It’s Washington wine month once again (or #WAWineMonth to those of us Twitter savvy folk) and you know what that means: TASTE WASHINGTON IS NEAR! Every year, the month of March gives us a month-long celebration of Washington’s award winning wine industry. The month ends with the biggest and baddest wine event of the year. The 17th annual Taste Washington (@TasteWashington) is the largest single-region wine and food event in the United States, featuring more than 225 Washington State wineries and more than 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants. There are, in fact, so many wineries and restaurants at this event that if you don’t go in with a game plan you’re going to be wide eyed and overwhelmed trying to decide what to try next (trust me on this, map it out in advance, CenturyLink Field Event Center is a large facility!).
Taste Washington also includes the seminars, held 11:30am-1pm on both March 29th and 30th before the Grand Tasting. Like the event, these also take place at CenturyLink Field Event Center. These seminars are led by top national wine personalities and sommeliers. Educational topics for seminars showcase various aspects of Washington wine, wine and food pairing demonstrations, and even food pairings with beer and spirits. This year’s seminars feature some great topics, moderators and panelists. Check out the line-up and purchase seminar tickets here.
In addition to all of the delicious wineries and restaurants at the event, there are also some exhibitors and special features that can’t be missed. Taste the Vineyards is always a favorite of mine, where you can taste wines from different wineries side by side that are all sourced from the same vineyards. For this year’s vineyards check out the website. The Alaska Airlines Chef’s Stage features top local and national chefs cooking live on-site in a state-of-the-art kitchen built right on the Taste show floor. This is a great place to kick back and watch some culinary magic happen.
Coming from out of town to the big event? Taste Washington will also offer overnight hotel packages at several downtown Seattle hotels that encourage visitors to sip, savor and stay. Hotel packages feature special overnight guest room rates, plus a variety of value-added features and amenities which vary with each property. You can view hotel packages and book your stay here.
Tickets for the Grand Tasting and seminars are now sale through the Taste Washington website. One-day general admission tickets are $80 and allow access to the Grand Tasting from 2-5pm. VIP tasting begins an hour earlier at 1pm and allows guests early and exclusive access to winemakers and chefs. One-day VIP tickets are $145. Two-day ticket prices are $125 for general admission and $185 for VIP admission. So clear your schedule and your palate and I’ll see you at Taste Washington 2014!
Want to follow all the action leading up to the big weekend? Check out the #TasteWA hashtag on Twitter to stay up to date!