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Last week marked the beginning of this year’s grape harvest. From the Wahluke Slope in Mattawa to the Walla Walla Valley, grapes are being harvesting. Most varieties of grapes that are harvested first are Chardonnay, Savignon Blanc, and Merlot. According to an article from Wine Press Northwest, the grapes are about 9 days ahead of last year. This is more in line with normal vintage. If you are looking for more information on Yakima Valley or Washington Wines, or are interested in making homemade wines, visit www.thefruitpress.com. They have two varieties of Wine Presses for sale.

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Sales of Washington State wines have increased 9.1% by value over the past year. This data is from a recent Nielson report for the period of July 2008 to July 2009. The 9.1% growth figure is twice as much as total wine sales, which say a 4.7% increase by value. Sales by volume is also up by 6.4% which is almost 3 times as large as overall wine sales by volume which grew by 2.4% over the same time period. Washington State contains over 32,000 acres of planted grapes with varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Reisling, Merlot, and Syrah leading the way as far as total acres planted.

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The Yakima Valley is the wine country of Washington State. Yakima Valley Wine Country has over 60 wineries located in this area and was the first appelation established in the state. The city of Yakima has also seen a lot of activity surrounding wineries lately. The downtown area is home to a number of tasting rooms and restaurants serving local wines. The climate in the Yakima area is perfect for growing grapes, with lots of sun and a drier climate than the western side of the state. A number of varieties of grapes flourish in the Yakima Valley including: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Syrah, Reisling, Cabernet Franc, Gerwurtztraminer, and others. During the summer you will find many activities at the wineries in the Yakima Valley, along with all the other fruit growers that share the same Valley. If you are a hobbyist and would like to grow your own grapes or make your own wine, the Yakima Valley has all the tools you need to get started including classes at the community college and suppliers to get your hobby started. If you are interested in pressing wines, you will find many wine press products as well.

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