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Published: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 11:46 a.m.

Snohomish winemaker nominated for James Beard Award

  • Alex Golitzin

    Courtesy of Quilceda Creek Vitners

    Alex Golitzin

Alex Golitzin, the president and founder of Quilceda Creek Vintners in Snohomish was nominated today for a James Beard Foundation award in the "outstanding wine and spirits professional" category.

The James Beard awards are the Oscars of the culinary world.

It's the second year in a row that Golitzin's name has made the short list, said Katie Sims, a spokeswoman for the winery.

"It's a tremendous honor not only for the Golitzin's but also for the state of Washington," Sims said. "They're honored to be on the short list."

Golitzin was having eye surgery today and was not available for comment.
Quilceda Creek was established in 1978 and was among the first wineries in the state. They are widely known for their cabernet sauvignon, made in Snohomish from grapes grown in the Columbia Valley in Eastern Washington.

Golitzin was the first winemaker in the state to achieve a perfect 100 in Wine Advocate, an achievement he's been able to repeat multiple times.

Quilceda Creek cabernet sauvignon was served at the White House last month during a state dinner when President Obama hosted Chinese President Hu Jintao.

The James Beard Awards will be announced on May 9 in New York.

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