Kirkland, WA (PRWEB) March 26, 2013
Kirkland winery, Northwest Cellars, continues to build their reputation on being more than just custom-designed labels, by winning five medals at the 29th annual 2013 Dallas Morning News and TexSom Wine Competition. Open to all wine producing regions in the world, this competition is hosted by one of the definitive wine education programs in the United States.
Northwest Cellars proudly announces receiving five medals, including two gold and two silver medals. The awards were for their 2009 Malbec/GOLD, 2009 Petit Verdot/GOLD, 2009 Carmenere/SILVER, 2011 Sonatina/SILVER and 2011 Viognier/BRONZE. With less than 8% of entries receiving gold medals, the Kirkland winery walked away with 2 of the 199 gold-medal awards.
The Dallas Morning News Wine Competition was established in 1985 and has grown from 580 entries to over 3000 in 2012. For the first 14 years of the competition, only United States producers were invited. That format changed in 1999 when the competition was opened to all wine producing regions of the world. Since then as many as 25 states and 17 countries have been represented in previous competitions. The 2013 event, held at the Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas, February 18th and 19th saw over 2700 entries.
In 2011, the Dallas Morning News partnered with TexSom, an organization that produces the annual TexSom Conference and Best Sommelier of Texas Competition, whose mission is "to promote professional wine service standards, outline paths for further wine education and certification, and raise public awareness with respect to the professional standards and certifications for sommeliers".
Besides tapping into the lucrative Texas wine market, medals received at the Texas wine competition impart several benefits to its recipients, including press in the Dallas Morning News, exposure to TexSom's conference and national network of wine buyers, as well as an opportunity to participate in the top ranked Dallas Wine and Food Festival.