6 Unlikely Wine and Food Pairings You Can Find at the Grand Tasting

There’s no question that the 21st birthday of Taste Washington will be filled with some of the most amazing bites and varietals that the area has to offer. But beyond the traditional, stellar local pairings—like a great Washington Cab and Beecher’s Flagship cheese, Taylor Shellfish oysters and an impressive Chardonnay, or a nice Merlot and creamy brie—why not delight your palette with some less traditional, but equally as delicious pairings?

Here are six we think are worth seeking out at this year’s Grand Tasting on March 24 and 25 at CenturyLink Field Event Center.

  1. Pinot Noir and Chocolate Ice Cream. With great Pinot Noirs being served by winemakers like Arbor Crest and Palencia Winery, it’s the perfect opportunity to pair these light but savory reds with a little something for your sweet tooth. Sneak over to see what chocolate ice cream delights are being served by Bluebird Ice Cream, Shug’s Soda Fountain or Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream. The two in tandem are sure to make your taste buds happy.


  1. Riesling and Tacos. Washington’s Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the world’s largest Riesling producers and the Grand Tasting is the perfect opportunity to savor their Eroica Riesling that was born from a partnership between themselves and famed German winemaker Ernst Loosen. Or try a glass of Randolph Cellars’ Dry Riesling from Kiona Vineyards. With a glass of either in hand, seek out a tasty tri-tip mini taco from Castle Event Catering.


  1. Macarons and Pinot Grigio. Who doesn’t enjoy a little bite of love from a macaron? This year, Alexandra’s Macarons will be sharing various seasonal flavors throughout the Grand Tasting from their food truck. With a little bite in hand, seek out a Pinot Gris from Nine Hats, the Cavatappi Pinot Gris from Associated Vintners or the Boomtown Pinot Gris by Dusted Valley and let your mouth water.


  1. Crab Grilled Cheese with a Cabernet. All Water Seafood & Oyster Bar will be sampling a mouthwatering crab grilled cheese this year. And with over 100 Cabernets being served throughout the Grand Tasting floor, you’re sure to find a perfect savory pairing.


  1. Potato Chips and Champagne. When most people think bubbles, they think of big, celebratory meals and an upscale pairing. But here’s a little secret: grab a handful of popcorn or potato chips and enjoy that glass of Domaine Ste. Michelle. The most basic (and satisfying of salty snacks) can often be the best complement to that long-stemmed glass of champagne or sparkling wine.


  1. Sushi and Sparkling Rosé. For a little change in flavor, stop by and see Blue C Sushi at the Grand Tasting this year. Serving up a variety of sushi, full of fresh fish, their flavors are sure to delight. Even better, pair your sushi bite with a bubbly glass of sparkling rosé from Treveri Cellars.


No matter what pairing you choose to enjoy, don’t miss your chance to enjoy samples from over 230 Washington wineries and bites from over 65 restaurants. There’s never been a 21st birthday celebration quite like this.