Above: 2016 Retail Wine Steward Jennifer Ciuchta, wine steward at the Redmond Ridge QFC
Do you have a favorite “wine guy” or “wine gal” at your grocery or liquor store who always makes a spot-on recommendation? Or a favorite Puget Sound area restaurant to enjoy Washington Wine? For our 12th Annual Washington Wine Awards, Seattle magazine and Washington Wine (formerly the Washington Wine Commission) are partnering to recognize the Best Retail Wine Steward and the restaurant that is the Best Place to Experience Washington Wine in the Puget Sound area.
Cast your votes now! Winners will appear in the August issue of Seattle magazine. Nominations due by April 14
Retail Wine Steward of the Year: We’re looking for an individual who is committed to the sales of Washington State wine and is skilled at making recommendations for wines for their customers. This individual is a true champion of the industry and continually works at raising awareness of Washington State wine. Must work in a retail shop, grocery store or online retailer located in the Puget Sound region.
Best New* Restaurant to Experience Washington Wine: This award will go to a Puget Sound area restaurant that demonstrates exceptional opportunities for consumers to taste Washington State Wine through wine lists, wine tasting events, special dinners and a knowledgeable staff. Wine lists should have have a creative point of view and lead off with or feature a separate category for Washington wines (with at least 12 Washington Wines to qualify). Events may include Washington wine dinners, tastings, events, flight promotions, etc. Wine service and staff training will also be considered, and includes on-going wine training, a professionally wine educated/certified staff, a demonstration of Washington wine education and employing certified sommelier(s) on staff. * In order to provide our readers with new information, previous winners will be not be eligible for this award: Barking Frog, Anthony’s, The Herbfarm, Salty’s, Aqua, SkyCity at the Needle, Sun Mountain Lodge, Canlis, The Metropolitan Grill, Visconti’s, The Marc