RICHLAND, Wash. -- Washington is the second largest wine producing state in the U.S.

Barnard Griffin's 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon has been awarded best Cabernet in the 2010 Washington State Wine Competition that culminated in the Sunshine & Wine Festival.

The varietal scored extremely well with Best of Show, Best Red and Best Cabernet at the 29th annual competition held this summer at State Fair Park in Yakima:

 Washington State Wine Competition:

Barnard Griffin 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon:

 Stan Clarke Award - Best Cabernet Sauvignon

 Governor's Trophy - Best Red

Best of Show

This is the second year in a row that Barnard Griffin's Cabernet Sauvignon has won Best of Show in this competition. These awards come on the heels of Barnard Griffin's stunning win for the fifth year in a row of Gold or better for its Rose of Sangiovese at the 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

 Thus far in 2010, Barnard Griffin has received major recognition for many of its wines, demonstrating continuing leadership in Washington state-produced wines. Winemaker Rob Griffin says, "It is exciting to make small batch artisan wines that are generating such recognition, proving once again Washington State is one of the great wine-producing regions in the world."

 Rob Griffin, the elder statesman of Washington Winemaking, has been named this year's Honorary Vintner for the prestigious Auction of Washington Wines charity event to be held this August. Rob Griffin has been making wine on a continuing basis longer than any other state of Washington winemaker; a true Washington Wine Pioneer.

 According to the Washington Wine Commission, the number of high-quality wines produced in Washington has been growing steadily as the state's national and international reputation as a top wine producer has grown. More than 32,000 acres of land are planted in wine grapes and the state has more than 600 licensed wineries.

 About the 2009 Washington State Wine Competition

The 29th annual competition at State Fair Park in Yakima was sponsored by the Sunshine and Wine Committee. The event helped raise funds to renovate State Fair Park's historic buildings and provide scholarships for the Yakima Valley Community College enological program.

 About Barnard Griffin

 Barnard Griffin is a family-owned winery in Richland, WA and one of the largest in the state by volume. Co-owners Rob Griffin and Deborah Barnard have been garnering international acclaim under the Barnard Griffin label since 1983, and Rob Griffin has been making exceptional wines in Washington State since 1977. Barnard Griffin produces more than 70,000 cases per year including Barbera, Cabernet-Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Ciel du Cheval Merlot, Fume Blanc, Late Harvest Muscat Canelli, Malbec, Merlot, Orange Muscat, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Rosé of Sangiovese, Semillon, Syrah, Syrah Port, Viognier, and Zinfandel.

 Barnard Griffin produces two labels; both available through retail stores, wine clubs and online wine venues. The Reserve Label wines are crafted in very limited quantities from the best vineyard lots in the region, using European, French and American oak. Barnard Griffin's signature Tulip Label wine, one of Washington State's most recognized wines, is available across the country.

 Barnard Griffin selects its grapes from throughout Washington's Columbia Valley including Wahluke Slope, Horse Heaven Hills, Red Mountain, Columbia Gorge and other AVA's. Barnard Griffin works with small family growers and favors long-term contracts with dedicated acreage for vineyard continuity and quality. The winery is a strong supporter of wine tourism (Oenotourism) in the state, and is an important stop on any tour of Washington's best wineries.

 Barnard Griffin is the only winery in the United States that contains a glass arts studio producing artisan works of fused glass. The glass artist is Deborah Barnard co-owner of the winery. Glass works are on display in the tasting room.

 The winery, tasting room and glass arts studio are located at 878 Tulip Lane in Richland, WA.

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