5 Things Cab Lovers Should Know About Taste Washington This Year

Think about the last time you had that Cabernet you’ll never forget…

Chances are you might have experienced that pour in Napa, CA, or Sonoma, CA, which are world-renowned powerhouses for their Sauvignon grapes. If you think the next time you’ll have a great Cabernet will be in California, guess again, because the 21st birthday of Taste Washington is sure to pack a punch for anyone who’s obsessed with Cabs. Still unsure? Here are five reasons to convince you that Washington is the next Cabernet mecca.


  1. Experience the Widest Variety of Cabernets in One Place.

Don’t miss out on attending the Grand Tasting, where you can sip on 100 different Cabernets from 81 Washington State wineries. It’s nearly impossible to sample all of these delicious pours in one day, but the most determined Cabernet lovers can certainly try! Thank goodness we’re giving you the option to have two wine-filled days to sample everything that’s offered at the Grand Tasting.

Keep your eye out for EFESTĒ’s Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, 2014, and J. Bookwalter Winery’s Chapter 8 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, 2015, if you want to start your Grand Tasting off on the right foot.


  1. Washington State Cabs Aren’t Like Any Other

Cabernet Sauvignon is known among vintners worldwide as the ‘king of grapes,’ because of its rich aroma, and depth of flavor. And Washington State has become subject to this grape’s reign; the state saw a record-high harvest of 71,000 tons of these grapes in the fall of 2016. Add to that, Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon wines have become well-known around the world as an excellent quality-to-price value. The state’s unbeatable combination of inexpensive land and the highest percentage of Cab grapes that score 90 points or above in wine publications has made Washington one of the top powerhouse destinations for Cabernet Sauvignon.

As a testament to the state’s impressive harvest over the years, be sure to stop by The New Vintage, and taste Cadaretta Winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 from Walla Walla Valley.


  1. Exclusive Pours You’ll Only Find at the Red & White Party

If you’re on the look-out for the really good stuff, as in ‘the bottle-collecting-dust-on-the-top-shelf-good,’ then the Red & White Party is where you’ll want to be. Attend the elegant evening waterfront affair to gain access to some of the state’s best Cabernet. Thirty different wineries will be serving their most-coveted bottles, which means the odds of finding your next go-to Cabernet at this event are in your favor. This is a can’t-miss occasion if you’re a self-proclaimed Cabernet lover.

Check out Mark Ryan Winery’s Dead Horse Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, 2015, or Sleight of Hand Cellars’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, 2015 if you’re hunting for some of the best Washington pours.


  1. Francs vs Sauvignons… Why not both?

Even though they appear to be the same at first glance, these types of Cabernets are vastly different. Do you know about the differences between these two Cabernets, but aren’t sure exactly why they’re different? Well, Taste Washington is the perfect opportunity to decipher between the two. With over 100 types of Cabernets at the Grand Tasting, you’ll have endless opportunities to talk to the vintners about these wines, and how they create such vastly different aromas and flavors.

Be sure to swing by Chinook Wines to try their Cabernet Franc 2014 from Yakima Valley. If that isn’t enough to satisfy your craving for Francs, check out Gamache Vintners’ Heritage Cabernet Franc, 2013 from Columbia Valley.


  1. What’s a Cabernet Without a Great Food Pairing?

If you’re looking for some tasty bites to pair Washington Cabs with, you’re in luck! Taste Washington features several events where wine and food are served perfectly in tandem. However, you’ll find the crowned jewel of food pairings for the ‘king of grapes’ at the Grand Tasting and the Red & White Party.

Don’t miss out on your chance to pair some of these exclusive Cabernet Sauvignon pours with dishes served up from the some of the state’s top culinary talent:

  • Try pairing some lamb sliders with Sparkman Cellars’ Kingpin Cabernet Sauvignon at the Red & White Party.
  • If you’re only planning on going to the Grand Tasting, swing by El Gaucho, Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops, or The Capital Grille to find some delicious bites to pair with your favorite Cabernet Sauvignons.
  • If The New Vintage is your event of choice—fret not! There will be plenty of opportunities to find some top Washington Cabs here to pair with amazing food from some of the state’s most-talented chefs. Be sure to check out what RN74’s Chef Thomas Griese or No Anchor’s Chef Jeffrey Vance are cooking up, and pair it with some tasty Cabs from Dunham Cellars.


Don’t miss your chance to indulge in some of the best Cabernets you’ll ever experience. Buy your tickets for Taste Washington today!