Wine Events



We had a great turnout for Winefest 2022 with over 50 wines entered this year! It was great to see some familiar faces and our new club members too. Over 20 wines made it to the Best of Show Competition and John Bell commented “that he has never seen such a outstanding winefest lineup of wines!”  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 team effort to put on this annual event 

A special thank you to Dennis Campbell for once again hosting the event at his beautiful home. The view of the Puget Sound makes for a stunning backdrop. 


Best in Show

 Red Wine – Mike Doherty, 2019 Chandler Reach Sangiovese 

 White, Rose, or Fruit Wine – Mike Doherty, 2019 Viognier


Category Winners


  • Dennis Campbell, 2019 Martinez Cabernet Sauvignon – 1st Place
  • Lynn Schneider, 2019 Schneiderwine Cabernet Sauvignon – 2nd Place
  • Dennis Campbell, 2018 Circuit Breaker Artz Cab Sauvignon– 3rd Place



  • Tom Wiitala, 2017 Merlot – 1st Place
  • Bill Bronecke, 2019 Merry Merlot – 2nd Place
  • Paul Bower, 2020 Merlot – 3rd Place


 Other Red Varietal 

  • Laraine and Mark Volpe, 2018 Tempranillo 1st Place
  • Mike Doherty, 2019 Sangiovese, 1st Place 
  • Kevin Neal, 2019 Tempranillo, 3rd Place


 Red Blend

  • Randy Neville, 2019 Rivertown Red – 1st Place
  • Randy Neville, 2017 Rivertown Red – 2nd Place
  • Travis Bristow, 2019 Cabriovese – 3rd Place


  • Mike Doherty 2020 Stillwater Creek Syrah – 1st Place
  • Lynn Schneider, 2018 Schneiderwine Syrah – 2nd Place
  • Laraine and Mark Volpe, 2019 Fox Trot Syrah 3rd Place



  • David Johnson, 2021 Chardonnay – 1st Place
  • Mike Doherty, 2019 Chardonnay – 2nd Place
  • Tom Wiitala, 2021 Chardonnay – 3rd Place


 Other White 

  • Mike Doherty 2019 Viognier – 1st Place
  • Laraine and Mark 2020 Viognier – 2nd Place
  • Travis Bristow, 2021 Rose – 3rd Place


Washington State Fair – Wine Competition, September 2022 - IF YOU DROPPED OFF WINES FOR THIS EVENT ALONG WITH YOUR WINEFEST WINES, PLEASE VERIFY THAT YOU HAVE REGISTERED THEM WITH THE WASHINGTON STATE FAIR.  OTHERWISE WE MIGHT DRINK THEM. For those interested in getting additional professional feedback on your wines, the wine competition at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup provides another opportunity. A BEWBC club member will transport our wines to Puyallup for the competition.  If you choose to enter your wine into this competition as well, please drop off an additional bottle along with your Winefest entry at one of our Drop Off Locations before July 17th Please print a copy of your online entry summary/receipt and attach to the bottle.   For more information and to register, visit:

then click on “Amateur Wine, Beer and Specialty Beverages”