By John ~ April 3rd, 2009.
This weekend, April 4th and 5th, is Taste Washington in Seattle, featuring over 200 wineries, 60 restaurants, and a day of seminars for wine and food lovers. In fact, fellow wine blogger Alder Yarrow of Vinography is leading one of the seminar panels tomorrow. If you are located in the Seattle area and havenâ€™t yet made your weekend plans, you ought to try Taste Washington.
Most of you are not located in Seattle, though, so I realize that attending this event is not practical. However, you should still follow Washington wines for a variety of important reasons:
- Washington State is #2 in wine production in the United States, behind only California.
- Washington now has over 600 wineries, 602 to be exact as of the latest count.
- Unlike California, Washington State is a likely beneficiary of global warming, as the areas suitable for grape growing move northward.
- The wine country of eastern Washington has the perfect conditions for grape growingâ€”plenty of sun and an abundance of water from the Columbia River.
- As you can see from our posts on Washington wines, Washington is producing outstanding wines that deliver the most bang for your buck [high QPRs].
- Washington has had a string of excellent vintages since 1999, and the 2007 vintage, which is beginning to be released this year, may be its best ever!
I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that if you donâ€™t already follow Washington wines, you should start now. They are world class and getting better every year. Best of all, we have found that Washington wines are easier on the pocketbook than most comparable wines from other regions.
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