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Saturday & Sunday, March 30-31

 Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

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

 

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Are you a curious oenophile? Look no further than Taste Washington’s Seminar series hosted by some of the nation’s leading experts, including top winemakers, Master Sommeliers, wine writers and academics.

Test your knowledge in blind tastings, travel through the glass to see what makes the terroir of Washington’s vineyards stand apart, dive headlong into the latest wine science and, of course, taste a lot of fantastic wine.

This is one seminar series you won’t want to miss, so save your seat before they’re gone!

 

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

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Extreme Viticulture: Higher, Steeper, Bolder
$50

Washington winegrowers and winemakers are an adventurous band of experimenters. Their vision and drive continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in our evolving wine region, with stunning results. Driven by bold spirit, many explore where none have before -- from higher elevation sites on steep slopes, to high density plantings that reshape the expression of the wines. This new trend can best be described as ‘extreme viticulture.’ Meet the mavericks who are reshaping the possibilities and taste wines from these unexpecting terrains that are taking the state’s wines to new heights.

Moderator:

Sean P. Sullivan, Washington Wine Report

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Through the Grapevine: Lessons Learned from A Lifetime in Washington Wine
$65

Forty years ago, Washington State wine was an untold story. Today, our region sits center stage as a global contender. This evolution only came to fruition through the blood, sweat and tears of the early visionaries. What were the seminal moments, the defining events, and the wines that launched an industry into prominence? For this seminar, we’ve brought together some of the pioneers who laid the foundation. Hear their stories, discover how the industry has evolved and learn the indelible lessons they’ve gleaned on their journeys. Better still, taste some of the most-prized fruits of their labors that smashed through barriers.

Moderator:

Bob Betz, MW

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Washington vs the World: New World, Old World, Our World
$85

Can Washington State wines go round-for-round with the best in the world? UNDOUBTEDLY. But there’s only one way to truly find out: by blind tasting a selection of the state’s finest against some of the greatest wines the world has to offer, alongside the producers who made them. 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 choose for yourself who takes the belt.

Moderator:

Doug Charles, Compass Wines

Sunday, March 31, 2019

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White Lightning: The Electric 2017 Vintage for Washington Whites
$50

It’s official: 2017 was a landmark vintage for white wines in Washington – one of the best in the last twenty years, yielding wines with rich fruit flavors and exquisite balance. Something in the stars aligned, and the magic was beautifully bottled. In this seminar, we’ve assembled a diverse panel of talent to explore the factors that made 2017 such a standout vintage and what makes the state’s white wines so unique. They’ll also look into the future for what’s next for white varieties in Washington. Looking to up your game on Washington white wines and catch lightning in a bottle? This is the seminar for you.

Moderator:

Sean P. Sullivan, Washington Wine Report

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Grenache: Washington’s Answer to Pinot Noir
$65

Some of the most sought-after cult wines in the world are made from the Grenache grape. And in the state with more than 70 varieties planted, it’s gaining revered acclaim here in Washington and beyond. Often compared to Pinot Noir in terms of its ability to express a sense of place, Grenache is unique and unforgettable. An esteemed panel of producers and experts will taste you through some classics and explore how Grenache presents itself in the state, and around the world. Is Grenache bound to become Washington’s next great grape? Come decide for yourself.

Moderator:

Chris Tanghe, MS, GuildSomm

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Cabernet Through the Ages: A Global Journey
$85

Cabernet Sauvignon not only makes up some of Washington’s oldest vineyard plantings, it also creates some of the state’s most sought-after wines. In this seminar, we’ll taste Cabs that are at least 10 years old from some of the state’s most-storied producers, next to the current releases of the same wines. We’ll compare vintages, and then taste the same journey of evolution from top-end Cabernets from around the world. What makes Washington Cabernet unique and how do these wines age so beautifully? Come find out in this one-of-a-kind tasting.

Moderator:

Doug Charles, Compass Wines