Press Release


March 21, 2019

Media Contacts:

Chantelle Lusebrink, Visit Seattle
206-461-5862 |

Averyl Dunn, Washington State Wine
206-326-5750 |

The 22nd Annual Taste Washington Festival Kicks Off One Week From Today

Purchase Tickets and Join Several of This Year’s James Beard Nominees for an Epic Four Days of Wine and Food

SEATTLE – The 22nd annual Taste Washington festival, March 28-31, kicks off in just one week. Voted one of USA Today’s 10-Best Wine Festivals, Taste Washington features four full days of wine and food events with Seattle’s hottest chefs, their friends from around the nation, and acclaimed Washington winemakers. Tickets are still available for festival events and can be purchased at

The festival begins with the Red & White Party at AQUA by El Gaucho from 7-10 p.m. Thursday, March 28. Enjoy stunning scenery, seasonal Northwest cuisine and select wines poured by 30 premier Washington winemakers.

On Friday, March 29, experience a true farm-to-table lunch at Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center with Chef Melissa Miranda of Musang Seattle and Washington winemakers from Buty Winery, Hightower Cellars, Novelty Hill-Januik Winery and Three Rivers Winery.

Choose your own adventure Friday night with three incredible events:

  • Canlis Wine Dinner – From 6-9 p.m., dive into the storied wine cellar at Canlis with Wine Director Nelson Daquip as he and James Beard nominated Chef Brady Williams pair delectable dishes with “The Best Washington Wines You’ve Never Heard Of” during a special dinner.
  • The New Vintage – The second option is to start your night at The Sanctuary downtown for The New Vintage from 7-10 p.m., where James Beard nominees Ethan Stowell of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Rachel Yang of Joule, Shota Nakajima of Adana and many more will be serving up incredible bites alongside 35 Washington wineries.
  • Lexus Late Night – Keep the good vibes going with James Beard Award-winning Chef Edouardo Jordan at his restaurant Salare, for an exclusive after party from 9-11:30 p.m. Tickets to The New Vintage and Lexus Late Night can be purchased together for $225 or to The New Vintage only for $125.

On Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and 31, kick-start the day by exploring remarkable wines at the Taste Washington Wine Seminars presented by Wine Spectator from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. Tickets remain for “Grenache: Washington’s Answer to Pinot Noir.”

The festival culminates at the Grand Tasting at CenturyLink Field Event Center Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and 31. The Grand Tasting is a food and wine lovers’ wonderland with more than 235 wineries and 65 of the state’s most incredible restaurants. Plus, don’t miss out as acclaimed Seattle and national chefs unveil secrets for their favorite dishes on the Taste Washington Chef’s Stage and the Albert Lee Culinary Experience.

Taste Washington Chef’s Stage

  • Saturday, March 30
    • 3:00PM – Edouardo Jordan, JuneBaby (Seattle, WA)
    • 4:00PM – Vivian Howard, Chef & the Farmer (Kinston, NC)
    • 5:00PM – Gregory Gourdet, Departure Restaurant + Lounge (Portland, OR)
  • Sunday, March 31
    • 3:00PM – Mei Lin, Nightshade (Los Angeles, CA)
    • 4:00PM – Shota Nakajima, Adana (Seattle, WA)
    • 5:00PM – Jason Wilson, Maggie Trujillo, Kevin Benner, Fire & Vine Hospitality (Seattle, WA)

Albert Lee Culinary Experience

  • Saturday, March 30
    • 3:15PM – Brian Clevenger, Vendemmia (Seattle, WA)
    • 4:15PM – Zoi Antonitsas, Little Fish (Seattle, WA)
    • 5:15PM – Brendan McGill, Café Hitchcock (Seattle, WA)
  • Sunday, March 31
    • 3:15PM – Maximillian Petty, Eden Hill (Seattle, WA)
    • 4:15PM – Jeff Vance, Navy Strength (Seattle, WA)
    • 5:15PM – Dan Mallahan, Rider (Seattle, WA)

Taste Washington is produced by Visit Seattle in partnership with Washington State Wine. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and visit for ongoing updates. Images for media use can be found on the website.

About Taste Washington:
Taste Washington is the largest single-region wine and food event in the United States, featuring more than 235 Washington State wineries and more than 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants. The Washington State Wine Commission launched Taste Washington in 1998 and it is now produced by Visit Seattle. For more information, visit

About Visit Seattle:
Visit Seattle has served as the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Seattle and King County for more than 50 years. A 501(c)(6) organization, Visit Seattle enhances the economic prosperity of the region through global destination branding along with competitive programs and campaigns in leisure travel marketing, convention sales and overseas tourism development. More than 40 million annual visitors spend $7.8 billion in the city and county each year. The economic power of travel and tourism generates more than 78,000 Seattle area jobs and contributes $806 million in annual state and local tax revenue. Visit

About Washington State Wine:
Washington 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






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