While it’s been reported that wine sales are up in 2009, with Washington state wines showing the greatest domestic growth  (http://wineindustryinsight.com/?p=763), the fact is that the wine industry is not recession proof. Washington winemakers have been feeling the pinch as reported by the Tri-City Herald (http://www.tri-cityherald.com/kennewick_pasco_richland/story/472266.html).  According to WINO Magazine Editor Doug Haugen, however, there is a win/win solution for wine consumers and wineries in a down economy — buy direct. Here’s what Doug has to say,  http://www.winomagazine.com/2009/02/economy-scheconomy/.