Taste Washington Wine Month Pt 1

Taste Washington Wine Month Pt 1

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with today’s Fruit Grower Report. March is here, and wine lovers know what that means in Washington state.

Washington State Wine Commission’s interim Executive Director, Chris Stone says March is the first of two months each year, the other August, set aside to celebrate Washington’s wine industry …

STONE … “We refer to this one as “Taste Washington Wine Month” and then August, the new term for it, is actually “WAgust,” which is the same, it’s a wine month campaign, but both have a little bit different slant to them.”

And after a 3-year COVID hiatus …

STONE … “March certainly is so many things, particularly this year we kind of celebrate the end of the COVID hibernation days, you know, and events returning and people getting back out. So, in so many ways it’s a reemergence. But after three years off, Taste is returning.”

Stone says, it’s a great way to kick things off …

STONE … “So that’s what Washington Wine Month, you know, started out many, many years ago, was as a month to celebrate the beginning of, kind of, the tourism season and festival season and wine-tasting events. And then it was always capped off with this big, giant festival called “Taste Washington.”

But, Stone says, a little earlier than you might remember …

STONE … “And this year “Taste” is a bit earlier than normal, but that is just kind of a result of having three years off due to COVID. And then, as you come back, you no longer hold your position that you used to have. So, you take what’s available. So, that’s kind of why it’s got moved up to the beginning of the month.”

Go to www.tastewashington.org for all you need to know about Taste Washington Wine Month.

Tune in tomorrow for more.

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