Taste Washington looks to top 7,000 patrons for Grand Tastings

By on March 29, 2019
Ali Boyle, co-owner and the namesake of Alexandria Nicole Cellars, pours wine made from Destiny Ridge Vineyard during the Grand Tasting at Taste Washington 2018. (Richard Duval Images)

SEATTLE – World-class red and white wines will be poured during Taste Washington this weekend at the CenturyLink Field Event Center with the world champion Boston Red Sox playing the first-place Seattle Mariners across the street.

The 22nd annual Taste Washington, the largest single-region wine and food event in the United States, features 235 wineries and 65 restaurants brought together by the Washington State Wine Commission and Visit Seattle. Last year’s attendance finished at 6,750 for the two-day Grand Tasting, up nearly 1,000 from the 2017 weekend.

This weekend, the Grand Tasting for the public runs 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, with General admission is $95. There are a few VIP tickets available for Sunday. Cost is $165, which provides 1:30 p.m. access.

The thirst for wine education in Washington state grows. As a result, all six of the weekend seminars have been sold out. Here’s a quick overview of the festivities, which includes a link to sign up for the year-round Taste Washington newsletter that provides updates on the six events surrounding Taste Washington.

Taste the Vineyards

Rocky Pond winemaker Shane Collins walks Double D Vineyard, a young planting along the Columbia River that he manages for the Dufenhorst family. (Richard Duval Images)

Taste Washington continues to showcase individual vineyards, and this year there will be opportunities to experience single-source wines from nine vineyards by various producers. It is billed as “Taste the Vineyards,” and the collection includes:

Chef’s Stage offers interactive cooking demos

The James Beard Society awarded Seattle restaurateur/chef Edoardo Jordan for Best New Restaurant in the country and Best Northwest Chef for 2018. (Photo courtesy of Taste Washington)

Sandwiched in the middle of each Grand Tasting is the Chef’s Stage. There is no additional charge for this feature that highlights some of the country’s top culinary talents, but seats are limited so queue up a several minutes in advance.

Seattle restaurateurs/chefs Edouardo Jordan of JuneBaby and Shota Nakajima of Adana both have become media stars of late. Jordan is the reigning James Beard Award winner as Best New Restaurant and Best Northwest Chef, while Nakajima used tempura to topple celebrity chef Bobby Flay in 2017 on The Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay.

3 p.m. – Edouardo Jordan, JuneBaby (Seattle)
4 p.m. – Vivian Howard, Chef & the Farmer (Kinston, N.C.)
5 p.m. – Gregory Gourdet, Departure Restaurant + Lounge (Portland)
3 p.m. – Mei Lin, Nightshade (Los Angeles)
4 p.m. – Shota Nakajima, Adana (Seattle)
5 p.m. – Jason Wilson, Maggie Trujillo and Kevin Benner, Fire & Vine Hospitality (Seattle)

Book a room to avoid baseball traffic

Parking won’t be as difficult on Saturday (the M’s play at night) as it will be on Sunday, when the opening pitch is set for 1:10 p.m.

One alternative to public transit would be to see about booking a room with one of several hotel partners for Taste Washington. Each hotel offers a Taste Washington package, so visit this link to explore the options.

Hotel Theodore
Grand Hyatt Seattle
Hyatt at Olive 8
Hyatt House Seattle Downtown
Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown
Inn at the Market
Kimpton Hotel Vintage Seattle
Mediterranean Inn
Motif Seattle
Pan Pacific Seattle
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Silver Cloud Hotel Broadway
The Charter Seattle
Thompson Seattle

Participating wineries

James Mantone and his wife Poppie Mantone pour from their Syncline Winery lineup during the 2018 Taste Washington Grand Tasting. (Richard Duval Images)

Below is a list to see which of your favorite wineries will be pouring:

14 Hands Winery
Adrice Wines
Airfield Estates Alder Ridge Vineyards
àMaurice Cellars
Amavi Cellars
Ambassador Winery
Ancestry Cellars
Andrew Will Winery
AniChe Cellars
AntoLin Cellars
Armstrong Family Winery
Array Cellars
Auclair Winery
Baer Winery
Balboa Winery
Barnard Griffin Winery
Barons Winery
Barrage Cellars
Barrister Winery
Bartholomew Winery
Basel Cellars
Bayernmoor Cellars
Bellissimo Cellars
Bergevin Lane Vineyards
Betz Family Winery
Bledsoe Family Winery
Bontzu Cellars
Borne of Fire
Boudreaux Cellars
Brian Carter Cellars
Brook & Bull Cellars / Vital Winery
Browne Family Vineyards
Buried Cane
Burnt Bridge Cellars
Buty Winery
Cadaretta Winery
Cairdeas Winery
Callan Cellars
Camaraderie Cellars
Canoe Ridge Vineyard
Caprio Cellars
Cascade Cliffs Vineyard & Winery
Cascadian Outfitters
Cave B Estate Winery
CAVU Cellars
Cedar River Cellars
Chandler Reach Winery
Charles Smith Wines
Chateau Beck
Chateau Ste. Michelle
Chinook Wines
Claar Cellars
Co Dinn Cellars
Col Solare
Columbia Crest
Columbia Winery
Convergence Zone Cellars
Cooper Wine Company
COR Cellars
Côte Bonneville
Côtes de Ciel
Cougar Crest Estate Winery
Craftsman Cellars
Damsel Cellars
Darby Winery
Dead Crow Vineyards
ded.reckoning Wine Company
DeLille Cellars
Descendant Cellars
Desert Wind Winery
Destiny Ridge Vineyard
DILLON Cellars
DiStefano Winery
Double Canyon
Ducleaux Cellars
Dunham Cellars
Dusted Valley
Eagle Creek Winery
Eagle Harbor Wine Co.
Eaglemount Wine & Cider
Eight Bells Winery
Elephant Seven
Eleven Winery
Eternal Wines & Drink Washington State
Finnriver Farm & Cidery
Forgeron Cellars
Fortuity Cellars
Four Cellars by Little Big Town
Gamache Vintners
Gard Vintners
Gilbert Cellars
Goose Ridge Estate Winery and Vineyards
Gordon Estate Winery
Gorman Winery
Gramercy Cellars
Gravel Bar Winery
Grosgrain Vineyards
Grounded Wine Co.
Guardian Cellars
Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards
Hawkins Cellars
Hedges Family Estate
Henry Earl Estate Wines
Hightower Cellars
Idiot’s Grace
Intrinsic Wine Co.
Isenhower Cellars
JB Neufeld
JM Cellars
Jones of Washington Winery
K Vintners
Karma Vineyards
Kasia Winery
Keira Cellars
Kevin White Winery
Kiona Vineyards and Winery
Komodo Dragon Cellars
L’Ecole No 41
Lagana Cellars
Latta Wines
Laurelhurst Cellars
Lauren Ashton Cellars
Lawrelin Wine Cellars
Lobo Hills Wine Co.
Locus Wines
Lodmell Cellars
Long Cellars
Long Road Winery
Long Shadows Vintners
Lost River Winery
LUKE Columbia Valley Wines
Maison Bleue Winery
Mark Ryan Winery
Martedi Winery
Maryhill Winery
Matthews Winery
Mercer Estates
Mercer Family Vineyards
MERF Wines
Milbrandt Vineyards
Mt. Fury Winery
Mullan Road Cellars
Naches Heights Vineyard
Nine Hats Wines
Nota Bene Cellars
Novelty Hill
Obelisco Estate
Orca Wines
Ott & Hunter Wines
Owen Roe
Palencia Wine Company
Palouse Winery
Patterson Cellars
Pearl and Stone Wine Co
Pepper Bridge Winery
Pollard Vineyard
Pontin del Roza Winery
Port Townsend Vineyards
Prayers of Sinners and Saints
Quilceda Creek
Randolph Cellars
Reasons Wine
Reininger Winery
Revelry Vintners
Robert Ramsay Cellars
Rocky Pond Winery
Rotie Cellars
Ryan Patrick Wines
San Juan Vineyard
Savage Grace Wines
Schooler Nolan Winery
Secret Squirrel
Seven Hills Winery
Sherman Winery
Sightglass Cellars
Sigillo Cellars
Silvara Cellars
Silver Lake Winery
Simpatico Cellars
Sin Banderas
Sinclair Estate Vineyards
Skyfall Vineyard
Sleight of Hand Cellars
Smockshop Band
Sol Stone Winery
Soos Creek Wine Cellars
Sparkman Cellars
Spoken Barrel
Spring Valley Vineyard
Structure Cellars
SuLei Cellars
Syncline Winery
Tamarack Cellars
Tapps Owl
Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard
Tertulia Cellars
The Walls Vineyards
Three of Cups Winery
Three Rivers Winery
Time & Direction
Tinte Cellars
Townshend Cellar
Tranche Cellars
Treveri Cellars
Tsillian Cellars
Tunnel Hill Winery
Two Mountain Winery
Two Vintners
Upchurch Vineyard
Upsidedown Wine
W.T. Vintners
Walla Walla Vintners
Warr-King Wines
Waters Winery
Waving Tree Winery
Wawawai Canyon Winery
Whidbey Island Winery
William Grassie Wine Estates
Wilridge Winery
WineGirl Wines
Wines of Substance
WIT Cellars
Woodhouse Wine Estates
Woodward Canyon

Participating restaurants

Blazing Bagels and Bakery in Bellevue, Redmond and SoDo is scheduled to return to Taste Washington’s Grand Tasting in 2019. (Richard Duval Images)

Alderbrook Resort & Spa
All Water Seafood & Oyster Bar
Anthony’s Pier 66 & Bell Street Diner
AQUA by El Gaucho
Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi
Ballard Annex Oyster House
Baron’s Xi’an Kitchen & Bar
Blazing Bagels and Bakery Inc.
Bluebird Ice Cream
Castle Event Catering
Chateau Kitchen by Chateau Ste. Michelle
Cheeseland Inc.
Chef Anne Marie Eatery & Catering
Claret Wine Bar
Class Act Catering & Kitchen
Columbia Valley Family Farms
Cured by Visconti
Daniel’s Artisan
Dolcetta Artisan Sweets
El Gaucho
Eritage Resort
Ferndale Farmstead
Golas Kitchen Catering & Events
Golden Glen Creamery
Grand Central Bakery
Hattaway’s on Alder
Honest Biscuits
indi chocolate
Inn at El Gaucho
Intrigue Chocolate Co.
Itty Bitty Schnitty
Ivar’s Restaurants
jcoco chocolate
La Panzanella Artisanal Foods Co.
LaGaterie / Shefa Mfg
Le Coin
Miller’s Guild
Mt. Townsend Creamery
Old Stove Brewery and Restaurant
Packers Kitchen + Bar
Pioneer Square D&E
Pizzeria Pulcinella
Purple Café and Wine Bar
Salish Lodge & Spa
Salty’s at Alki
Scarlata Chocolate
Seattle Pops
Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream
Sweet Iron Waffles
Table 47
The Butcher’s Table
The Essential Baking Company
The Fisherman’s Restaurant and Bar
The Hart and The Hunter
The Lakehouse
The Melting Pot
The Peterson Company
Thompson Seattle
Tom Douglas Restaurants
Tulio Ristorante
Uli’s Famous Sausage
Via Marina
Vince’s Italian
Vista Prime Steaks & Seafood
Walla Walla Steak Co.
Westin and W Bellevue
Yummy 8 Asian Kitchen

About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the President and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for a decade. He is a frequent wine judge at international wine competitions throughout North America and orchestrates 10 Northwest competitions each year.

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