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Washington Cities Compete for Wine Villages
 
04.21.2015
 
Officials hope upgrades to infrastructure will draw wine producers
 
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A 94-acre site in West Richland could be home to larger wineries due to a new wastewater plant’s ability to handle large volumes of effluent. Image: Oneza & Associates
Kennewick, Wash.—Washington state’s success with wine villages is set for a test as plans for four new developments in the Tri-Cities area blossom.

Proposals exist for wine-oriented projects in the cities of Richland, West Richland and Kennewick, either as part of redevelopment initiatives or municipal infrastructure upgrades. For example, wastewater-treatment plants are integral to projects the Port of Kennewick is undertaking on Columbia Drive and at the former Tri-Cities raceway in West Richland.
 
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Bedroom Communities Seek Vineyard AVA
 
04.20.2015
 
Suburban growers in Bay Area want recognition to help with local wine sales
 
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The boundary of the proposed Lamorinda AVA is within Contra Costa County in California.
Lafayette, Calif.—An association of tiny wineries and petite vineyards clustered in three quiet Contra Costa County bedroom communities has petitioned the TTB to establish the Lamorinda American Viticultural Area.

Members of the Lamorinda Winegrowers Association (LWA)—six bonded wineries, home winemakers and backyard grapegrowers—hope establishing the AVA will attract more consumers among diners in Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda, from which the name was coined. The three cities have a combined population of about 50,000.

 
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