Stats and Facts

Glasses of red and white wineEvery year around this time, we love to share stats and facts about the wonderful wine industry in Washington state. Therefore, we hope you enjoy this 2020 version, courtesy of Washington Wine.

Firstly, the number of wineries grew to more than 1,000, compared to 19 in 1981. Secondly, more than 70 varieties of grapes are grown now. That compares to 30 just six short years ago. Thirdly, the ratio is 59% red and 41% white, a flip from 55% white and 45% red six years ago. Further, the average amount of summer sunshine in Washington state, compared to California, might surprise you! Read on for fun stats and facts about Washington wine. Continue reading

Favorite 50 Wines in 2020

Favorite 50 Wines in 2020Happy New Year! As we begin 2021, it would normally be time for our annual 50 Favorite Washington Wineries List for the previous year. But 2020 was far from normal. Firstly, thanks to COVID, we attended our last wine event on Feb. 29. Secondly, we had to cancel our planned trips to wineries in Walla Walla, Woodinville, Lake Chelan, B.C. and Oregon. As a result, we decided to highlight our favorite 50 wines instead of wineries in 2020. These are the wines we enjoyed at home or with members of our pod on socially-distanced outdoor patios. In addition, we expanded the list to include wines from Oregon, California, B.C., Australia, New Zealand, Italy, France, Spain, Chile and Argentina. Read on for our favorite 50 wines in 2020.
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Happy New Year

Happy New YearAlong with all of you, we look forward to a happy new year. But we will always remember 2020 as a year of tremendous challenges and uncertainty, for all of us and for the wine industry. However, many good things also happened in 2020 – we spent more time together at home with loved ones and our pets. We really valued the moments we shared with family and friends, even at a distance. We saw so many neighbors helping neighbors. And we spent more time enjoying wine outside. Continue reading

Ramazzotti Amaro

Ramazzotti AmaroLooking for something festive and different to kick off your New Year’s Eve celebrations? Look no further than Ramazzotti Amaro, our latest favorite cocktail base. Just in time for the holidays, we were introduced to this special drink, which features 33 ingredients of herbs, spices, flowers and fruit. However, the specific recipe has been a secret for more than 200 years. Created in Milan in 1815, Ramazzotti Amaro is magnificent. Read on for more details about this beautiful liqueur, which is priced at less than $30.

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