12th Annual Washington State Wine Awards Honors Food and Wine Leaders
by L.M. Archer
Washington State Wine President Steve Warner and staff organized the elegant, four-hour extravaganza featuring wine tasting from over 70 Washington state vintners, gourmet nibbles, hob-nobbing, and awards emceed by Master Sommelier Rob Bigelow.
Northwest food and wine impresario Jamie Peha of Peha Promotions, created the event twelve years ago to showcase Washington’s wine and food industry post 9/11. Today, the Annual Washington State Wine Awards stands out as one of the most anticipated annual events for Washington wineries, retailers, distributors, hotels, tourism vendors, and restaurants alike.
Awards include Sommelier of the Year (Jeff Lindsey-Thorsen, RN74 Seattle), Restaurant of the Year (The Marc Restaurant – Marcus Whitman Hotel, Walla Walla), and the Walter Clore Honorarium (Bob Betz, Betz Winery) for ‘an individual who has demonstrated dedication to the advancement of the Washington State wine industry.’
Washington State Wine Awards 2014:
Walter Clore Honorarium: Bob Betz – Betz Winery
Sommelier of the Year: Jeff Lindsey-Thorsen – RN74 Seattle
Restaurant of the Year: The Marc Restaurant – Walla Walla WA
Independent Restaurant of the Year: Russell’s – Bothell WA
Restaurant Group of the Year: Schwartz Brothers Restaurants
Best Event Featuring Washington Wine: Anthony’s Restaurants, ‘Raise a Glass, Fund a Schoalrship’
Retail Group of the Year: PCC Natural Markets – Seattle
Retailer of the Year – Total Wine & More
Independent Retailer of the Year: Full Pull Wines – Seattle
Retail Salesperson of the Year: Dan McCarthy, McCarthy & Schiering Wine – Seattle
Distributor of the Year: Cru Selections (WA)
Distributor Saleperson of the Year: Jason Harris –Young’s Market Company (WA)
Hotel of the Year: The Westin Bellevue Hotel
Tourism Champion of the Year: Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Center
Tourism Concierge of the Year: John Cooper, Yakima Valley Tourism
Washington State Wine Commission deserves an award themsevles or a job well done. Cheers!
Thank you to: Washington State Wine Commission
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