No such thing as a free taste? Wine tasting fees are becoming more common in the Northwest.
TNT photo by Janet Jensen
The fall edition of Wine Press Northwest pours some heat on a wine-country debate.
“Tasting fees. That’s what gets the blood boiling,” writes Andy Purdue, the magazine’s editor.
California wineries have charged tasting fees for some time. They were intended to quash the happy-hour-on-wheels vibe that threatened to sour the bucolic Napa Valley.
Now more Pacific Northwest wineries are charging visitors who want to sample…