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Winemaker's Journal — Time to enter NCW Wine Awards

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NCW Wine Awards

Calling all commercial winemakers. It's time to enter your wines in Foothills Magazine's fourth annual NCW Wine Awards.

The deadline for entering your wines is May 22, so it's time to sort out your best, brightest and newest releases to vie for medals judged by some of the state's best wine experts.

Foothills Magazine partners with Great Northwest Wines to put on the competition. Great Northwest Wine, created by Andy Perdue and Eric Degeman, coordinates competitions and publishes wine news throughout the Northwest.

The judging will be held behind closed doors June 2 in Wenatchee. All wines are judged double blind, meaning that the eight judges will not see what wines are served or what wineries are entered before tasting. They will know what category or variety of wine they are sampling.

Winners will be announced at the 2014 NCW Wine Awards gala Aug. 23 at Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee. All winners will also be featured in Foothills Magazine's annual wine issue in September. The magazine will be distributed throughout NCW and statewide to further promote the local wine industry.

There's no fee to enter. Fill out the entry form online or download from ncwwineawards.com. Then drop off three bottles of each wine entered at The Wenatchee World office, 14 N. Mission St., by May 22. It's that simple.

It's a great opportunity to let your wines shine, promote your craft and do your part to promote the region's acclaimed wine industry. Sales of award winning wines at the Aug. 23 gala benefits the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center.

For more information, check out the website at ncwwineawards.com, or call Foothills editor Marco Martinez at 664-7149.