Here in Vancouver, BC we typically think about wines from BC, but just a short drive south to Washington state, you can also find wonderful wines. A great way to get an introduction to Washington State wines is to attend Taste Washington, a yearly event held in Seattle. The 17th annual Taste Washington event is scheduled for Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30, 2014, at CenturyLink Field Event Center.
I have been attending Taste Washington for a few years, and learn alot about the wines. Instead of driving across Washington state to try different wines, or visiting clusters of tasting rooms in Woodinville, the wineries come to you at Taste Washington. If you are a lover of Syrah for example, you could sample and compare the wide range at this event, and finding out which wineries match to your palate. All in one day. On your own, it may take a whole summer of driving around Washington state to taste the same number of Syrah. Also you can also go back to a winery table and re-taste a wine to compare with another wine. A real fun, learning experience.
There are two components to this event. The first, and largest, component is the food & wine tasting room, where you can try wine from over 180 different wineries! I really like the tasting room as there are food stations hosted by various Washington state restaurants where you can try food and wine together. The other component are the seminars. There are 4 seminars each day covering different topics related to Washington wine. The seminars are very interesting. A few topics are:
- learning about blending wines (a hands-on experience),
- food & wine pairing, wines from old vines,
- Rhone grape varieties, and
- Washington vs the world.
Here are a few posts and youtube videos that I have done from past Taste Washington events:
- Wines for All Tastes at Taste Washington 2013
- Wine Selections from My First Ever Taste Washington Event
- Lauren Ashton Cellars at Taste Washington 2013
- Kerry Shiels from Cote Bonneville Talks at Taste Washington 2013
I encourage you to buy your tickets for this event before it sells out. See you there!