Tsillan Cellars Brings Home Nine Double Gold, Four Gold and Three Silver Medals
Information submitted by Seattle Wine Awards
Tsillan Cellars owner, Dr. Bob Jankelson, describes great wine as a gift of geography, soil and sun playing a symphony in the vineyard. With 15 years of experience managing Tsillan Cellars’ award-winning estate vineyards Bal Flores combined with veteran winemaker Ray Sandidge to bring unprecedented honors to the Chelan Valley on the tenth anniversary of being recognized as an American Viticulture Area (AVA).
Working with Tsillan Cellars estate grown fruit, Sandidge produced nine Double Gold Medals, four Gold Medals and three silver medals for Tsillan Cellars in the 2019 Seattle Wine Awards. Double Gold is awarded only when all five judges deem that wine worthy of a Gold medal.
In addition, Tsillan Cellars 2009 Estate Bellissima Rosa, 2009 Estate Reserve Syrah and 2009 Estate Sinistra were awarded Diamond of the Decade Award as outstanding ten year old wines from the 2009 vintage. This is a testament not only to the world class quality of Lake Chelan grapes but to the classic ability of the wines to age well.
Tsillan Cellars was an early pioneer of Lake Chelan viticulture. It is the largest and most awarded estate winery in the Lake Chelan AVA, having been awarded several hundred Gold and Double Gold medals in regional, national and international wine competitions.
Tsillan Cellars received recent recognition by Wine Press Northwest Magazine as the eighth most awarded Washington winery in the “Best of the Best” Platinum Wine Competition the past ten years.
With more than 950 wineries in Washington State it is obvious that Tsillan Cellars and Lake Chelan grape growing can compete with the very best in the Northwest.