We all love the classics. Classic movies, classic books, and even for some, classic(al) music. Well there’s a classic wine event that comes along every year during Washington Wine Month. It’s true to form and always sure to please. Taste Washington (@TasteWashington), the nation’s largest single region food & wine event, is back in 2013 in its two-day format that was adopted in 2012. From the opinion of an attendee that has attended both formats, I really like it as a two-day event. It spaces out the guests and makes for a much more enjoyable tasting experience. The 16th annual Taste Washington features 225 Washington wineries and more than 65 Northwest restaurants. As in prior years, this year’s event is held at the CenturyLink Field Events Center (or better know to many of us as the “CLink”). Held this coming weekend, March 23rd and 24th, it kicks off with seminars on a variety of topics (there’s even a beer one!), and moves straight into the tasting.
The seminar line-up this year is stellar, offering something for everyone. I was pleasantly surprised to see a beer seminar listed this year, amongst all of the spectacular wine seminar choices. Saturday has some great offerings: know your Washinton wine? Then you’ll want to taste some of the best in the “Washington vs. The World!” seminar. New to Washington wine? Then check out the “Intro to the World of Wine” seminar, which has amazing panel of educators and a sommelier. On Sunday, learn about blending (always a good time, I attended a blending seminar once), learn about the Yakima Valley wine region, or “Join the Cider Revolution” in a seminar dedicated to Washington cider. These seminars are not only educational but delicious. You didn’t think you were going to go learn and not actually get to taste anything did you? Don’t miss them!
Some Fun New Features for 2013
VIP tickets for Taste Washington offer tasters the chance to beat the crowds (highly recommended) and get in an hour early. New this year, VIP ticket holders will receive a swag bag and private access to the VIP Barrel Room presented by Tulalip Resort Casino (@TulalipResort). Now THIS is how you get to feel like royalty. Talking with past participants, the VIP tickets are worth the extra $. Also new this year is Woodinville Wine Country hosting a tasting lounge for all ticket holders to sample limited release wines, meet top winemakers, and enter to win prizes for events and getaways in Woodinville Wine Country.
Stay & Play in Seattle
Once again, Taste Washington has teamed up with fifteen downtown Seattle hotels for hotel packages for the weekend of the event. Make it a weekend and book your Taste Washingtonhotel package now!
Tickets for Taste Washington 2013 can be purchased online or at local wine retailers. The limited VIP tickets (1-5pm) that I mentioned above are $145 for a one-day pass and $185 for a two-day pass. General admissions tickets (2-5pm) are $80 for a one-day pass and $125 for a two-day pass. Don’t miss out on this wine and food extravaganza. See you at Taste Washington!