2021 Medal Winners
For your convenience, we've summarized our 2021 competition wines by both winery name and point score.
Please click on the links below to view this year's winners:
The 2021 Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival Judged Competition was one for the record books! It featured a record number of entries, participating wineries, and Gold and Double Gold medalists. It was also capped with a pleasant surprise: the Best in Show award for the top point-receiving wine ended in a tie.
Our sixth annual event took place at the Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel and Conference Center on July 3, 9, and 10, 2021. 351 wines from Oregon and Washington were blind tasted by a panel of seven judges over the three-day period.
Best in Show honors were shared by a Washington red and a Washington white wine; the Callan Cellars 2019 GSM from Woodinville winemaker Lisa Callan, and the Longship Cellars 2020 Mind and Memory Sauvignon Blanc from winemaker Kyle Welch in Richland.
Both wines originated from the Yakima Valley American Viticultural Area. Callan’s blend of 84-percent Syrah, 14-percent Grenache, and 3-percent Mourvèdre came from Boushey Vineyards, while Welch’s first-ever Sauvignon Blanc was sourced from the Valley’s Sugarloaf Vineyard.
There were plenty of other notable award winners, with seven wineries earning three or more Double Golds (unanimous gold scores) from the judges.
In addition to Callan Cellars’ three Double Golds, four other Washington wineries scored three doubles: Lake Chelan’s Tsillan Cellars, Wit Cellars in Prosser, Quincy-based Jones of Washington, and Van Arnam Vineyards in Zillah.
Two wineries also earned an event-record four Double Gold medals: Zerba Cellars, based in Milton-Freewater, Oregon, and Thurston Wolfe Winery in Prosser, Washington.
Congratulations to all of our participating wineries and thank you for your support of the Whatcom Beer & Wine Foundation!