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Washington State has 14 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs). The largest is the Columbia Valley AVA, which contains several smaller distinct AVAs. AVAs are defined by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) based on specific geographic criteria not borders. Columbia Valley AVA, Columbia Gorge AVA and Walla Walla AVAs extend into Oregon.
The 3 Cs of Hops
- Cascade - an Aroma hops, prized for its flowery, spicy and citrus notes, particularly grapefruit.
- Centennial - Aroma Hop and also has a lot of citrus, sometimes called 'Super Cascade'.
- Columbia - Bittering hop. It has a lot of bitterness due to it's oiliness and has a resinous character.
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Every year, we recommend strategies to enjoy Taste of Washington Grand Tasting event but this time we offer tips to maximize your Washington wine tasting. Tasting wine at a large event is different from tasting wine in a winery's intimate tasting room or at a wine...read more
Don't freak out! I don't mean drink some cheap wine that someone dyed green for St Patrick's Day. Drink GREEN (Environmentally Sustainable) Washington Wine for the holiday but don't just limit it to today. Some of Washington's premium wines are grown with sustainable...read more
The King of Wine Events There are not a lot of wine events around Seattle that actually roll out the red carpet. The upscale Cabernet Classic is the exception to the rule. This 8th annual grand tasting of Washington’s Premiere Cabernets took place on Saturday, March...read more
Although Syrah is grown all over the world, that doesn't necessarily mean that all of those places make the best Syrah wine! Patrick Comiskey and Doug Frost led The World of Syrah The Kick-off with a lively discourse on Syrah from different parts of the world; in...read more
Wine lovers are not known for their enthusiasm at 8:30am, but Patrick Comiskey and Doug Frost got a theatre full of people laughing and excited about Syrah on a Friday morning. Trust me, it wasn't the iced coffee and pastries in the lobby that did it! Geology and...read more
The L’Ecole Nº 41 Chenin Blanc 2015 is intensely fragrant. It is the pink grapefruit that greets me first, followed by superbly ripe honeydew melon, strawberries and a hint of honeysuckle. Don't let those sweeter aromas fool you into thinking that this is going to be...read more
Taste Washington, the biggest and best food and wine experience in the Northwest, turns 21 this year! Over the years, Taste Washington has matured into a series of special wine and food events, culminating in the Grand Tasting weekend. In 2018, Taste Washington...read more
Pamplin Family Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is an intense deep purple, almost inky dark. This Cab is all about black fruit. The nose is sensuously subtle when first opened but boysenberry, blackberry and black cherry prevail. On the tongue, those juicy black fruits...read more
Taste Washington Wine month begins Thursday, March 1, 2018 with a full month of restaurants, retailers, hotels and wineries honoring the award-winning wine of Washington state with special promotions, savings and events. Washington State boasts over 900 wineries,...read more
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Why Wine Beer Washington?
Wine Beer Washington was created to chronicle the Washington alcoholic beverage industry and to help satisfy our never ending curiosity. We wanted to know why people would come out of retirement or take on second jobs and/or mortgages to make some of our favorite beverages. On top of that, they would probably lose money or barely break even for years. What made them work so hard and take such a risk for just a beverage?
When we started Wine Beer Washington, wine and beer were really the only alcoholic Washington beverages to speak of. Now, not only do the Washington breweries and wineries number in the hundreds, but Washington cideries and distilleries are truly making a name for themselves. Here, our small team tries to give you some of the Events, News, Pairings, Reviews and Stories about the thousands of Washington Beer, Cider, Spirits and Wine.