Tri-Cities Wine Festival

Tri-Cities Wine Festival

Tri-Cities Wine Festival. I'm Greg Martin with today's Fruit Grower Report.

This years Tri-Cities Wine Festival culminates this Saturday evening at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. Ted Davis, President, Tri-Cities Wine Society talks about how the festival progresses.

DAVIS: Last week, we had a panel of judges from around the country, they evaluated wines from about 78 wineries. Total wines was like 438 or something like that. They do a blind tasting and make decisions whether the wine would be a gold, silver, bronze or not meritorious of any award.

The judges also do a best of varietal, best of class and best of show. These wines are then featured during this Saturday's festival event.

DAVIS: This Saturday, we have a public tasting. The way that works is it's sort of a package deal. When the wineries submit their wines to be evaluated by the judging panel, they also commit that they will show their wines to the public on Saturday at the convention center.

Davis says this is the longest, continuous judged wine competition in the Pacific Northwest which began in 1979.

DAVIS: Most of the wines are from the Washington area. We used to have a number of wines coming out of British Columbia. We do get some from Idaho and occasionally from Montana and occasionally a few from Oregon.

For more details on the festival visit their website,

That's today's Fruit Grower Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.

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