Run, don’t walk, to get your tickets to the 21st annual Taste Washington, which we call “the Super Bowl of Wine Events” because it is the country’s largest single-region wine and food extravaganza. You don’t want to miss this explosion of tastes, fun and education on March 22-25 in Seattle.
Wines of British Columbia recently showcased the fall releases of more than 350 B.C. wines, poured by 90 wineries at the Vancouver Convention Center at an event called “Colour.” Only VQA wines were sampled — the Vintners Quality Alliance standard was created in 1990 to guarantee consumers they were drinking wine made from 100% B.C.-grown grapes. In 1990, B.C. was home to 17 wineries; today there are 275.
Prior to Wines of British Columbia‘s fall release “Colour” event in Vancouver (described in a separate post), we were invited to attend a wine seminar called “B.C.’s Wild Side” led by moderator and B.C. wine expert Michaela Morris.
The exclusive tasting focused on organic, biodynamic and natural B.C. wines, looking at how some wineries use wild fermentation, skin contact and ancestral winemaking techniques.
Ten wines from Okanagan Valley, Similkameen Valley and Golden Mile Bench were tasted; three were pre-release samples, and unfortunately, a couple of wines are already sold out.
This month we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Write for Wine! Ten years – wow!
When the blog launched in June 2007, we wrote about Washington wines, wineries, events, wine clubs and wine bars from Woodinville to Walla Walla. Soon after, we began our presence on Twitter at @writeforwine — we now have almost 11.500 followers.
What a ride it’s been! These days, we continue to write about wine from Washington state, but we also feature wines from California, Oregon, B.C., France, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and more.
We have tasted some fine wine, met some terrific people, and travelled to many countries during the past 10 years. If you do a search on the blog, or scroll through the calendar archives, you will likely find a special gem or story that speaks to you. At least, we hope so!