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Winemaker's Journal — NCW Wine Awards Gala coming up

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Time is running out to order advance tickets to the year's biggest local wine event.

This year's North Central Washington Wine Awards is just around the corner, Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Town Toyota Center, 1300 Walla Walla Ave. The fun begins at 6 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m.

More than 30 award winning NCW wineries will be pouring wines during the 3rd annual event. All are medal winners in the NCW wine competition held last June. Judges blind tasted more than 222 wines from 35 local wineries at that time to determine medal winners and best of show awards. The 10 judges were a combination of local wine experts and experienced judges supplied by Wine Press Northwest and Great Northwest Wine. The results have been kept top secret since then.

Wineries as well as event guests will learn which wineries won what awards the night of the gala event. Award winners will also be published in the new issue of Foothills magazine, to be distributed to guests that night and statewide later that month. Foothills magazine and World Publishing Co. started the competition in 2011 to better acquaint the local public and the state with the high quality wines now being produced by NCW wineries.

Wineries invited to the gala include perennial winners like Chateau Faire Le Pont, Cave B Estate, Jones of Washington, Bensen Vineyards, Milbrandt Vineyards and Horan Estates, among many others. Wines will also be for sale by the bottle or case with profits benefitting the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center.

There will be plenty to drink. In addition to the more than 30 wineries pouring nearly 100 wines, there will be two breweries, two distilleries and at least one local apple cider producer.

And plenty to eat. A dozen local restaurants, caterers, bakeries and other gourmet food producers will be serving a wide assortment of appetizers.

The Confluence Trio will provide entertainment. Dress is casual.

Tickets are available now at $40 per person online at Check that site for complete information about the event and the judging. Advance tickets can also be purchased at The Wenatchee World, 14 N. Mission St. and at the door the evening of the event.

You don't want to miss this great event to celebrate local award winning wines.