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Columbia Crest Winery gets top honor

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - One of the most influential wine publications in the world has named their top 100 wines for 2009 and one of them is from a local winery. Wine Spectator magazine came out with their top 100 wines for 2009 and the number one spot goes to a wine from Columbia Crest Winery, it's the 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

This is the first wine produced in Washington state to fill the top spot. The staff tasted over 17,000 wines from around the world and narrowed it down to the top 100. From there wine critics picked their top ten.

President/CEO of Columbia Crest, Ted Baseler, says this is an historic moment for all wineries in Washington. "While this is wonderful acknowledgement for Columbia Crest Winery and we're extremely thrilled it's also a terrific testimony to the quality of wines made in Washington state. This will help put Washington wine on the map," said Baseler.

This is the 22nd year Wine Spectators have named their top 100 wines.