WWC: 50 Shades of Grape

Welcome to binNotes’ Terroirist Tuesday.

This week’s topic: Woodinville Wine Country – Part 2 of 2

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Woodinville Wine Country has wineries. Many wineries. More than 50. Ok – almost 70 wineries. Nearly 70 well-stocked wineries to tantalize, tease, and torment one’s senses. Oh, my…I think I like Woodinville…

WWC: History

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Back in 1976, when Elvis had not yet left the building, Chateau Ste. Michelle alone graced Woodinville. Fast forward to 1999, and eight (8) wineries cozied up in WWC (Woodinville Wine Country), including Columbia, Facelli, DeLille, Silver Lake, Matthews, Betz, and Ross Andrew.

Today, that number exceeds 68 wineries, due in part to Woodinville‘s supportive business stance, and part to the reverse-commute begun in 2007 by Eastern Washington wineries trekking west to establish Tasting Rooms.

In 2012, Woodinville Wine Country members include small family enterprises and medium-sized productions like Airfield Estates Winery, Brian Carter Cellars, Col Solare Winery, Covington Cellars, Distefano Cellars, Forgeron Cellars, Novelty Hill – Januik Winery, and Oregon’s Lachini Vineyards, as well as super-sized conglomerates such as Gallo (Columbia Winery).

Visitors enjoy locally sourced, sustainable fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and speciality food items throughout WWC’s   top-notch tasting rooms, wine bars, and restaurants. Annual events such as Passport to Woodinville and St. Nick’s Festival add to the allure of this intoxicating destination wine region.

Clearly you don’t need to sign a nondisclosure statement to enjoy the many shades of Woodinville Wine Country. Cheers~

WWC:  Facts*

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 Grape Source(s): Primarily Columbia Valley – Washington State

 Climate:

  • Woodinville: (Western Washington) Marine
  • Columbia Valley: (Eastern Washington)  Warm, dry summers; ~300 cloudless days annually.

Total Annual Case Production (Estimate): 2,428,000
Total WWC Visitors: (Estimate): 300,000
WWC Annual Events:

  • Passport to Woodinville: (Spring) Weekend-long winery  tastings, ‘passport’ stamping, appetizer gobbling, designated driver-loving event.
  • St. Nicholas Day Open House (first weekend of December) Holiday season and family oriented events and tastings at participating wineries.

Additional:
Woodinville Wine Country: www.woodinvillewinecountry.com
Washington State Wine Commission: www.washingtonwine.org.

Woodinville: Part 1 of 2: Crushed at CRUSH 2012.

*Stats: WWC/K. Sims.

Copyrighted 2012. All Rights Reserved.

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