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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? - SOLD OUT
Speaker: Karen MacNeil

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.

Analemma Wines Gewurztraminer Atavus Vineyard Columbia Gorge 2013
Andrew Will Winery Red Wine Two Blondes Vineyard Yakima Valley 2013
B. Leighton Wines Petit Verdot Olsen Brothers Vineyard Yakima Valley 2013
Cayuse Vineyards Syrah Cailloux Vineyard Walla Walla Valley 2013
Delmas Syrah SJR Vineyard Walla Walla Valley 2013
EFESTE Feral Sauvignon Blanc Evergreen Vineyard Ancient Lakes 2015
Gramercy Cellars Syrah Forgotten Hills Walla Walla Valley 2014
Kerloo Cellars Grenache Upland Vineyard Snipes Mountain 2014
Long Shadows Poet’s Leap Riesling Columbia Valley 2013
Seven Hills Winery Merlot Seven Hills Vineyard Walla Walla Valley 2014
Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah Red Wine Walla Walla Valley 2013
Syncline Winery Grenache Blanc Boushey Vineyard Yakima Valley 2015
Two Vintners Some Days Are Stones Syrah Stoney Vine Vineyard Walla Walla Valley 2014

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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 helped establish the Washington wine region, but also formed important winemaking partnerships globally. Come join us at this very special seminar as we talk with the luminaries themselves about the winery’s beginnings and how it has evolved over the decades, as well as what the future holds for Washington wine. This tasting will include an exceptional selection from the winery’s cellar including wines from their Eroica, Col Solare, and Tenet international partnerships.

Bob Bertheau, Chateau Ste Michelle
Bob Betz, MW, Betz Family Winery
Ted Baseler, Ste Michelle Wine Estates
Kevin Corliss, Ste Michelle Wine Estates
Sara Schneider, Sunset Magazine
 
Chateau Ste Michelle & Dr. Loosen Eroica Riesling Columbia Valley 2007
Chateau Ste Michelle & Dr. Loosen Eroica Riesling Columbia Valley 2015
Chateau Ste Michelle & Dr. Loosen Single Berry Select Riesling Columbia Valley 2007
Chateau Ste Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Cold Creek Vineyard Columbia Valley 2000
Chateau Ste Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Cold Creek Vineyard Columbia Valley 2013
Col Solare Red Wine Columbia Valley 2006
Col Solare Red Wine Red Mountain 2014
Tenet Wines The Pundit Syrah Columbia Valley 2015

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Hell and High Water: How Geologic Forces and Catastrophes Shaped Washington Wine - SOLD OUT
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.

Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl Riesling Ancient Lakes 2015
DeLille Cellars Harrison Hill Red Wine Snipes Mountain 2013
Eight Bells Winery 8 Clones Syrah Red Willow Vineyard Yakima Valley 2014
Gård Vintners Vaucluse Red Blend Lawrence Vineyards Columbia Valley 2014
Mark Ryan Winery Dead Horse Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain 2014
Memaloose Idiot’s Grace Riesling Columbia Gorge 2014
Palencia Wine Company El Viñador Petit Verdot Wahluke Slope 2013
Saviah Cellars Reserve Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2014

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.

Sean Boyd, Rotie Cellars
Ray Isle, Food & Wine Magazine
Kelly Hightower, Hightower Cellars
Andrew Latta, Latta Wines
Josh McDaniels, Doubleback
Jean-Francois Pellet, Pepper Bridge Winery
 
Bodegas Alto Moncayo Aquilon Garnacha Campo de Borja Spain 2012
Chateau Léoville Las Cases St.-Julien France 2012
Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Chile 2011
Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2014
Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot 3 Palms Vineyard Napa Valley 2013
Hightower Cellars Reserve Red Wine Red Mountain 2013
Latta Wines Grenache Upland Vineyard Snipes Mountain 2012
Pepper Bridge Winery Merlot Walla Walla Valley 2014
Porseleinberg Syrah Swartland South Africa 2014
Rotie Cellars Northern Blend Washington 2014

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Breaking Barriers: What’s New and Hot in the World of Washington Wine
Moderator: Chris Tanghe, MS, 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!

Javier Alfonso, Pomum Cellars
Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen, W.T. Vintners
Charlie Lybecker, Cairdeas Winery
Erica Orr, Orr Wines
Madeline Puckette, Wine Folly
 
Analemma Wines Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Wine Columbia Gorge 2012
Cairdeas Winery Syrah Lake Chelan 2013
Gramercy Cellars L’Idiot du Village Mourvèdre Columbia Valley 2014
Idilico Garnacha Yakima Valley 2013
Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2015
Orr Wines Old Vine Chenin Blanc Columbia Valley 2016
Reynvaan Family Vineyards Grenache Blanc Walla Walla Valley 2014
Savage Grace Wines Côt Red Wine Dineen Vineyard Rattlesnake Hills 2014
W.T. Vintners Damavian Syrah Les Collines Vineyard Walla Walla Valley 2014

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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.

Mike Januik, Januik Winery
Chad Johnson, Dusted Valley
Lacey Lybeck, Sagemoor Vineyards
Rick Small, Woodward Canyon Winery
Chris Sparkman, Sparkman Cellars
 
Dusted Valley Cult of Ceres Messor Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2013
J. Bookwalter Volume 3 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2013
Januik Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Weinbau Vineyard Wahluke Slope 2013
Long Shadows Feather Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2010
Sparkman Cellars Evermore Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2013
Tamarack Cellars Sagemoor Vineyard Reserve Columbia Valley 2013
Walla Walla Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon Sagemoor Vineyard Columbia Valley 2013
Woodward Canyon Winery Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon Washington State 2013