Vineyard & Winery Technology Program Wins 4 Awards at the 19th Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Competition

YVC Platinum Award-Winning Wines

Grandview, WA – Yakima Valley Vintners (YVV), YVC’s teaching winery, received four awards for their student crafted wines at the 19th Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Competition. YVV’s 2015 Mid-Term Merlot earned a Platinum Medal. The 2017 History Class Pinot Grigio and the 2015 Sugarloaf Vineyard Intern Tempranillo each garnered Double Gold. In addition, the Coyote Canyon Vineyard Dean’s List Primitivo earned Gold.

The 19th Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Competition was held at the end of October. In 1999 Wine Press Northwest began its annual Platinum Judging, a multi-day tasting of Pacific Northwest wines that have won a gold medal in at least one of Pacific Northwest’s top competitions. Wine Press Northwest follows more than 40 competitions throughout the year, and this “best of the best in the great Northwest” is a fun way to find great wines from our region. This year, blind tasting panels evaluated 655 wines from British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon and Washington that qualified for participation by winning gold or better at a recognized competition. Results were published in the new issue of the magazine, which is also available at

“We were invited to submit 8 qualifying wines this year but since we had sold out four of those wines, we were only able to send these four contenders,” said Brad Smith, Instructional Technician in the YVC Teaching Winery. “That means that all four of these wines are still available for purchase through our teaching winery tasting room in Grandview,” Smith added.

These awards bring YVV’s total to 127 in the first 10 years of operation. For more information about Yakima Valley Vintners and the Yakima Valley College Vineyard and Winery Technology Program: or call 509.882.7007.

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