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We had a terrific turnout for Winefest 2019 with over 60 wines entered this year! It was great to see some familiar faces and our new club members too. A summary of Best in Show and category winners is provided below. Congratulations to you all!

Thank you to all those who volunteered to make this year’s event a success, from preparing and planning, to serving judges and collecting scores. It truly takes a village! I’m humbled by your dedication and support for this event and our club. 

A special thank you to Dennis & Page Campbell for once again hosting the event at their beautiful home. The view of the Puget Sound makes for a stunning backdrop. We are so grateful to you both! 

We were honored to have the following former club members, now making commercial wine, join us as judges this year:

John Bell Winemaker Willis Hall

Chuck Jackson Winemaker Skagit Crest Winery

Tim Narby Winemaker Nota Bene 

We emphasized to all judges to provide more meaningful comments on score sheets this year.  I hope you noticed an improvement from what we’ve received in the past. 

One of the primary benefits of entering our wines into Winefest (besides the bragging rights that come with winning) is to use the judge’s comments to understand where we can improve the quality of our wine. I welcome any additional feedback or comments. 

Winefest 2019 Results

Best in Show

Red Wine – Dennis Koepke & Bill Bronecke, 2016 Cab Franc

White, Rose, or Fruit Wine – Kevin Neal, 2017 Pinot Gris

Category Winners

FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

CATEGORY

VINTAGE

ENTRY NAME

AVG SCORE

MEDAL

PLACE

LARRY

WESTERLUND

Cabernet 

2016

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

17.00

GOLD

1

Dennis

Campbell

Cabernet 

2016

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

15.50

SILVER

2

Jon

Barbour

Cabernet 

2013

2013 Cab Sauv

15.50

SILVER

3

LARRY

WESTERLUND

Merlot

2016

2016 Merlot

15.50

SILVER

1

Al 

Cutshall

Merlot

2017

2017 Cutshall Cellars Merlot

15.33

SILVER

2

Kathryn

Chalfan

Merlot

2014

2014 Merlot

15.00

SILVER

3

LARRY

WESTERLUND

Other Red

2016

Syrah-Cab

18.83

GOLD

1

Dennis 

Koepke 

Other Red

2016

Buff Ledge Camp

18.67

GOLD

2

Marty

Weisman

Other Red

2017

2017 Cabernet Franc

17.50

GOLD

3

Michael

Piechowiak

Red Blend

2018

Red Blend 392

19.00

GOLD

1

Laraine

Volpe

Red Blend

2015

2015 Red Blend

15.00

SILVER

2

Donald

Meyer

Red Blend

2017

2017 Red Blend One

14.83

BRONZE

3

John

Overholt

Syrah

2016

Overholt Cellars 2016 Syrah

19.67

GOLD

1

Randy

Neville

Syrah

2016

Syrah

18.83

GOLD

2

Dennis 

Koepke 

Syrah

2017

Buff Ledge Camp

18.67

GOLD

3

Mike

Doherty

White

2018

Viognier

17.50

GOLD

1

Kevin

Neal

white

2017

PinotGris

17.17

GOLD

2

John

Overholt

White

2018

Overholt Cellars Fume Blanc

17.17

GOLD

3

We look forward to a bigger and better Winefest in 2020! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Cheers,

Jon Barbour

BEWBC VP of Wine

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