Wine Beer Washington

Events, News, Pairings, Reviews and Stories about Washington Beer, Cider, Spirits and Wine
Reuben's Brews Putt Putt Course

Seattle Beer Week Beer Crawl Bellewether Benefit

On the first Sunday of Seattle Beer Week, four Ballard Breweries created a Putt-Putt Golf Beer Crawl to benefit Bellewether Housing. Teams registered and began their tournament at: Lucky Envelope Brewing Populuxe Brewing Reuben’s Brews Stoup Brewing Then they...
Seattle Beer Week

Tenth Annual Seattle Beer Week Kicks Off Today

Seattle celebrates its tenth annual Seattle Beer Week with 10 days filled with BEER!. You will find lots of Seattle beer, beer brewed in Washington and unique beers brewed from the far corners of the world. In addition to all that tasty brew, you will find music, fun,...
Washington Belgian Fest

Belgian Fest 2018

The annual Belgian Fest celebrates Washington brewer creativity with Belgian beer yeast. Every January, the Washington Beer Commission brings breweries from across Washington state to Seattle, to showcase unique and delicious Belgian beer styles. This year, 40...

What’s the Big Deal About Women in Wine?

It’s the eve of the 2018 Women’s March. Following last year’s Women’s March I made a conscious choice to shine the light on some accomplished women in the wine industry. The question I kept asking was, “Do I have to identify these women in wine as women?” In the back...

How a Personal Trainer Got Pumped About Winemaking

“I want women to know this is a viable career option,” explains Casey Cobble matter of factly regarding winemaking. It’s important in a world where writers often portray females as "winemakerettes", a side-show to the main event, or they're conveying a sense of "nice...

Washington AVAs

Washington AVAs American Viticultural Areas Map

Washington AVAs

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

Do you know the 3 Cs of hops? They are the backbone of many of your favorite Washington IPAs & Pale Ales.

  • 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.

Vivian recommends 3 Wine Books

wine booksThe Wine Project: Washington State’s Winemaking History by Ronald Irvine with Walter J. Clore

Wine and War: The French, the Nazis and the Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure by Donald Kladstrup and Petie Kladstrup

The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It  by Tilar J. Mazzeo

Eighth Annual Washington Cabernet Classic

Celebrate Washington Cabernet at the eighth annual Cabernet Classic. During Washington Wine Month, Seattle Uncorked is excited to honor "The King of Grapes", Cabernet wine in a classy and fun way.  Over the years, Cabernet Classic has evolved into a premium event...

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Worst Valentine’s Day Date: Red Wine and Chocolate

It’s the weekend before Valentine’s Day and everyone is trying to get you to buy red wine and chocolate.  If you do succumb to the urge, you might be in for one of your worst Valentine’s Day dates ever. Red wine and chocolate sounds really romantic, it even looks...

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Belgian Fest 2018

The annual Belgian Fest celebrates Washington brewer creativity with Belgian beer yeast. Every January, the Washington Beer Commission brings breweries from across Washington state to Seattle, to showcase unique and delicious Belgian beer styles. This year, 40...

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Yakima Valley Wine Country Road Trip

Those residing in or visiting Seattle have easy access to over 100 tasting rooms in Woodinville Wine Country; however, the majority of Washington State’s vineyards reside on the east side of the Cascade Mountains. When the yearning to sip closer to the vines arises,...

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What’s the Big Deal About Women in Wine?

It’s the eve of the 2018 Women’s March. Following last year’s Women’s March I made a conscious choice to shine the light on some accomplished women in the wine industry. The question I kept asking was, “Do I have to identify these women in wine as women?” In the back...

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The Last Bottle Experience

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, I’m not talking about the holiday season. This is serious business, wine lovers. I’m talking about the Last Bottle 21st Amendment Marathon Madness! If you are familiar with Last Bottle and have purchased wine from them,...

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Seattle’s First Wine Shipment After Prohibition

On December 5, 1933 Prohibition was finally repealed. Although the constitutional ban on alcohol had been in force across America since 1920, some wine production was still taking place. In fact, a California winery was the first to ship wines to Seattle at repeal....

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Tis the season for Winter Beerfest 2017

It is indeed the season for the Washington Brewers' Guild Washington Winter Beerfest, my favorite beer festival. Beer is not just to quench your thirst on sunny afternoons or to kick back with sports. Some of my favorite beers are big winter warmers with layers of...

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California Wine Country Recovery

After the catastrophic October fires in California wine country, the hubby and I went to the region expecting to see utter devastation. It turns out we were looking for the wrong thing. It’s hard not to expect the worst when blazing images and reports of destruction...

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DeVoigne Cellars Celebrate a Decade!

Darren & Lizzy DesVoigne recently celebrated a decade of wine making by moving into expanded gigs. In addition to moving in to their new winery, the DesVoignes opened a brewery as well: B-Side Brewing. They were the first in Washington State to open a brewery and a winery under the same roof!

Finnriver Lavender & Black Currant Cider

We can’t wait to check out Finnriver’s new location this summer. In addition to their year round favorites, look for their seasonal specialties like the Lavender and Black Currant Cider.

Foggy Noggin Anniversary Vertical

Since their first anniversary, Foggy Noggin has brewed an Old English Ale and put some aside. Each anniversary after, Foggy Noggin holds a private party in which they pour a vertical of their Anniversary Old English Ales.

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.