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Saturday & Sunday, March 25-26

10:30am – 12pm | Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

Deepen your Washington wine knowledge with insights straight from the experts.

Learn from top winemakers, Master Sommeliers and national wine personalities at these engaging seminars, which explore what makes Washington State a world-class winegrowing region.

At these seminars, a blind tasting might pit Washington’s Cabernet Sauvignons against others from around the world, or a panel might teach you how to identify Washington wines by their distinctive characteristics. You might even hear lessons learned by the state’s veteran producers during their decades in the vineyards.

From tastings to interactive panels, seminars are entertaining, enlightening and in high demand.

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Saturday Seminars

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Up Close with Karen MacNeil: What Makes Great Washington Wine Great?
Moderator: Karen MacNeil, The Wine Bible

In this very personal seminar, Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible and the only American to have won every major wine award in the English language, shares her insights on Washington’s most exciting wines. Over a career of 30 years, Karen has tasted many of the world’s greatest wines. For this seminar, she has chosen ten Washington wines that she thinks answer the question: What makes great Washington wine great? Karen is known for her amazing ability to describe wines in approachable ways. Come hear one of America’s foremost experts and taste some of Washington’s most riveting wines along with her.

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50 Years of Chateau Ste. Michelle: Celebrating a Washington State Legend
Moderator: Sean P. Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast magazine

One of the most influential wineries on the world’s stage, Chateau Ste. Michelle has not only fueled a surge of explosive growth in Washington State, but also formed winemaking partnerships internationally. Come join us at this very special seminar as we talk with the luminaries themselves about the winery’s beginnings and how it has changed and evolved over the decades. The tasting will include a special selection from out of the winery’s cellar, along with a few surprises.

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Hell and High Water: How Geologic Forces and Catastrophes Shaped Washington Wine
Moderator: Kevin Pogue, Ph.D., Whitman College

At the end of the last ice age, the Great Missoula Floods sent walls of water and huge chunks of ice roaring through present day Washington wine country, leaving behind unique and distinctive soil types. Today, our wines are influenced by these soils, along with geography and climate. In this seminar, hear these stories brought to life and taste wines that showcase one of the world’s most unique terroirs. Want to learn how Washington’s soils and geography make it such a special place to grow wine grapes? This is the place to do it.

Sunday Seminars

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Washington vs The World! Old World, New World, Our World
Moderator: Doug Charles, Compass Wines

Can Washington State wines go round for round with the best in the world? We think so, but there’s only one way to find out: by blind tasting a selection of the state’s finest against some of the greatest wines the world has to offer. How does Washington really stack up? We’ll go toe to toe, tasting through a wide range of styles, so get your boxing gloves on, ring the bell and decide for yourself who takes the belt.

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Breaking Barriers: What’s New and Hot in the World of Washington Wine
Moderator: Chris Tanghe, MW, Vinum Importing and Distributing

The Washington wine industry is currently in the midst of unparalleled growth and rapidly evolving innovation. In this seminar we will explore our groundbreaking trends, including on-the-rise growing regions, second generation winemakers taking the reins, women in wine, quickly emerging varieties, and the latest winemaking geekery. What’s hot in Washington right now? Come to this seminar and find out!

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Spotlight on Sagemoor Vineyard: Exploring one of Washington’s Greats
Moderator: Kent Waliser, Sagemoor Vineyards

As part of our ongoing series of single-vineyard focused seminars, we ask: what is sense of place? Home to some of the oldest vines in Washington, Sagemoor vineyard works with over 100 different wineries to craft wines that are distinctive from each other, yet still express the qualities of the place in which the grapes are grown. How is this possible? What is it that makes Sagemoor exemplary? Come hear it from the man who manages it all, and taste some of the state’s top wines from one of Washington’s most storied vineyards.