The mission of the North Central Washington Wine Awards and the Wenatchee Wine and Food Festival is to raise the profile of the region as a must-visit wine destination.

We will accomplish this by working with Great Northwest Wine to conduct the judging. The September issue of Foothills Magazine will include a large spread featuring the winning wines. The edition and the festival will be promoted throughout the state.

To qualify for your wine(s) to be judged in this event, your winery must have a tasting room within Chelan, Douglas, Grant or Okanogan counties. Please deliver three bottles of each wine submitted for judging. Each type of wine submitted for judging must have a corresponding wine submission form. Wines and submission forms must be submitted by May 19. The wine will be stored in a private, temperature- and humidity-controlled cellar between delivery and judging on May 26.

Wines and submission forms can be dropped off or shipped to:
Foothills Magazine/Attn: NCW Wine Awards
14 N. Mission St., Wenatchee, WA 98801

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The Wine Competition

The Wine Competition


  • Complete results will be emailed to wineries within five days of judging.

  • Superlative, Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners will be featured in the September-October issue of Foothills Magazine that is distributed in North Central Washington, as well as an additional 1,000 copies at Puget Sound area wine shops.

  • Double Gold and Gold medal winners will be featured as a “Wine of the Week” in The Wenatchee World newspaper. The Wine of the Week feature will also be posted on The Wenatchee World’s Facebook and Instagram sites, which combined have nearly 80,000 followers.

  • Top winners will be featured in a Great Northwest story that is posted on its website. GNW’s online audience includes 25,000 unique visitors per month and more than 2,500 email newsletter subscribers. The story also appears in GNW’S weekly wine column, which is syndicated in more than 20 Northwest newspapers.

  • Double Gold and Gold medal winners are automatically eligible for Wine Press Northwest magazine’s year-end Platinum Judging.

  • Double Gold and Gold Medal winners are automatically eligible for consideration in The Seattle Times Top 50 Wines of the Year list.