• The Best of Show award at the Tri-Cities Wine Festival went to College Cellars of Walla Walla. The presentation of the award was made by Ted Davis (right) President of the Tri-Cities Wine Society, to first year College Cellars students (from left) Kari Leib, Megan Barlow and Daniel Burchardt.

College Cellars wins Best of Show honors at Tri-Cities Wine Festival for second year in a row.

By Charles Leininger, Publisher


For the second consecutive year, College Cellars of Walla Walla won Best of Show honors at the 40th Annual Tri-Cities Wine Festival held on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick,WA.

The wine that won the Best of Show award, as well as a Double Gold medal, is the college’s 2016 Barbera. Last year, College Cellars won the Best of Show award for its 2017 Muscat.

College Cellars competed against 70 other wineries that participated in the Festival, so winning the Best of Show honors two years in a row is an extraordinary achievement.

College Cellars not only won the Best of Show award, but won medals for eight other wines that it brought to the Festival. Those awards included a Double Gold medal for its 2016 Syrah, which was also judged as the Best of Class among all of the Syrah wines entered in the competition.

A total of 15 wineries won Double Gold medals and Best of Class awards for the wines they brought to the Festival. A list of those wineries follows:

14 Hands – 2014 Reserve Sangiovese; 2Dor Wines — 2015 Estate Grown Red Blend; Basalt Cellars – 2015 Wasen Estate “The Family”; Convergence Zone Cellars – 2014 Storm Front; College Cellars – 2016 Syrah; De La Luz Wines – 2015 Merlot; Double Canyon Winery – 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon; Jones of Washington – 2016 Riesling; Kennedy Shah (The Woodhouse Estates) 2015 Reserve Tempranillo; Martinez & Martinez – 2015 Petit Verdot; Monarcha Winery – 2017 Pinot Noir Rosé ; Sky River Mead – Vixen; Yakima Velley Vintners (Yakima Valley Community College) 2017 Study Skills Chardonnay.

Dozens of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were handed out in various wine categories at the Festival. For a complete list of all of the medal winners, go to: www.tricitieswinesociety.com/awards.

Next year’s Tri-Cities Wine Festival will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16.