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August is Washington Wine Month

KENNEWICK, Wash.- The wine industry is one of the fastest growing in the area, and August is governor proclaimed Washington Wine Month.

The Washington Wine Commission is kicking off the month with special promotions in stores throughout the state, challenging retailers to put together the best displays of Washington wine.

With more than 400 wineries throughout the state, only California has a bigger industry, and officials say the celebration is great for the local economy.

"A drop of wine isn't just good for your health, it's good for the state economy. The wine industry contributes $3 billion to our economy annually and it employs 14,000 people," said Regan O'Leary, Vice President of Communications for the Washington Wine Commission.

"So when you're buying Washington wines, you're really supporting the state, and supporting family owned farming and small businesses."

Former Governor Gary Locke proclaimed August Wine Month as a tribute to the economic impact the industry has on the state.

Officials say Washington's wine industry is still young, small and down to home compared to others.

This is the sixth time the month has been celebrated.