FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 13, 2012 Contact: Michelle Liberty, Tourism Walla Walla, 509-525-8799, mliberty@

EASTERN WASHINGTON WINE REGION PREVAILS OVER WILLAMETTE VALLEY IN SUNSET MAGAZINE NORTHWEST WINE COUNTRY FACE-OFF READER POLL (WALLA WALLA, Wash.)—The Eastern Washington wine region, including the assets, amenities, and attractions of the Walla Walla Valley, prevailed over the Willamette Valley in Sunset magazine’s recently concluded Northwest Wine Country Face-Off reader poll. “The Eastern Washington wine region is comprised of a number of unique experiences, including the individual amenities, attractions and of course the wineries of the Walla Walla Valley,” said Michelle Liberty, Executive Director of Tourism Walla Walla. “To know that Sunset magazine readers recognize and appreciate the overall Eastern Washington wine country experience is a testament to the quality of the region as a wine and leisure travel destination.” In describing the Eastern Washington wine region to its readers, Sunset noted, “Pack your sense of adventure and a real love for wine as you explore Eastern Washington. Once the wild, wild West of regions, it’s now tamed with cult Syrahs and Euro winemakers.”

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