Taste Washington: A Food and Wine Lover’s Paradise in Seattle, WA

a group of friends toasting clear glasses of red wine on a clear, sunny afternoonOenophile: The Merriam-Webster dictionary simply defines this word as “a lover or connoisseur of wine”. Do you consider yourself much of a wine lover? Someone who enjoys touring beautiful countryside wineries and attending taste testings with good company? In recent years, the state of Washington has discovered and tested varying ways of producing some of the finest wines available, making their mark on the global wine scene. For the 22nd year in a row, Seattle presents Taste Washington, an event that will deliver to you the best of Washington’s culinary cuisine and wines!

This year’s highly anticipated event features over 235 wineries, 65 restaurants, and some of the most skilled chefs in the country! Food and wine lovers alike will have the opportunity to taste test some of Washington state’s greatest delicacies over the four-day event. Taste Washington will run from March 28-31, 2019, so book your stay with us at Shafer Baillie Mansion right here in Seattle in order to get the most out of your weekend trip!

What exactly can you prepare to expect during this event?

Grand Tasting
The Grand Tasting event is one of the highlights of the entire show, featuring Washington’s greatest wineries, restaurants, and talented chefs. This two-day taste testing fest will allow you plenty of time to assay the best of Pacific Northwest-style food and wines, watch educational culinary demonstrations, and vote for your favorite snacks in the 4th annual Best Bite competition! The best part of this event is that it is catered toward all who enjoy the pleasure of food and wine, not only skilled wine connoisseurs! Be sure to attend the Grand Tasting extravaganza; your palate will thank you!

Additional Information
Location: CenturyLink Field Event Center
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, March 30 & 31
Times: 1:30pm-6pm VIP | 2:30pm-6pm
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Red & White Party
This sophisticated VIP event kicks off Taste Washington in style, providing the best of the best of Washington’s wines in an exclusive party experience that you won’t want to miss. During this event you will taste some of the most premier bottles of wine and mingle with the winemakers themselves, sampling delicacies not available during the full Taste Washington show. Held in an elegant venue right on Seattle’s waterfront, the occasion calls for dressy attire, so start packing your reds and whites now!

Additional Information
Location: AQUA by El Gaucho
Date: Thursday, March 28
Time: 7pm-10pm
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On the Farm
Washington state is home to some of the nation’s most exceptional farms and the On the Farm event is your chance to enjoy a special day becoming more acquainted with the fruits of their labor! This excursion offers you the chance to ride along to either Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center or Fall City Farms located in the gorgeous Washington countryside. A tour and fabulous lunch featuring a top-notch chef and goodies straight from the farm will await the group and provide an incredibly unique experience to brag to your friends about! And, of course, lunch will be served along with some of the finest Washington wines for a rounded, well-balanced meal. *For more information on each individual excursion click the ‘Purchase tickets here’ link below.*

Additional Information
Location: Seattle Region
Date: Friday, March 29
Times: 9am-3pm Experience #1 | 9:30am-3pm Experience #2
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The New Vintage
Friday provides the perfect opportunity for a one-of-a-kind night out in Seattle with the exclusive event held at one of the hottest new venues, The Sanctuary. This event offers you the chance to mingle amongst some of Washington’s greatest winemakers and chefs, sample exclusive bites, and indulge in special wines and cocktails in the Halo Bar. This year also invites you to attend the private after party Lexus Late Night hosted by star chef Edouardo Jordan located at the Salare Restaurant. Tickets to the late after party include complimentary Lexus Shuttle service from The New Vintage to Salare. No food or wine lover will want to miss this incredible night out in Seattle!

Additional Information
Location: The Sanctuary Seattle
Date: Friday, March 29
Time: 7pm-10pm
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Sunday Brunch
For the second year in a row, Taste Washington presents the delicious Sunday Brunch event on the final day of the weekend! It’ll provide attendees with the best of Seattle’s rising brunch culture with a tantalizing Pacific Northwest breakfast meal and complimentary brunch cocktails. In addition, this year the date will fall on the same weekend as the Boston Red Sox game in Seattle, so a star chef from Boston will co-host with one of Seattle’s finest chefs to put together a bi-coastal brunch menu! This is the perfect last hurrah to end the long weekend of delicious delicacies and winery wonders, so don’t miss out on this sensational brunch experience!

Additional Information
Location: Palace Ballroom
Date: Sunday, March 31
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
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The entire Taste Washington event is full of wonderful spirit that no oenophile should miss out on! In addition to all the main events we covered above, the weekend will be full of fascinating  Seminars that will be sure to catch your attention and teach you so much that you will want to drop everything and become a winemaker master yourself! Join us at the end of March for this exciting event and book a stay with us at Shafer Baillie Mansion to round out your trip. We provide the best of Seattle accommodation and we’ll be sure to make your entire experience one that will be absolutely unforgettable!

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