By Kori ~ February 29th, 2012.
Washington State ranks second nationally in wine production with over 740 wineries and 40,000 vineyard acres. As I’ve said numerous times before, Washington wines are perfectly positioned to thrive in our current economy. Washington State is producing outstanding wines that consistently deliver great bang for your buck.
If you love Washington wine or want to learn more about Washington wine, March is the month for you. Dubbed Washington Wine Month, this annual celebration of Washington State’s award-winning wine industry features promotions by restaurants, retailers, hotels, and wineries throughout the region including activities such as free tastings, discounts on Washington wine, and winemaker dinners pairing the state’s top winemakers and chefs. The Washington State Wine Commission has created a dedicated website, washingtonwinemonth.com, which features a comprehensive listing of these promotions. New promotions will be added on an ongoing basis throughout the month.
The month will be capped off with Taste Washington in Seattle, the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event on Saturday, March 31st and Sunday, April 1st at CenturyLink Field Event Center. The grand event has been expanded to two days for 2012. Hosted by Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau in partnership with the Washington State Wine Commission, Taste Washington is the ultimate carnival for wine and food lovers. Of the 740+ wineries in the state, over 200 of them are expected to be on hand pouring their wines. In addition, many of the top Seattle-area restaurants will be serving small bites. It is a huge event and can be overwhelming if you are not prepared. You will be wise to plan a strategy ahead of time. Even though the event now runs for two days, you might find it helpful to refer back to a previous post that gives tips for making the most of Taste Washington.
If a smaller, more intimate gathering is more your speed or you want to further your knowledge of wine and Washington wine in particular, the seminars that will be offered each day prior to the tasting might be of interest to you. This year’s seminars will also be held at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Six seminars will be offered on a variety of topics and afford attendees the opportunity to taste, discuss, meet, and learn from some of the biggest names in the Washington wine industry as well as a few notable guests from outside of Washington State.
As always, we are looking forward to Taste Washington and hope that those of you who live in the greater Seattle area will plan to attend as well. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Taste Washington website.
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