For wine lovers, there’s no better week to be in the Emerald City than March 28-31 for Taste Washington, the country’s largest single-region wine and food gathering. The multi-day festival offers a full-to-the-brim lineup of tastings, seminars, and soirees for aspiring somms and casual sippers alike—wherever you fall on the oenophile spectrum, here’s how to make the most of Taste Washington.
The New Vintage soiree has your name on it—if mingling with the state’s top chefs and winemakers while drinking top-flight wine is your idea of a good time. And Sunday Brunch is the ideal way to round out your Taste experience. This year, it’s being served family-style by local culinary legend Tom Douglas and a surprise culinary pal from Boston at Douglas’ Palace Kitchen (2030 Fifth Ave).
Pair these events with: Hopping on the Seattle Great Wheel (1301 Alaskan Way) on Pier 57 or exploring Olympic Sculpture Park (2901 Western Ave) overlooking the Puget Sound. For a host of Washington wines served by the glass, try Bottlehouse (1416 34th Ave) in the Madrona neighborhood, and don’t sleep on the cheese and charcuterie pairings.
The On the Farm lunch at Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center is the perfect blend of gourmet flavors and seasonal vintages, complete with a farm tour and ice cream from dairy-free scoop shop Frankie & Joe’s. Or let your taste buds lead at the Grand Tasting, two days of samplings and culinary demonstrations from more than 235 Washington wineries and 65 local restaurants.
Pair these events with: Taste-testing your way through Pike Place Market (First Ave and Pike St), from produce to olive oil and everything in between. Save room for dinner at downtown’s Purple Cafe and Wine Bar (1225 Fourth Ave), boasting more than 100 Washington wines and a menu born of close collaboration between chef and sommelier.
Taste Washington’s Seminars—educational and interactive panels hosted by the state’s top sommeliers and winemakers—are a must for you, with deep dives into everything from extreme-elevation viticulture to the evolution of local grenache. You may also want to snag a ticket for the Red & White Party that kicks off the festivities at AQUA by El Gaucho (2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70) on the waterfront, taking you deep into the portfolios of Washington winemakers (think wine club-only bottles and 90+ point pours).
Pair these events with: A culture fix at Seattle Art Museum downtown (1300 First Ave) or a stroll around the Victorian-era Volunteer Park Conservatory (1400 E Galer St) in Capitol Hill. Cap things off with a reservation at James Beard Award-winning Canlis (2576 Aurora Ave), home of “The List”—88 pages of spectacular wines, including a number of prominent Washington vintages.
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