This year’s award-winning wines prove you don’t have to spend a fortune to drink well

Cheerleaders of the Washington wine scene (we include ourselves among them) have long touted Washington as a state that offers wines of incredible value, especially when compared to our two neighboring states to the south.

As our panel of professionals convened to deliberate our 13th annual Washington Wine Awards, it was indeed a series of reasonably priced wines that stole the show. Our red, white and rosé wines of the year all clocked in at about $20. They bested many wines considerably more expensive, underscoring the value of tasting wines blind and proving that you don’t need a new-tech salary to drink well in Seattle.

This is also the first year we elevated rosé to a “wine of the year” category, a change that reflects the incredible growth in quality, value and availability of Washington rosé. It now officially joins the ranks of Washington’s robust reds and crisp whites as a category worthy of standing on its own.

Winemaker of the Year

Awarded to a winemaker who is known for the quality of his or her winemaking, for contributions to the winemaking community, and for helping put Washington wines on the national stage.

James Mantone, Syncline Cellars
The Columbia Gorge AVA, spanning the Washington and Oregon sides of the Columbia River around Hood River, Oregon, feels very much like the science lab of Northwest winemaking. Many of the most adventurous winemakers and exciting wines being produced in Washington are emerging from the Gorge. The head mad scientist of that lab earns our title of 2018 Winemaker of the Year: James Mantone.  Read More »