Smasne Cellars wins Best of Show at Tri-Cities Wine Festival

Tri-City HeraldNovember 9, 2013 

Smasne Cellars of Prosser won the Best of Show award Saturday at the 35th annual Tri-Cities Wine Festival in Kennewick for its 2010 Upland Vineyard Mourvedre.

The award, an original wall sculpture by Tri-City artist Ted Neth, was presented during the public tasting Saturday at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.

Winemaker Robert Smasne won Best of Show in 2011 for his 2007 Block #3 Syrah.

All of his 24 entries won medals this year, including a double gold for the 2010 Grenache, a unanimous choice of all five judges. His other honors included Best of Varietal for his 2011 Verhey Vineyards Malbec and his 2011 Viognier.

Best of Varietals also were awarded to Apex Cellars of Prosser for its 2010 Merlot and Catalyst Red Blend.

Brian Carter Cellars of Woodinville won Best of Class for its Byzance Red Wine and his 2011 Oriana.

Goose Ridge Estates of West Richland won a Double Gold Best of Varietal for its 2011 Chardonnay. Kiona Vineyards and Winery of Benton City won Best of Class for its 2012 Chenin Blanc Ice Wine and 2005 Reserve Sangiovese. Locati Cellars of Walla Walla won Best of Varietal for its 2012 Pinot Grigio.

Market Vineyards of Richland won three double gold medals for the 2010 Arbitrage Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2009 Basis Points and the 2010 Basis Points. The Cabernet and the 2009 Basis Points also won Best of Class.

Pend d'Oreille Winery of Sandpoint, Idaho, won Best of Varietal for a 2009 Cabernet Franc. Upland Estates Vineyard in Outlook took home Best of Varietal for both its 2011 Sauvignon Blanc and 2010 Syrah.

The festival invited college enology and viticulture program students to submit student-crafted wines as entries to be judged with the commercial wine entries.

This year, College Cellars of Walla Walla and Yakima Valley Vintners (Yakima Valley Community College) entered 12 wines which took several medals.

Click here for the full results on the festival website.

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