Food & Drink

Wine winners are best of best

Every year for the past decade-and-a-half, Wine Press Northwest magazine has conducted a year-end competition. Called the Platinum Judging, it is meant to showcase some of the best wines in the Pacific Northwest.

To gain entry into the competition, a wine must have won a gold medal or better at a professionally judged wine competition somewhere in the world. This year, Northwest wineries earned more than 1,700 gold medals — with many winning multiple golds across the country.

For the 15th annual Platinum Judging, Wine Press Northwest magazine in Kennewick received more than 600 entries, making this a true best-of-the-best beauty contest.

The results of all Platinum winners are in the winter issue of Wine Press Northwest, which came out last week to subscribers and on newsstands. This week and next, we will take a look at some of the top wines. This week will focus on the reds. For full results, go to