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Brian Carter Cellars Honored as 2015 Washington Winery of the Year

Wine Press Northwest Raises a Glass to Craftsman of "…some of Washington's most graceful and energetic wines."
March 23, 2015

Woodinville Washington --- There is no greater honor than receiving an accolade from the discerning media, and Brian Carter has just received a landmark one. Wine Press Northwest, the quarterly magazine focused on the wines of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, has just announced the selection of Brian Carter Cellars as 2015 Washington Winery of the Year. This highly regarded award is based on a set of criteria including longevity, quality, reputation, industry involvement, facilities and other considerations. A winery may win the award only once. The judging is conducted by Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman, editors and publishers of Great Northwest Wine (Andy is also wine columnist for The Seattle Times) along with Gregg McConnell, publisher and editor of Wine Press Northwest.

Led by industry pioneers and innovators Brian Carter and Mike Stevens, the win comes on the cusp of the 10th anniversary of Brian Carter Cellars “little yellow tasting room”. Opened in 2006, it is now a major draw for millennials to boomers in Woodinville wine country, where dedicated and knowledgeable members of the winery team pour award winning wines and hold highly popular special events for wine club members.

Twice touted as “Winemaker of the Year” by Washington Magazine and the only three-time recipient of the Pacific Northwest Enological Society’s Grand Prize, Brian Carter has also been the Honored Vintner at the Auction of Washington Wines, and won the Industry Service Award from the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers. Educator and mentor, Brian chairs the Wine Advisory Committee that makes recommendations on how state funds are spent on wine and grape research at Washington State University. With nearly 30 vintages of experience under his belt, Brian can often be found roaming the vineyards of Washington State's top growers.

The article announcing the winner of the 2015 Washington Winery of the Year appears in the just released spring issue of Washington Wine Press magazine or can be found online at For more information about Brian Carter Cellars go to

About Winemaker Brian Carter 

If there is a constant star in the world of Washington wines, that star is Brian Carter. This year marks Brian’s 35th vintage in Washington State. Since his arrival on the Washington State wine scene in 1980 when there were just 16 wineries, Brian has continued to influence the industry, which now boasts more than 800 wineries and is growing weekly. His involvement as winemaker, consultant, and guide to dozens of wineries and vineyards has helped elevate the Washington wine industry from a regional industry to an international powerhouse.

About Brian Carter Cellars 

Brian Carter Cellars was the first winery in Washington State to focus exclusively on offering a unique collection of hand-crafted European-style blended wines. Balanced and well-rounded, each wine showcases Brian’s personal passion for making exemplary blends from Washington State’s unique terroir. Over the years, the winery and the wines have consistently won critical acclaim from local press like the Seattle Times, as well as national recognition from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, and Paul Gregutt with the Wine Enthusiast. In 2014, Brian Carter Cellars’ wines garnered top honors with three Washington State “Best in Show” awards.

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