Gregoire draws the line on Calif. wine

  • Mon Apr 23rd, 2012 4:02pm
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Associated Press

TACOMA — Gov. Chris Gregoire is drawing the line on wine.

Gregoire said Monday that no other state can compete with Washington’s quality. She recalled a trade mission to Europe in which someone asked her about California wine. Her response was: “They make jug wine. We make fine wine.”

She got a loud round of applause from supporters with that comment Monday.

Gregoire’s remarks came as she signed a new capital construction budget that includes $5 million toward a Wine Science Center facility in Richland. She called the project a “personal favorite” of hers.

California has by far the most wineries in the United States. Washington ranks No. 2 in that category.