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Best of the Best in the Pacific Northwest

Wild Goose takes home three Platinum and one Double Platinum award at the recent “Best of the Best” competition hosted by Wine Press Northwest.  The winning entry was our 2013 Mystic River Pinot Blanc, which incidentally also won a Double Gold at the All Canadian Wine Championships and the #1 White Wine of the Competition at InterVin 2014.  Platinum awards were also given to our: 2012 Red Horizon Meritage, 2013 Pinot Gris, and 2013 Gewurztraminer.

How the Platinum is Conducted

Wine Press Northwest created the Platinum Judging in 2000 as a way to determine some of the best wines each year in the Pacific Northwest.

To accomplish this, we chart more than 35 professionally judged wine competitions worldwide to track the gold medals won by wineries in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho.

In 2014, Northwest wineries were awarded more than 1,700 gold medals at professional judgings.

The wines are categorized and judged blind during three days by two panels of wine experts, who award wines with Platinum, Double Gold, Gold or no medal. A wine is awarded a medal based on how a majority of the judges voted. In the case when all four judges deem the wine a Platinum, that wine is awarded a unanimous Double Platinum.

Based on each judge’s score, we are able to determine which wine or wines end up at the top — the best of the best.

The 15th annual Platinum Judging took place Oct. 21-23 at the Clover Island Inn in Kennewick, Wash.


Wild Goose Vineyards and Winery • $19

2013 Mystic River Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Mystic River is Wild Goose’s estate vineyard near Oliver, British Columbia, and through the years it has produced seven Platinum wines, including three Pinot Blancs. If there were such a ranking, Mystic River would certainly qualify as a grand cru vineyard in the Pacific Northwest. This example is loaded with aromas and flavors of lime, pear, apricot, kiwi and white peach. It’s easy to imagine this with shellfish, chicken or pork. Medal: All Canadian Wine Championships (double gold)