The following Guiding Principles will
provide a founding set of ideals for the Board to use in
evaluating proposals put forward by members, and for conducting
the corporationís business in general. Guiding Principals may be
modified, deleted or supplemented with additional principles by
action of the members. Any revisions to the Guiding Principles
shall be made by majority vote of all members of the
First, we will be an all volunteer organization with no paid
staff. We will rely on members and friends to do the work of
Second, dues for the organization will be completely voluntary.
We ask that you contribute whatever you can afford from $10 to
$500. The money will be used solely for office supplies and to
buy insurance for Board members.
Third, we wonít try to represent everyone or be all things for
all wineries. In most instances, we intend to support the
positions of the Washington Wine Institute. We will take other
positions only when the Wine Institute is unable to express the
needs of small family wineries. On most other issues we will
work with the Wine Institute, much like Family Winemakers of
California works with the California Wine Institute on topics of
Fourth, we believe in the health benefits of moderate
consumption of Washington wine. We plan to advocate vigorously
in Olympia to be able to legally discuss and promote the many
benefits of moderate consumption of our products.
Fifth, we will advocate for the free market as the only truly
level playing field for the sale of Washington wine. Only
wineries that are willing to compete fairly based on the merits
of their products should join our group.
Sixth, we will be a transparent organization controlled by its
members. We will have as many meetings as the members want and
we will always tell you what we are doing on your behalf.