• The Western United States continues to see temperatures departing from normal. (Images by WestWide Drought Tracker, Western Region Climate Center; University of Idaho/courtesy of Gregory Jones).
    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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  • Brent Charnley used funding from shareholders to build the winery at Lopez Island Vineyards. He released the first commercial vintage from his winery in 1990. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)
    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...

    • Posted 8 months ago
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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...

    • Posted 9 months ago
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    Small Washington wineries ask state for tax break

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — A bill is in play to trim the excise taxes for Washington’s small wineries. Rep. Cary Condotta , R-East Wenatchee, introduced a bill to remove two of the state’s three wine-specific taxes on the...

    • Posted 9 months ago
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