Great Northwest Wine
June 25, 2018

Rosé remains the hottest category in the world of wine, and one of the Northwest’s most talented winemakers used an electric pink to flash his talents again as Brian Carter Cellars topped the Washington State Wine Competition with its 2017 Abracadabra Rosé.

“I think rosé is here to stay,” Carter told Great Northwest Wine. “We’ve seen an amazing transformation of it in the past 10 to 15 years, and personally, I think it’s a delightful wine. I drink a fair amount of it.”

The June 22 judging marked the second straight year that a rosé featuring the Italian grape Sangiovese won not only best of class but also best of show at the Washington State Wine Competition. The 35th year of the statewide contest was staged in Grandview on the campus of Yakima Valley College, and the event serves as a scholarship fundraiser for the school’s viticulture and enology program — Yakima Valley Vintners.

Until last year, the competition’s home was in Yakima and owned by the Central Washington State Fair, which discontinued it after 2014. Two years later, Great Northwest Wine entered into an agreement with fair officials to take over the storied judging.>>>Read the entire article on Great Northwest Wine