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Time to enter wines for NCW Wine Awards

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Calling all NCW wineries.

It's time to get your wines entered in the 3rd Annual North Central Washington Wine Awards.

All wines must be submitted by May 24. Judging will be held June 5. Complete information about how to submit wines — three bottles of each to be judged — and registration forms can be found at ncwwineawards.com. All wines will be stored in a private, temperature and humidity controlled cellar between delivery and judging.

The website is also where the public can reserve tickets for the NCW Wine Awards Gala, Aug. 10, at the Town Toyota Center, where results of the judging will be announced. This year's event promises to be bigger and better than ever with more wines, more awards, more food from the region's top restaruants and caterers, more entertainment and more fun.

Stay tuned for more information about this spectacular local event that spotlights the region's very best wines.

We'll be working with Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman from Great Northwest Wine this year to pull off the most objective and fair judging possible.

Andy and Eric will serve as moderators of the two judging panels. They will bring a crew of five judges, including a few holdover judges from past NCW Wine Awards, as well as couple of new judges, including Heather Unwin, executive director of the Red Mountain AVA.

Locally, Dan Carr of Visconti's restaurants (named the state's 2012 Restaurant of the Year by the Washington Wine Commission) and Foothills magazine wine reviewer Barb Robertson of Mission Street Bistro have agreed to come back for their third year of judging. We're fortunate to have such strong, local judging talent.

They'll be joined this year by Don Elsing, wine director at Sun Mountain Lodge.

Under Don Elsing's leadership, Sun Mountain Lodge has received numerous awards for its long and impressive wine list. The Wine Cellar at Sun Mountain contains one of the most extensive resort wine collections in the Pacific Northwest: 5,000 bottles, over 600 different labels, and over 300 labels from Washington state. Recent awards include the 2012 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and the 2012 Washington Wine Grand Award given by the Washington Wine Commission.

The blind judging will take place June 5. Wineries can drop off entries at The Wenatchee World, 14 N. Mission St. Each entry must include an entry form and three bottles of that variety. They can also fill out the electronic entry form and drop off their entries at The World. There is no entry fee. If wineries have questions, they can email info@ncwwineawards.com.

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