winning wines is planned to follow in July. 

Women buy 80% of wine purchased in the U.S. according to a research paper published by the  International Journal of Wine Business Research. Additionally, “While winery region is very  important to both men and women, women rely on medals and awards more than men.” 

“We will continue with traditional awards that wine buyers have come to expect but through our special  awards we will begin to call out approachable ways to assist the wine consumer,” said Laura Huston,  founder of Belle & Bottle Wine Awards. “We will have the megaphone of the women who help us at the  judging event as well as continued marketing for the year surrounding the winners through winemaker  features, interviews, and social media.” 

Moreover, the tasting panel will be a place to empower women in the wine industry. A diverse panel of  judges from all areas of the industry with outstanding qualifications and varied experiences is being  sought. We will also be inviting women to assist with the judging. This will be an excellent opportunity  for those wishing to increase their skills, to learn and be mentored by the judges. These female  professionals can use their voices in this safe and supportive forum to grow together. The strength of  the panel will be not only what they bring to the table but what they leave with. If they are a buyer, they  have new knowledge for their restaurant or store. If they are in media, they now have new stories to  tell. 

Although judged solely by females, wine submissions from ALL wineries are encouraged. Registration is  now open to wineries who wish to be part of this groundbreaking event and submit their wines for  evaluation. www.belleandbottleawards.com The wines evaluated will have the value of a female perspective and the marketing power behind this. A yearlong marketing campaign is planned. 

The tasting panel convenes for the Awards Competition May 9-11 at Chateau Lill in Woodinville. The Grand Tasting Consumer Event: July 23 at Sparkman Cellars in Woodinville.

About Belle & Bottle Wine Awards 

This awards program was conceived of by Belle & Bottle founder Laura Huston. An advisory team  includes Nancy Croisier, Certified Specialist of Wine and owner of VinoSocial, MacKenna Bean a Level II  Certified Sommelier and team member at Quilceda Creek and Kaleen Skersies, Sponsorship Manager. For more visit www.belleandbottleawards.com.

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  1. I’ve encouraged many females in the Wine World, I think it’s a good thing that there are so many more female graduates of wine programs and moving into management and winemaker positions.

    But as a person who has signed documents with the State of Washington and the TTB that forbid me from discrimination on the basis of gender, I cannot participate.

    Paul Vandenberg
    Paradisos del Sol Winery and Organic Vineyard


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