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Washington wines named in annual Top 100 lists
Friday, Dec. 18, 2009
By Denny Fleenor, WSU Extension
Washington State’s position as one of the world’s leading wine producing regions has been affirmed by two highly respected wine publications.
Columbia Crest Winery and its 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Reserve beat 17,000 wines from around the world to top Wine Spectator’s list as “wine of the year” for 2009. Criteria for the selection include value, availability and excitement.
Nine Washington wines were named to Wine Spectator’s prestigious Top 100 wines of the year, including five produced by Wine-by-Cougars wineries.
Eleven Washington wines made the Wine Enthusiast Top 100 list, representing more than 10 percent of the year’s top wines. These included three Cougar-produced wines.
"This year’s list is the all-time best showing for Washington State on any national publication’s best-of list,” according to wine writer and Enthusiast contributor Paul Gregutt.
“Seeing more Washington wine on the (Wine Spectator) list than ever before also proves this is no one-hit wonder, but that Washington truly stands out among the wine regions of the world,” said Robin Pollard, executive director of the Washington Wine Commission.
To see the complete list of Washington wines on the Wine Spectator list and learn more about how they were selected, visit http://bit.ly/6u4UiV.
The list of Washington wines making the Wine Enthusiast list and more information on how they were selected can be found at http://bit.ly/6Ld8Qp.