Thurston Wolfe’s 2016 Petit Verdot Wins Best In Show Honors at 2019 Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival

Josh Wolfe (left) and his dad, Dr. Wade Wolfe (winemaker at Thurston Wolfe Winery in Prosser, WA.) happily accept Best in Show Honors at the 2019 Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival for their 2016 Petit Verdot. Photo by Josh Williams.

Saturday, Aug. 10 was an evening of record-breaking performances at this year’s Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival.

More than 500 people enjoyed nearly 225 wines from 61 different wine labels  – all record amounts – at this fourth annual food and wine extravaganza held at the Four Points by Sheraton Grand Ballroom in Bellingham, WA.

“This year’s turnout was nothing short of amazing,” said Dan Radil, President of the Whatcom Beer and Wine Foundation, which produced the event.   “We received so much support from wineries and consumers alike, and that really drives us to continue to bring this caliber of an event to Northwest Washington.”

A total of 196 wines, another record, were entered in the judged competition portion of the Festival. Double Gold and Best in Show honors went to the 2016 Petit Verdot from Thurston Wolfe Winery in Prosser, WA.

The judging panel awarded five other wines with Double Gold medals, including the Eternal Wines 2016 Eternal Darkness Syrah, the Jones of Washington 2017 Reserve Chardonnay, the Mellisoni Vineyards 2017 Chardonnay, Thurston Wolfe’s 2014 The Geologist Red Wine, and the Treveri Cellars’ Non-Vintage Sparkling Gewurztraminer.

A complete list of all medal-winning wines is available at

The date for next year’s Festival will be announced sometime during January, 2020.