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Entry Form and Important Dates

Judging Location - Walla Walla Community College
Entry Deadline - June 19, 2024
Judging Dates - June 24 - 26, 2024
Medalists Announced - July 1, 2024

The competition is open to all wineries in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia

Judges For Our 2023 Competition

Each year's judging panel is comprised of wine industry and industry-related professionals from the Pacific Northwest including winemakers, distributors and retailers, sommeliers, educators, and restauranteurs.

All wines are blind-tasted and awarded bronze, silver, gold, or double gold (unanimous gold) medals by our panel of judges. Commensurate point scores are then awarded by the panel moderator.


Amberleigh Brownson - Certified sommelier; four-time Wine Spectator Magazine wine program award winner


Robert Gomez - Certified sommelier; owner/winemaker, Hoquetus Wine Co., Walla Walla, WA

Casey McClellan - Co-Founder, Seven Hills Winery; Interim Director, Walla Walla Community College Institute of Enology & Viticulture

Leigh McMillan - Owner/Winemaker, Welcome Road Winery, Bellingham and Seattle, WA


Tracy Olney - 20 years wholesale/retail wine industry experience; member, Society of Wine Educators; Certified Educator of Wine


Jeff Peda - 35 years experience in wine industry wholesale and supply; managing partner, VinCru USA


Maria "Mele" Sosa - Past assistant winemaker, Spring Mountain Winery; Brand Ambassador, Bodega Garzon

Gordy Venneri - Co-Founder, Walla Walla Vintners; Co-Winemaker, Neher Family Wines, Milton-Freewater, OR


Dan Radil (Moderator) - President, Whatcom Beer & Wine Foundation; wine educator; free-lance wine writer

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