Candy Mountain Becomes Washington’s “Sweet 16th” AVA

As reported by the Washington State Wine Commission: The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published the final rule for the Candy Mountain American Viticultural Area (AVA) on September 25, 2020, making it the 16th AVA in Washington. “Candy Mountain is small but mighty,” said Steve Warner, president of the Washington State Wine […]

Washington Wine of the Week – Selections for Summer, 2020

For the week of September 13, 2020: Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2019 Chenin Blanc – Dear Washington Winemakers: Please continue to make more Chenin Blanc. This versatile, underutilized white wine is such a pleasure to taste and a wonderful alternative to mainstream varietals such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris. This selection from the […]

Royal Slope is Washington’s 15th and Newest American Viticultural Area

As reported by the Washington State Wine Commission: Royal Slope is the newest American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Washington. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published the final rule for Royal Slope on September 2, 2020, to officially define it as a designated wine grape-growing region. “Many of our wineries and grape […]

August is Washington State Wine Month!

August is Washington State Wine Month, and now more than ever, the State’s 1,000+ wineries need your support. If you can’t visit a Washington winery because of travel restrictions, please take the time to order on line or purchase wine from your local retail wine shop or grocer. And remember, when you buy Washington wine […]

Hosting a Wine Tasting Party is a Perfect Small-Group Activity

This article originally appeared, in part, in the July/August, 2020 issue of Bellingham Alive Magazine Looking for a little social activity that’s low-cost, informative, and fun? Consider hosting a wine tasting party for a small group of friends; it’s a great way to stimulate conversation and lift your spirits while getting a fresh perspective on […]

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