2022 Judging and Competition Results

Judging Information

Each year's judging panel is comprised of wine industry and industry-related professionals from the Pacific Northwest including winemakers, distributors and retailers, sommeliers, educators, and restauranteurs.

All wines are blind-tasted and awarded bronze, silver, gold, or double gold (unanimous gold) medals by our panel of judges. Commensurate point scores are then awarded by the panel moderator.

2022 Competition Results

Our 2022 Competition results will be posted on our website on July 14, 2022. Medals and certificates will be distributed to wineries no later than July 31.

Judges For Our 2022 Competition

Amberleigh Brownson

  • Extensive work in management and wine development programs for restaurants in Whatcom County

  • Director of Operations for Leader Block Wine Co. & Eatery, a 2019, 2020, and 2021 Recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

  • Guild of Master Sommeliers Level 1

  • Past judge for Great Northwest Wine, Sip Northwest, and the Seattle Wine Awards

 

April Reddout

  • Managed and opened tasting rooms within the Washington wine industry for nearly 25 years

  • Established and directed the wine program at the Walter Clore Center in Prosser

  • Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership; launched Reddout Wine Consulting in 2021

  • Judges six wine competitions annually

  • Columnist for Great Northwest Wine Magazine

 

Christina White

  • Specialist of Wine Certification from San Francisco Wine School and Tasting Room Certification from Washington State University

  • Current and active member of the Wine Scholar Guild

  • Over seven years in the Washington wine industry including tenures at Succession Wines, Mellisoni Vineyards, and Callan Cellars, where she currently works at the winery's Chelan tasting room.

 

Jeff Peda

  • Over 35 years of experience in the wine industry’s wholesale and supply sectors, working with both domestic and international wineries and brands

  • Managing partner of VinCru USA, a sales and marketing agency he established in 2016

  • Past judge for the Seattle Wine Awards

 

Leigh McMillan

  • Graduate of Washington State University Viticultural and Enology Program, where she earned her Enology Certificate in 2009

  • Traveled extensively to France’s wine regions, which influenced and developed her winemaking style

  • Winemaker and co-owner of Welcome Road Winery, with tasting room locations in Seattle and Bellingham

 

Maria “Mele” Sosa

  • Graduate of Chile’s Catholic University with a degree in Viticulture and Oenology

  • Past work at UC Davis’ Viticultural and Oenology and Food Science Departments, Spring Mountain Winery in St. Helena, California as assistant winemaker, and Carolina Wine Brands in Chile

  • Currently resides in Issaquah, Washington and serves as Brand Ambassador for Uruguay’s Bodega Garzon

 

Tim Fuller

  • Over 25 years of experience developing wine programs for Bellingham-area restaurants

  • Four years in wine industry retail at Compass Wines, Anacortes

  • Past judge for the Northwest Wine Summit and for the Bellingham Northwest Wine Competition since its inception

 

Tracy Olney

  • Nearly 20 years of wholesale and retail experience in the wine industry

  • Member of the Society of Wine Educators and Certified Educator of Wine

  • Founder of her own wine club, which has been operating continuously since 1991 and focuses on helping women become more confident and educated wine buyers

 

Dan Radil (Moderator)

  • Wine educator at Bellingham Technical College for 15 years

  • Writer of his own wine blog for over 15 years and currently a free-lance contributor to Great Northwest Wine and Bellingham Alive magazines and DiscoverWashingtonWine. com

  • Past judge for the Northwest Wine Summit and Great Northwest Wine Platinum Awards