Awards and Judging

The 2020 Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival Judged Competition will be held on July 10 and 11.


All medal winners will be announced on July 25, 2020

Wineries: Please click on the link below for the 2020 Entry Form for complete details on this year's judging. The deadline for submitting judged wines is July 3, 2020. Thank you!

Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival 2020 Judges


Brad Binko

  • Owner and Winemaker for Eternal Wines and Drink Washington State in Walla Walla, established in 2014

  • Graduate of the Walla Walla Community College Enology and Viticulture Program

  • Guild of Master Sommeliers Level 2

  • Managed a number of wine programs at fine dining establishments


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 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


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 Festival since its inception


Jeremiah Nelson

  • Over 10 years of experience in the wine industry including tenures at DeLille Cellars and Bayernmoor Cellars, where he currently works as General Manager

  • Guild of Master Sommeliers Level 2

  • Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 3 (Advanced) 


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 14 years  and currently a free-lance wine writer for Wine Press Northwest and Bellingham Alive magazines and DiscoverWashingtonWine. com

  • Past judge for the Northwest Wine Summit and Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival

NOTE: Judges Binko and Nelson were not permitted to score wines from the wineries with which they are associated.

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