Saturday, January 19, 2013

Washington State Wine Awards

Monday’s well-attended Washington State Wine Awards at McCaw Hall showcased exemplary retailers, tourism professionals and distributors for the first time, along with restaurants. Winners were selected from more than 100 nominations and were chosen for their impressive menus, innovative educational programs and marketing efforts, and commitment to excellent service.

“The nominees and winners of the Washington State Wine Awards perform a vital role in shaping Washington State as both a favored home and destination for those who enjoy outstanding wines,” said Commission President Steve Warner.

“These exemplary businesses and individuals help us spread the word that Washington State has a reputation for premium wines with superior quality across a range of varietals and distinctive character exhibiting a unique balance of the Old World and New World,” Warner added.
Walter Clore Honorarium: Doug Charles (Anacortes)
The Walter Clore Honorarium recognizes an individual who has demonstrated dedication to the advancement of the Washington wine industry. Charles is the owner of Compass Wines store, where he dedicates more than 75 percent of his inventory to Washington State wines. His label ded.reckoning is made by some of the top producers in the state.
Restaurant of the Year: Visconti’s of Wenatchee
Sommelier of the Year: Thomas Price of Metropolitan Grill (Seattle)
Best Event Featuring Washington Wine: Urbane (Seattle)
Independent Restaurant of the Year: Copperleaf Restaurant at the Cedarbrook Lodge (SeaTac)
Best Restaurant Group: Mackay Restaurant Group, operator of El Gaucho restaurants (Western Washington)
Tourism Champion of the Year: Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau

Tourism Concierge of the Year: Anne Peavey, of Seattle’s Convention and Bureau Visitor
Hotel of the Year:  Hotel Vintage Park (Seattle)
Retailer of the Year: Metropolitan Market (Seattle, Kirkland)
Retailer Group of the Year: Yoke’s Fresh Markets (Eastern Washington)
Independent Retailer of the Year: Wine World and Spirits (Seattle)
Retail Steward of the Year: Doug King of Metropolitan Market
Distributor of the Year: Young’s Market Company (Western United States)
Distributor Salesperson of the Year: Kris Patten of Young’s Market Company (Seattle)
Grand Awards:
·         Anthony's at Columbia Point (Richland)
·         Anthony's at Pier 66 (Seattle)
·         AQUA by El Gaucho (Seattle)
·         Barking Frog at Willows Lodge (Woodinville)
·         Bistro San Martin (Arlington)
·         Canlis Restaurant (Seattle)
·         Cypress Lounge & Wine Bar at The Westin Bellevue
·         Daniel's Broiler Prime Steaks and Chops of Bellevue
·         El Gaucho Bellevue
·         El Gaucho Seattle
·         RN74 (Seattle)
·         SkyCity at the Space Needle
·         Sun Mountain Lodge (Winthrop)
·         Swing Wine Bar (Olympia)
·         The Marc at the Marcus Whitman (Walla Walla)
·         The Metropolitan Grill (Seattle)
·         The Triple Door (Seattle)
·         Tulalip Bay at the Tulalip Resort and Casino
·         Valley Cafe (Ellensburg)
·         Visconti's of Leavenworth
·         Washington Athletic Club (Seattle)
·         Waterstreet Cafe and Bar (Olympia)
·         Wild Ginger (Seattle location)
·         Compass Wines (Anacortes)
·         Full Pull Wines (Seattle)
·         Willows Lodge (Woodinville)
·         Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center (Walla Walla)
·         Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau (Kennewick)
Awards of Distinction:
·         Acqua Via (Olympia)
·         Adriatic Grill Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar (Tacoma)
·         Assaggio Ristorante (Seattle)
·         Blackfish Wild Salmon Grill & Bar at Tulalip Casino
·         Blueacre Seafood (Seattle)
·         Breadline Cafe (Omak)
·         Cafe Flora (Seattle)
·         Chandler's Crabhouse (Seattle)
·         Churchill's Steakhouse (Spokane)
·         FAR-EATS (Seattle)
·         Ivar's Acres of Clams (Seattle)
·         LOCAL 360 (Seattle)
·         Masselow's Restaurant at Northern Quest Resort and Casino (Spokane)
·         Matt's in the Market (Seattle)
·         Monsoon Seattle
·         Palisade Waterfront Restaurant (Seattle)
·         Pike Brewing Company (Seattle)
·         Purple Cafe and Wine Bar (four locations – Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Woodinville)
·         Ristorante Italianissimo (Woodinville)
·         Rover's Restaurant (Seattle)
·         Salty's at Redondo Beach (Seattle)
·         Salty’s on Alki Beach (Seattle)
·         Spazzo Italian Grill & Wine Bar (Redmond)
·         Steelhead Diner (Seattle)
·         The Fireside Restaurant at the Resort at Port Ludlow
·         The Lincoln Center (Spokane)
·         The Station Pizzeria (Woodinville)
·         Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge (Seattle)
·         Tuscany Downtown (Prosser)
·         Volterra (Seattle location)
·         Washington State Convention Center (Seattle)
·         Wild Ginger at the Bravern (Bellevue)
·         Sullivan's Steakhouse (Seattle)
·         Urbane (Seattle)

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