Willows Lodge, a Northwest-style retreat in Woodinville Wine Country, and its restaurant Barking Frog announce the third annual Golden Grapes Awards Ceremony & Tasting on Sunday, March 3rd at 3 p.m. The event will celebrate the “best of the best” wines made in Woodinville Wine Country determined by the winemakers themselves.
The Golden Grapes Awards will be hosted by Barking Frog Wine Director Matt Davis, who invited more than 50 Woodinville wineries to compete this year. Private tastings/judging by participating winemakers are taking place over the course of February. All GGA entries are being reviewed in a side-by-side, blind tasting by category. The goal is to find the best wines made in Woodinville in the following seven categories:
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Bordeaux Style Blends
- Rhone Style Red Varieties
On Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. the general public is invited to join the Woodinville winemakers for a special awards presentation and wine tasting event in the Sammamish Ballroom at Willows Lodge. They will have the chance to taste many of the outstanding wines made in Woodinville Wine Country, as well as to meet and mingle with the winemakers themselves.
This is a 21+ event. Tickets to the Golden Grape Awards Ceremony & Tasting are $15 for 15 tastes, if purchased in advance, or $25 at the door. Tickets are available via EventBrite at: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5332658124#. PLEASE NOTE: Doors will open at 2 p.m. for members of the hospitality industry – valid proof of industry status required for entry.
About Willows Lodge
Willows Lodge, a Northwest style lodge located in Woodinville Wine Country just outside of Seattle, features 84 luxury guestrooms, a full-service spa and high-tech equipped meeting space. Executive Chef Bobby Moore’s American regional cuisine at Barking Frog reflects the seasonal and organic produce found in Puget Sound, and is artfully paired with an extensive list of Washington wines. Willows Lodge also boasts Fireside Cellars, offering a casual and sophisticated atmosphere tucked away in the lobby with an outdoor patio overlooking the expansive surrounding landscape. www.willowslodge.com.
About Benchmark Hospitality International
Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels. The independent company, launched in 1980, is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations. Benchmark’s international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston. Benchmark Hospitality is also a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers. The company’s eastern regional office is in New Jersey, western regional office is in Washington, with international offices in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark’s properties and additional information, visit www.benchmarkhospitality.com.