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Winemaker's Journal — NCW winners at Great Northwest Wine Competition

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Jones of Washington and Kyra Wines were top winners at the second annual Great Northwest Wine Competition held last week in Hood River, Ore.

Jones of Washington 2013 Pinot Gris, made by winemaker Victor Palencia from grapes grown at Jones' own Ancient Lakes AVA vineyard in Quincy, was a Double Gold medal winner and picked as Best of Class at the competition, at which more than 900 Northwest wines were judged.

"The thumbprint of Victor Palencia is found on a growing number of Washington State wines, but he doesn't seem to be losing his touch, particularly with white wines for his primary employer," wrote Andy Perdue, a judge and organizer of the event and editor of Great Northwest Wine.

The Quincy winery wasn't the only one to come away with major awards. Kyra Wines of Moses Lake won two Double Gold medals, for its 2013 Chenin Blanc and its 2012 Syrah.

About Kyra's winemaker, Kyra Baerlocher, Perdue said she is one of Washington's most versatal winemakers, seemingly equally at ease with Pinot Noir of Syrah and a one-woman revival show for the noble Chenin Blanc.

NCW Gold medal winners included Ginkgo Forest Winery in Mattawa, for its 2010 Syrah; Milbrandt Vineyards of Mattawa, for its 2012 Traditions Cabernet Sauvignon, and its 2012 Traditions Riesling; Tsillan Cellars of Chelan, for its 2012 Estate Nudo Chardonnay; and Wedge Mountain Winery of Peshastin, for its 2010 Northridge Vineyard Malbec.

There were also many Silver and Bronze medal winners from NCW. For the entire list, go to