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Enjoy wines from Washington state this month

March is Taste Washington Wine Month.

To celebrate it, I decided to attend Taste Washington, a huge event in Seattle, Washington featuring more than 235 wineries and food from 65 restaurants.

This year, the 20th anniversary of Taste Washington, I decided I’d concentrate on tasting wines from the wineries I’ve visited.

Several years ago, I was surprised to learn that wine was being made near my home south of Seattle in addition to Yakima and Walla Walla. I began wine tasting and, since then, I’ve organized wine tours in Chelan, Woodinville, Cashmere-Monitor-Leavenworth, Walla Walla, Mount Vernon, Pullman, and Thurston County in Washington state and in Sonoma, Santa Cruz, Temecula, and Amador County in California. I've also organized wine tours in Spain.

When I was growing up in Central Washington, there were no wineries. Now Chelan has about 20 wineries.

See my article "How to Organize a Wine Tour" for information on how to get started wine tasting.

Here’s a list of the wineries whose wines I sampled at Taste Washington this year:

Airfield Estates, Woodinvile, established in 2005

Makes 65,000 cases of wine a year

Ancestry Cellars, Woodinville, established in 2011

Makes 1,800 cases of wine a year

Buty, Walla Walla, established in 2001

Makes 3,500 cases of wine a year

Cougar Crest Estate Winery, Walla Walla, established in 2001

Makes 14,000 cases of wine a year

Coyote Canyon Estate Winery, Prosser, established in 2004

Makes 3,500 cases of wine a year

DiStefano Winery, Woodinville, established in 1983

Makes 2,000 cases of wine a year

Four Lakes Winery, Chelan, established in 2004

Makes 2,000 cases of wine a year

Goose Ridge Estate Winery and Vineyards, Benton City, established in 1999

Makes 8,000 – 10,000 cases of wine a year

Hard Row to Hoe, Chelan, established in 2005

Makes 3,500 cases of wine a year

J. Bookwalter Winery, Richland, established in 1983

Makes 30,000 cases of wine a year

L’Ecole No 41, Walla Walla, established in 1983

Makes 45,000 cases of wine a year

Reniniger Winery, Walla Walla, established in 1997

Makes 10,000 cases of wine a year

Seven Hills Winery, Walla Walla, established in 1988

Makes 2,500 cases of wine a year

Silver Lake Winery, Zillah, established in 1987

Makes 50,000 cases of wine a year

Three Rivers Winery, Walla Walla, established in 1999

Makes 15,000 cases of wine a year

Tsillan Cellars, Chelan, established in 2001

Makes 7,000 cases of wine a year

Tunnel Hill Winery, Chelan, established in 2002

Makes 1,000 cases of wine a year

Waterbrook Winery, Walla Walla, established in 1984

Makes 115,000 cases of wine a year

WineGirl Wine, Chelan, established in 1997

Cases of wine of produced a year not available

Copyright 2017, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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