Washington Wine Industry Opposes HR5034
Below is the official press release from the Washington Wine Commission, Washington Wine Institute, and Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers. This letter was posted with permission of www.washingtonwine.org April 26, 2010 The Honorable Cathy McMorris Rodgers 1323 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 RE: Washington Wine Industry Opposes H.R. 5034 Dear Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers: On behalf of the Washington wine industry, we request your opposition to the Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness (CARE) Act of 2010 (H.R. 5034), which would effectively remove the Constitutional balancing tests to define the limits of a State’s authority under the 21st amendment to […]
Are You Bored With Girls Night Cocktails?
Guest blog #1 from Coryn Briggs @bstar2009 Are you bored with your girls’ night out cocktails? Has that Cosmopolitan lost its luster? Look no further than your local wine shop for wine selections and food pairing ideas. I’ve included my current list of top five favorite wines along with ideas for food pairings and girls’ night out activities. Wines listed below are not in any kind of order– all are wonderful and need to be enjoyed in the company of good friends. 2008 Erath Vineyard Pinot Gris – How do I love this wine let me count the ways… First, […]
Spokane’s Nodland Cellars
“That is so cool, he makes his own alcohol,” exclaimed Tim during a family reunion trip with Tracy’s extended family. That weekend in 1999 gave birth to a new Spokane winery. The journey would still take several more years, but by the fall of 1999 Tracy and Tim acquired some Walla Walla Cabernet, hit the books, talked with winemakers and began experimenting with making wine. Over the years, one wine turned into five different wines and by 2007, Nodland Cellars became Spokane’s lucky 13th winery. Those early pre-release years were all about education and refining the process. Classes at UC […]
HR 5034 Representative Contact Information
A friend of mine took the time to research the name, phone number and social media (if applicable) for the State Representatives who are responsible for sponsoring H.R. 5034. For those that don’t know, this bill could potentially eliminate a wineries ability to directly ship to customers or self distribute. Direct to consumer is the bread and butter for a lot of small business wineries. This friend, who we’ll call Agent X, will remain anonymous because he’s wanted by the U.S. Government (no not really). Actually, he has a valid point. In a previous article I’ve called the three tier […]
Corkd: Are Twitter Tasting Events Worth It?
Today’s DrinkNectar post is featured on Cork’d. Head over there and check out the story about Twitter wine tasting events. Cork’d is becoming a fantastic resource for wine news and I’m proud to be a part of it. Twitter wine tasting events are changing the wine community. I had the honor of co-sponsoring #WAMerlot and saw firsthand the power of the online community. As a wine brand, these events offer little or no cost opportunities for brand impressions, building your customer base and interacting with your existing customers. As a wine consumer, they provide an opportunity learn, engage and […]