Hear what people have to say about winning a Washington State Wine Award

“As a restaurant that prides itself on featuring innovative wine and food pairings to our guests, we are so honored to have received “Restaurant of the Year,” at the Washington State Wine Awards. After receiving this award, we have seen an increase in guests from the coast that are very familiar with this distinguished award program.  We have the award displayed at our hotel front desk, and have many guests inquire about the award – which is wonderful that we have an opportunity to educate new and returning guests about the wine program as well as share our brand of exceptional guest experiences with new guests.”

Dan McCaffrey
The Marc Restaurant at the Marcus Whitman Hotel
2014 Restaurant of the Year

“Being named Independent Restaurant of the Year has been such a tremendous honor for us.  Russell has long been a huge champion of Washington wine, so to be recognized by the wine commission truly meant a great deal to him and our team. Our customers are so thrilled for us, as their support is helping to build our name and brand from our tucked-away barn on the edge of Woodinville/Bothell. We have been proudly displaying the award on all our advertising to show our support for Washington’s great wine. We continue to work closely with our winery partners to bring even more great food and wine experiences to the area. We are fortunate to have our Loft event space to host fun and unique offerings for our guests.”

Russell Lowell Restaurants & Catering
2014 Independent Restaurant of the Year

“It is an honor and privilege to have received the Restaurant Group of the Year twice in the past four years. Being chosen by a panel of 100 Washington Wine industry leaders for the quality and advocacy of our wine program encourages us to keep up the hard work and effort and continue to support and showcase what Washington has to offer. We are appreciative of the local and national press we have received from this award with the added business and exposure in several different food and wine magazines.”

Schwartz Brothers Restaurants
2014 Restaurant Group of the Year
2010 Restaurant Group of the Year

“I was thrilled that the Commission chose to recognize retailers for our work supporting Washington wine, and furthermore that they were willing to select a non-traditional retailer like Full Pull for recognition. The award has had a few different benefits for us. First of all, the publicity in so many national magazines has led to growth in our mailing list, as well as greater industry-wide recognition of what Full Pull is doing. It has led to more wineries and importer/distributors seeking us out, and it has led to invitations to judging panels, trade visits to other regions, and tastings of all kind.
But perhaps most importantly, it has solidified our relationship with our customers. Knowing that they’re purchasing wine from the Indy Retailer of the Year has only made our customers feel more in-the-know and more committed to a long-term relationship with Full Pull.”

Paul Zitarelli
Full Pull Wines
2014 Retailer of the Year

“Being named the Wine Commission’s “Tourism Champion of the Year” is a wonderful tribute to our organization as it is regarded as one of the highest honors for the state’s wine tourism and hospitality industry. We are equally delighted with the increased visibility of the Tri-Cities area will receive as a premiere wine destination as a result of the award.”

Kris Watkins, President &CEO
Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau
2014 Tourism Champion of the Year

“I was surprised and honored to receive the Tourism Concierge of the Year for 2014. To be recognized for my contributions to Washington wine tourism is humbling and a highlight of my career in tourism. It’s a shared recognition of our staff and the wine industry throughout the Yakima Valley for all they do to promote Washington wine.”

John Cooper
Yakima Valley Tourism
2014 Tourism Concierge of the Year

“The fantastic exposure to local and national wine consumers after being recognized by the ‘Washington State Wine Awards’ has been a really great opportunity for our business. We not only are seeing eager, new customers, but also our existing cliental has an added feeling of being involved and associated with a ‘winner’ and as a result they are passing on the word about us to their friends and families, gaining us even more recognition, and as a result, more business.”
Doug Charles
Compass Wine
2013 Walter Clore Honorarium Awardee
2013 Grand Award Winner

“As a hotel that centers its theme around Washington wine, winning this award was an incredible honor. We love telling our guests the Washington State Wine Commission named us Hotel of the Year.  It’s a great way to showcase our story and our celebration of Washington wine.
Hotel Vintage Park
2013 Hotel of the Year

“Everyone at Urbane was extremely excited to see that we were nominated for one of the Washington Wine Awards. Our mission for the Wine Challenge has always been to help show our guests why they should take Washington wines seriously. After receiving the Washington Wine Award, we immediately saw a jump in attendance. The press we received was fantastic, which allowed us to drive more attention for our newer Urbane Market concept, as well as for the Urbane Restaurant. We are looking forward to applying for future awards and supporting our local wine community.”
2013 Best Event featuring Washington State Wine

"I would like to say that being awarded the Washington State Wine Commission's Restaurant of The Year and Sommelier of The Year in consecutive years has been a huge boost to The Met's reputation as one of the best places on the planet to taste and learn about Washington Wines.The exposure in Sunset Magazine and The Wine Spectator has guests from around the nation seeking us out to enjoy our great steaks and selection of nearly 400 Washington Wines. It is truly a distinguished Awards Program, and a great honor to have been chosen."

Thomas Price
Metropolitan Grill
2013 Sommelier of the Year
2012 Restaurant of the Year