March is a huge month in Seattle for food and wine lovers. Not only is Dine Around Seattle but it’s also Washington Wine Month. Capping off the gluttonous month is Taste Washington weekend featuring more wine than you can even imagine. This year’s Taste Washington is extended to include three additional events beyond the educational seminars and grand tasting. Start your weekend early with the Red & White Party on Thursday, extend it with farm tours and The New Vintage on Friday and finish off with an educational seminar or two and the Grand Tasting.
Go forth and celebrate Washington Wine!
Red & White Party
Thursday, March 26
Set the tone for the perfect Taste Washington experience with the second annual Red & White Party.
Held AQUA by El Gaucho on the waterfront, join 27 wineries for exclusive pours from magnums
of 90+ point Washington wines and the culinary talents of Executive Chef Wesley Hood. Prepare for a magical evening filled with expertly crafted appetizers, fantastic wine and live music from The Ben Fleck Trio. Don’t forget to wear your best red and/or white outfit. See the full list of wineries for this special event here.
Taste Washington on the Farm
Friday, March 27
A brand new event for Taste Washington takes guests right to the source. Attendees to Taste Washington on the Farm will visit local farms and meet the people who grow and produce gourmet, artisanal products from the beautiful Pacific Northwest. In each unique opportunity you will meet the farmers, get your boots dirty and enjoy a variety of delicious food and wine (transportation will be provided EverGreen Escapes). Experience Cheese Bliss on Vashon Island, Exploring the Lush Snohomish Valley or Deep Dive into Oyster Growing on Samish Bay. See event page for full list of featured chefs, specialty food purveyors and wineries.
The New Vintage
Friday, March 27
Formally 20 Something, The New Vintage is new to the Taste Washington line up. A great starter to the weekend, The New Vintage gives opportunity to interact with premier winemakers in a boutique downtown setting of the Four Seasons. Slip into your Friday night best and spend the evening sipping wine from 46 wineries, enjoying bites from guest chefs John Tesar, Marco Canora and Stuart Lane and dancing the night away. It’s a can’t miss event!
March 28 & 29
$28 – $89
A mainstay to the entire weekend, the Taste Washington education seminars are for the attendees looking to take their knowledge to the next level. Guests can choose between three seminars each day and topics covered include Washington versus The World, Chardonnay Revival, Wine Tasting with the Masters, Cider Renaissance and Appellation Spotlights on the Columbia Gorge and Red Mountain.
March 28 & 29
$90 – $205 (single day and two-day passes available)
The main event of the weekend, the Taste Washington Grand Tasting is the largest single single-region wine and food event in the United States. This event attracts thousands of wine and food enthusiasts to the Seattle area to experience more than 225 Washington State wineries and more than 70 Pacific Northwest restaurants. Taste Washington gives you the opportunity to taste your favorites and experience something new. Don’t go into the event without a plan! All the participating wineries and restaurants are up on the website and soon the event program will be available too. Need more tips on navigating Taste Washington? See our DOs and DON’Ts from last year’s event.
For tickets and more information visit tastewashington.org