Judges at the 2002 Central Washington State Fair in Yakima have once again awarded several medals to Wind River Cellars.
After receiving a "Best of Class" award at last year's event, Wind River Cellars followed up with two bronze medals and one silver medal at this year's fair. Once again Underwood's Celilo Vineyard played a major part in the awards.
Wind River's 2000 Celilo Vineyard Lemberger received the silver medal while the 2000 Celilo Vineyard Pinot Noir and 2000 Port of Celilo each received bronze medals.
"What made these awards even sweeter this year was the fact that most of the judges were other winemakers from Washington" said Wind River Cellars winemaker, Joel Goodwillie. "I think it's excellent exposure for the high quality vineyards here in the Gorge. I want those other winemakers to want grapes grown in our area."
Celilo Vineyard manager, Rick Ensminger was also pleased about the exposure. "Although we have been growing grapes in this region for 25 years, it's still a relatively unknown grape growing region," said Ensminger, "All of our local wineries have done an amazing job at letting the world know about the quality fruit that can be grown here. I'm proud to be a part of it."