Lewis-Clark Valley Wineries Bring Home Medals from Idaho Wine Competition

The 2017 Idaho Wine Competition was held Tuesday, September 18 in Boise, Idaho. The judging of 152 Idaho wines was staged inside the tasting gallery at Koenig Vineyards. Each of our Lewis-Clark Valley wineries located in Idaho, brought home medals.

Double gold medal

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2015 Carménère, Horse Heaven Hills $32

Gold medal

Colter’s Creek Winery 2016 Juliaetta Rosé, Lewis-Clark Valley $18

Silver medal

Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2015 Verhey Vineyard Malbec, Washington $28
Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2014 Selway Red Wine, Washington $45
Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2014 Coco’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Lewis-Clark Valley $42
Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2015 Merlot, Lewis-Clark Valley $25
Colter’s Creek Winery 2015 Riesling, Lewis-Clark Valley $10
Colter’s Creek Winery 2016 Riesling, Lewis-Clark Valley $10
Colter’s Creek Winery 2015 Rocinante Estate Red Wine, Lewis-Clark Valley $35
Colter’s Creek Winery 2014 Koos•Koos•Kia Red Wine, Lewis-Clark Valley $25
Colter’s Creek Winery 2014 Cabernet Franc, Lewis-Clark Valley $28
Lindsay Creek Vineyards 2013 Irresponsibility Red Wine Washington $20
Vine 46 2015 Sangiovese, Washington $30
Vine 46 2015 Syrah, Washington $26
Vine 46 2015 Latitude Red Wine, Washington $24

Bronze medal

Lindsay Creek Vineyards 2014 Riesling, Washington $15
Lindsay Creek Vineyards 2014 Merlot, Washington $22
Vine 46 2015 Petit Verdot, Washington $38
Vine 46 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington $32

Judges this year included Sheri Sauter Morano, who carries the most prestigious title in the wine industry — Master of Wine. As an MW, Morano is in constant demand across the country as an expert, educator, consultant and judge.

“Overall, I was very impressed by the passion and commitment I see here in Idaho,” Morano said. “I think there is a lot of potential – and I think that Idaho should absolutely be on the radar of wine experts across the United States. I think Idaho should continue to focus on nurturing their vineyards – I think there are some elements of concentration and intensity in the wines that will only come with older vines and high quality work in the vineyards – and not worry too much about the idea of a signature grape variety.”

“I think that certain grape varieties will stand out over time, but that there is diversity within the different AVAs and terroirs that should be embraced and communicated to consumers,” Morano added. “I very much look forward to what the next 10 years will bring for Idaho.”

Other judges included Ilene Dudunake, owner of A New Vintage Wine Shop in Meridian; Jackie Elo, wine buyer at JW Thornton Wine Imports in Boise; Lane Hoss, vice president of marketing/wine buyer, Anthony’s Restaurants, Kirkland, Wash.; Karen McMillin, estates brand manager at Hayden Beverage/Young’s Market of Idaho, Boise; Samuel Paden, wine specialist, Whole Foods Market, Boise; Austin Drehmel, wine steward at Fred Meyer in Garden City; and Ken Robertson, columnist, Wine Press Northwest magazine, Kennewick, Wash.

Excerpts from Great Northwest Wine. Read the entire article.

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