April 18, 2016 – Two Bacchus Wineries Participated -“Scenes from Northwest Wine Encounter”

Scenes from Northwest Wine Encounter

By on April 18, 2016
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Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery

During a discussion and tasting of Red Mountain wines, Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery makes a point while Chris Upchurch of DeLille Cellars, left, and Darel Allwine of Col Solare listen. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

BLAINE, Wash. – More than 60 wine lovers gathered at Semiahmoo Resort for the inauguralNorthwest Wine Encounter, an event that celebrates the beauty and diversity of Pacific Northwest wines.

Winemakers and grape growers from Washington and Oregon took part in the event. They were:

  • Bob Betz, founder and winemaker for Betz Family Winery in Woodinville, Wash.
  • Chris Upchurch, co-founder and winemaker for DeLille Cellars in Woodinville, Wash.
  • Joe Dobbes, owner and winemaker for Dobbes Family Estate in Dundee, Ore.
  • Darel Allwine, winemaker for Col Solare on Washington’s Red Mountain.
  • Dick Boushey, owner of Boushey Vineyards in the Yakima Valley town of Grandview.

Patrons and wine professionals tasted through wines of Washington and Oregon for three days at the stunning Semiahmoo Resort near the Canadian border just south of Vancouver, British Columbia. They were treated to Northwest Wine Encounter Winemakersa delicious five-course gala dinner Saturday evening.

Here are a few photos from the inaugural Northwest Wine Encounter.


About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of “The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer’s Handbook” (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .