• 6 bills for Washington wineries alive in state Legislature

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — It appears that Washington wineries are on their way to being able to operate as many as four tasting rooms. However, prospects look grim for a proposed tax break for small wineries. Overall, nine...

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  • Tax relief bill for small Washington wineries moves along

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — A bill is in motion to make small Washington wineries exempt from paying the Evergreen State’s wine tax. Senate Bill 5427 by Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, went to a public hearing Thursday in...

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  • Bill in Olympia would ease laws on alcohol at movies

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — A bill is going through the Washington state Senate to allow more movie theaters to serve wine and other alcoholic beverages. Bill 5161 by Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, would remove several restrictions on theaters...

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  • State legislators hear Washington wine will be ‘bigger than wheat’

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — The state’s wine industry painted a rosy economic picture to the Washington State Senate Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee last week. “You’re telling me that that wine is gonna be bigger than wheat?” asked...

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  • Seattle attorney Paul Beveridge, owner/winemaker of Wilridge Winery in Yakima, testifies in support of House Bill 1039, which would allow sales of growlers of wine in Washington state.
    Lawmakers weigh 4th tasting room for Washington wineries

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — There’s no opposition so far in Olympia after a state Legislature hearing to expand the number of allowable off-site wine tasting rooms in Washington state. The same could not be said about a bill...

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  • Climate change presents possibilities, challenges for Washington wine industry

    Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part report on the influence of climate change and how it might affect the Washington wine industry. There are an estimated 80 acres of vineyards in the Puget Sound...

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  • Washington wine growers, irrigators grapple with climate change

    Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part report on the influence of climate change and how it might affect the Washington wine industry. LOPEZ ISLAND, Wash. – Brent and Maggie Charnley started their small vineyard...

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  • 2 of 3 wine-related bills fail in Washington Legislature

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Small wineries in Washington state must wait another year to get a crack on trimming some of their excise taxes. That’s because the chairman of the Washington House Commerce & Gaming committee intended to...

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  • Washington Legislature considers special-event wine sales

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — A bill is about two-thirds the way through the Washington Legislature to tackle wine sales at special events, plus selling private collections. The bill by Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, passed the Senate 39-8, and...

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  • Washington wineries ask Legislature for more tasting rooms

    OLYMPIA – A revived bill in the state Legislature to allow Washington wineries to operate up to four off-site tasting room is working its way through the House for a second time. The House Government & Information...

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