The Grand Tasting of Taste Washington may be getting the most attention but Taste Washington Seminars offers education and interaction with some of rock stars of the Washington wine industry.  Where else can you wine and dine with the likes of Bob Betz, MW, Dick Boushey, Tom Douglas, Stephanie Izard, Alex Golitzin, Greg Harrington MS, Jake Kosseff for as little as $40? Seminars are selling out fast so don’t delay your registration!

There are two sessions of seminars for the public, one in the morning and another in the afternoon. In addition, there is  a third session for the wine industry earlier in the morning. In addition to the seminars, there is some informal wine tastings for seminar participants in between sessions. The big draw to these seminars isn’t just the information gained. It is the interaction with wine makers and other wine lovers. Each session is limited to 40-80 participants, based on the room size, to allow ample opportunities to foster discussion and interaction.  The sessions have panels of wine and food experts so you gain information from a variety of perspectives. Read about Vivian’s Taste Washington seminar experience regarding David Lake.

Taste Washington Morning Sessions:

Common Ground: Boushay Vineyard 10:45-12:00  $40 SOLD OUT


  • Betz Family Winery 2008 “La Serenne”Syrah, YV $55
  • Betz Family Winery 2008 “La Côte Rousse” Syrah, RM $55
  • The Bunnell Family Cellar 2007 “Boushey-McPherson” Syrah, YV $43
  • Forgeron Cellars 2008 “La Serenne Block” Syrah – Barrel Sample, YV $45
  • JM Cellars 2007 “Boushey Vineyard” Syrah, YV $40
  • Maison Bleue 2008 “Liberté” Syrah, YV $40
  • Sparkman Cellars 2007 “The Darkness” Syrah, YV $50

Food and Wine Pairing with Tom Douglas 10:45-12:00  $40 SOLD OUT


  • Buty 2008 “Connor Lee Vineyard” Chardonnay, CV $35
  • Chinook Wines 2007 Cabernet Franc, YV $22
  • Kyra Wines 2008 Chenin Blanc, CV $12
  • Lullaby Winery 2007 Viognier, WWV $28
  • Rôtie Cellars 2007 “Northern Blend” Syrah-Viognier, WA $35
  • Sleight of Hand Cellars 2008 “The Magician” Gewurztraminer, CV $17
  • Three Rivers Winery 2007 Merlot, CV $20
  • Waters Winery 2009 Rosé of Syrah, WWV $18

Legend of Quilceda Creek 10:45-12:00  $75

This seminar is more expensive than the others, but offers the experience of how Quilceda Creek wines have evolved over time. This seminar provides the opportunity to compare how the different vintages and vineyards are expressed under Alex Golitzin’s wine making skill.


  • Quilceda Creek Vintners 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon, CV $200
  • Quilceda Creek Vintners 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, CV $175
  • Quilceda Creek Vintners 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, CV $150
  • Quilceda Creek Vintners 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, CV $125
  • Quilceda Creek Vintners 2005 “Galitzine Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon, RM $110
  • Quilceda Creek Vintners 2006 “Galitzine Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon, RM $98
  • Quilceda Creek Vintners 2007 “Galitzine Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon, RM $98

Blind Tasting: Which one is Washington? 10:45-12:00  $40

Master Sommeliers compete against Seattle Sommeliers in a blind tasting to determine which wines are Washington wines. Learn the basics of blind tasting and the “typical flavors” of our world-class wine and try your own palate for a chance to win a bottle of wine.


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Taste Washington Afternoon Sessions:

Mighty Malbec: Presented by Seattle Magazine 1:45-3:00  $40

Seattle Magazine awarded  Malbec as the Best Emerging Variety in their 2009 Best of Washington Wine Awards. Find out why!


  • àMaurice Cellars 2006 Malbec, CV $35
  • Domaine de la Bérangeraie 2006 Cahors, FR $18
  • Dusted Valley Vintners 2007 Malbec, CV $35
  • Ksana 2006 Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, ARG $18
  • Saviah Cellars 2007 Malbec, WWV $30
  • Wines of Substance 2007 Malbec, CV $20

Washington’s Icons of Tomorrow: The Proving Ground 1:45-3:00  $40 SOLD OUT


  • Col Solare 2006, CV $75
  • Côte Bonneville 2006 “Côte Bonneville”, YV $120
  • EFESTÉ 2007 “Big Papa” Cabernet Sauvignon, CV $45
  • Gramercy Cellars 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, CV $42
  • Gramercy Cellars 2007 “John Lewis” Syrah, WWV $65
  • Grand Rêve Vintners 2006 “I” Red Wine, RM $45
  • Grand Rêve Vintners 2006 “III” Red Wine, RM $45
  • Woodward Canyon Winery 2007 “Old Vine” Cabernet Sauvignon, WA $75

The Value Challenge 1:45-3:00  $40

Washington is not well known for wines under $20, but this seminar is all about changing that perception! Sara Schneider of Sunset Magazine will choose five grapes and compare Washington efforts to those of the rest of the world to create quality wines for the same price for each variety.


  • Domaine Alary 2008 “La Grange Daniel” Roussanne, Vins de Pays, FR $15
  • Isenhower Cellars 2008 “Snapdragon White” Roussanne/Viognier, RM $19
  • Dopff & Irion 2007 Riesling, Alsace, FR $16
  • Pacific Rim 2007 “Walulla Vineyard Biodynamic” Riesling, CV $18
  • Christian Mouiex 2005 Merlot, Bordeaux, FR $15
  • Columbia Crest 2007 “H3? Merlot, HHH $14
  • Alexander Valley Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, CA $17
  • Owen Roe 2007 “Sharecropper’s” Cabernet Sauvingon, CV $14
  • Cimicky 2008 “Trumps” Shiraz, Barossa Valley, AUS $17
  • Boomtown 2007 Syrah, CV $15

Industry Seminar

Marketing Wine in 2010 and Beyond 9:00 $20

In this seminar, designed for anyone who works in the Washington wine industry, you will hear the latest statistics and trends from The Nielsen Company and learn where Washington fits in the global wine scene.  We will then explore some innovative strategies for marketing wine in a challenging time with Tom Wark, a wine marketing communications expert (Wark Communications and Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog), and Paul Mabray, the Chief Strategy Officer at Vintank, a “digital think tank for the wine industry”.

Registration for this seminar becomes available, once you identify yourself as wine industry on the registration form.

Moderator: Chris Stone (Washington Wine Commission)

Panelists: Liem Le (Nielsen), Paul Maybray (Vintank), Tom Wark (Wark Communication, Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog)