Washington - The Perfect Climate for Wine!
Recently I was able to attend a great event in my home state of Washington. Every year the Washington Wine Commission puts on a large consumer event in an effort to raise awareness and promote the amazing food and wine of Washington. The tasting draws wineries from all over the state to one venue to showcase their new releases. This year I tasted many wonderful wines, with over 200 wineries in attendance you are guaranteed to find something that suites your palate.
The best part about the tasting is that you can also visit the many restaurants in attendance and try amazing food, or even hang out at the raw oyster bar that was hosted by Elliott’s Oyster House. My favorite treats came from restaurants such as Barking Frog, 0/8 Seafood Grill and Purple Café.
The tasting itself is backed with a day of seminars on everything from sustainability in the wine industry, to a debate on oak use in the winemaking process, to blind tastings with renowned wine critics. All of these programs are open to the public, so this is a great opportunity to get some education on everything wine.
This event is very consumer friendly; I strongly encourage anyone interested in the wines of Washington State to attend. As many wineries also host winemaker dinners in the city, this is a wonderful excuse to escape to Seattle for the weekend and try all of your favorite Washington wines. For a full list of wineries in attendance see the Taste Washington website.
Didn’t make the tasting in Seattle this year? Not to worry, another version of this event occurs June 8, 2008 on the Eastern side of the mountains in Spokane at the magnificent Davenport Hotel.