Wine Commission: Washington’s Harvest Smaller In 2020 But Quality Was High

According to the Washington state Wine Commission, the wine grape harvest was slightly smaller last year, but the quality was still high. The Commission’s annual Grape Production Report, compiled with information provided by all Washington State wineries, showed 178,500 tons of wine grapes were harvested in 2020, an 11% decrease compared to 2019. “The smaller […]

Newhouse Introduces Legislation To Help Craft Industry

Late last week Representative Dan Newhouse joined his colleagues to introduce the Fairness for Craft Beverage Producers Act. Newhouse said the bill would allow craft breweries, wineries, distilleries, and other small beverage producers that depend on in-person sales in their taprooms and tasting rooms to be eligible for a larger loan amount in the Second Draw […]

WWVWA Announces New Logo, Name

On Tuesday, the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance unveiled an updated brand and a new name. Organization officials say the new logo highlights the region’s dedication to world-class wine and “an unparalleled wine country experience”. And the WWVWA announced the transition to Walla Walla Valley Wine.  “This year, our organization celebrates its twentieth year of […]

WWI Offering A Host Of Scholarships

The Washington Wine Industry Foundation announced this week that more than $30,000 in scholarships will be available for students studying viticulture, enology, or any related disciplines. The application deadline is May 31st, 2021. This year’s scholarships include: Foundation Fund Scholarship These scholarships range from $2,000 to $10,000 with the number determined annually based on merit and […]

Royal Slope Designated AVA

Washington now has a 15th American Viticultural Area. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau made it official Wednesday, designating the Royal Slope area as a designated wine grape-growing region. To qualify as an AVA, a wine grape-growing region must be distinguishable by features such as climate, soil, elevation and physical features. One month after […]

Washington Wine Launches Sommlight Series

The Washington State Wine Commission is out with a new digital conversation series that aims to disrupt the average perception of sommeliers. Hosted by Washington Wine’s Marketing Director David Flaherty, Sommlight unveils the other side of sommeliers and wine professionals, showcasing their humor, humanity and depth. “Sommeliers are so professional by nature, that it’s been fascinating to […]

Washington Wine Industry Looking To Create Specialty Plate

The Washington apple is not the only commodity trying to get on a license plate. The Washington Wine Institute, in partnership with the Washington State Wine Commission, is working in Olympia this session to create a specialty license plate.  If approved, revenue from the plate would be donated to the Washington Tourism Alliance to support […]

Wine HOF Nominations Being Accepted

The Clore Center accepting nominations for the 2020 Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame.  Established in 2004, the Legends Gala honors the legacy Dr. Clore and his impact on the Washington wine industry.  The event has been the platform to celebrate individuals who have contributed significantly to the success and longevity of Washington’s wine […]

Newhouse: Washington Wine Industry Has Really Bright Future

Last month, Washington state Liquor and Cannabis Board announced that the 1,000th winery license had been issued in the state.  Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse is the Co-Chair of the Congressional Wine Caucus, and said the industry has enjoyed incredible growth across the entire Evergreen state over the past couple of decades.  He added wine and […]