Taste Washington:The Super Bowl of WA Wine Events

If you only go to one wine event this year, make it Taste Washington. Last year my friend Yashar, the sommelier at Seastar Restaurant and RawBar, described it as “the Super Bowl of Washington wine events.” It’s a great description for the country’s largest single-region wine and food event.

Returning for its 14th year, Taste Washington weekend kicks off on March 26, with seminars featuring wine experts from The Washington Post, NBC’s Today show, Sunset Magazine, Travel + Leisure and more.

March 27 features the Grand Tasting at Qwest Field Event Center, where more than 200 Washington State wineries and leading restaurants offer new releases and samples. You can see the full list, and find ticket information at the Taste Washington website.

I’ll write more about this exciting weekend in future posts. In the meantime, I highly recommend that you get your tickets, arrange for a designated driver or public transportation, and be prepared to taste and learn about wonderful Washington wines.

The Washington Wine Commission aptly calls this event “the ultimate wine experience.”

We hope to see you there!


Big Sip Oregon

If you’re thinking about a trip to Portland in the near future, mark your calendars for March 5 for Big Sip Oregon. This event is created by E2C Productions, the producers of the popular Northwest Food and Wine Festival, Monterey Wine Festival and the West Coast Chowder Contest.

The wines being poured at Big Sip Oregon are not usually available in stores. Better yet, this event promises great wines at a huge value.

“With value and economics’ in mind this event is filled with great wines for anyone who is interested to find the absolute best wine values, a sure hit with the wide variety of wine aficionados in the region,” E2C announced. “The concept is simple, great quality for the best price. Hand-selected wines will be featured that would generally not be available to purchase in stores, making it an irresistible gathering … for the avid wine buyers.”

The event also features wine education, live music and some tasty food. For full details, including the lineup of participating wineries, time and tickets, visit the Big Sip Oregon website.