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Lowden's L'Ecole No 41 wasn't the only Walla Walla Valley winery to impress the judges at Wine & Spirits Magazine.

Saviah Cellars and Tamarack Cellars also received "Winery of the Year" honors from the publication and were featured, along with L'Ecole, in the magazine's Oct. 13 issue.

Each year, Wine & Spirits recognizes 100 wineries in a compilation of top wineries of the year. The selection is made based on blind tastings. Honorees are chosen from best overall performances in the tastings throughout the year. For 2009, only 35 American wines made the list. Five of those were from Washington, three of which were from Walla Walla.

Due to an editor's error in Wednesday's column about L'Ecole making the cut, the headline said the winery was the judges' No. 1 pick. The wineries are not ranked. L'Ecole was, however, listed in the magazine's Hall of Fame, recognition for making Winery of the Year eight consecutive times.

Representatives from each of the three wineries attended Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting in San Francisco on Oct. 14. The wineries poured two of their highest rated wines at the sold-out event.

Tamarack Cellars, 700 C St., was founded in 1998 by Ron and Jamie Coleman. Ron Coleman serves as winemaker and general manager. Saviah Cellars, 1979 JB George Road, is owned by Rich and Anita Funk. Rich Funk is winemaker for the operation.

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