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Saturday & Sunday, March 24-25

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

 

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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. 21+ event

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2018 Saturday Seminars

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Spotlight: Celilo Vineyard - SOLD OUT

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.

Panelists:

Sean P. Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast & Washington Wine Report (Moderator)
Luke Bradford, COR Cellars
James Mantone, Syncline Wine Cellars
Kevin Pogue, PhD, Whitman College
Madeline Puckette, Wine Folly
Andrew Trio, Tranche

Wines:

Ashan Cellars Chardonnay Celilo Vineyard Columbia Gorge 2014
COR Cellars Alba Columbia Gorge 2016
Dowsett Family Winery Gewürztraminer Celilo Vineyard Columbia Gorge 2015
Ross Andrew Winery Pinot Gris Celilo Vineyard Columbia Gorge 2016
Savage Grace Wines Chardonnay Celilo Vineyard Columbia Gorge 2013
Syncline Wine Cellars Blanc de Blanc Scintillation Sparkling Wine Celilo Vineyard Columbia Gorge 2010
Tranche Cellars Chardonnay Celilo Vineyard Columbia Gorge 2014
Woodward Canyon Winery Chardonnay Celilo Vineyard Columbia Gorge 2015

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Blind Tasting Bootcamp with the Masters - SOLD OUT

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.

Panelists:

Chris Tanghe, MS, GuildSomm (Moderator)
Bob Betz, MW
Mary Ewing-Mulligan, MW, International Wine Center NYC
Rebecca Fineman, MS
Jackson Rohrbaugh, MS, Canlis

Wines:

We’ll be showing a world-class set of 12 wines, including top producers from Washington, as well as comparatives from some of the greatest estates in both the Old World and the New World. We couldn’t possibly reveal them in advance to keep the fun intact, but we can tell you, these wines will absolutely knock your socks off due to their finesse, expressivity, and rarity.

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

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.

Panelists:

Doug Charles, Compass Wines (Moderator)
Chris Camarda, Andrew Will Winery
Patrick Comiskey, Wine & Spirits
Nelson Daquip, Canlis
Tim Hightower, Hightower Cellars
Rick Small, Woodward Canyon Winery
Gordy Venneri, Walla Walla Vintners

Wines:

Andrew Will Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Seven Hills Vineyard Walla Walla Valley 1996
Chateau Ste Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Cold Creek Vineyard Columbia Valley 1996
Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Red Willow Vineyard Yakima Valley 1995
DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Red Wine Red Mountain 1998
Hightower Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 1997
Kiona Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain 1983
L'Ecole No 41 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 1994
Walla Walla Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon Windrow Vineyard Walla Walla Valley 1997
Woodward Canyon Winery Merlot Columbia Valley 1993

2018 Sunday Seminars

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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.

Speakers:

Tim Donahue, Walla Walla Community College
Sabrina Lueck, Walla Walla Community College

Wines:

Buty Winery Rediviva of the Stones Rockgarden Estate Walla Walla Valley 2014
Long Shadows Poets Leap Riesling Columbia Valley 2014
Mollydooker Wines Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz McLaren Vale 2016
Mystery Top-Scoring Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Mystery Cabernet Sauvignon Washington
Weingut Kerpen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Mosel 2014

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A Rhone of our Own? Single Vineyard Syrahs of Washington - SOLD OUT

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.

Panelists:

Greg Harrington, MS, Gramercy Cellars (Moderator)
Patrick Comiskey, Wine & Spirits
Mike Sauer, Red Willow Vineyard
Charles Smith, K Vintners

Wines:

Avennia Arnaut Syrah Boushey Vineyard Yakima Valley 2015
Domaine Faury St. Joseph Vielles Vignes 2015
Eight Bells Winery Syrah Red Willow Vineyard Yakima Valley 2015
Gramercy Cellars John Lewis Syrah Les Collines Vineyard Walla Walla Valley 2015
K Vintners The Beautiful Syrah Powerline Vineyard Walla Walla Valley 2015
Marie et Pierre Benetière Côte-Rôtie Cordeloux 2012
Robert & Stéphane Rousset Crozes-Hermitage les Picaudières 2015
Two Vintners Some Days Are Stones Syrah Stoney Vine Vineyard Walla Walla Valley 2015

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Washington vs the World: Old World, New World, Our World - SOLD OUT

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.

Panelists:

Doug Charles, Compass Wines (Moderator)
Casey McClellan, Seven Hills Winery
Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen, WT Vintners
Keith Johnson, Sleight of Hand Cellars
Damon Huard, Passing Time Winery
Anna Schafer Cohen, àMaurice Cellars
Sean P. Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast & Washington Wine Report

Wines:

àMaurice Cellars Artist Series Ivey Blend Columbia Valley 2012
Château Lynch Bages Pauillac 2012
Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley 2014
Glaetzer Wines Amon-Ra Shiraz Barossa Valley 2015
Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Napa Valley 2013
Passing Time Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills 2015
Sadie Family Columella Coastal Region 2014
Seven Hills Winery Merlot Seven Hills Vineyard Walla Walla Valley 2014
Sleight of Hand Cellars Psychedelic Syrah Stoney Vine Vineyard Walla Walla Valley 2015
WT Vintners Rhone Blend Boushey Vineyard Yakima Valley 2015