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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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Whether you’re preparing for Cabernet Day, celebrating Washington Wine Month, or just want to learn more about wine and food pairing, here are tips for how to match Cabernet Sauvignon with the food on your plate. The number one guiding principle is to match the weight...read more
“I’m not making any stinking Zin,” he’d say, although he was secretly thinking about it. As he pours me a taste of his 2015 Child’s Play Columbia Valley Zinfandel, the story unfolds. Tony Rynders, the Oregon winemaker known for garnering more 90+ point scores from...read more
My introduction to hefeweizen happened many years ago on a trip to Germany, an adventure eight months in the making. It meant working two jobs to save up for a summer in Europe with a boyfriend who, it turns out, was not the man of my dreams. Nevertheless, I have him...read more
Auction of Washington Wines is unique in it's two pronged mission to not only increase awareness of Washington wines but to support the local community. It is very proud to be celebrating its 30th year of supporting the Washington wine industry and a variety of local...read more
Seattle Magazine just announced their 12th Annual Washington Wine Winners. Winners in all categories were nominated by a panel of wine and food industry professionals. Congratulations to all of the 2017 winners that make Washington wine so special. The wines were...read more
Last summer Seattle saw the arrival of wineries normally associated with a 5+ hour drive to Walla Walla. We’re talking Rôtie Cellars, Waters Winery, and Sleight of Hand Cellars. They moved into SODO Urban Works which was already home to one of our favorite email wine...read more
Experience the vineyards while meeting the growers and winemakers. A glass of wine might look like nothing more than fermented fruit. Now take a look at the color of that wine. Is it light and bright or dark and intense? Stick your nose in that glass and engage your...read more
Kathy Shiels, one of the founders of celebrated Washington winery Côte Bonneville, stands before a room filled with wine aficionados. Some of the great minds of the wine world are there having a lively discussion regarding the Côte Bonneville flagship wine. The price...read more
The Elysian's Search Party really packed a lot of entertainment into its Seattle Center venue. An excellent lineup of lively larger and well known local to international bands kept the crowds happy while they sipped cold Washington beer on the lawn. There were rumors...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.