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Winemaker's Journal — NCW Wine Awards this Saturday

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At the door admission will be available for the North Central Washington Wine Awards, 6 to 9 p.m. this Saturday at the Town Toyota Center.

There's no excuse for you last minute deciders. With so many things to do these days, it's tough to plan ahead. But this is an event that promises to be entertainment, socializing and wine education at its finest. And at its most delicious.

Some 34 wineries will be on hand to pour their award winning wines, more than 100 wines in all. All the wineries know they're winners, but what awards — gold, silver, bronze and best of show — have been kept secret until this big event.

The award presentations should be a lot of fun in the Town Toyota Center with more space and more fanfare than the previous two years of the event. Each award will go up on the center's bright light boards. You'll be the first to know. Awards won't be announced to the general public until the next issue of Foothills magazine comes out at the end of this month. Foothills organized the awards event and the judging, which was overseen by Great Northwest Wine in June. 

This will be a time to not only taste the winning wines but talk to the winemakers and owners about how the wines are crafted.

In addition to wine,  there will be local apple cider, beers and ales and distilled spirits. And plenty of water too, to keep you from getting too tipsy.

More than a dozen restaurants, caterers and other local food purveyors will have plenty of heavy appetizers, gourmet taste treats and delicious sweets to keep you going through the evening and to pair with the huge selection of wines.

Washington State University, Cascade Valley Wine Country and the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce will be there to provide information about NCW's wine country. Confluence Jazz Trio will provide entertainment.

Wines will be available to purchase — by the bottle or by the case — to take home at the end of the evening. Profits will go to the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

Tickets are $40 per person. You have to be 21 or older to attend. Advance tickets are available at The Wenatchee World office or online at