The Yakima Valley Visitors & Convention Bureau was recognized yesterday with a Grand Award by the Washington Wine Commission at it’s tenth annual Washington State Wine Awards ceremony in Seattle. The event recognized industry leaders that exhibit strong support of Washington wines and high professional standards in wine service.
After a decade of honoring restaurants, the commission expanded its prestigious award program to celebrate additional industries and individuals whose work raises the profile of Washington State wine throughout the state and beyond.
Monday’s ceremony at McCaw Hall in Seattle showcased exemplary retailers, tourism professionals and distributors for the first time, along with restaurants. Winners were selected from more than 100 nominations and were chosen for their impressive menus, innovative educational programs and marketing efforts, and commitment to excellent service.
“The nominees and winners of the Washington State Wine Awards perform a vital role in shaping Washington State as both a favored home and destination for those who enjoy outstanding wines,” said Commission President Steve Warner.
Walter Clore Honorarium: Doug Charles (Anacortes)
Restaurant of the Year: Visconti’sof Wenatchee
Best Event Featuring Washington Wine: Urbane(Seattle)
Independent Restaurant of the Year: Copperleaf Restaurant at the Cedarbrook Lodge (SeaTac)
Best Restaurant Group: Mackay Restaurant Group, operator of El Gaucho restaurants (Western Washington)
Tourism Champion of the Year: Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau
Tourism Concierge of the Year: Anne Peavey, of Seattle’s Convention and Bureau Visitor
Hotel of the Year: Hotel Vintage Park(Seattle)
Retailer of the Year: Metropolitan Market (Seattle, Kirkland)
Retailer Group of the Year: Yoke’s Fresh Markets (Eastern Washington)
Independent Retailer of the Year: Wine World and Spirits (Seattle)
Retail Steward of the Year: Doug King of Metropolitan Market
Distributor of the Year: Young’s Market Company(Western United States)
Distributor Salesperson of the Year: Kris Patten of Young’s Market Company (Seattle)