Prestigious Award Given to Local Vintner, Chris Gorman

  • Written by David B. Clark

Back in March, two winemakers were awarded a prestigious award from the nonprofit, Auction Washington Wines, which has been operating for over three decades. The awards were handed out to one vintner and one grower:       Chris Gorman of Gorman Winery and Scott Williams of Kiona Vineyards, respectively. “We’re thrilled to recognize Chris and Scott,” said AWW Board Director Ted Baseler, “because for years, they’ve worked tirelessly to lift up the Washington wine community. Chris’ commitment to producing high-quality, award-winning wines – as well as Scott’s contribution to some of the most lauded wineries on the West Coast—made our decision to honor them this year an easy one.”

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The award itself specifies that, “The individuals were selected because they exemplify leadership in the industry and have made significant contributions to the Washington wine community. These honorary positions are peer-nominated and reserved for leaders who deeply invest in and positively impact the Washington state wine community.”

A peer-nomination comes with a heavy weight and growing importance for an industry that is so centralized and dedicated to making Washington a more premier destination for those interested in wine. While Woodinville’s tourism scene has been blessed with the array of winemakers, spirit distillers, and brewers, it comes with a weighted significance that Chris Gorman would be selected by such an astute operation. Gorman Winery boasts two separate tasting rooms in Woodinville located at 14505 148th Ave NE and 9501 144th Ave NE #C500 Woodinville, WA.

Gorman graduated from Western Washington University in 1991. He began his career by representing some of the wines all over the world. He has traveled extensively in the wine areas of Italy, Spain and Germany. His early winemaking years made it so he produced small-batch wines, using a variety of fruit from many of Washington’s best vineyards. In 2002, Gorman elevated his years of experience in the global wine industry to launch his own premium Washington winery which is now the prestigious Gorman Winery. He’s even used fruit from Kiona Vineyards, his co-nominee. For nearly a decade, he was the only employee, focusing on Red Mountain Cabernet and Syrah. Now, he retains his original focus on high-quality fruit and oak in small production. Wine Spectator has named him one of ten rising stars in American winemaking in 2008. In 2017, the 2014 vintage of Zachary’s Ladder was included on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list, and his wines regularly fetch 90+ scores today.

Auction of Washington Wines was formed in 1988. Now, AWW has raised more than $46 million, benefitting Seattle Children’s Hospital and Washington State University Wine Science Research. Events hosted by AWW give wine lovers the chance to support the Washington wine industry and families in our communities around the region. The 2019 Auction of Washington Wines Events will take place August 15 through 17. For more information, go to

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