Thursday, February 12, 2009

Under the Title of "I didn"t know that"

As reported by "Wine & Spirits Daily"


Washington growers are supporting a bill that would require that 95% of Washington wines consist of Washington-grown grapes. WAWGG and the Washington Wine Institute are backing the bill, which received first reading by state lawmakers Jan. 29, 2009. The rule would also cover wines from AVAs that cross state lines, such as the Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley and Columbia Gorge AVAs, which include both Washington and Oregon vineyards.

Washington currently requires that only 75% of its wines be made from Washington grapes.
The bill seeks to require that Wines bearing labels referencing a specific viticultural area would have to be made 95% from grapes grown within the designated American Viticultural Area. If the bill becomes law, it would take effect 90 days after the adjournment of the current session. The latest possible date for legislation passed in the current session to take effect is July 25.

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