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Washington winemaking is thought to have begun in the 1870s, although the first VITIS VINIFERA vines weren't planted until the early 1900s. PROHIBITION and Washington state laws managed to put a damper on most activity from 1920 to the 1960s. However, Washington has blossomed since the mid-1960s and now has over eighty wineries and 11,000 acres of vitis vinifera vineyards. It's the sec-ond largest producer (after California) of high-quality wine in the United States. Most of Washington's better vineyards are located in the

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Material adapted from the The New Food Lover's Companion

© Copyright Barron's Educational Services, Inc. 1995 based on
THE FOOD LOVER'S COMPANION, 2nd edition, by Sharon Tyler Herbst.


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