Pacific Northwest AVA
If you were doing research into AVA's in the mid 1980's you would have found very little outside of California, luckily for wine drinkers that is no longer the case. For a long time in the wine industry there has been extensive debate about which state or growing region was likely to find their place right behind California as a clear second choice when it comes to production quality and quantity on the American wine scene.
While you'd no longer assume that either Washington or Oregon produces wine of lesser quality than California, these are certainly the second and third most important wine production states in America. Washington's ascent to the wine elite was solidified when a Washington wine was named as Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year in 2009-the first non California wine from the United States to be so named.
Washington AVA's: When most people think of the state of Washington, they think of Seattle and the rain which permeates that area. Washington wine carries little in common with that small section of the state, with much of the vineyards located in much warmer, more temperate inland climates.
At Uncorked Ventures, we think learning a little something about new AVA's can help you find more affordable wine.