What makes a legend?
They could be: winemaker, winery owner, winery staff, vineyard developer, grower, researcher, scientist, educator, mentor, philanthropist, journalist, supplier, or retailer.
They must be a Washington resident for more than 25 years and involved in the wine industry for at least 25 years. Candidates may be working or retired.
They might have impacted or made contributions to the community and/ or the wine industry and likely made historical and lasting significance for future generations.
A selection committee considers the nominee’s impact on the wine industry, contributions to the community, and their historical and lasting significance for future generations. The selection committee includes a representative from each of the state’s viticultural regions who independently review and rate nominees.
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2015 Legend Nominations are now open. Nominations will be accepted until 5pm on December 22, 2014. The inductee will be chosen by January 9, 2015.
A commissioned bronze piece will remain on display at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center to memorialize each inductee.
The Legends Gala will be hosted on August 7, 2015 at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center honoring the inductees.
(Individuals nominated in 2014 are not eligible again until 2016)