Taste Washington – Not to be Missed #TasteWA

Taste Washington

Taste Washington

Here in BC we have wonderful wines to enjoy from the Okanagan, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, and more.  But did you know that just across the border, to our Washington State neighbours, there is a wine industry that is 3-4 times bigger than here in BC?  There are approximately 750 wineries in Washington state making fantastic wines.  But even with our proximity to each other, we rarely hear about their wines, or get a chance to taste them, and that is a pity.

In previous posts I have outlined some tasting rooms that I have visited and I encourage you to check them out; and in this post I want to let you know about a very big, very varied wine and food event called “Taste Washington“. My Taste Washington Experience 2011 link (see what I tried last year).

Taste Washington

Taste Washington extends over March 23 and 24, 2013 this year.  It’s held at the CenturyLink Field Event Centre in Seattle with lots of room for you to roam the isles, sip wine, nibble appetizers, and chat with friends.  At the event there will be over 225 wineries in attendance (that is basically the same as having every winery in BC in one venue!).   You can attend 1 or both days.  With this many wineries, I would suggest getting the 2 day pass.  This way you can pace yourself, and if you really like a wine you sampled on Saturday, you will have a chance to try it again on Sunday.

Some of the wineries in attendance will be:

  • 14 Hands
  • Airfield Estates Winery
  • Alexandria Nicole Cellars
  • Almquist Family Vintners
  • Amavi Cellars
  • Ambassador Vineyard
  • Andrew Will
  • Cadaretta
  • Cadence Winery
  • Cairdeas Winery
  • Camaraderie Cellars
  • Canoe Ridge Vineyard
  • Cave B Estate Winery
  • CAVU Cellars
  • Forgeron Cellars
  • Four Lakes Winery
  • Gamache Vintners
  • Gilbert Cellars
  • Girly Girl Wines
  • Glen Fiona Winery
  • Glencorrie Winery
  • O Wines
  • Obelisco Estate Wines
  • Orca Wines
  • Otis Kenyon Wine

and that is just a sliver what you will experience!   Besides tasting all these WA state wines, there is also food, which I think makes it rather unique, or a step above other events.  At Taste Washington they have food stations by different restaurants spread along each isle.  What I like about this is that you can nibble an appetizer and try it with wine, and see how the two work together.  Most times when we enjoy wine, we are also eating food with it, whether it is just appetizers, or a full meal.  Wine and food combined can be even a greater taste experience than either on their own.  There will be a wide range of wines, from sparkling, white, and red wines.  Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Riesling grapes to name a few varieties too.

Where to Get Tickets

You can purchase tickets online from the Taste Washington website link here.  The tickets are US$80/day or US$125 for both days.  The tasting hours are from 2pm-5pm each day.  On top of the tasting room, there are also seminars that you can attend.  I will talk about these seminars in my next blog post.  For more information about the event, here is a link to Taste Washington.  See you there!

Some Pictures from Taste Washington 2012

Barrage Cellars Nuclear Blonde Chardonnay 2009

Barrage Cellars Nuclear Blonde Chardonnay 2009

Oysters on the half shell to enjoy

Oysters on the half shell to enjoy

Chateau Ste Michelle and Dr Loosen Eroica Riesling 2010

Chateau Ste Michelle and Dr Loosen Eroica Riesling 2010

Revelry Vintners Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Revelry Vintners Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Try some Thai curry

Try some Thai curry

 

Drink Good Wine. That is my motto and I really want to help you drink good wine. What is good wine? That can be a different thing for each people. Some people prefer red wines. Some only like Cabernet Sauvignon. MyWinePal was started by Karl Kliparchuk, WSET. I spent many years with the South World Wine Society as the President and then cellar master. I met many great wine makers. I love to travel around the world, visiting wine regions and sharing my passion for food & wine with you. Come live vicariously through me, and enjoy all my recommended wines.