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Wine Tasting at the Walter Clore Center
Saturday, February 16 — German Cheese & Washington Wine Pairing Class – 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Join other wine enthusiasts on Saturday, Feb. 16 at The Clore Center for a class pairing Washington wine and German cheese. When people think of the great cheese-making countries of Europe, Germany often doesn’t come to mind. But it should. Germans produce every style of cheese, have a long history of cheese making and are the second largest producers of cheese in the world. Taste three Washington wines paired with three German cheeses. Learn about these cheeses – which regions in Germany they are from, how they’re used, and how they’re made – and pair them with three Washington wines, blind. Instructors: William Pollard (wine), Rachel Mercer (cheese). Class Level: Beginner/intermediate – introduction to cheese/medium level wine. This is a great class for novices and experts alike. Tickets are $30 (plus tax); $25 for members of The Clore Center’s Best Cellars Wine Club. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Saturday, February 16 – Meet the Maker: Victor Palencia – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The Clore Center’s “Meet the Winemaker” event for the month of February will feature Victor Palencia, winemaker and owner of Palencia Wine Co. and Monarcha Winery. Victor has been nick-named “Kid Platinum” by racking up 36 Platinum level wines in Wine Press Northwest Magazine’s annual wine judging competition. He’s also incredibly humble, friendly and a graduate of Prosser High School in Prosser, WA. The cost to attend the event is The Clore Center’s regular tasting fee of $10. Victor will bring an assortment of his wines for guests to taste, and to purchase by the bottle, if they wish.
Saturday, February 23 – Blind Tasting Riesling – 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Riesling was Dr. Clore’s favorite wine – for good reason. This German varietal grows extremely well in Washington and is one of the most versatile grapes out there. From sticky sweet to bone dry, the Riesling grape retains bright acidity for super sweet wines and fruity aromatics on the dry end. At this event, you’ll taste five different Rieslings (hint – there may or may not be a ringer). You’ll learn about the history of this grape, major regions where Riesling grows world-wide, common tasting descriptions, and current information about Washington Rieslings.
The blind format of this class allows you to experience and compare wines without knowing the winemaker, the winery, the price or seeing the label. It’s a great way to develop your palate, discover new wines and make your own decisions about price indicating your preference for wines. Instructor: William Pollard. Class Level: Intermediate. Tickets are $30 (plus tax) — $25 for members of The Clore Center’s Best Cellars Wine Club. Ticket price includes a welcome splash on arrival, a discounted $1 tasting after class, and a 10% discount opportunity on purchases of wine during your visit that day. Tickets must be purchased in advance in order to have wines pre-poured and ensure that there will be enough wine for all participants.
Saturday, March 2 – French Cheese and Washington Wine Pairing Class – 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Join other wine enthusiasts on Saturday, March 2 at The Clore Center for a class pairing Washington wine and French cheese. But buy your tickets now because The Clore Center’s series of wine and cheese pairing classes sell out quickly. The staff at The Clore Center will choose three of their favorite and most important cheeses from France. Learn about these cheeses – which regions they’re from, how they’re used, how they’re made – and pair them with three Washington wines, blind. This is a great class for novices and experts alike. Tickets are $30 (plus tax) — $25 for members of The Clore Center’s Best Cellars Club. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
About Class Levels: No entry test or proof of experience is needed to attend any classes – we list the level of class for our experienced guests.
- Novice = very basic information, including step by step tasting, wine etiquette, basic food pairing recommendations, surface level regional education, value wine.
- Intermediate = brief tasting guide, historic and regional information, advanced culinary insights, higher value wine
- Advanced = skip tasting guides, and dive into in-depth regional and historic information, more unique food pairings (if applicable), premium wines.
To order tickets for these events, visit: theclorecenter.org. Or call The Clore Center at (509) 786-1000. Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center is located at 2140A Wine Country Road, Prosser, WA 99350. The Center’s tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lake Chelan Red Wine & Chocolate Festival – February 9-10 and Feb. 16-17
For two weekends in February (Feb. 9-10 and Feb. 16-17) the Lake Chelan Wine Valley indulges its sweet tooth with its annual Red Wine & Chocolate Festival. Romance, limousine rides and the best chocolate and wine money can buy are all part of this “Month of Love” Festival.
More than 25 wineries in the valley, which includes the cities of Chelan and Monson, WA., will offer special pairings with artisan wine and chocolate treats. Explore the tasting rooms and enjoy red wine flights paired with special treats like truffles, chocolate bark and gourmet s’mores. Other activities include intimate winemaker dinners, bonfires, barrel select wine tasting, and more. Cost varies from winery to winery, but some activities and tastings are free.
Wineries participating in the two-weekend Festival are Ancestry Cellars, Benson Vineyards Estate Winery, Cairdeas Winery, Chelan Estate Winery, Chelan Ridge Winery, C.R. Sandidge Wines, Fielding Hills Winery, Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards, Karma Vineyards, Lake Chelan Winery, Mellisoni Vineyards, One Wines, Inc., Rio Vista Wines, Rocky Pond Winery, Siren Song Winery, Skagit Cellars, Tildio Winery, Tipsy Canyon Winery, Tsillan Cellars, Tunnel Hill Winery, Vin du Lac Winery, Wapato Point Cellars and Wine Girl Wines. You can find addresses, phone numbers and website addresses for all of these wineries by logging onto: www.discoverwashingtonwine.com. When the site opens, click on the “Wineries” tab at the top of the page. Look for these wineries under the city names of Chelan and Monson.
For more information about Lake Chelan’s Wine & Chocolate Festival, visit the Lake Chelan Chamber’s website at: www.lakechelan.com, or call (509) 682-3503.
Red Wine & Chocolate Weekend – Yakima Valley – Saturday, February 16 – Sunday, February 17
The natural affinity between dark chocolate and red wine is no secret. That’s why Wine Yakima Valley is inviting wine and chocolate enthusiasts to its annual Red Wine & Chocolate Weekend — Saturday, Feb. 16 — Sunday, Feb. 17. As the oldest wine growing region in Washington state, wineries from Yakima, Zillah, Sunnyside, Grandview, Prosser and Red Mountain will be offering a weekend of divine decadence.
The only way to experience the depth of the Yakima Valley during Red Wine & Chocolate weekend is to purchase a PREMIER PASS. The pass will give you access to exclusive benefits available only during the Red Wine & Chocolate weekend at over 40 participating wineries. PREMIER PASS holders will be able to experience a variety of specialty food pairings, library tastings and tours not available to the general public.
PREMIER PASSES can be purchased in advance (by Feb. 12) at www.wineyakimavalley.org, or for $35 at participating wineries during the event weekend. Passes purchased by Feb. 6 will be shipped at the shipping address you provide. Passes purchased after Feb. 7 will be available for pick-up during the event weekend at the location you select during checkout. Online PREMIER PASS sales end at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14.
Wineries that will be participating in the event include: Antolin Cellars, Kitzke Cellars, Chandler Reach Vineyards, Coyote Canyon Winery, Purple Star Wines, Tucannon Cellars, Sleeping Dog Wines, Hightower Cellars, Tapteil Vineyards and Winery, Terra Blanca Winery, 14 Hands Winery, Airfield Estates, Barrel Springs Winery, Co Dinn Cellars, Cote Bonneville Winery, DavenLore Winery, Domanico Cellars, Fortuity Cellars, Milbrandt Vineyards, Thurston Wolfe Winery, Wit Cellars, Yakima Valley Vintners, Covet Cellars, Cultura Wine, Dineen Vineyards, Horizon’s Edge Winery, J. Bell Cellars, Knight Hill Winery, Maison de Padgett Winery, Masset Winery, Paradisos del Sol Winery, Portteus Vineyard, Severino Cellars, Tanjuli Cellars, Two Mountain Winery, VanArnam Vineyards, Gilbert Cellars, Kana Winery, Owen Roe Winery, Treveri Cellars and Wildridge Winery & Distillery.
Wineries participating in the event ask that you bring your own glass because they are unable to provide glasses during large event weekends.
For more information about Wine Yakima Valley’s Red Wine & Chocolate Weekend, including details about what kinds of goodies each winery will be offering, visit: www.wineyakimavalley.org/events-item/red-wine-chocolate. Or call (509) 571-7483.
Southwest Washington Wine & Chocolate Weekend – Saturday, February 16 – Sunday, February 17
The Southwest Washington Winery Association invites you to savor two days of artisan wine and chocolate at its annual Wine & Chocolate Weekend on Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17. Tour through beautiful Southwest Washington and taste locally produced wines perfectly paired with hand-crafted chocolates at 11 family-owned, boutique wineries and vineyards located in Vancouver, WA. and surrounding cities.
Pickup a free passport at the first winery you stop at, visit three or more wineries, collect a stamp at each, then leave the passport at your last stop to be entered into a drawing for prizes. Most participating wineries will be open on both days of the weekend from noon to 5 p.m., but some wineries will be open slightly more, or fewer hours, and some will offer live music and new wine releases. Tasting fees at each winery will also vary.
Wineries that will be participating in the Wine & Chocolate weekend are Burnt Bridge Cellars, Heathen Estate, English Estate Winery, Confluence Vineyards and Winery, Stavalaura Vineyard, Windy Hills Winery, Emanar Cellars, Heisen House Vineyards, Rezabek Vineyards, Moulton Falls Winery & Cider House and Pomeroy Cellars.
Since all of the wineries in Clark County produce fewer than 1,000 cases per year, winemakers are frequently pouring their own wines. Many of the tasting rooms are located on site with mature and developing vineyards. It’s a great way to learn more about grape growing and wine production on a small sale.
For more information about the Wine & Chocolate weekend, including a complete list of participating wineries, where they are located, what hours they will be open, the tasting fees they will be charging, etc., visit the Southwest Washington Winery Association’s website at: www.swwawine.com.
Seattle Wine and Food Experience – Thursday, Feb. 21 – Sunday, Feb. 24
Make plans now to attend Seattle Magazine’s four-day festival of food and wine, which will be held at four unique venues from Thursday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 24. The 11th Annual weekend of local Seattle feasting and wine tasting includes Comfort (Thursday, Feb. 21), Pop! Bubbles & Seafood (Friday, Feb. 22), the ever-popular Grand Tasting (Saturday, Feb. 23) and a brand-new addition: Sunday Supper (Sunday, Feb. 24).
The event organizers call Comfort kicks off the weekend on Thursday, Feb. 21 at SoDo Park. At this event, you’ll be able to enjoy some of Seattle’s best feel-good foods such as mac and cheese and burgers, along with craft brews, cider and more.
Held at Seattle’s glamorous McCaw Hall on Friday, Feb 22, Pop! Bubbles & Seafood will highlight Pacific Northwest seafood for a quintessential Seattle experience. Top Seattle chefs will prepare fresh and sustainable seafood, including oysters, salmon, crab and more. The evening will feature more than 30 sparkling wines from around the world, including west coast sparkling wines, Spanish cava, champagne and Italian prosecco, plus seafood friendly white wines and reserve reds.
The flagship Seattle Wine and Food Experience Grand Tasting will take place at Bell Harbor International Conference Center on Saturday, Feb. 23. This event will feature more than 30 chefs, 100 wineries and dozens of beer, spirit and specialty food vendors. For the first time this year, the Grand Tasting will feature a Seattle Magazine Lounge where guests will be able to taste a selection of the “100 Best Things to Eat in Seattle” featured in the February, 2019 issue of the magazine as well as winners of the annual Washington Wine and Beer Awards.
And finally, to wrap up the weekend with a unique new location, Sunday Supper will take place on Sunday, Feb. 24 at Block 41. Seattle’s top chefs will come together to create a once-in-a-lifetime dinner experience, with each chef serving up an inspired course as part of an epic immersive meal. Guests will enjoy a multi-course meal, along with wine and cocktail pairings in an intimate setting. After dinner, guests will be able to take part in the “Chefs After Party,” where they can mix and mingle with the chefs while enjoying late night snacks and a celebration of a very enjoyable weekend.
Comfort – SoDo Park (3200 lst Avenue South), Thursday, Feb. 21. Hours: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Price: $55 per person.
POP! Bubbles and Seafood – The Sanctuary (811 5th Avenue), Friday, Feb. 22. Hours: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Price: $80 per person.
The Grand Tasting — Bell Harbor International Conference Center (2211 Alaskan Way), Saturday, Feb. 23. Hours: VIP: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m; General Admission: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Price: VIP: $135 per person; General Admission: $95 per person.
Sunday Supper – Block 41 (115 Bell Street), Sunday, Feb. 24. Hours: Supper: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Chefs After Party: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Price: $195 per person.
Organizers of the event are selling a Weekend Pass that includes tickets to Comfort, Pop! Bubbles and Seafood, and a VIP ticket for the Grand Tasting. The pass sells for $250, but it doesn’t include Sunday Supper.
Tickets are on sale now at www.seattlewineandfoodexperience.com.
Coyote Canyon Winery — Wine Blending Class — Saturday, February 23
Coyote Canyon Winery, located in Vintners Village in Prosser, WA., will host a class called “The Art of Wine Blending” with winemaker Justin Michaud from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m on Saturday, Feb. 23. Tickets for the class, which will be held in Coyote Canyon’s Barrel Room, are $65 per person. The class includes lunch and a bottle of your Bordeaux Gold Medal blend. To reserve your spot in the class, call (509) 786-7686. But hurry – only 20 tickets will be sold for this event. Coyote Canyon is located in the Winemakers Loft in Vintners Village at 357 Port Ave, Prosser, WA 99350. To learn more about the winery, visit: www.coyotecanyonwinery.com.
Walla Walla Wine at McCaw Hall – Monday, February 25
A total of 50 wineries will bring the Walla Walla Valley wine experience to downtown Seattle on Monday, Feb. 25. During the Walla Walla Wine at McCaw Hall event, patrons can mingle with acclaimed Walla Walla winemakers while sampling a selection of their new and current releases.
“This is a rare chance for wine lovers to sample wines from so many Walla Walla wineries all under one roof,” said Ashley Riggs, Chief Operating Officer of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance.” It’s also a real opportunity for our winemakers to connect face-to-face with their customers from the west side of the mountains.” Tickets for the event, which includes wine tasting and light appetizers, are $50 per person, plus tax and fees. The event will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Walla Walla wineries that will be pouring at the event are: Abeja Winery, Adamant Cellars, ALUVE’ WInery, aMaurice Cellars, Amavi Cellars, Armstrong Family Winery, Balboa Winery, Bledsoe Family Winery, Brook & Bull Cellars and Vital Winery, Browne Family Vineyards, Cadaretta, Caprio Cellars, College Cellars, DAMA Wines, Dunham Cellars, Dusted Valley, Elephant Seven, Eternal Wines and Drink Washington State, Figgins Family Wine Estates, Five Star Cellars, Forgeron Cellars, Foundry Vineyards, Gifford Herlinger Winery, Kontos Cellars, Lagana Cellars, L’Ecole No. 41, Locati Cellars, Maison Bleue Winery, Northstar Winery, Otis Kenyon Wine, Pepper Bridge Winery, REININGER Winery, Rotie Cellars, Seven Hills Winery, Sinclair Estate Vineyards, Sleight of Hands Cellars, Solemn Cellars, Spring Valley Vineyard, Tamarack Cellars, Tempus Cellars, Tertulia Cellars, The Walls, Three Rivers Winery, Tranche, Trust Cellars, Walla Walla Vintners, Watermill Winery, Woodward Canyon and Zerba Cellars.
For registration and tickets information, visit: www.wallawallawine.com. Or call (509) 526-3117.
Poverty Bay Wine Festival – Des Moines, WA. – Friday, March 1 – Saturday, March 2
The Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park, WA. invites you to attend its 15th annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival. This year’s event, which will be held in the newly remodeled historic Des Moines Beach Park, will feature wine tastings from more than 20 of Washington State’s finest winemakers.
Wineries that have committed to pour at the two-day event as of Monday, Jan. 28 include Eye of the Needle, Coyote Canyon, Castillo De Feliciana, Page Cellars, Patterson Cellars, Whidbey Island Winery, T2 Cellars, Eternal Wines, Five Star Cellars, Palouse Winery, Eight Bells Winery, Ellensburg Canyon Winery and Abbe Winery. The remaining wineries that are planning to participate will be announced as they register for the Festival.
As always, 100% of the net revenues generated by this event are used to fund the charitable activities of the Des Moines Rotary Club. Parking is available in the Des Moines Marina and a free shuttle service will run from the Des Moines Marina to the Wine Festival both days.
The Festival runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, March 1 and from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 2. Wine Festival tickets are $40 ($35 if purchased in advance). Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4021597. Each ticket includes 10 tasting tokens (tastings range from 1 – 3 tokens). Additional tasting tokens can be purchased for $1.
Snohomish Wine Festival – Snohomish, WA. — Saturday, March 2
The Chamber of Commerce of Snohomish, WA., will hold its 10th Annual Snohomish Wine Festival on Saturday, March 2, at the Crossroads Event Center at Thomas Family Farm. Thomas Family Farm is located at 9010 Marsh Road, Snohomish, WA.
More than 20 wineries will be pouring more than 70 different wines. Participating wineries include, Forgeron Cellars, Furion Cellars, Randolph Cellars, Lantz Cellars, Gregarious Cellars, Kasia Winery, Tricycle Cellars, Long Cellars, Basel Cellars, Glacier View Cellars, Masquerade Wine Co., Airfield Estates Winery, Scarlet Oak Wines, Zerba Cellars, Van Camp Cellars, Truth Teller Winery, Tertulia Cellars, Shackleford Vintners, Sampson Estates Winery, JM Cellars, J. Bookwalter Winery and Sol Stone Winery
Festival attendees can choose from two tasting sessions: Noon to 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. 8 p.m. Tickets for either session are $35 per person and include a $5 voucher to enjoy a wide selection of menu items from J & L BBQ and Catering and a commemorative tasting glass. Tickets can be purchased on-line at: www.snohomishchamber.com or at the door for either session.
The 2019 Wine Festival presenting Sponsor is Peoples Bank. Event attendees must be 21 or older and I.D. is mandatory at the door no matter how old you look. All proceeds benefit the Snohomish Chamber of Commerce. For more Information about the Festival,including special VIP Packages, contact: Pam Schilaty: firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 344-8533.
The Cabernet Classic – Porsche of Bellevue – Saturday, March 2
Featuring the king of wine grapes, the 9th Annual Cabernet Classic will be held at the Porsche of Bellevue dealership on Saturday, March 2nd. Dress up for this swanky affair and enjoy free Butler Valet service. The event raises funds for one of the Northwest’s favorite local charities – Talk It Up TVs “Be Kind” initiative – “Changing the world through positive messaging and acts of kindness for those in need.” Enjoy noshes from local restaurants, live music by Ian Skavdahl and a dazzling array of more than 50 of the best Cabs from 25 of Washington’s premier wineries.
Wineries that will be pouring at the event include Alleromb Winery, Alexandria Nicole Cellars, Amavi Cellars, Andrew Will, Armstrong Family Vineyards, Brian Carter Cellars, Boudreaux Cellars, Brook & Bull Cellars, Cadaretta, Cote Bonneville, DeLille Cellars, Fielding Hills, J. Bookwalter, L’Ecole No. 41, Matthews Winery/Tenor Wines, Passing Time Winery, Patterson Cellars, Pepper Bridge Winery, Rocky Pont Winery, Sagemoor Vineyards, Saviah Cellars, Solemn Cellars, Tero Estates, Waters Winery and Woodhouse Wine Estates.
Tickets for the event, which runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., are $75 per person. Porsche of Bellevue is located at 11910 N.E. 8th St., Bellevue, WA. For more information, including a complete list of wineries that will be participating in the event, visit: www.seattleuncorked.com or call (206) 683-3288.
Downtown Issaquah Wine & Art Walk – Saturday, March 2
Gather your friends for a night of wine tasting, art and music in Historic Downtown Issaquah, WA. on Saturday, March 2. Stroll Historic Front Street and enjoy live music, art, artists in action, snacks and local boutique wines. Front Street shops and restaurants are open to the public during the Wine & Art Walk. The event will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wineries that will be participating in the event include Zerba Cellars, Naches Heights Vineyards, Tsillan Cellars, Patterson Cellars, Basel Cellars, Ancestry Cellars, Isenhower Cellars, Drum Roll Wines and Scout & Cellar Wines.
This is an all ages, FREE event, but wine tasting requires the purchase of drink tokens. A set of 10 drink tokens are $25 if purchased in advance or $35 at the event. Check in begins at 6 p.m. at the historic Shell Gas Station at 232 Front Street. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own wine glasses. For more information, and to purchase drink tokens, or call (425) 391-1112, or visit: www.downtownissaquah.com/event/downtown-issaquah-wine-art-walk. If you miss the Wine & Art Walk on March 2, don’t worry. This is an event that is held the first Saturday of each month from March through June.
Northwest Women Stars of Food & Wine – Sunday, March 24
The 2019 Northwest Women Stars of Food & Wine event will be held on Sunday, March 24 at The Sanctuary, the event center located at 8115 S. 5th Ave. in Seattle. The event, which takes place from l p.m. to 5 p.m., celebrates the progress and impact that women have made in Washington’s vibrant food and wine industry.
The epicurean extravaganza will feature gourmet bites prepared by trendsetting women chefs paired with wine from innovative women winemakers while a host of women sommeliers will be pouring blind tastes of premier wine from their cellars.
Women winemakers who will be pouring at Northwest Women Stars of Food & Wine include Nina Buty (Buty Winery), Lisa Callan (Callan Winery), Leala Cramer (Marcus Sophia Winery), Angela Jacobs (Wine Girl Wines), Kasia Kim (Kasia Winery), Amy Lee (Rocky Point Cellars), Kristie Lodmell (Lodmell Winery), Eric Orr (Baer Winery), Lisa Parker (Warr-King Wines), Robin Pollard (Pollard Per Se), Kerry Shiels ( Côte Bonneville), Hillary Sjolund (Sonoris Wines), Lisa Swei (Three of Cups Winery), Ashley Trout (Brook & Bull Cellars) and Mari Womack (Damsel Cellars).
Tickets, as well as a list of featured chefs, winemakers and sommeliers can be found at: www.nwwomenstarsoffoodandwine.com. Cost is $75 per person. The event phone number is (206) 305-8812.
22nd Annual Taste Washington Festival – Seattle – March 28-31
Make your plans now to be in Seattle March 28-31 for the 22nd Annual Taste Washington Festival. The nation’s largest single-region wine and food festival will be better than ever this year, brimming with the best chefs and their friends from across the nation. More than 235 wineries and 65 of Seattle’s most incredible restaurants will take center stage to serve up delicious bites and sips at every turn.
So, get ready to drink and eat your heart out over four days filled with specially curated events to highlight the best Washington has to offer.
Red & White Party – AQUA by El Gaucho –Thursday, March 28
Get “into the cellar” with premier Washington winemakers who will showcase library favorites and 90+ point wines at the Red & White Party on Seattle’s picturesque waterfront at AQUA by El Gaucho with chef Kevin Benner. Tickets: $175 per person.
On the Farm – Friday, March 29
Share a table at the Festival’s On the Farm event and explore Pacific Northwest ingredients alongside winemakers, chefs and the farmers from Oxbow Farm (Carnation, WA.) and Fall City Farms (Fall City WA.) Tickets — $125 per person.
The New Vintage Presented by Lexus at The Sanctuary — Friday, March 29
Go backstage at The Sanctuary for the New Vintage event presented by Lexus to meet and mingle with chefs and winemakers driving Washington’s impressive food and drink scene. Chefs participating in this event include Rachel Lange of Joule, Zoi Antonitsas of Little Fish, Ethan Stowell of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Gavin Stephenson of The Sanctuary and Edouardo Jordan of JuneBaby Restaurant, Salare Restaurant and the soon-to-be-opened Lucinda Grain Bar. Jordan will also host a special Lexus Late Night After Party at JuneBaby. Tickets for the New Vintage event are $125 per person; $225 for the New Vintage event and the After Party.
Grand Tasting – Century Link Field Event Center – March 30 & March 31
The epic Taste Washington Festival culminates with two full days of the Grand Tasting at Century Link Field on Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31. The Grand Tasting tops everything off with an embarrassing complement of Washington’s culinary riches and vineyard treasures. It’s so big you’ll need both days to experience the 235 wineries and 65 restaurants that will be at the event. General Admission tickets for the Grand Tasting are $95 for one day or $145 for two days.
Sunday Brunch – Palace Ballroom – Sunday, March 31.
Save room to re-energized at Taste Washington’s Sunday Brunch, which will be held this year at the Palace Ballroom. Chef Tom Douglas and a surprise guest chef from Boston will throw down in an East Coast-West Coast cook off to see which chef can create the best brunch in celebration of Major League Baseball’s opening weekend as the Seattle Mariners host the 2018 World Champion Boston Red Sox at T-Mobile Park. Tickets for this event are $75 per person.
Taste Washington Seminars – Century Link Field Event Center – March 30 & 31
Still not enough? Get smart with the industry players that make Washington State the new Epicenter of Wine. The Taste Washington Seminars, presented by Wine Spectator magazine will feature six educational seminars hosted by some of the nation’s leading experts, including top winemakers, Master Sommeliers, wine writers and academics. They will lead you on a tasting exploration that will explain what makes the terroir of Washington’s vineyards stand apart. Ticket prices: $50, $65 and $85, depending on the seminar.
Tickets & VIP Packages
Can’t decide on which events to attend? You don’t have to if you purchase one of two VIP packages – The Connoisseur or The Enthusiast Pass.
The Connoisseur Package ($640) is your VIP pass to Taste Washington’s signature events, from the Red & White Party to both days of Grand Tasting, and everything in between.
The Enthusiast Package ($335) includes a ticket to the New Vintage event, a two-day VIP pass to the Grand Tasting, and special perks that regular ticket holders won’t receive.
All levels of tickets can be purchase at: www.tastewashington.org. The site includes detailed information about every event that will be held over the four-day weekend.
Sip, Suds & Si Event – Downtown North Bend, WA. – Saturday, March 30
The North Bend Downtown Foundation is partnering with wineries, breweries, artists and musicians to host its second Sip, Suds & Si event on Saturday, March 30. The event, which will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., is an art walk with live music and wine and beer tasting throughout North Bend’s historic downtown district. Attendees will be able to shop local merchants, see and purchase the works of local artists, and sample wine and beer… all while enjoying the music of a local band called Tinkham Road. The band is a collective of musicians performing historical music of the Snoqualmie Valley and the Pacific Northwest. Street musicians will also be scattered throughout the route.
The Sip, Suds & Si experience starts at the historic Train Station located at 205 McCellan Street, where you will check in, pay for your drink tickets and pick up your beverage glass. For those of you who are not familiar with the town of North Bend, the word Si in the title of the event refers to Mount Si, the iconic mountain that towers over the city.
Tastes of wine and beer will be provided by William Grassie Wine Estates, Mount Si Winery, Lec Bec Fin Winery, Market Cellars Winery, Gregarious Cellars, Bunnell Family Cellar, Zerba Cellars, Sky River Mead & Wine, Tertulia Cellars, DiStefano Winery, No Boat Brewing Company, Snoqualmie Falls Brewery and Dru Bru Brewery.
Tickets for the event are $20 per person if purchased in advance, or $25 the day of the event. However, organizers of Sip, Suds & Si are selling a “Date Night Package” that includes two tickets to a 7:30 p.m. performance of The Seafarer at North Bend’s Valley Center Stage, plus two signature beverage glasses and 10 tastes to share at the Sip, Suds & Si event.
Advance tickets can be purchased online at: https://sipsudsandsimarch2019.bpt.me or at the North Bend Visitors Center at 250 Bendigo Blvd. S. The phone number at the Visitors Center is (425) 292-0260.
Grand Opening – Maryhill Winery’s New Tasting Room in Vancouver, WA. – Saturday, April 13 – Sunday, April 14
Maryhill Winery, headquartered in Goldendale, WA., will celebrate the Grand Opening of its new tasting room located in Vancouver’s Waterfront Park on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. The new tasting room is only steps away from the Columbia River Waterfront Renaissance Trail and the 90-foot Grant Street Pier. All weekend long, guests will enjoy complimentary tastings of Maryhill’s award winning wines, live music performances by Sundae + Mr.Goessl on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m and by Jessie Marquez on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., plus an enhanced small plate menu while watching sailboats pass by on the Columbia River. Premium Wine Club members can savor the experience from the tasting room’s exclusive Club Room.
Hours for the Grand Opening celebration are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The tasting room is located at 801 Waterfront Way, Vancouver, WA. 98660. For more information about Maryhill’s new Vancouver tasting room, visit: www.discoverwashingtonwine.com. When the site opens, click on the tab at the top of the page that says “Industry News.” For more information about Maryhill Winery, visit: www.maryhillwinery.com. Or call (509) 773-1976.
EDITOR’S NOTE: To promote your wine event on our Calendar of Events, simply e-mail the specifics about the event to: email@example.com. It’s best to send your information to us at least 30 days prior to the event.