Taste Washington is the premier wine and food extravaganza of the year, highlighting the best Washington has to offer. Taste Washington has something to offer for everyone from those that want to get down and dirty with their food to those that prefer to keep their manicures clean and matching their stilettos and cocktail dress. From educational events to parties to field trips to tastings, Taste Washington is a wonderful opportunity to experience and explore Washington wine and food.
Taste Washington is traditionally scheduled during the last weekend of Washington Wine Month as the grand finale. Check out the Washington Wine Month website for other events wine promotions during March 2016.
Put on your best red or white dress clothes for this elegant party to match the prestigious wines that will be poured no where else at Taste. Special library wines and sneak peak wines will make their premier entrance to the public at the 3rd annual red & white party at AQUA by El Guacho on Thursday, March 31, 2016 7-10pm. Chef Wesley Hood will be preparing an assortment of delicious gourmet appetizers and desserts to pair with your wines. Tickets are $175 and include valet parking.
Taste Washington on the Farm
Here is your chance to get down and dirty! Take a field trip to a local food producer to learn more about how Washington food is sourced, cultivated, protected and prepared. You will be met onsite by Washington wine makers who will pour their wines and chefs who will prepare a delicious lunch. This year, there are three different farm field trip/lunches to choose from:
Experience 1: Mountain Lodge Farm in Eatonville, Nigerian Dwarf and La Mancha goats cheese. Chef Dezi Bonow from The Carlile Room, a Tom Douglas restaurant. Wade Bennett, of Rockridge Orchard and Cidery will sample apple cider from his nearby orchards. Fidélitas winemaker Charlie Hoppes will pair and share wines.
Experience 2: Seattle’s largest urban farm: Seattle Tilth’s Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands. A vibrant, ever-growing 8-acre plot of row crops that are tended by volunteers, including at-risk youth. Maria Hines (Tilth, Agrodolce, Golden Beetle) and Tamara Murphy (Terra Plata) are pioneers of the farm-to-table dining movement. Winemakers from our Seattle urban winery community, Ryan Crane (Kerloo Cellars) and Jody Elsom (Elsom Cellars).
Experience 3: Diverse 18-acre farm run by Trellis Chef Brian Scheehser, who also makes cheese, beer and wine. Chef Brian will collaborate with Chateau Ste. Michelle’s talented culinary team and tap into the farm’s offerings to craft unique plates to enjoy. Salmon harvester, Nelly Hand and Orca Bay Seafoods will share her stories and filet some fresh salmon on-site! Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Head White Winemaker David Rosenthal and Andrew Januik Wines’ winemaker Andrew Janiuk will pour their wines.
The New Vintage
Its the second year of The New Vintage. This event is designed for the younger crowd. Formerly called “20 something” and held in the dark days of November, The New Vintage is fresh and fun. Held in the center of downtown, the New Vintage is about music, tasty food and of course kick ass wine. Almost 50 wineries are vying to get young people’s attention that night. Seven chefs will be preparing the tasty treats to tempt you while DJ Tina T will be taking care of the beat. Tickets are $75 and available online.
Taste Washington offers six educational seminars during the weekend, three on Saturday morning and three on Sunday morning. All seminars are held at the Four Seasons Hotel from 10:30-12:00. Seminar ticket prices vary according to the wines being poured.
Washington vs World 2016
King Cab! An exploration of Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Washington: Exploring what Washington wine tastes like and why
Through the Grapevine: Lessons learned from a lifetime in Washington wine
Riesling on the Rise
A Sense of Place: The role of vines and man in the vineyard
The Grand Tasting is what most people think of when they think of Taste Washington. This year it is at the Century Link Event Center April 2-3, 2016 and will feature 225 Washington wineries and 65 Washington restaurants. Grand Tasting also offers beer, ciders, chef demos and informational booths about different vineyards and AVAs. It is almost sensory overload but it really helps that you can spread it out with the two day pass. You can buy a general admission one day pass, a VIP one day pass which gives you an extra early hour and special lounge access or you can purchase the two-day pass to give yourself the whole weekend to explore the Grand Tasting. Tickets are available online.