- VineLine Dispatches from Harvest 2019
- ‘Slow and steady harvest’ forecast for Northwest grapes in 2019
- VineLines Dispatch: Northwest wineries fill lists of USA Today readers
- Koenig wins Idaho Wine Competition for new owners
- Bledsoe Family Winery set to open tasting room in Oregon
- Northwest vineyards track along 2017 vintage after cool July
- Idaho wine industry prepares for 10th annual judging
- Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance hires Robert Hansen as executive director
- 2019 American Wine Society conference casts spotlight on Pacific Northwest
- BC wine industry loses a lion with passing of Harry McWatters
All posts by John Stang
Wine industry advocates applaud 2-year trim in federal excise tax
While it is up to individual wineries on how they deal with reduced federal excise taxes, industry leaders expect those savings to be reinvested in their operations. Changes in the federal excise tax on wineries went into...
- Posted January 19, 2018
Olympia gives Washington wineries more tasting rooms
OLYMPIA, Wash. – A bill awaits Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature to increase the number of allowable off-site tasting rooms per winery from two to four under a domestic winery license in Washington state. The House in the...
- Posted April 22, 2017
Most Washington wineries won’t need new wastewater permits
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington state’s proposed winery wastewater permit system is expected to be applied to only 19 percent of the state’s wineries. That figure comes from Tuesday’s release of the Washington Department of Ecology’s draft permit...
- Posted April 12, 2017
State working on winery wastewater permit system
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Many questions are being tackled as the Washington state Department of Ecology puts together a permit system for discharging wastewater from wineries. Preliminary answers will likely be unveiled in mid-April when the state is...
- Posted March 31, 2017
6 bills for Washington wineries alive in state Legislature
OLYMPIA, Wash. — It appears that Washington wineries are on their way to being able to operate as many as four tasting rooms. However, prospects look grim for a proposed tax break for small wineries. Overall, nine...
- Posted March 16, 2017
Tax relief bill for small Washington wineries moves along
OLYMPIA, Wash. — A bill is in motion to make small Washington wineries exempt from paying the Evergreen State’s wine tax. Senate Bill 5427 by Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, went to a public hearing Thursday in...
- Posted February 16, 2017
Bill in Olympia would ease laws on alcohol at movies
OLYMPIA, Wash. — A bill is going through the Washington state Senate to allow more movie theaters to serve wine and other alcoholic beverages. Bill 5161 by Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, would remove several restrictions on theaters...
- Posted January 26, 2017
State legislators hear Washington wine will be ‘bigger than wheat’
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The state’s wine industry painted a rosy economic picture to the Washington State Senate Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee last week. “You’re telling me that that wine is gonna be bigger than wheat?” asked...
- Posted January 23, 2017
Lawmakers weigh 4th tasting room for Washington wineries
OLYMPIA, Wash. — There’s no opposition so far in Olympia after a state Legislature hearing to expand the number of allowable off-site wine tasting rooms in Washington state. The same could not be said about a bill...
- Posted January 19, 2017
Climate change presents possibilities, challenges for Washington wine industry
Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part report on the influence of climate change and how it might affect the Washington wine industry. There are an estimated 80 acres of vineyards in the Puget Sound...
- Posted October 24, 2016