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February 7, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Toasting Washington wines

Washington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell offer a timely reminder about the vitality of the state’s viticulture.They have introduced a Senate resolution celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Walla Walla Valley American Viticultural Area.

A taste of Walla Walla. (Erika Schultz/Times Photo

A taste of Walla Walla.
(Erika Schultz/Times Photo

The wine region was created on February 6, 1984 with four wineries. As the senators’ note in a press release the region now has nearly 130 wineries that generate more than $500 million annually for Walla Walla County and Washington state.

The industry numbers are as dazzling as the 30 plus varietals produced by the state’s 750 wineries. Washington has more than 350 grape growers using 43,000 acres. For more statistics to amaze your friends over a pinot gris or merlot, check out this site for Washington wine stats.

Read about a family’s generous gift to support the Wine Science Center under construction at Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland. The announcement was made this week at the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers conference in Kennewick.

A common link for the extraordinary local success of the science and business of wine is Washington State University. Raise a glass to WSU Viticulture & Enology.

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