Centurylink Event Center
800 Occidental Avenue
Price: $75.00 – $150.00
Dates: March 31 – April 1, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Basketball season is in full swing around the country, but here in Washington State we’re involved in a frenzy of a different sort—celebrating Washington wine. The finale takes place at Centurylink Event Center on March 31 – April 1, and if you are a lover of the fermented grape you won’t want to miss the excitement.
Taste Washington is the largest and most celebrated wine tasting event in the Pacific Northwest. Next weekend, the Washington Wine Commission brings all of the big name players – and some up and comers - together, so this is your chance to rub elbows with them while tasting the latest vintages from over 200 wineries.
Walking into the vast event center with so many rows of wineries ready to fill your glass can be a little intimidating at first. It’s best to have a game plan before making your ways through the aisles of wine to make sure you stop by and visit your favorite wineries as well as discover new ones.
Get a pen and paper and check out www.tastewashington.org to see the full list of vintners that will be on hand. If you are looking for a few suggestions, here are 10 wineries worth a look:
- Andrew Will
- L’Ecole No 41
- Novetly Hiil
- Otis Kenyon
- Seven Hills
- William Church
- Woodward Canyon
- Walter Dacon
More than just wine
Sure, wine is the main focus of this two-day celebration. But what is wine without a little food? Taste Washington has always been known to complement its wines with some of the best eateries around town. This year is no different. With so many good restaurants interspersed among the wineries a tasty bite will always be close at hand. Again, planning ahead is recommended. The list of participating food vendors is long but here are 10 tempting restaurants you’ll want to visit early and often:
- Bin on the Lake Wine Bar & Restaurant
- Local 360
- Mt. Townsend Creamery
- Theo Chocolates
More than just food and wine
Every year, Taste Washington makes sure that those who want to dig a little deeper into the soil and learn from the top winemakers, wine writers and overall wine influentials have an opportunity to enlighten themselves. Each day, Taste Washington starts off with wine Seminars from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Reservations are required and there usually is an additional admission charge – but it’s worth it. Last year, renowned Chef Michael Mina schooled us on food and wine pairings and there was a rousing debate about rating Washington wines in the What’s the Point(s) panel along with a mixer with the hottest new vinters that were making a name for themselves.
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Rest after play
All of that wine and education is enough to make the hardiest of wine drinker a little sleepy. This year, Taste Washington is offering some impressive hotel deals for visitors from out of town – or for those locals just looking for a night out. Check out www.tastewashington.org for availability.
Taste Washington only comes around once a year and it’s definitely a highlight for wine enthusiasts around the region.
Jenise Silva is a freelance writer in Seattle who has studied culinary, visual and performing arts. She penned the financial planning guide Women & Money, and has been writing about food and the arts for a number of years. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.