AWW Announces Second Season Of Virtual Tastings

Last week, the Auction of Washington Wines announced a second season of Virtual Wine Tastings. The four session, hosted by renowned wine expert, and AWW 2020-2021 Honorary Chair, Karen MacNeil, kicks off Wednesday June 30th. During each session, MacNeil will be joined by winemakers and vintners in the Washington wine industry to discuss what makes the industry in the Evergreen state tick. In […]

AWW To Hold Private Barrel Auction On-Line Tuesday

Because of the pandemic, the Auction of Washington Wines was unable to hold their Private Barrel Auction back in August. To make up for lost time, AWW is holding a virtual auction Tuesday afternoon. Much like past years, the event will showcase some of the best wines Washington has to offer, going to restaurants, big […]

Washington Wine Industry Looks To Promote Diversity

Three of the biggest players in the Washington wine industry, Woodinville Wine Country, Chateau Ste. Michelle, and DeLille Cellars, are working together in an effort to recruit students from diverse backgrounds for Washington State University’s wine science program. Lauren Paterson, said the Woodinville Wine Country Diversity Scholarship Fund was prompted by the racial justice protests that […]

Washington Winegrowers Announces 2021 Board, Officers

During a virtual annual meeting the Washington Winegrowers Association reelected three incumbents to serve on the Board of Directors. The trio were elected to serve three year terms. Those Board Members reelected were: •            Becca De Kleine (Four Feathers Wine Estates, Prosser) •            Scott Williams (Kiona Vineyards & Winery, Benton City) •            Shane Collins (Rocky Pond Winery, Chelan) […]

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 […]