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Washington wine industry tops 650 wineries

SUNNYSIDE, Wash. (AP) - With more than 650 wineries in Washington state and a new license bonded every 10 days, it's getting harder to get noticed in a place still known more for its Red Delicious apples than its Riesling.

Washington's wine industry is valued at about $3 billion annually. That's still behind California, which has more than 10-times the acreage and four-times the number of wineries.

Few Washington wineries are widely recognized by average consumers outside the region. And most are known for producing wines priced in the $40-range and lower, though a number of wines now top $100 a bottle.

Robin Pollard, executive director of the Washington Wine Commission, says the competition has made it harder for winery owners.

 (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

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