This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.
This seems a timely moment to lift a glass and toast a rising star in the state’s economy – the Washington wine industry.
Even during the recession and two harsh winters in a row (2009 and 2010) that slammed Eastern Washington vineyards, the wine industry continued to expand. Today, according to a new study, its value to the state economy has grown almost three times from what it was just five years ago – a period that overlaps the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.
According to the study, conducted for the Washington State Wine Commission by a California wine-industry consulting firm, Washington’s wine industry contributed $8.6 billion to the state’s economy in 2011, compared with $3 billion in 2007. Read more »