Run, Don’t Walk, For Tickets To Taste Washington

What are you waiting for? Taste Washington is around the corner, and you do not want to miss this explosion of tastes, fun and education on March 28-31 in Seattle.

For more than a decade, we have called this event —  the country’s largest single-region wine and food extravaganza — “the Super Bowl of Wine Events.” But no, that title is not the official or unofficial name. We just think it fits perfectly.

This year, Taste Washington features more than 235 wineries, 65 restaurants and some of the nation’s top chefs. For example, one of the favorite activities, The New Vintage, welcomes Seattle star chefs Edouardo Jordan (JuneBaby), Ethan Stowell (Ethan Stowell Restaurants) and Rachel Yang (Joule) coupled with chef friends from around the country including Chris Cosentino (Cocksomb, San Francisco, CA), Vivian Howard (Chef and the Farmer, Kinston, NC), and Gregory Gourdet (Departure Restaurant + Lounge, Portland, OR).

At the Grand Tasting, take in the magic of Washington wines – those you know and love, and other gems you will discover. As well said by event partners Visit Seattle and Washington State Wine: “Explore, indulge, imbibe, and you can confess your sins later.”
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Wonderful Woodward Canyon

Rick and Darcey Small founded Woodward Canyon Winery in 1981, the second winery in the Walla Walla Valley. (Leonetti Cellar opened just four years earlier.) Rick’s family farmed for multiple generations on land that is now the estate vineyard.

In 2003, winemaker Kevin Mott joined the team. And today, Woodward Canyon is one of the most-acclaimed wineries in Walla Walla.

Woodward Canyon is known for its gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignons, in addition to Bordeaux-style blends, Merlot and Chardonnay. Of note, the winemaking focus is on quality over quantity.

We visit the Woodward Canyon tasting room every time we’re in Walla Walla. Recently, we stopped in when we attended the Wine Bloggers Conference.

These are our favorite “special occasion” wines during that trip: Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon, Charbonneau Red and Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon.
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Va Piano Vineyards

Many wine enthusiasts love Va Piano Vineyards. The tasting room in Walla Walla is always packed with people having fun. The reason is simple: Va Piano offers a talented winemaker, amazing wine, and fantastic staff who provide an excellent wine experience.

Those are the reasons this winery makes our list of Favorite Washington Wineries every year.

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