Update: Washington Wines Rock Event

This just in – more details about Saturday’s Washington Wines Rock! event at Efeste Wines in Woodinville.  Three more wineries have been added to the festivities, including two new wineries – Eklipse and Rotie Cellars.

Here is the full list of wineries and winemakers, who will be pouring 3-7 samples, including some pre-release tastings:

In addition to Washington state wines, there will also be rocking good music by the band “Creeping Time” and brick oven pizza. The event is happening from 3 – 7 p.m. and the proceeds from the $25 tickets go to a great cause — the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The event is limited to 300 people, so buy your tickets here soon! We hope to see you there!


More than $1 million to WSU Wine Program

This great news arrived in my inbox today: “A Celebration of Washington Wines” dinner and auction held a week ago at Chateau Ste. Michelle raised more than $180,000, which lifted net proceeds to more than $1 million for Washington State University’s Viticulture and Enology Program.

According to Dan Bernardo, dean of the WSU College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, attendance at the event was lower than in recent years but the generosity of the state’s wine enthusiasts continued.

“Washington’s wine industry remains a bright spot in the state’s economy, and we deeply appreciate the generosity of those who attended in supporting the WSU program that provides the research and training that supports the industry,” Bernardo said. “In the current economic climate, the showing of support is even more critical, and even more appreciated.”

Now this next part of the press release contains statistics that are well known to our state’s wine enthusiasts, but it always makes me feel good to repeat it!

“Washington is second only to California in domestic wine production, and its wines are internationally known for their premium quality. An analysis pegged the wine industry’s total economic benefit to the state at $3 billion annually. Today, there are nearly 600 wineries in the state and more than 30,000 acres in wine grape production.”