Daily Wine News: Woodinville Now

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-23-2022

(Source: Chateau Ste. Michelle)

In Wine Spectator, Tim explores the past, present, and future of Washington’s Woodinville wine scene. “There were no wineries or tasting rooms in Woodinville when Ste. Michelle opened its iconic chateau in 1976. Columbia followed suit later, opening in 1988. The irony is, there were no vineyards there either, and that remains true today. Most vineyards are on the other side of the Cascades, in the vast Columbia Valley. It wasn’t until 2000 that Woodinville came into its own. That year, a state law changed, allowing wineries to open standalone tasting rooms. Prior to that, wines had to be produced on site before tastings were allowed. Satellite tasting rooms soon proliferated, feeding like little fish on Ste. Michelle’s annual bounty of 300,000-plus visitors. Today, there are about 110 tasting rooms. Let that sink in … 110! Even Healdsburg and Napa in California, known for a preponderance of tasting rooms, can’t claim that many.”

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