Wine country news — Chehalem Wines, Stoller Estate receive top awards

As is the trend, two local wineries received awards recently from WinePress NW.

Chehalem Wines won Oregon Winery of the Year and Stoller Family Estate received Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year.

“Chehalem Wines continues to burnish its reputation as one the Pacific Northwest’s elite producers of pinot noir, chardonnay and riesling, and its selection as Wine Press Northwest’s 2014 Oregon Winery of the Year was solidified with the 2013 Platinum Competition,” according to a press release. “Chehalem’s 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir from Ribbon Ridge was voted the top pinot noir in the year-end judging, and the 2010 Ian’s Reserve Chardonnay also received a platinum (award). And the Chehalem 2012 Three Vineyard Riesling — Wynne’s (Peterson-Nedry) first crush as head winemaker — earned best of class at the 2013 Great Northwest Wine Invitational.”

Stoller’s accolades were similarly impressive.

“The 2010 Cathy’s (Stoller) Pinot Noir earned best-in-class at the inaugural Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, held at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River,” the press release said. “And (Melissa) Burr’s 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir, which won gold at the same judging, ranked No. 6 in The Seattle Times’ top 50 Northwest wines of 2013 and No. 11 in Great Northwest Wine’s top 100 list. The 2009 SV Pinot Noir earned a double gold in the 2013 Great Northwest Wine Competition.”

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