Top wine-tasting event in state to be in Seattle

March 9, 2011 

Taste of Washington, the state's premier wine tasting event, is scheduled for April 5-6 in Seattle.

On the opening day, winemakers and other industry professionals and those who appreciate the vintages they produce will converge at Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle for a daylong series of seminars.

The next day is the grand tasting, with nearly 100 wineries and 40 restaurants offering some of the state’s best wines and finest foods.

You can attend just the seminars – separate tickets are required for each you attend – just the grand tasting, or buy tickets for both.

Taste of Washington is presented by the Washington Wine Commission.

The educational seminars are an opportunity to learn about Washington wines from some of the world’s top enological and viticulture experts, including winemakers, industry professionals and sommeliers. To see the list of seminars or to buy tickets for specific seminars, go to www.tastewashington.org.

The grand tasting will be at the Qwest Field Event Center. The VIP tasting is from 2-4 p.m., followed by four hours of general tasting from 4-8 p.m.

Experts from scores of Washington wineries will be pouring their top vintages and giving tips on wine pairings and storage. Celebrity chefs will dish out gourmet cuisine, and guests can also enjoy the soothing sounds of live jazz.

VIP tickets, which get you in the door early, are $125; general admission is $85.

For more information, or to buy tickets, go to www.tastewashington.org.

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