Sure, March Madness is in full swing in the state of Washington. The Huskies came from behind to upset Marquette in their first round and Gonzaga is slated to take on Florida State later this evening for their chance to dance in this year’s NCAA tournament.
But there is another March Madness playing out all over Washington State this month which will culminate on March 27-28 in Seattle — Taste Washington.
Taste Washington, one of the region’s premiere wine tasting events, caps off a month-long celebration of Washington wine. Throughout the region this month, wineries have been participating in a full court press of their own with special events and tastings that highlight their award winning varietals and blends.
Next weekend, the Washington Wine Commission brings all of the players together under one roof as more than 200 wineries will be on hand to share their vineyard’s history – as well as their wine — at the Qwest Field Event Center. The Grand Tasting is on Sunday, March 28 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and although wine tasting is certainly the highlight of the event Taste Washington offers much more than a pour.
On Saturday, March 27, the event will kick off with seminars from many of the leading experts in wine and food from this region and beyond. Hear from the likes of award-winning Seattle chef Tom Douglas and Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard. Wine journalists Ben Schoenfeld of Travel + Leisure and Sara Schneider from Sunset (among others) will talk about their trade. And of course you’ll get to hear from celebrated Washington winemakers including Master of Wine Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery, Master Sommelier Greg Harrington of Gramercy Cellars, and Chris Miller of Spago (formerly of Canlis). All seminars take place at Bell Harbor International Conference Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m and registration is required. Check here for availability as the seminars are filling up quick.
In between the wine tasting and the seminars Taste Washington offers up a chance to sample some culinary bites from more than 75 Seattle-area restaurants. Add in some cooking demos, book signings and a dessert bar to finish off the weekend and you’ll see why Taste Washington is the one wine event of the year not to be missed.
Tickets for the March 28 Grand Tasting are $75 (4-7 p.m.). For an extra $50 you will be upgraded to VIP status and able to start your tasting two hours earlier. For more event details and ticket information visit: tastewashington.org.
Jenise SIlva contributed to this report.
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