About the Awards

The Washington State Wine Awards (formerly known as Washington Wine Restaurant Awards), established in 2002, recognizes industry leaders that exhibit strong support of Washington wines and high professional standards in wine service.

The Washington State Restaurant, Retailer and Tourism Champions of the Year are the most prestigious awards, while the Washington State Wine Grand Award seeks to commend those individuals and organizations that designate menu and wine list space for Washington wines and provide continual promotion, sales and education of Washington wines. Other awards honor special categories such as Sommelier of the Year, Best Wine Event featuring Washington Wine, and the Walter Clore Honorarium which is given to an individual who has demonstrated dedication to the advancement of the Washington wine industry.

Winners are chosen for their impressive menus, innovative educational programs and marketing efforts, and commitment to excellent service. The nominees and winners of the Washington State Wine Awards perform a vital role in shaping Washington State as both a favored home and destination for those who enjoy outstanding wines. These exemplary businesses and individuals help us spread the word that Washington State has a reputation for premium wines with superior quality across a range of varietals and distinctive character exhibiting a unique balance of the Old World and New World. Judges evaluate restaurants, individuals and organizations on a variety of criteria, including wine list, service and staffing, promotions and overall wine philosophy.

Judging Criteria: Click here to see the judging criteria used to determine award winners.