The Associated Press April 24, 2012, 11:32AM ET

Wash. governor draws the line on Calif. wine

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire is drawing the line on wine.

Gregoire said Monday that no other state can compete with Washington's quality. She recalled a trade mission to Europe in which someone asked her about California wine. Her response was: "They make jug wine. We make fine wine."

She got a loud round of applause from supporters with that comment Monday.

Gregoire's remarks came as she signed a new capital construction budget that includes $5 million toward a Wine Science Center facility in Richland. She called the project a "personal favorite" of hers.

California has by far the most wineries in the United States. Washington ranks No. 2 in that category.


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