Taste Washington weekend features educational wine seminars on both Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30 at CenturyLink Field Event Center. These seminars are led by top national wine personalities and sommeliers. Topics for the seminars showcase various aspects of Washington wine, as well as wine and food pairing demonstrations by renowned chefs.

Saturday, March 29
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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An Old Vine’s Tale $45

Washington winemakers seek out ‘old vine’ fruit, believing that it makes a difference in the glass. Does vine age matter? Sample a selection of wines made from vines at least 30 years old and find out for yourself as we celebrate the 30th anniversaries of the Columbia Valley and Walla Walla Valley appellations.

Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report

Jon Bonné , Wine Editor, San Francisco Chronicle
Luke Sykora, Senior Editor, Wine & Spirits Magazine
Jason Smith, MS, Director of Wine, Bellagio Resort
Kent Waliser, General Manager, Sagemoor Vineyards
David O'Reilly, Winemaker, Owen Roe
Raymon McKee, Winemaker, Chateau Ste Michelle
Casey McCLellan, Winemaker, Seven Hills Winery

Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley 2012
Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2010
Walla Walla Vintners Sagemoor Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2010
Owen Roe Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Red Willow Vineyard Yakima Valley 2010
Barrister Bacchus Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2010
Seven Hills Winery Cabernet Sauvignon McClellan Estate Vineyard Walla Walla Valley 2012
Seven Hills Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Seven Hills Vineyard Old Blocks Walla Walla Valley 2012

The Allure of the Exotic $45

Be one of the first to hear what’s next for Washington’s varietal scene. Washington produces over 40 different grape varieties, and growers and winemakers continue to explore and push the boundaries each year. Here you’ll taste a selection from some of the state’s less common grape varieties and see what has winemakers so excited about branching into new territory.

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Paul Gregutt, Waitsburg Cellars
Chris Figgins, Director of Winemaking, FIGGINS Family Wine Estates
Morgan Lee, Winemaker, Two Vintners
Jon Rimmerman, Garagiste
Cameron Fries, Winemaker, White Heron Cellars

San Juan Vineyards Madeline Angevine Puget Sound 2012
White Heron Cellars “Mariposa Vineyard” Arvine Ancient Lakes of the Columbia Valley 2012
Two Vintners Boushey Vineyard Grenache Blanc Yakima Valley 2012
Waitsburg Cellars “Chevray” Chenin Blanc Columbia Valley 2012
Leonetti Cellar Sangiovese Walla Walla Valley 2011
Syncline Wine Cellars Mckinley Springs Counoise Horse Heaven Hills 2012
Dusted Valley Stone Tree Vineyard Petite Sirah Wahluke Slope 2011
Woodward Canyon Estate Dolcetto Walla Walla Valley 2012

Northstar Blending Experience $45

Join Seattle’s own Master Sommelier Rob Bigelow for a true hands-on wine blending event. Bigelow and winemaker Dave ‘Merf’ Merfeld from Northstar Winery will guide you through this unique opportunity, providing a glimpse into the art of blending world-class wines. Armed with beakers, graduated cylinders and your senses you’ll create your own custom masterpiece.

Master Sommelier Rob Bigelow

Rob Bigelow, MS, Ste Michelle Wine Estates
Dave Merfeld, Winemaker, Northstar

Beverly Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley 2012 (barrel sample)
Anna Marie Vineyard Merlot Walla Walla Valley 2012 (barrel sample)
Mike Andrews Vineyard Merlot Horse Heaven Hills 2012 (barrel sample)
Shaw Vineyard Merlot Red Mountain 2012 (barrel sample)
Anna Marie Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2012 (barrel sample)
StoneTree Vineyard Petit Verdot Wahluke Slope 2012 (barrel sample)
Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley 2010

Playing Matchmaker –
Pairing Food & Wine to Your Palate $45

Food and wine is a match made in heaven. Learn the formula for creating your own perfect pairings. Using every day dishes you can prepare at home, find out which pairings work best for you and why.

Jamie Peha, TableTalk Northwest, Peha Promotions (

Jameson Fink, Contributing Editor, Grape Collective
Lenny Rede, European Specialist, Esquin Wine & Spirits
Reggie Daigneault, Wine Technology Coordinator , South Seattle Community College
Sean Hails, Winemaker, Columbia Winery
Harry Mills, Executive Chef, Purple Café & Wine Bar (Seattle)

WT Vintners Gruner Veltliner Columbia Gorge 2013
Cavatappi Sangiovese Molly's Cuvee Columbia Valley 2008
Treveri Cellars Brut Sparkling Wine Columbia Valley NV
Patterson Cellars Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley 2011
Columbia Winery Merlot Columbia Valley 2012
Airfield Unoaked Chardonnay Yakima Valley 2012

Sunday, March 30
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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Washington vs. The World-2014$85

Washington continues its emergence as a world-class wine region. Enjoy a blind tasting of some of the state’s finest wines against some of the world’s best. How do Washington wines stack up? You’ll have a front row seat at this exciting debate and decide for yourself.

Doug Charles, Compass Wines

Joe Roberts,
Emily Wines, MS, Wine Director, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
Chris Gorman, Winemaker, Gorman Winery
Matt Reynvaan, Winemaker, Reynvann Family Vineyards
Kendall Mix, Winemaker, Lawrelin Wine Cellars
Chris Camarda, Winemaker, Andrew Will Winery
Scott Greer, Winemaker, Sheridan Vineyard

Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard Red Wine 2005
Gorman The Evil Twin Red Mountain 2010
Lawrelin Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2000
Reynvaan Family Vineyards Stonessence Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2010
Sheridan Vineyard Block 1 Cabernet Sauvignon Yakima Valley 2010
Bodega Catena Zapata Nicolás Catena Zapata Mendoza 2008
Domaine August Clape Cornas Renaissance Rhone FR 2011
Morlet Family Vineyards Mon Chevalier Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley 2009

Chef vs. Somm Smack Down$45

In the history of epic battles there was David vs. Goliath, Alien vs. Predator and now, we bring you: Chef vs. Somm. When it comes to food and wine pairings these epicurean professionals don’t always agree. Here sommeliers will pit their wine pairing skills against those of the country’s top chefs. You be the judge of who comes out on top.

Jamie Peha, TableTalk Northwest, Peha Promotions (

David Varley, Executive Chef, RN74
Jeff Lindsay Thorsen, Lead Sommelier, RN74
Bobby Moore, Executive Chef, Barking Frog
Anthony Berkau, Wine Director, Barking Frog
Thierry Rautureau, Executive Chef, Loulay & Luc
Scot Smith, Wine Director, Loulay & Luc

W.T. Vintners Syrah "Gorgeous" Destiny Ridge Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills 2011
Avennia Justine Red Wine Columbia Valley 2011
Ashan Chardonnay Conner Lee Vineyard 2012
Two Vintners Syrah Stoney Vineyard Walla Walla 2011
Lullaby Viognier Columbia Valley 2010
Waitsburg Cellars Cheninieres Chenin Blanc Columbia Valley 2012

The Rise of the Rhones $45

Find out why so many winemakers believe that Rhone varieties have found a new home in Washington State. In this seminar, you’ll sample the ways grapes which trace their origins to France’s Rhone Valley express themselves here. See how this expression varies across the state as we explore Washington’s growing Rhone trend.

Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report

Greg Harrington, MS, Winemaker, Gramercy Cellars
Jon Meuret, Winemaker, Maison Bleue
Bob Betz, MW, Founding Winemaker, Betz Family Winery
Anna Schafer, Winemaker, aMaurice Cellars
Patrick Comiskey, Senior Correspondent, Wine & Spirits Magazine

Maison Bleue Métis Blanc Columbia Valley 2012
Lauren Ashton Cellars Roussanne Columbia Valley 2012
aMaurice Cellars Grenache Boushey Vineyard 2010
Rasa Vineyards QED Red Wine Columbia Valley 2010
Gramercy Cellars John Lewis Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2011
Betz Family Winery La Côte Rousse Syrah Red Mountain 2011
Eight Bells Winery Syrah Red Willow Vineyard 2011

A Winemaker, a Brewer,
and a Distiller Walk into a Bar $45

Belly up to the bar as experts talk about what beer, wine and spirits can bring to the table. Learn different ways to cook with these libations and how each can be a charming companion to your meal.

Moderator: Michael Kelley, MBAA Beer Steward, Certified Cicerone and Beer Sommelier

Rusty Figgins, Master Distiller, Batch 206
Christian Sparkman, Director of Winemaking, Sparkman Cellars

Kerry Gold Cheeses: Cashel Blue, Dubliner, Aged Cheddar, Blarney Castle, paired with:
Wine: 2011 Darkness Syrah
Spirit: Counter Gin
Beer: Stella Artois

Crisp brioche round topped with a melon ball, ham and sharp Swiss cheese, paired with:
Wine: 2012 Wonderland Grenache
Spirit: Batch 206 Vodka
Beer: Stella Artois Cidre

Uli’s sausage round with aged white cheddar cheese and a balsamic mushroom cap, paired with:
Wine: 2012 Apparition White Rhône Blend
Spirit: Barrel Raider Whiskey
Beer: Leffe Blonde

Theo Chocolates, paired with:
Wine: 2012 Hallelujah Port (barrel sample)
Spirit: Batch 206 Mad Mint Vodka
Beer: Leffe Brun