Northwest NEWS

December 3, 2001


Columbia Winery, Covey Run wines selected

In recognition of the outstanding quality and uniqueness of Washington state wines, Columbia Winery and Covey Run wines have been selected for the COPIA (The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts) Collection of American Wines located in Napa, Calif.
   "I'm honored that Columbia and Covey Run wines have been selected by COPIA and that people from all over the world will have the opportunity to taste our distinctly Washington wines," said David Lake, Columbia Winery winemaker, master of wine and head of Pacific Northwest Winemaking Operations for Canandaigua Wine Company. "This distinction highlights what we've known all along - that our Washington state wines are among the best in the world."
   The 1998 Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley; 1999 Winery Red Willow Syrah, Yakima Valley; and 2000 Covey Run Sauvignon Blanc (Fume Blanc), Columbia Valley, were selected for the COPIA Collection.
   The COPIA panel of tasters conducted a blind testing of more than 100 wines that met the predetermined qualifications for appellation, varietal and value.
   Upon completion of the tasting, 11 wines within nine varietal types were selected to be honored with the private collection label.
   Only four wineries from the Pacific Northwest were chosen to be part of this private collection.
   COPIA is the leading cultural museum and educational center dedicated to the discovery and understanding of wine and food with the arts.