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The Lake Chelan Effect

It’s not secret to Washingtonians — that Lake Chelan is the third deepest lake in the country — but do you know about the depth of wine coming out of the Lake Chelan Wine Valley? We asked the Lake Chelan Wine Alliance to let us in on the secrets they…
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“I’ve been local my whole life.” — Nic Stevens

“He sido local toda mi vida.” Meet Nic Stevens, Vineyard Manager and Assistant Winemaker at Tsillan Cellars in the Lake Chelan Valley. With just over one year under his belt, Nic is relatively new to wine, but not to Washington. “I grew up in East Wenatchee. My grandparents had an…
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Lake Chelan AVA

Designated: 2009Vineyards: 269 acres (109 hectares)Top Varieties: Syrah, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, MerlotAverage Annual Precipitation: 11 inches This appellation wraps around the tourist-popular Lake Chelan. This is a narrow, 50.5 mile, glacier carved lake with depths up to 1,486 feet – among the deepest in the country. The average…
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Taste Chelan All March Long

By the Lake Chelan Wine Alliance March is a food and wine lover’s dream in Lake Chelan. Experience award-winning wine and delectable cuisine combinations during WA Wine Month. Local wineries hand select their most tantalizing varietals — paired and curated with food from local restaurants, chefs…
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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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Small Town Holidays

Lake Chelan’s annual Small Town Holidays in the Lake Chelan Wine Valley November 25 – December 31, 2022. The Lake Chelan Valley will be blanketed in magical holiday lights, fireworks every weekend, as well as local boutiques, wineries and restaurants dressed up for the holidays. Whether you are visiting for…
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Wine-Touring Regions

Our goal is to be the guide to your next glass of Washington Wine. With over 1,000 wineries, 19 AVAs, and 8 wine touring regions, it can be a difficult, but delicious, decision to figure out where to go next. To make matters easier, we’re here to point you toward…
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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,…