A Grand Award was given to Seattle Uncorked, for the event, “Belltown Crush”, an exclusive event showcasing the Cascade Valley Wine Country region and wineries of Lake Chelan, Leavenworth and Wenatchee.The Washington State Wine Awards, presented by the Washington Wine Commission, honors exemplary individuals and businesses that champion Washington State wines and the local wine industry, took place January 26th at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. Seattle Uncorked, organizers and promoters of the Cascade Valley Wine Country (CVWC) event “Belltown Crush”, received a Grand Award for the category, Best Wine Event Pouring Washington State Wine. Cascade Valley Wine Country’s director, Susan Trimpe worked closely with David LeClaire and Melinda Wells of Seattle Uncorked to coordinate the exclusive Cascade Valley Wine Country event.This was the first year for the block party styled event, which took place September 28th, in Seattle’s Belltown on Bell St. between 2nd and 3rd. It featured Cascade Valley Wine Country as the exclusive wine region with 15 wineries from Lake Chelan, Leavenworth and Wenatchee areas pouring their premier wines. The successful event also featured three local bands, food by “Where Ya at Matt”, and a grape stomping competition featuring Miss Seattle and her entourage.CVWC chose to participate in this event because it showcased our regional wineries to wine enthusiasts in Seattle.The following wineries participated:Baroness Cellars Legend CellarsBoudreaux Cellars One WinesChateau Faire Le Pont Plain CellarsFielding Hills Silvara VineyardsGoose Ridge Winery – Leavenworth Stemilt Creek WineryHard Row to Hoe Swakane WineryIcicle Ridge Winery WineGirl WinesJones of Washington

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