Food & Drink

Great Northwest Wine: Walla Walla offerings continue to dominate

Since the 1970s, the Walla Walla Valley has been well known for producing some of the Northwest’s finest red wines. Little has changed.

The valley’s earliest wineries set the standard for high-quality wines — particularly reds — and that continues today.

In the third annual Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, a cabernet sauvignon from Walla Walla Vintners took the top prize with its 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. Walla Walla Vintners is one of the region’s oldest wineries, dating to the mid-1990s.

Meanwhile, one of the Walla Walla Valley’s newest producers, Palencia Winery, showed it can keep up with longtime vintners. Owner/winemaker Victor Palencia earned seven gold medals, including the best white wine with his 2014 sauvignon blanc.

Here are reviews of a few of the top wines: