We haven’t seen Washington State Wines at Imbibe Live since 2013, so we’re pleased to welcome the Commission back to take its very own stand for the first time, and it’s raring to go after being buoyed by a record-breaking harvest in 2016.
The Washington State Wine Commission’s Annual Grape Production Report showed the 2016 harvest totalled 270,000 tons, a 22% increase over the previous year. Tonnage in 2015 was down a little compared to the previous record harvest of 227,000 tons in 2014, making the 2016 harvest the biggest ever in Washington State’s history.
‘The 2016 harvest was the result of a near-perfect growing season and higher than expected grape yields. Also driving growth is the fact that new vineyard plantings are beginning to produce fruit – a trend we expect will continue in the coming years,’ said Steve Warner, president of the Washington State Wine Commission, which represents every licensed winery and grape grower in the state.
You can get an esarly sample the fruit of 2016’s labours in the form of Hedges CMS White, Chardonnay, Marsanne and Sauvignon. Charles Smith wines are made with minimal intervention – try Kung Fu Girl Riesling, 2015; or for the reds rewind to 2013 for Gramercy Cellars Columbia Valley Syrah.
‘Not only did we see our biggest harvest ever – but it was a great harvest. The weather in eastern Washington cooled down a bit to extend the growing season and allow the grapes some extra time to mature on the vine. Our growers and winemakers are extremely excited about these wines,’ Warner added.
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