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Northwest Wine Encounter at Semiahmoo Resort and Spa

April 28, 2017 - April 30, 2017


BLAINE, Wash. – The second annual Northwest Wine Encounter at award-winning Semiahmoo Resort and Spa will be staged April 28-30 during a weekend of wine, cuisine, outdoor recreation, education and interaction with a lineup of luminaries in the Pacific Northwest wine industry.

Scheduled to appear as panelists are winemakers Chris Figgins, Leonetti Cellar/Figgins Family Wine Estates in Walla Walla; Walter Gehringer, Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery in Oliver, British Columbia; David “Merf” Merfeld, Northstar Winery in Walla Walla; Tony Rynders, Panther Creek Cellars in Dundee, Ore.; and Chris Upchurch, DeLille Cellars in Woodinville.

These vintners will be joined by viticulturist Mike Sauer of historic Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley and celebrity chef/author Roy Breiman. Acclaimed merchant Doug Charles of Compass Wines will serve as the keynote speaker. Andy Perdue, wine writer for The Seattle Times, will moderate the panels.

Sponsors include the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, Talking Rain, jcoco chocolates by the Seattle Chocolate Factory and Beecher’s Handmade Cheese.

2017 semainars

Admission to each seminar at the Northwest Wine Encounter is included with the cost of the package, and this year’s lineup of seminars feature:

The Siren Song of Pinot Noir: We open the second annual Northwest Wine Encounter with three winemakers who craft Pinot Noir.

Walla Walla: One of the most famous wine towns in North America is Walla Walla, Washington. What makes the region so special?

Wine Speed Dating: In this fun format, each participant will get the opportunity to taste wine one-on-one with our winery panelists.

Importance of Place: How important is a single vineyard? A single location within that vineyard? We will explore these questions with one of Washington’s best winemakers along with historic grower Mike Sauer.


Cost is $475. Registration includes a casual meet-and-greet tasting of wines from some of the Pacific Northwest’s top producers, a private bonfire on the beach overlooking Semiahmoo Bay with Mount Baker in the distance, the morning and afternoon tasting seminars, bird watching along Semiahmoo Spit and the Vintners Dinner Gala prepared by resort executive chef Bruno Feldeisen. The five-course food and wine event features winemakers seated at each table.

There’s also golf available on the resort’s two award-winning courses, Loomis Trail and Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club.

Seattle magazine recently announced that its readers have chosen Semiahmoo as the Pacific Northwest’s best resort for 2016.


April 28, 2017
April 30, 2017
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Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa
9565 Semiahmoo Parkway
Blaine, WA 98230-9326 United States
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