How to help Washington wineries during the COVID-19 outbreak

Washington wine is comprised largely of hundreds and hundreds of small, family wineries. These wineries have all been adversely affected by the outbreak of COVID-19, which has restricted their tasting rooms from being open except for bottle and case sales. On premise sales through the visitor experience is a big part of many business models, especially in places with a large influx of seasonal wine tourism. Many others rely on restaurant sales, which have obviously been paused.

Some of the regional alliances in Washington have put together lists of promotions that wineries are running as a result of the outbreak. Find a list of promotions for Walla Walla wineries here. See a list of promotions for Yakima Valley wineries here. See a list from Woodinville wineries here.

If you are aware of other promotions for other regional groups, please let me know. There are, of course, many more wineries beyond this that are running promotions, and you can find out about them on their websites and social channels.

If you can, please consider buying wine from these wineries in this difficult time. They very much need our support. One of the things that makes Washington wine special is its strong sense of community. As before and as always, we're all in this together.

Sean P. Sullivan

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