Washington is now recognized as one of the premier winemaking regions in the country, but this reputation took a while to cultivate. The accolades trickled in slowly at first, most of them aimed at the wineries that popped up around Seattle in the 1960s. New growers were few and far between in the decade that followed; according to the _New York Times_, there were still only 20 or so in the entire state by 1981. Contrast that with the new millennium, which has seen a huge and unprecedented growth in winemaking. Today, at least 500 Washington wineries bottle local varietals, with more popping up every month. Times have changed, indeed.
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