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All-Expense-Paid Washington Wine Country Contest*
- Air Transportation for two on Alaska Airlines to and from Seattle (holiday black out dates apply)
- A room for two at Willows Lodge in Woodinville – a first class facility with the best accommodations in Western Washington Wine Country within walking distance of several of the wineries in Woodinville (blackout dates apply).
- Six private tastings scheduled over a two-day period with transportation provided by Butler Transportation. Many of the tasting events will include the winemakers themselves.**
Chateau Ste. Michelle
Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington State's Founding Winery, with some of the oldest and most acclaimed vineyards in the Columbia Valley. Chateau Ste. Michelle dates back to the Repeal of Prohibition. The winery combines Old World winemaking tradition with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Bordeaux style wines are emerging from Washington State due in no small part to the winemaking techniques of Chris Upchurch, with his DeLILLE CELLARS wines. Striving for something well beyond chemistry, Chris believes in hand-crafting wines where “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts”. A self-confessed Francophile and a blender, Chris prefers not to dissect his wines with component descriptors. Instead he talks about his wines in terms of a “complete wine”.
Betz Family Winery
In 1998 Bob received his Master of Wine degree, one of only 278 MW's in the world. The exam has a 12% pass rate. Bob received the Robert Mondavi Award for the highest scores in all theory exams and the Villa Maria Award for the highest scores in the viticultural exam.
“Our goal is to produce compelling wines with individual character and intensity yet elegant.” – Betz Family Winery
Mark Ryan Winery
Mark McNeilly of Mark Ryan Winery named Seattle Magazine's 2011 Winemaker of the Year!
This recently acclaimed ‘cult’ winery started with its first vintages of Long Haul and Dead Horse produced crushed and pressed in garages of friends and family, barrels aged in warehouses in the Seattle Area, and finally settling in Woodinville, WA in 2003.
The goal: make delicious wines that represent the vineyard from which they come, making every vintage better than the last…
Since 2002 the mission has been very clear. Make delicious wines. Choose the finest grapes in Washington State, use the finest coopers and suppliers, don't settle and don't screw up. Producing approximately 2700 cases a year this one man operation is open to the public only a couple of times a year. These parties are a hot ticket item!
“Family-owned.” “Artisan winemaking. ” “Acclaimed Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.” You've heard dozens of wineries make these claims, and while these statements are certainly true of Januik wines, they seem a little cliché too.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate wrote, “Nobody in Washington State delivers more outstanding quality for the dollar than Januik Winery.”
The winning tour will be sceduled to take place within the year 2012 based on coordination between the winner and the wineries.
MadWINE will work with the winner to facilitate the scheduling.
*Paid expenses include Air Transportation for two on Alaska Airlines to and from Seattle (holiday black out dates apply), lodging for two for two nights at Willows Lodge in Woodinville, and transportation to tasting events provided by Butler Transportation. All other expenses to be paid by the winning participant(s).
**If a winery or winemaker is not available — for example, winemakers are generally not available for this type of event during the fall harvest season — MadWine will arrange a substitute tasting at another first class Washington winery.