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Tuesday, August 20, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Barrister wins red wine of the year

Barrister Winery won red wine of the year for its 2013 petit verdot at the recent Indy International Wine Competition, the largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition in the U.S.

Barrister’s petit verdot – as well as merlot from Cougar Crest Estate Winery – also won best of class wine awards at the event.

And those weren’t the only awards local wineries took home.

Barrister also won double gold for its petit verdot, gold for its popular Rough Justice red blend; silver for its cabernet franc, malbec, merlot, sangiovese, camenere, cabernet sauvignon and Churchill’s Private Reserve cabernet sauvignon; and bronze for its sauvignon blanc.

Cougar Crest won double gold for its merlot; gold for its syrah, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon; and silver for two red blends.

Nodland Cellars won silver for its cabernet sauvignon and camenere as well as bronze for its merlot and cabernet sauvignon.

Barrister is located in downtown Spokane, where it has two tasting rooms and a production facility. Cougar Crest is based in Walla Walla and has a tasting room in downtown Spokane. Nodland Cellars is a members-only winery in Spokane Valley.

Nearly 3,000 wines from 15 countries and 40 U.S. states were evaluated by more than 50 judges at the competition, held at Purdue University.

For a complete list of results, visit

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