Maryhill Winery gets Forbes article, top honors in international contest



TOP TRIO: Maryhill Winery took major awards from a field of more than 4,500 wines from around the world at the 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition.

After judging more than 4,500 wines from 1,400 wineries, 26 states and 31 countries, the 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition awarded Maryhill Winery its top honor as "Winery of the Year."

In addition to the overall honor, Maryhill won 30 awards at this year's competition, including four gold, 11 bronze, and 10 silver as well as three double gold and two "Best of Show" honors. The double golds were:

• Best Mourvedre (97 pts): 2011 Mourvedre, Sugarloaf Vineyards, Rattlesnake Hills

• Best Grenache (95 pts): 2011 Grenache, Proprietor's Reserve, Columbia Valley

• Double Gold (95 pts): 2011 Syrah, Classic, Columbia Valley

Now in its 34th year, the San Francisco International Wine Competition is considered by many to be the largest and most-respected international competition in the United States. Each year a panel of nearly 60 prestigious judges, including journalists and industry professionals from around the world, participate in a blind tasting.

"It's been a thrilling year so far for Maryhill," said Craig Leuthold, co-owner of Maryhill Winery. "We've had big wins at the Seattle Wine Awards, Northwest Wine Summit and Riverside International, but winning Winery of the Year at a competition of this scale is an incredible achievement for our entire team and Washington wines as a whole."

Along with other Best of Show, Top Awards and Double Gold medal winners, Maryhill will participate in select stops in the 11-city Double Gold Tour for trade and media sponsored by The Tasting Panel magazine and produced by Blue Lifestyle. A full list of the tour stops and dates is available at www. sfwinecomp. com.

"I have the privilege of working with the best cellar crew, growers and grapes in the industry, and Maryhill winning this honor is proof of that," said Richard Batchelor, winemaker at Maryhill. "We've known for a long time that the diversity and quality of Washington grapes are unmatched and, as we continue to release award-winning wines like the Mourvedre, Grenache and our Vineyard Series, more people are recognizing and seeking out Maryhill wines."

As if that visibility weren't enough, Maryhill was also the subject of a lengthy highlight article June 20 in Forbes, written by contributor Katie Kelly Bell. Bell's article, entitled "Washington's Maryhill Winery showcases the state's wine riches," puts the winery in a new niche of renown, appealing to business and finance moguls worldwide. It features an interview with the Leutholds commenting on their success and wines. The entire article can be read online at: sites/katiebell/2014/06/20/washingtons-maryhill-winery-showcases-the-states-wine-riches.


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