Taste Washington, the Super Bowl for the Washington state wine industry, kicks off March 23-24 with something for every wine enthusiast. It’s also a perfect place for newbies to learn, without fear, about the wonderful world of wine, Washington style. And then there’s the food.
Specifically, Taste Washington features more than 225 Washington wineries and 68 local restaurants.
No wonder that the Washington Wine Commission and Visit Seattle, annual producers of the event, promote it this way: “Taste Washington. Drink. Eat. Learn.” Indeed, Taste Washington is billboarded as “the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event.”
The weekend begins with Saturday seminars to educate your palate. The wine will also be flowing at these educational experiences:
- Introduction to the World of Wine
- Cure What Ales Ya!
- RIEDEL Glass Tasting
- Washington vs. The World!
- All Mixed Up – The Art of Blending
- Yakima Valley 30th Anniversary
- Join the Cider Revolution
Sunday features the Grand Tasting. Like any Super Bowl, you need to plan to stay ahead of the game. It’s easy – you can download a copy of the event program and start planning which wineries and restaurants to visit.
We organize our tasting route in advance every year. One year, we decided to only taste pours from wineries or wines that we had never before experienced. Another year, we decided to only drink Cab Francs.
There are various price tiers for the event, which is being held at the CenturyLink Field Event Center:
VIP Tickets — One day $145, two days, $185; For this price, your receive one extra hour to enjoy Taste Washington before the crowds arrive; access to the Barrel Room, an exclusive VIP lounge presented by Tulalip Resort Casino; VIP swag bag and special giveaways each day during the VIP hour.
General Admission — One day $80; two days, $125
Seminars — Held over two days, these range in price from $25-$75 dollars
We hope to see you there!