Taste Washington: Seattle’s Premier Wine and Food Event Kicks Off Today

Annual Event Pours Exceptional Wine, Offers National and Local Chef Tastings and Creates New Excursions 

Taste Washington IIHundreds of wineries, restaurants and related exhibitors from throughout Washington State all under one roof for one adventurous weekend.

Seattle’s premier wine and food event, includes four exciting days of tastings, experiences, eating and learning, March 31 through April 3rd, 2016.

Here is what is on the docket:

Red & White Party (March 31) 7 to 10 p.m. at AQUA by El Gaucho

An elegant affair in your red and white best at AQUA by El Gaucho. Enjoy exclusive pours from 25 Washington State wineries and culinary pairings from Executive Chef Wesley Hood.

Taste Washington on the Farm (April 1) sold out

Three unique lunch excursions join together local farmers, Washington State winemakers, Seattle celebrity chefs and artisan cheese makers.

The New Vintage (April 1) 7 to 10 p.m. at Motif Seattle Hotel

The New Vintage is stylish, energized and undeniably fun. This upbeat event is complete with a backdrop of celebrity chef tasting stations, DJ Tina T and winemakers.  This year’s event will feature a new rosé lounge, serving up a variety of Washington rosé wines and new chefs: Derek Ronspies of Le Petit Cochon, Steven Ariel of Trace, Jason Stratton of Mamnoon, Stuart Lane of Artusi, David Yeo of The Triple Door and Audrey Spence of Frolik Kitchen. 

Seminars (April 2 and 3) 10 a.m. to noon at Four Seasons Seattle Hotel

Taste Washington seminars feature renowned experts from across the nation leading in-depth explorations of Washington State wine. 

Grand Tasting (April 2 and 3) The event you don’t want to miss.  Hours vary from 1 to 5 p.m. at CenturyLink Field Event Center

The 19th annual Taste Washington features more than 225 Washington State wineries pouring their favorite wines and more than 65 Northwest restaurants serving specially-prepared bites throughout two days. VIP and General Admission tickets available.

Now in its 19th year, Taste Washington is the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event and the premier showcase of Washington State wines and culinary experience. The event will be attended by more 5,000 people and will feature more than 800 wines and an estimated 200,000 wine pours.

Hotel Packages: Taste Washington Hotel Packages are offered at 14 Seattle-area hotels, encouraging visitors to drink, eat, learn and stay in Seattle.

* Limited Grand Tasting tickets still available. All Friday Farm Lunches and Saturday and 2-Day VIP Grand Tasting tickets are sold out. The Red & White Party, New Vintage, select Seminars and Grand Tasting tickets are still available. 

Visit www.tastewashington.org to learn more about ticket purchases, wine and food exhibitors, seminars, hotel packages or to download the Taste Washington event program.

About Taste Washington:

Taste Washington is the largest single-region wine and food event in the United States, featuring more than 225 Washington State wineries and more than 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants. The 19th annual event will be held on March 31- April 3 at various locations in Seattle. The 2016 Taste Washington welcoming sponsor is Alaska Airlines; the event feature is Stella Artois; the premier sponsors are Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card, Albert Lee Appliance, AQUA by El Gaucho, Muckleshoot Casino, Seattle Met and Total Wine & More; the magnum sponsors are Fonté Coffee Roaster and Jaguar Seattle; and the patron sponsors are Visit Walla Walla, Voya Financial Advisors, Peninsula Truck Lines, Portland Monthly, So Delicious and Chef Works. The specialty feature is Michelle Sparkling. Taste Washington attracts almost 5,500 wine and food enthusiasts to the Seattle area. The Washington State Wine Commission launched Taste Washington in 1998 and is now produced by Visit Seattle. For more information, visit www.tastewashington.org.

About Visit Seattle:

Visit Seattle, a private, nonprofit marketing organization, has served as Seattle/King County’s official destination marketing organization (DMO) for more than 50 years. The goal of these marketing efforts is to enhance the employment opportunities and economic prosperity of the region. For more information, visit www.visitseattle.org.

About Washington State Wine:

taste wa wine monthWashington State Wine represents every licensed winery and wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, WSW provides a marketing platform to raise positive awareness of the Washington State wine industry and generate greater demand for its wines. Funded almost entirely by the industry through assessments based on grape and wine sales, WSW is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987. To learn more, visit www.washingtonwine.org.

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