KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — A $97,000 federal grant is helping Washington’s wine industry promote its wines in Canada, its top international market.
The federal grant will help Washington State Wine Commission promote Washington wine within the government-controlled stores in Quebec for another two years.
The commission’s Rob Andersen says exports make up only about 5 percent of the state’s wine industry.
The Yakima Herald-Republic says the top markets for Washington wines include Japan, Germany, Denmark and Sweden. China and South Korea also are emerging markets.
Andersen says British Columbia has its own wine industry and trade barriers that make it more difficult for state wineries to compete in that province. So the commission has focused its efforts on Quebec in recent years.
Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com