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Wine Tasting in Washington


If you’ve noticed wine tasting rooms popping up just about everywhere, you aren’t imagining it. Once limited to two tasting rooms outside of a winery’s production location, a state law went into effect on July 23, 2017 which allowed that number to double. While the majority of tasting rooms still reside in Walla Walla and Woodinville, wineries holding a domestic winery license are now able to expand and bring their wine to more dense urban populations near Seattle – particularly the SODO and Georgetown neighborhoods.

This change in Washington law not only creates opportunity for consumers to now visit tasting rooms that once were difficult to reach, but also creates more opportunity for wineries to sell directly to the public. Not all wineries will be able to add additional tasting rooms due to capital or production limitations but it’s something to consider as this form of direct-to-consumer sales is important to many wineries survival.

The tasting room law change is not the only bill passed by Washington State Legislature’s third special session. If you are in the alcoholic beverage industry, there were several laws that went into effect on July 23, 2017 in which you should be aware. To read more on these specific law changes, click here.



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