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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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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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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,...read more
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...read more
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,...read more
On December 5, 1933 Prohibition was finally repealed.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....read more
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...read more
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...read more
Finnriver Lavender & Black Currant Cider
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.