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.

  • An extensive four-part series by Washington Wine Report
  • The battle begins: Initiatives 1100 & 1105 by Through the Walla Walla Grape Vine
  • Agonizing over and analyzing Washington ballot initiatives I-1100 and I-1105 by Wine Peeps
  • Citizens’ Guide to Initiatives 1100 and 1105 by Washington Policy Center
  • Initiative 1100-Understanding the impact on Washington’s wine industry by Washington Wine Institute
  • Initiatives 1100 and 1105 comparison by Washington Wine Institute
  • Why winemakers are split on Initiative 1100 by Crosscut Seattle
  • The battle of Washington state by Wine Spectator
  • Election poll results by SurveyUSA
  • Initiative 1100 best route for Washington state to get out of retail liquor business: Seattle Times Editorial
  • Vote no I-1100, 1105: Seattle P-I Editorial
  • 1100 better option for privatizing liquor: Yakima Herald Editorial
  • The two sides of the liquor sales ballot initiatives by KOMO
  • Costco battles for cheaper booze in Wash. state by NPR
  • No to Initiative 1100 and 1105 campaign 
  • Yes to 1100 campaign
  • More reading on Google

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.


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About Margot

Margot has been writing about wine since 1997 at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon; ten years later, she created this blog. Write for Wine focuses on the fine wines of Washington state, with additional posts about Oregon, B.C., California, ANZ, France, Italy, Spain and more. A former national journalist in Canada and the U.S., Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”