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Whidbey's Blooms Winery wins ‘Double Gold’ in California competition

Tasting wine above are, from the left, Karen Carbone, Virginia Bloom, Claudia Cox, Jim Cox and Jim Carbone. Ken Bloom is taking the photo, so the winemaker is not in it. This is where they came up with the blend that won the Double Gold, hence the multiple glasses in front of each.  - Courtesy photo
Tasting wine above are, from the left, Karen Carbone, Virginia Bloom, Claudia Cox, Jim Cox and Jim Carbone. Ken Bloom is taking the photo, so the winemaker is not in it. This is where they came up with the blend that won the Double Gold, hence the multiple glasses in front of each.
— image credit: Courtesy photo

Blooms Winery of Whidbey Island continues to bring in the awards.

At the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in January, the three wine entries sent in by Blooms were all awarded medals, including the prestigious Double Gold for their Washington Red Blend Poetry, and silver medals for the 2007 Bloom Vineyards Cabernet and the 2009 Calla, their white Bordeaux style blend.

More than 5,000 wines are entered from 23 states in what is the largest wine competition in the country.

Ken and Virginia Bloom of Freeland began making wine in 1998, and as amateur wine makers won first and second place at the Western Washington State Fair in Monroe; Best of Show at Island County Fair; first and second place and also The Best of Show for non-grape wine (Ambrosia) at The Puyallup Fair.

The Blooms’ winery became licensed in 2003, and immediately began winning awards such as two silver medals and a bronze medal at the Mendocino County Wine Competition; two bronze medals from Northwest Wine Summit 2008; a silver and a bronze from the 2010 Seattle Wine Awards; and the most recent Double Gold and two silvers from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2011.

Their 2004 Bloom Vineyards was chosen by wine writer Gene Stein as the best Cabernet at the 2006 Taste Washington wine event; and was written up as the best Cabernet on Whidbey by Seattle Times Wine Writer Tan Vinh in 2008

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