Food & Drink

Taste Washington, March 26-29 in Seattle, offers wine- and food-tasting galore

Get ready for the biggest – and arguably the best – food- and wine-tasting event in the state of Washington.

Taste Washington returns to Seattle March 26 to 29 with wine-related events and seminars capped by the two-day Grand Tasting extravaganza at CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Not only is it a huge event for consumers, it’s also an important showcase for Washington wineries. By my count, there are 234 wineries scheduled to attend with, according to people in-the-know, a fairly hefty waiting list of others anxious to get in. That number represents nearly a quarter of all wineries in the state, and gives consumers an unparalleled opportunity to taste the best of Washington’s current releases.

Festivities kick off with two wine-and-appetizer events; the Red and White Party at AQUA by El Gaucho restaurant on March 26, and The New Vintage event at Four Seasons Hotel on March 27.

March 27 begins with three separate “Taste Washington on the Farm” day tours (one of which is already sold out) that include a luxury-transport visit to Taylor Shellfish on Samish Bay (for which limited tickets are still available).

Back in Seattle, wine seminars will also be held March 28 and 29. Topics and tastes range from the state’s Red Mountain and Columbia Gorge appellations to a “Washington vs. the World” class that will compare blind tastes from some of Washington’s finest wineries to those from France’s esteemed Bordeaux region.

Then of course, there’s the Grand Tasting event on March 28 and 29 that will feature the 200-plus Washington wineries along with more than 70 Puget Sound-area restaurants.

In addition to the copious amounts of food and wine, people with have the chance to view cooking demonstrations at an on-site chef’s stage, and visit exhibits from an array of vendors featuring wine regions, accessories, coffees, and beers, to name a few.

If you’re feeling indecisive about the number of choices, my advice is to go with the Grand Tasting, which gives you the most food and wine exposure over a one or two-day period.

General admission get you in the door from 2 to 5 p.m. for $90 for a single day and $140 for both. VIP tickets are also available from 1 to 5 pm, with $160 one-day and $205 two-day options that include the extra hour of tasting, exclusive VIP lounge access, and a take-home goodie bag.

To purchase tickets for those and all other events, visit

In three weeks: A rundown on several of my favorite wines, along with some sage-like observations, from this year’s Taste Washington.