August is Wine Month!

August is Wine Month!

August is Wine Month! I’m Greg Martin with today’s Fruit Grower Report.

Wine is a big deal in Washington State from a growers standpoint to the vintner and of course the consumer. Whereas California for many years had a lock on wine production in the states, now Washington, Oregon and many other states are producing some fine, award winning wines. Washington Governor Christine Gregoire has proclaimed August as Washington Wine Month. Last year it was in September but has been moved back to August. In honor of this month long celebration of local wines, many area retailers have discounted Washington wines. Washington State Liquor stores also have special pricing on a variety of Washington wines. Steve Burnell is the Marketing Manager for the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

BURNELL: I think the Liquor Board actually kind of pioneered the idea of featuring local wineries. It’s obviously caught on now in the private sector but we look forward to it every year.

The Washington wine industry continues to grow.

BURNELL: I think we’ve seen a lot of growth. It may slow down a bit, you know we’re facing some somewhat challenging economic times but I think it’s an industry that will continue to grow.

While many wines will be discounted if you are looking for a great bargain, consider buying by the case. This is the 27th Annual Washington Wine Month with this year’s theme “A Fine Time for Washington Wine.”

That’s today’s Fruit Grower Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network. 

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