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Wine Facts from Tagaris Winery

  • The Columbia Valley Appellation (viticultural region) is home to the Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, and Red Mountain sub-appellations.
  • Our Bureau initiated the Washington State wine tourism conference, the first-ever wine tourism conference held in North America.
  • Washington State's first certified organic vineyard and winery (Badger Mountain Winery)
  • No Sulfites Added wines produced by Badger Mountain
  • WA State's oldest winery (Chateau St. Michelle in Grandview)
  • The Tri-Cities first annual Grape Festival was held 1910
  • WA State's largest winery (Columbia Crest in Paterson)
  • WA State's first barrel-caves for aging wine (Terra Blanca)
  • WA State's largest antique corkscrew collection (Preston Premium Wines)
  • Complimentary tastings and showrooms overlooking vineyards and Columbia/Yakima valley
  • The Red Mountain appellation is the American Viticultural Association's newest designation. (Appellations are wine producing regions with distinct growing conditions, used to identify a wine with a particular climate and growing season/growing conditions primarily for marketing purposes)
  • 1 new winery opening every 13 days in the state of Washington (According to Steve Burns, WA Wine Commission, 1999)
  • 99% of the Washington's wine grapes come from eastern Washington's Columbia Valley
  • 26 varieties of wine grapes grown in Washington State

Ranking of wine production volume:

  • California #1
  • Washington #2
  • New York #3
  • Oregon #4

Tacoma & Washington Miscellaneous Facts

  • Tacoma stems from the Indian name for Mt. Rainier, "Tacobet," meaning "Mother of Waters." Interpreted by the white man as Tahoma, later Tacoma, name of the fledging settlement in 1865.
  • "City of Destiny" became Tacoma's moniker when it was designated -- instead of Seattle -- as the Northern Pacific Railroad's western terminus for its transcontinental route in 1873.

  • Incorporated in 1884 with population of approximately 5,000; current population is 197,500. Now the second largest city in the state of Washington (as of 2003).

  • Located on Commencement Bay on lower Puget Sound, 36 miles south of Seattle, 18 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
  • The state of Washington is the only state to be named after a United States president.

  • Seattle is home to the first revolving restaurant, 1961.

  • Washington state produces more apples than any other state in the union.

  • Washington state has more glaciers than the other 47 contiguous states combined.

  • Washington state's capitol building was the last state capitol building to be built with a rotunda.

  • Everett is the site of the world's largest building, Boeing's final assembly plant.

  • Medina is the home of the United States wealthiest man, Microsoft's Bill Gates.
  • The Northwestern most point in the contiguous U.S. is Cape Flattery on Washington's Olympic Peninsula.
  • King county the largest county in Washington was originally named after William R. King, Vice President under Franklin Pierce; it was renamed in 1986, after civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Microsoft Corporation is located in Redmond.

  • Before it became a state, the territory was called Columbia (named after the Columbia River). When it was granted statehood, the name was changed to Washington, supposedly so people wouldn't confuse it with The District of Columbia.
  • The highest point in Washington is Mount Rainier. It was named after Peter Rainier, a British soldier who fought against the Americans in the Revolutionary War.
  • The Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge at Evergreen Point is the longest floating bridge in the world. The bridge connects Seattle and Medina across Lake Washington.
  • Washington is the birthplace of both Jimi Hendrix (Seattle) and Bing Crosby (Tacoma).
  • The oldest operating gas station in the United States is in Zillah.
  • Washington's state insect is the Green Darner Dragonfly.
  • The world's first soft-serve ice cream machine was located in an Olympia Dairy Queen.
  • Starbucks, the biggest coffee chain in the world was founded in Seattle.
  • Spokane was the smallest city in size to host a World's Fair.