Washington Wine Commission honors industry luminaries

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The Washington Wine Commission raised a glass Monday to The Marc and the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center.

The hotel and its restaurant were recognized with “Grand Awards” for their exhaustive wine selections and efforts to highlight wine in their establishments.

The local businesses were the only ones to make the lists of Grand Awards and Awards of Distinction honorees.

Their inclusion was announced Monday, as was the list of 14 businesses and individuals singled out as champions in their industries.

A special Washington State Wine Awards ceremony took place at McCaw Hall to celebrate retailers, tourism professionals, distributors and restaurants.

Master sommelier Shayn Bjornholm emceed the event, which also offered attendees a taste from a selection from 60 vintners.

The event’s winners were: Doug Charles, Walter Clore Honorarium; Restaurant of the Year: Visconti’s of Wenatchee; Sommelier of the Year: Thomas Price of Metropolitan Grill in Seattle; Best Event Featuring Washington Wine: Urbane in Seattle; Independent Restaurant of the Year: Copperleaf Restaurant at Cedarbrook Lodge in SeaTac; Best Restaurant Group: Mackay; Tourism Champion of the Year: Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau; Tourism Concierge of the Year: Anne Peavey of Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau; Hotel of the Year: Hotel Vintage Park in Seattle; Retailer of the Year: Metropolitan Market in Seattle and Kirkland; Retailer Group of the Year: Yoke’s Fresh Markets of Eastern Washington; Independent Retailer of the Year: Wine World and Spirits of Seattle; Retail Steward of the Year: Doug King of Metropolitan Market; Distributor of the Year: Young’s Market Company; and Distributor Salesperson of the Year: Kris Patten of Young’s Market Company.

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