Washington State has an amazingly large number of wineries. 800+ wineries. Compare that to the 273 wineries in British Columbia. Washington State has much more land available for viticulture. In BC we are quite constricted by our mountain ranges in the interior. But we here in BC can enjoy Washington state wines as it is just a short trip to go across the border from Vancouver. One of the premier events showing off the wonderful Washington State wines is “Taste Washington“, with it’s Grand Tasting on the weekend of April 2-3, 2016.
One thing I really like about the Grand Tasting is that interspersed among the winery tables are restaurant tables. There will be 65 restaurants participating! You can grab a nibble from a restaurant table and try it with different wines. Which wines work well with a particular appetizer? Time to experiment and have some fun. Food and wine also should be enjoyed together.
If you like big red wines then this will be a great show for you. Washington State produces big, round Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. For the white wine lover, don’t miss Washington State wineries’ Rieslings, which they are well known for. Try Chateau Ste Michelle’s Eroica Rieslings if you have a chance.
I’ve attended Taste Washington before, and have written about my experiences on mywinepal. You can view my previous Taste Washington articles here.
You can buy tickets for Taste Washington’s Grand Tasting at this link.
Which Wineries are Participating?
The list below shows the 225+ Washington state wineries that will be participating in this event. You can click on the links below to take you to the winery’s website for further details. There are so many wonderful wineries here, there should be several you really enjoy.
A few that I may recommend are: Andrew Will, Betz Family Winery, Browne Family Vineyards, Col Solare, Lauren Ashton, Mark Ryan Winery, Revelry Vintners, and Milbrandt Vineyards.