A pink wine made with Washington Pinot Noir earned the nod for best wine of the third annual Great Northwest Wine Competition.
The judging, staged at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Oregon, drew 1,204 entries, making it the largest judging of Pacific Northwest wines ever conducted.
Vino La Monarcha, a label for Palencia Winery in Walla Walla, took the top prize. It was the first time in the competition's three years that a red wine didn't win best of show. However, it was the third time that a Walla Walla winery brought home the top trophy.
The Great Northwest Wine Competition took place March 25-26 and brought together top wine professionals from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Idaho and California. All of the wines were tasted blind, meaning the judges did not know whose wines they were tasting or what the prices were, though they did know each wine's variety or style.
During the next three weeks, we will take a look at some of the competition's best wines. Today, we review the five top category winners. Ask for them at your favorite wine merchant or contact the wineries directly.