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Saturday & Sunday, March 24-25

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


Enhance your knowledge of Washington wine with insight directly from the experts. 
Hear from top winemakers, Master Sommeliers and national wine personalities at these engaging and educational 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 flavor profiles. You might even hear lessons learned by the state’s veteran producers from their decades of experience in the vineyards. 
From tastings to interactive panels, seminars are entertaining, enlightening and in high demand, so save your seat before they’re gone.

All seminars run at the same time each day: 10:30am – 12:00pm.

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2018 Saturday Seminars

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Blind Tasting Bootcamp with the Masters

In the world of wine, two highly prized certifications stand above all others – Master of Wine (MW) and Master Sommelier (MS). We’ve gathered an esteemed group of the nation’s top professionals in what promises to be a highly engaging, entertaining and educational experience that won’t be forgotten. Taste through flights of top wines from Washington and around the world with a panel of MW’s and a panel of MS’s. Learn what it takes to earn these titles, understand how they tackle what’s in the glass, and capture some tricks for your own toolbox. Let the masters be your guide.

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Through the Hourglass: An Exploration of Rare and Aged Washington Wines

To be considered a ‘world class wine region,’ Washington’s wines must be built to last and stand the test of time. Join us as we present some of the rarest and oldest wines ever assembled at Taste Washington. We’ve dug deep into the cellars and have chosen a classic selection of wines from some of the state’s most storied producers. Hear from the winemakers themselves, and experience an exploration of wines that will bring years of bragging rights at this once-in-a-lifetime tasting.

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Spotlight: Celilo Vineyard

With its vines in sight of a snow-capped volcano, Celilo Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge is not only jaw-droppingly beautiful, but has become one of Washington’s Grand Cru vineyards. Consistently producing some of the most vibrant and unique wines in the state, and with a line of winemakers around the state fighting for its fruit, Celilo has stormed the world stage. So what is it that makes Celilo so special? Join us as we take a deeper dive into this esteemed vineyard with those who walk its vines, and taste the electricity for yourself.

2018 Sunday Seminars

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Washington vs the World: Old World, New World, Our World

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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A Rhone of our Own? Single Vineyard Syrahs of Washington

The Rhone Valley of France is the epicenter for Syrah, producing some of the most sought-after wines on the planet. However, since the first Syrah vines were planted in 1986, the variety has also become a prize-winning player in Washington, producing some of the state’s most iconic wines. How does Washington Syrah compare to their French counterparts and what makes Washington Syrah unique? In this seminar, we’ll taste classic Syrahs from the Rhone, and then dive headfirst into exploring what makes the great single-vineyard Syrahs of Washington so compelling.

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Beyond the Mystique: A Look at the Science of Washington Wine

Ever wonder why wine tastes the way it does? Is it oak? Sugar? Acid? Something else? Science has the answer…and so will you. Walk in a novice and walk out a wizard. Two of the best and most lively teachers in the state will use wacky visuals and layman’s language to rip the veil off the mystique of wine – and show you a world that explains it all. You’ll leave this seminar a wiser taster and with a set of sleuthing tools you’ll carry forever.