Power To The People: Washington Wine Awards Voting Still Open


While formal application-based and panel-based nominations are closed for the 2015 Washington State Wine Awards, voting for the event's People's Choice award is still open. The awards ceremony, which are scheduled to take place on January 26, 2015, at Seattle's Benaroya Hall. 
The People's Choice Awards include five separate categories of recognition: Walter Clore Honorarium Award, Retail Steward/Salesperson of the Year, Tourism Concierge of the Year, Distributor of the Year and Distributor Salesperson of the Year.
The Walter Clore Honorarium Award, according to the awards ceremony's website, is given to “an individual who has demonstrated a lifetime dedication to the advancement of the Washington State wine industry.”
Past winners of this award have included Betz Family Winery's Bob Betz (2014),  Compass Wines' Doug Charles (2013), Anthony's Restaurants' Budd Gould (2012) and Ray's Boathouse's Mo Shaw (2011).
This year's awards ceremony will feature 15 winners from the following categories: restaurants, sommeliers, retailers, lifetime contribution, industry-related events/promotions, hotel/tourism and distribution.
According to the website, each category's entrants must meet certain criteria overseen by a  panel of judges which will include a variety of industry professionals and leaders.
“A judging panel comprised of growers, wine producers, and influential members of the Washington State wine industry subsequently evaluates these individuals, restaurants, and organizations on a variety of criteria to determine award winners,” the event's website says.
The Sommelier of the Year Award, for example, includes four guidelines for judging.
The winner, according to Washington State Wine, “demonstrates dedication to the advancement of the Washington wine industry, shows continual dedication in the advancement of knowledge of the Washington wine industry, promotes Washington wine through innovative wine lists and glass pour programs,” and, “produced events that bring winemakers, wineries and the community together.”
Registration for  the event is still open for those who work in the wine industry. The event will be four hours long (3 p.m.-7 p.m.). The awards ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. A tasting will encompass most of the event, says the wine awards' registration page.
Winners of the awards will receive a series of promotions in several local and national publications in which Washington State Wines will advertise the results of the contest. Winners also will receive a goblet specially designed for the 2015 ceremony.
For more information, go to the 2015 Washington State Wine Awards' website.

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