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Daily, our email inboxes are flooded with offers from wineries. Discounts, free shipping, virtual tastings, there are so many options being offered by wineries who are looking for new ways to reach consumers and sell wine while their tasting rooms are closed. It can be difficult to keep track of who is offering what but luckily, the associations for many wine regions have compiled comprehensives lists of what their member wineries are offering which I wrote about in the Napa Valley Register and am sharing here. In what seems like the blink of an eye, our lives have changed. As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the United States, and the world, everything we are accustomed to has changed. The list of what we cannot do is too long to write, but one thing we cannot do is go wine tasting or attend wine events.
The third Sunday of each month from 4 to 6pm, K&L Wine Merchants and Campanile Restaurant host a Wine Tasting Series, featuring a different region of wines. For $25 you can taste a great selection of 30-40 wines, along with small bites.  A fun way to spend an afternoon and also to get a good understanding of what the featured region has to offer. A recent afternoon was spent tasting Washington State wines. 99% of wine grapes grow in the Columbia Valley, the largest viticultural region in Washington. It includes the AVA's Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Wahluke Slope, Rattlesnake Hills, Horse Heaven Hills, Snipes Mountain, and Lake Chelan. Predominately planted to Riesling, Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are 6,851 vineyard acres planted under the Columbia Valley AVA.