Willows Lodge in Woodinville Wine Country, and its restaurant, Barking Frog, announced the winners of the third annual Golden Grapes awards held on Sunday, March 3.
The sold-out event celebrated the “best of the best” wines made in Woodinville Wine Country determined by the winemakers themselves. The winners and two runners up in each of the seven eligible categories were:
• King’s Cup Winner
Pondera Winery, SVS Number One, Bordeaux Blend, Conner Lee Vineyard, 2009
• Sauvignon Blanc
Winner: Di Stefano, CV, 2011
Runner Up: DeLille Cellars, Chaleur Blanc, CV, 2011
Runner Up: Woodinville Wine Cellars, CV, 2011
Winner: Brian Carter, Array, CV, 2010
Pondera, Chardonnay, CV, 2011
Gorman Winery, Big Sissy, CV, 2010
• Cabernet Sauvignon
Winner: William Church, CV, 2009
Sparkman, Rainmaker, CV, 2010
Alta Vineyards, CV, 2009
• Bordeaux Style Blends
Winner: Pondera Winery, SVS Number One, Conner Lee Vineyard, CV, 2009
Runner Up: Woodinville Wine Cellars, Indomitable, CV, 2009
Runner Up: Tenor, 1:1, CV, 2009
Winner: Guardian Cellars, informant, Wahluke Slope, 2010
William Church, CV, 2009
Stevens Winery, Black Tongue, Yakima Valley, 2010
• Rhone Style Red Varieties
Winner: Darby Winery, Flipside, CV, 2011
DeLille Cellars, Métier, Yakima Valley, 2010
Brian Carter Cellars, Byzance, CV, 2009
The Golden Grapes Awards were hosted by Barking Frog Wine Director Matt Davis, who invited more than 50 Woodinville wineries to compete this year.
More than 30 winemakers participated. Judging took place during three private events in February and all GGA entries were reviewed in a side-by-side, blind tasting by category.
Judges ranked each wine on six qualities: Appearance (1 point), Aroma (5 points), Flavor (5 points), Body (4 points), Balance (4 points), Overall Impression (6 points) – for a total of 25 points.
“Only winemakers and winemaking staff were allowed to be judges, and the scale is weighted toward their overall impression,” said Matt Davis, wine director, Barking Frog. “These are truly the wines winemakers believe exemplify Woodinville wines.”
The public joined the Woodinville winemakers March 3 for a special awards presentation and wine tasting event in the Sammamish Ballroom at Willows Lodge. Guests also had the chance to taste many of the outstanding wines made in Woodinville Wine Country, as well as to meet and mingle with the winemakers themselves.