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Governor starts wine rivalry between states

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Washington's wine industry has nearly tripled in the last five years, but it's still a distant second to California.

Now, Governor Chris Gregoire is stirring the pot a bit, highlighting the quality of Washington's premium wines.

In a press conference, the governor referred to California wines as jug wine, and Washington's as fine wine.

Local wine makers we talked to say Washington is often overlooked but more people are finding out about its quality.

"We're going to California next week for a private tasting. They're asking just for Washington wines because they've heard that Washington has great wine at really great values," says Stacie Hamilton of Hamilton Cellars in Richland.

Hamilton and her husband Russ say they're excited about the direction the states wine industry is going in.

In addition, WSU Tri-Cities is planning the wine science center which is expected to open lat next year. It will provide educational training for people interested in a career in the wine industry.

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