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Get to know WA Wine: Rock Scientist, Kevin Pogue

In 2019, we took our drone and camera equipment on the road, traveling across Washington State. We sat down with 42 winemakers, grape growers, and experts in the field. We are excited to begin sharing these conversations with you. Today, meet Geologist Kevin Pogue, who isn’t a rocket scientist but…
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Washington Adds Two American Viticultural Areas

SEATTLE (June 16, 2021)—Washington has two new American Viticultural Areas (AVAs). The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will publish the final rules for White Bluffs and The Burn of Columbia Valley tomorrow, June 17, 2021, to officially define them each as designated wine grape-growing regions.“We have been anxiously…
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Grapes, Soil, & Sun

Climate Eastern Washington, where almost all of Washington’s wine grapes are grown, has long, warm summer days that provide ripe fruit flavors and cool nights that help lock in acidity. Long, Warm Days Eastern Washington is an arid and semi-arid desert, with hot summer days. The state’s northerly latitude…
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IMW Study Week – Lunch Wines & AVAs

Monday, Feb 14th Yakima Valley AVA Designated: 1983Vineyards: 18,924 acres (7,658 hectares)Top Varieties: Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, SyrahAverage Annual Precipitation: 8 inches Yakima Valley is one of Washington’s most diverse growing regions. It also is the largest sub-appellation of the Columbia Valley, both in total size and planted acreage, with the valley home…
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Top 100 WAwine from 2021

There’s no better way to begin the new year than with a laundry list of delicious wines to explore and enjoy. We’re here to share with you the Washington wines that made national and international Top 100 lists in 2021 from James Suckling, Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Enthusiast, and Wine Spectator.
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Yakima Valley AVA

Designated: 1983Vineyards: 18,924 acres (7,658 hectares)Top Varieties: Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, SyrahAverage Annual Precipitation: 8 inches Yakima Valley is one of Washington’s most diverse growing regions. It also is the largest sub-appellation of the Columbia Valley, both in total size and planted acreage, with the valley home to over…
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Rocky Reach AVA

Designated: 2022Vineyards: 117 (47 hectares)Top Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon Rocky Reach is located in the northern reaches of the Columbia Valley south of Lake Chelan. The appellation straddles the Columbia River and is wholly contained within the larger Columbia Valley. As a growing region, Rocky Reach is defined by four characteristics: geology, soils,…
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Columbia Valley AVA

Designated: 1984Vineyards: Total vineyard acreage: 60,079 (24,313 hectares); Washington acreage: 59,234 (23,971 hectares)Top Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling, SyrahAverage Annual Precipitation: 6-8 inches Encompassing more than a quarter of the state, the Columbia Valley is by far Washington’s largest growing region at over 11 million acres. It is home…
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Lewis-Clark Valley Named Newest American Viticultural Area

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BOISE (April 20, 2016)—Idaho’s wine industry continues to flourish with the newly approved Lewis-Clark Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA). The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) today announced this important federal designation, which defines the geographic region of northwestern Idaho and bordering eastern Washington as…
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The Burn of Columbia Valley AVA

Designated: 2021Vineyards: 1,500 acres (607 hectares)Top Variety: Cabernet SauvignonAverage Annual Precipitation: 8-9 inches The Burn of Columbia Valley is located in south-central Washington, west of Horse Heaven Hills. The triangle-shaped appellation is wholly contained within the larger Columbia Valley. There are three distinguishing features of the appellation. The first is its soils, which are…