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.”
This four-day experience is packed with diverse activities, and different pass options.
Connoisseur pass holders gain entry to the full wine and food wonderland, adding up to four days of non-stop deliciousness. The Enthusiast pass offers VIP access to The New Vintage and both days of the Grand Tasting. You can purchase a two-day Grand Tasting ticket, or a one-day ticket for either Saturday or Sunday.
We love to go to Taste Washington every year and are really looking forward to the 2019 spectacular.
The Grand Tasting: Make a Plan
Every year, we give this same crucial advice to making the most of your Grand Tasting experience. Before you enter the doors, we highly recommend that you develop a plan. Because once there, you will be hit with a massive amount of taste potentials — and it can be overwhelming.
So make a list of wineries and restaurants you want to make sure to visit. But always leave room for some flexibility; chances are something will catch your eye as you walk through the aisles.
And wear comfortable shoes! But do not wear perfume or cologne.
Of note, we recommend tasting and spitting wine (or pouring it into the buckets at each booth) at this major event, but if you think you might want more than a sip or two, many hotels in the area are offering special weekend packages. Otherwise, be sure to have a designated driver, or take cabs or local transit home.
Have questions? There might be answers in the Taste Washington FAQs.
We hope to see you there!
Margot and Dave