THE ART OF WINE TASTING: Students will learn about the great vineyards of the world, taste and talk about what makes wine special, 1-4 p.m. March 5 or May 7, Centralia College, 600 Centralia College Blvd., Centralia. $29.
Steve Roberts never expected to be known as "the Wine Trails guy." But the Mercer Island man just might be the best-selling wine author in Pacific Northwest history.
WINE- AND BEER-TASTING GALA Capital High School Booster Club will sponsor a fundraising tasting from 6-9 p.m. March 12 in the South Puget Sound Community College Student Union building, 2011 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia. $40 per person or $75 for couples. 360-866-0978.
One of the finest success stories of the past decade in the Washington wine industry has to be that of Maryhill Winery.
WINE- AND BEER-TASTING GALA: Capital High School Booster Club will sponsor a fundraising tasting from 6-9 p.m. March 12 in the South Puget Sound Community College Student Union building, 2011 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia. $40 per person or $75 for couples. 360-866-0978.
Wenatchee is known throughout Washington and even globally as the apple capital of the world. Thanks to Doug and Debe Brazil, it is gaining a reputation for wine, too.
VALENTINE'S WINE & CHOCOLATE CELEBRATION: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Madsen Family Cellars tasting room, 2825 Marvin Road N.E., Unit D, Olympia. 360-438-1286.
Chateau Ste. Michelle gets much of the credit for the resurgence of American riesling - and properly so. The Woodinville winery makes more riesling than any other in the world. Riesling makes up 45 percent of all Ste. Michelle wines, and two-thirds of the production at the state's oldest winery is white wines.
Medicine Creek Winery: Third annual Chocolate & Wine Festival, Feb. 12-13. The winery is at 947 Old Pacific Highway S.E., Olympia. 360-491-9669. Open 1-5 p.m. weekends. mccrea cellars: Olympia Wine Tasting Bar, featuring McCrea Cellars and Salida Wines, 1 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, New Caldonia Building, 116 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Tasting fee waived with purchase of bottle. 360-359-4288.
Despite difficulties with weather conditions throughout the growing season, 2010 turned out to be another record year for the Washington wine industry.