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- Union Wine Co. doubles production, adds sales reps beyond Oregon
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- Taste Washington grows attendance by 15 percent
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15 wines for $15 (or less)
In the past few years, it’s become increasingly difficult to find a good bottle of Northwest wine for $15 or less.
Part of this is because the costs of running a winery and growing grapes continue to rise, and that means crafting an inexpensive wine is harder. The Northwest doesn’t grow a lot of high-production, low-quality grapes, for which California’s Central Valley is often known. In that area of California, it’s not unusual to see grapes for under $300 a ton. In Washington, white wine grapes might drop below $700.
In other words, really inexpensive wine – like that which comes in a box or jug – just doesn’t pencil out here in the Northwest.
However, we keep a keen eye out for good to great wines that drop to that magical price range of $15 or less. Here are 15 examples from Washington, Oregon and Idaho that we’ve tasted in the past several weeks.