Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Upcoming Event: Taste Washington 2012 - CenturyLink Field Events Center, Seattle

It's that time of year again folks, Taste Washington (@TasteWashington) is upon us once again! This event continues to set the standard for Washington wine events and this year, the Washington State Wine Commission has teamed up with Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau (SCVB) to put on the food and wine event of the year. Big changes this year: the event is TWO days instead of its traditional single day tasting format. Both the tasting and the seminars have been spaced between the two days. Previously, the seminars were all held on Saturday and the Grand Taste held Sunday, but this new format offers more time for tasting, and a better chance to sit on on one of the educational wine seminars.

So here's the scoop on the happenings:

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

  • Washington Wine: Over-Delivering at Every Price
  • Vineyard Exploration: Red Willow Vineyard
  • Canlis: Food and Wine Pairing
VIP Tasting, 1pm to 5pm
General Admission Tasting, 2pm to 5pm

Saturday, April 1st, 2012

Seminars, 11am to 12:30pm 

  • Riedel Sensory Seminar 
  • Mythbusting: Food and Wine Pairing with Tom Douglas  
  • Celebrated Vintages: Highlights from a Quarter-Century of Washington State Wines 
  • Vineyard Exploration: Ciel du Cheval Vineyard
VIP Tasting, 1pm to 5pm
General Admission Tasting, 2pm to 5pm

As usual, the event will feature over 200 Washington wineries and a VERY impressive list of restaurants. Another great addition this year is a tasting area dedicated to specific vineyards. As usual, the event page has listed out the wines that each winery will be pouring, so peruse the list and make notes on several you want to be sure to find, because I can tell you from past experience that it can be a bit overwhelming when you walk in to the event. If you have your heart set on some favorites, find them early! The great thing about the two day format for tasting this year is that the crowds will likely be less during each session. That makes it easier to taste and even ask questions of the winemakers in attendance.

Coming from out of town for Taste Washington? Check out the "Stay the Weekend in Seattle" promotion that is going along with this year's event. There are some fantastic hotel packages being offered for Taste Washington attendees!

Was that enough to entice you? Believe me, there are aspects of this impressive event that I didn't even touch on here. See for yourselves March 31st to April 1st at the CenturyLink Field Events Center (conveniently located adjacent to CenturyLink Field for those interested in making it a Taste Washington/Sounders game pairing Saturday the 31st!). Run, don't walk (in a matter of speaking) over to the Taste Washington website to get your tickets for the seminars and tasting!

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