Taste Washington weekend features seven educational seminars on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 at CenturyLink Field Event Center. The seminars are led by top national wine personalities, sommeliers and local winemakers and growers. Seminars will continue to showcase noteworthy happenings in the Washington wine industry and offer insight into Washington’s other beverage industries; cider and beer.
The seminar schedule begins on Saturday, March 23 at 11:30 a.m. with four very different education tracks. For curious new wine drinkers, Intro to the World of Wine seminar will help newcomers explore wine tasting protocol, wine varieties and how Washington State fits into the world of wine. The introductory seminar features six classic varieties from Washington State.
Saturday seminars also include a RIEDEL Glass Tasting with a chocolate and wine pairing where guests will receive a three piece Vinum XL Wine Tasting Set to take home. Washington vs. The World! invites participants to taste and compare five of Washington’s most sought-after wines against five highly renowned wines from around the globe.
New features to the seminar line-up include non-wine programs, Cure what Ales Ya! on Saturday, hosted by Master Beer Sommelier Mike Kelley who will lead attendees through a Belgian Beer tasting featuring international ales such as Stella Artois and Hoegaarden as well as highlighting local favorite Redhook Brewery. Beer will be paired with charcuterie from Cured, hand-crafted by the 2013 Washington State Wine Restaurant of the Year Visconti’s. On Sunday, guests can Join the Cider Revolution with cider and cheese expert Jill Lightner of Edible Seattle and Washington cider makers. Seminar participants can sample a variety of Northwest cider styles paired with delectable local cheeses.
On Sunday, seminar participants will take part in celebrating Yakima Valley’s 30th Anniversary with wine experts, veteran growers and winemakers from Washington State’s first American Viticultural Area (AVA). Lastly, Sean Sullivan from Wine Enthusiast invites participants to get All Mixed Up at the Art of Blending as he leads a discussion on how winemakers create delicious, complex and highly prized wine blends.
Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Tickets range from $25-$75
For full descriptions, a list of featured wines and to purchase tickets visit – tastewashington.org/seminars-2013/
About Taste Washington:
Taste Washington is the largest single-region wine and food event in the United States, featuring more than 200 Washington State wineries and more than 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants. The 2013 Taste Washington sponsors include Premier Sponsors: Viking, QFC, Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card, El Gaucho & AQUA by El Gaucho, Tulalip Resort Casino, Seattle Met, KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, Magnum Sponsors: Medaglia D’Oro, TalkingRain, Riedel and Patron Sponsors: Woodinville Wine Country, SuperGraphics, South Seattle Community College, AM 770 The Truth, Fremont Studios and Wilcox Farms. This year’s Event Features include Anheuser Busch and Stella Artois. Held annually in the spring, Taste Washington attracts more than 3,000 wine and food enthusiasts to the Seattle area. The Washington State Wine Commission launched Taste Washington in 1998 and is now produced by Visit Seattle. For more information, visit www.tastewashington.org.
About Visit Seattle:
Visit Seattle, a private, nonprofit marketing organization, has served as Seattle/King County’s official destination marketing organization (DMO) for more than 50 years. The goal of these marketing efforts is to enhance the employment opportunities and economic prosperity of the region. For more information, visit www.visitseattle.org.
About the Washington State Wine Commission:
The Washington State Wine Commission represents every licensed winery and every wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, the Commission provides a marketing platform to raise positive awareness of the Washington State wine industry and generate greater demand for its wines. Funded almost entirely by the industry – through assessments based on grape and wine sales – the Commission is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987. For more information on the Washington State Wine Commission and the Washington State wine industry, please visit www.washingtonwine.org.
Photo credits: Kristin Marie Photography