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Wine amd definition

Yet another mini-area now has formal designation as a specific wine-growing area: The Eola-Amity Hills viticultural area in the northern Willamette Valley in Oregon. The designation is published today by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.

Also out today, a proposed designation of a Snake River Valley’ viticultural area in southwestern Idaho and southeastern Oregon.

These designations – a string of them for small sub-regions now, in Washington and in Oregon, may go some distance toward raising the visbility and cachet of wines from that area. And if recent reports about climate warming in California’s Napa Valley are anywhere near accurate, and recent loosening of wine sales rules continue around the country, that could become a valuable thing indeed.

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