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Awards and Judging

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


Best in Show

Thurston Wolfe 2016 Petit Verdot


Double Gold


Eternal Wines 2016 Darkness Syrah

Jones of Washington 2017 Reserve Chardonnay

Mellisoni Vineyards 2017 Chardonnay

Thurston Wolfe 2014 The Geologist Red Wine

Thurston Wolfe 2016 Petit Verdot

Treveri Cellars Sparkling Gewurztraminer



Bellingar Estates 2017 Chardonnay

Bellingar Estates 2017 Reserve Pinot Noir

Callan Cellars 2017 MC²

DeLille Cellars 2016 D2 Red Wine

Forgeron Cellars 2016 Imaginarium Red

Goose Ridge Vineyard 2015 Vireo Red Wine

Gordon Estate 2017 Reserve Chardonnay

J Wrigley Vineyards 2015 Estate Pinot Noir

Jones of Washington 2018 Rose´ of Syrah

Longship Cellars 2017 Bandito Garnacha

Mellisoni Vineyards 2015 Barrel Select Reserve Merlot

Mellisoni Vineyards 2018 3 Bastards

Naches Heights Vineyard 2016 Can-Can White

R Stuart & Co. Winery 2017 Big Fire Pinot Noir

Randolph Cellars 2017 Mourvedre

Robert Ramsay Cellars 2015 Cinsault

Samson Estates Winery Cassis Dessert Wine

Sol Stone Winery 2018 Chardonnay

Structure Cellars 2017 Mourvedre

Thurston Wolfe 2016 Conglomerate Cabernet Sauvingon

Tinte Cellars 2018 Viognier

Two Mountain Winery 2018 Rose´

Vartanyan Estate Winery 2015 Carmenere - French Oak

William Church Winery 2015 Malbec

Wit Cellars 2016 Petit Verdot

Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival 2019 Medal-Winning Wines



Adrice Wines 2016 Riveter Red Cabernet Sauvignon

Adrice Wines 2017 Montepulciano

Armstrong Family Winery 2016 Four Birds

Armstrong Family Winery 2016 Merlot

Bayernmoor Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Bayernmoor Cellars 2017 Chardonnay

Bayernmoor Cellars 2018 Rose´

Bellingar Estates 2015 Pinot Noir

Brian Carter Cellars 2013 Byzance S. Rhone Blend

Brian Carter Cellars 2013 LeCoursier Bordeaux Blend

Brian Carter Cellars 2018 Abracadabra Rose´

Bunnell Family Cellar 2014 Syrah

Bunnell Family Cellar 2017 Riesling

Callan Cellars 2017 Meritage

Callan Cellars 2017 Merlot

Callan Cellars 2018 Grenache Blanc

Cascadian Outfitter N/V Red Wine Blend

Cascadian Outfitters N/V Rose´

Claar Cellars 2015 Cab-Merlot

Drink Washington State 2016 Carmenere

Drink Washington State 2018 White Blend

Dynasty Cellars 2015 DC3

Dynasty Cellars 2018 Rose´

Dynasty Cellars N/V Irresponsible Red Wine

Edward Lynne Cellars 2018 R2 Riesling

Eternal Wines 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Eternal Wines 2016 Rocketman Red

Forgeron Cellars 2016 Chardonnay

Forgeron Cellars 2017 Blacksmith Rouge

Forgeron Cellars 2018 Blacksmith Blanc

GLM Wine Co. 2018 Rock Flour Sauvignon Blanc

Goose Ridge Vineyard 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

Goose Ridge Vineyard 2016 Chardonnay

Gordon Estate Winery 2015 Merlot

Gordon Estate Winery 2015 Syrah

Gunpowder Creek Winery 2017 Pinot Noir

Hedges Family Estate 2015 Syrah

Hedges Family Estate 2016 La Haute Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon

Hightower Cellars 2015 Merlot

Hightower Cellars 2017 Murray Cabernet Sauvignon

J Bookwalter Winery 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

J Bookwalter Winery 2016 Protagonist Cabernet Sauvignon

J Bookwalter Winery 2017 Double Plot Chardonnay

J Wrigley Vineyards 2018 Pinot Gris

Jones of Washington 2013 Barrel Select Red Wine

Keeler Estate Vineyard 2016 Chardonnay

Keeler Estate Vineyard 2016 Pinot Noir

Longship Cellars 2017 Invader Termpranillo

Longship Cellars 2017 Majik Merlot

Longship Cellars 2017 Once Is Enough Petite Sirah

Longship Cellars 2018 Steel Dragon Riesling

Longship Cellars 2018 Wild Harvest Rose

Lost River Winery 2015 Barbera

Lost River Winery 2017 Rain Shadow

Maryhill Winery 2015 Cabernet Franc

Maryhill Winery 2017 Viognier

MCM Wine Co. 2016 Majestica Red Blend

MCM Wine Co. 2016 Spectaculuxe Syrah

Mellisoni Vineyards 2016 60°

Mellisoni Vineyards 2016 Best Friends

Mellisoni Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Mellisoni Vineyards 2016 Forte Rosso

Mellisoni Vineyards 2016 Malbec

Mellisoni Vineyards 2016 Merlot

Mellisoni Vineyards 2016 Sangiovese

Mellisoni Vineyards 2017 180° Rose´

Mellisoni Vineyards 2017 Boateak Rose´

Mellisoni Vineyards 2017 Boateak White (Sauvignon Blanc)

Mellisoni Vineyards 2018 45°

Mellisoni Vineyards 2018 Chardonnay

Silver (Continued)

Mellisoni Vineyards 2018 Pinot Grigio

Mercer Estates Ican N/V Rose

Mercer Estates Ican N/V Chardonnay

Monarcha Winery 2017 Pinot Noir Rose´

Naches Heights Vineyard 2015 Carmen Tempranillo

Naches Heights Vineyard 2015 Two Dancers Red Wine

Nota Bene Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Nota Bene Cellars 2016 Cabernet Franc

Nota Bene Cellars 2016 Ciel du Cheval Red Blend

Nota Bene Cellars 2016 Una Note Red Blend

Pacific Rim Winery 2017 J Riesling

Portteus Winery 2014 Rouge 66 Red Wine

Portteus Winery 2014 Zinfandel

Portteus Winery 2018 Pinot Noir

Randolph Cellars 2018 Chardonnay

Ridge Crest 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

RM Cellars 2015 Thick Skinned Red Wine

Robert Ramsay Cellars 2016 Mourvedre

Samson Estates Winery 2017 Syrah

Samson Estates Winery Delilah Blueberry

Silver Totem 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Sol Stone Winery 2018 Viognier

Structure Cellars 2017 Malbec

Structure Cellars 2017 Merlot

Structure Cellars 2017 Syrah

Structure Cellars 2018 Viognier

Succession Wines 2017 Bridge Builders Red

Succession Wines 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

Succession Wines 2017 Malbec

Succession Wines 2017 Oscar Merlot

Succession Wines 2018 Chardonnay

Succession Wines 2018 Rose´

Succession Wines 2018 Viognier

Tapteil Vineyard 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Tapteil Vineyard 2016 Grenache

Tapteil Vineyard 2016 Syrah

Three of Cups Winery 2015 Le Bateleur Cabernet Sauvignon

Three of Cups Winery 2015 Le Jugement GSM Red

Three of Cups Winery 2016 L'Astre Syrah

Three of Cups 2016 Winery Le Croyant Petite Sirah

Three of Cups Winery 2017 LaMonde Malbec

Three of Cups Winery 2018 Le Voeu Sauvignon Blanc

Thurston Wolfe 2016 Reserve Petite Sirah

Thurston Wolfe 2017 Primitivo

Thurston Wolfe 2017 Touriga Nacional Port

Treveri Cellars Blanc de Blancs Brut Zero

Treveri Cellars Sparkling Syrah

Two Mountain Winery 2018 Riesling

Van Arnam Vineyards 2015 Merlot

Van Arnam Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Vartanyan Estate Winery 2013 Dessert Wine - 5 yr.

Vartanyan Estate Winery 2015 Carmenere - Russian Oak

Vartanyan Estate Winery 2015 Carmenere - American Oak

Vartanyan Estate Winery 2015 Carmenere - French, Russian & American Oak

Vartanyan Estate Winery 2015 Dessert Wine - 3 yr.

William Church Winery 2015 Cabernet Franc

Wit Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Wit Cellars 2018 Unleashed Sparkling Pinot Grigio



Adrice Wines 2018 Alma Albarino

Armstrong Family Winery 2016 North Avenue Riesling

Bunnell Family Cellar 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

Cascadian Outfitters N/V Chardonnay

Edward Lynne Cellars 2014 Merlot

Edward Lynne Cellars 2016 Merbec

Eternal Wines 2016 Foundation Syrah

Eternal Wines 2018 Rose´

GLM Wine Co. 2016 The Denier Cabernet Sauvignon

Hedges Family Estate 2018 Le Rose´

Hightower Cellars 2015 Murray Syrah

Jones of WA 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Keeler Estate Vineyard 2018 Skin Contact Pinot Gris

Lost River Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Maryhill Winery 2012 Proprietor Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Mellisoni Vineyards 2018 180° Rose´

R Stuart & Co. Winery 2016 Big Fire Pinot Gris

R Stuart & Co. Winery N/V Bubbly Methode Champenoise

Ridge Crest 2015 Merlot

Ridge Crest 2015 Syrah

Ridge Crest 2017 Chardonnay

Robert Ramsay Cellars 2015 Syrah

Samson Estates Winery 2017 Chardonnay

Sol Stone Winery 2016 Grenache

Structure Cellars 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

Structure Cellars 2017 Cabernet Franc

Succession Wines 2017 Cabernet Franc

Succession Wines 2017 Pinot Noir

Succession Wines 2017 Syrah

Succession Wines 2018 L&R Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

Two Mountain Winery 2016 Syrah

Van Arnam Vineyards 2015 Malbec

Vartanyan Estate Winery 2015 Malbec

Vartanyan Estate Winery 2017 Rose´ Trio