Resources for WA Initiatives 1100 & 1105

There is only one week left until the Nov. 2 election and the vote on Washington State Initiatives 1100 & 1105. Please be informed – there is a lot of fine print to absorb. The initiatives are about a lot more than cheaper booze.

A recent post by well-known local wine expert, Paul Gregutt, sums up 1100 this way: “… this initiative is simply too broad and too vague – a clearcut rather than a cleanup.” He plans on “holding his nose” and voting no on both 1100 and 1105.

Here are more links that lead to positions on both sides of both initiatives;  this updates my previous post, Confused About Initiatives 1100 & 1105?

You can also find the complete text of both initiatives on the website for the Washington Secretary of State. The Municipal Research & Services Center of Washington also has many excellent resources to help you wind your way through the complex details.

Regardless of your opinion, please get out and vote on Nov. 2. And in the meantime, if you have other resources to share – on either side of both initiatives – we welcome your comments.

Cheers!

HalloWINE Happenings!

It’s that time of year again – HalloWINE parties in Woodinville wine country! Here is our list of fun times from Oct. 29-31. Please add parties that you know about in the comments below!

Join these seven wineries for a HalloWINE party: Alder Ridge Winery, Canon De Sol Winery, Irlandes Winery, Goose Ridge Estate Winery, Airfield Estates Winery, Darby Winery & Village Wines. This party offers costume contests, prizes, music, tricks, treats, and more. Advance tickets at Village Wines: Taste at all seven venues for $8 or buy tickets at the door for $10. Oct. 29, 6-8:30 p.m.

Matthews Estate: Put on your favorite Halloween costume and come to Matthews Estate House for a HalloWINE celebration: “an evening of wine and laughter as we dress to impress and to frighten.” Awards will be given for the best costume. There will be music, complimentary appetizers, and wine sold by the glass starting at $6/glass. Oct. 29, 6-9:30 p.m.

Columbia Winery: Located in the winery’s “Haunted Barrel Room,” this party offers “a scary assortment of food and spine-tingling wines.” Costumes are encouraged. Prizes and wine discounts will be awarded throughout the evening. Oct. 30, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Other HalloWINE (and Halloween) activities and deals:

Northwest Totem Cellars: Halloween Madness! Bring your own pack carrier – 20% mixed half-case discount as well as normal full case discount. October 30, 12-4 p.m.
 
Anton Ville Winery: Halloween Pairings October 30 & 31, 1-5:00 p.m.
 
Otis Kenyon: Pre-Halloween Wine Tasting Weekend Visit our orange and brown tasting room for great Walla Walla wines. If you wear a costume, there is no tasting fee. October 30 & 31.

Silver Lake Winery HalloWINE Enjoy a free tasting at Silver Lake Winery October 30 & 31 for wearing your costume while wine tasting.

Challenger Ridge: Trick or Treat! Free wine tasting. Wear a costume and you will receive 15% off on your wine purchases that day! October 31, 12-5 p.m.

We’re sure there are more parties and deals around, so please share what you know – and have a fun and safe HalloWINE.

Cheers!

Confused about Initiatives 1100 & 1105?

Television ads tell very different stories about about Initiatives 1100 and 1105 on the November ballot in Washington state. Some wine makers/wine owners have opposite opinions than others when it comes to these two initiatives.

Bottom line: The details are complex. Our advice: Become informed before you vote.

The purpose of this post is to provide a number of resources to help you wind your way through the complicated path these two initiatives seem to take. Some of these links lead you to information that is as objective as possible, given the complexity of the initiatives. Others show you people with very strong points of view.

You can also find the complete text of both initiatives on the website for the Washington Secretary of State.

Regardless of your opinion, please get out and vote on November 2. And in the meantime, if you have other resources to share – on either side of both initiatives – we welcome your comments.

Cheers!