After much deliberation over the stakes, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and California Governor Jerry Brown agreed to “make things interesting” on Sunday’s NFC Championship game between the Seahawks and the 49ers. The wager: A case of each state’s award-winning wine.
Both Washington and California are well-known for wine. While California is the largest wine producing state in the U.S., Washington is second and growing rapidly.
Wines from Washington State are also recognized for both their high quality and value. Washington has consistently outperformed California with a higher percentage of wines scoring 90 points and above, while maintaining a lower average cost for these wines, based on Wine Spectator magazine’s ratings.
If the Seahawks lose Sunday, Governor Inslee has promised Governor Brown a baker’s dozen of Washington State wine — one bottle from each of Washington State’s 13 winegrowing regions.
“We’re proud of our state and confident about Sunday’s game,” said Steve Warner, president of Washington State Wine. “And just as the Seahawks are poised to be No. 1, so is Washington State wine.”