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Saturday, March 30 & Sunday, March 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!


Saturday Seminars



Sunday Seminars



21+ event


Saturday, March 30, 2019

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Extreme Viticulture: Higher, Steeper, Bolder

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.


Sean P. Sullivan, Washington Wine Report


Todd Alexander, Force Majeure
Keith Johnson, Sleight of Hand Cellars
Ryan Johnson, WeatherEye Vineyard
Aryn Morell, A. Morell Wines


Alleromb, La Gran Flor Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, 2017
Devium, Marsanne, Elevation Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley, 2016
Force Majeure, Estate Grown Parvata, Red Mountain, 2016
Force Majeure, Estate Grown Syrah, Red Mountain, 2016
Morrell-Peña, Blanc de Blancs Méthode Champenoise Zero Dosage, Sparkling Wine, Columbia Valley, 2017
Red Mountain Elevated, Grenache, WeatherEye Vineyard, Red Mountain, 2018 (Barrel Sample)
Sleight of Hand, Spiders from Mars, Syrah, Elevation Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley, 2016
Tertulia Cellars, Tierra Labrada, Cabernet Sauvignon, Elevation Estate Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley, 2016

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

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.


Bob Betz, MW


Ted Baseler, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Gary Figgins, Leonetti Cellar
Rick Small, Woodward Canyon
Betsey Wittick, Bainbridge Vineyards


Bainbridge Vineyards, Late Harvest, Siegerrebe, Puget Sound, 2016
Bainbridge Vineyards, Madeleine Angevine, Puget Sound, 2016
Betz Family, La Côte Patriarche, Syrah, Yakima Valley, 2009
Betz Family, Père de Famille, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, 2012
Borne of Fire, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, 2017
Col Solare, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, 2015
Leonetti Cellar, Reserve, Walla Walla Valley, 2010
Leonetti Cellar, Aglianico, Serra Pedace Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley, 2013
Woodward Canyon, Dedication Series, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, 1986
Woodward Canyon, Estate Reserve, Walla Walla Valley, 2006

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

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.


Doug Charles, Compass Wines


Marty Clubb, L’Ecole No 41
Greg Harrington, Gramercy Cellars
Mike Januik, Januik Winery
Erik Segelbaum, Advanced Sommelier, SOMLYAY, LLC
Kay Simon, Chinook Wines
Mari Womack, Damsel Cellars


Chinook Wines, Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley, 2015
Damsel Cellars, The Fates, Boushey Vineyard, Yakima Valley, 2015
Domaine Pegau, Cuvée Réservée, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, 2015
Dominus Estate, Napanook Vineyard, Napa Valley, 2015
Gramercy Cellars, John Lewis Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, 2015
Januik Winery, Merlot, Champoux Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills, 2015
L’Ecole No. 41, Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, 2015
Penfolds, RWT Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2015
Piaggia, Poggio de' Colli, Cabernet Franc, Tuscany, Italy, 2015
Viña de Frannes, Merlot, Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico, 2015

Sunday, March 31, 2019

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White Lightning: The Electric 2017 Vintage for Washington Whites

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.


Sean P. Sullivan, Washington Wine Report


Owen Bargreen, Washington Wine Blog
James Mantone, Syncline Winery
David Rosenthal, Chateau Ste. Michelle
Chris Upchurch, DeLille Cellars


Chateau Ste Michelle & Dr. Loosen, Eroica Riesling, Columbia Valley, 2017
DeLille Cellars, Chaleur Blanc, Columbia Valley, 2017
Lobo Hills, Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley 2017
Long Shadows, Poet’s Leap Riesling, Columbia Valley, 2017
Rôtie Cellars, Southern White, Walla Walla Valley, 2017
Sightglass Cellars, Chardonnay, Conner Lee Vineyard, Columbia Valley, 2017
Syncline, Picpoul, Boushey Vineyard, Yakima Valley, 2017
WT Vintners, Grüner Veltliner, Underwood Mountain Vineyard, Columbia Gorge, 2017

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Grenache: Washington’s Answer to Pinot Noir

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.


Chris Tanghe, MS, GuildSomm


Morgan Lee, Two Vintners
Nate Ready, MS, Hiyu Wine Farm
Amanda Reed, Heartwood Provisions
Matt Reynvaan, Reynvaan Family Vineyards


Ambassador, Estate Grown Grenache, Red Mountain, 2016
Analemma, GSM, Mosier Hills Estate, Columbia Gorge, 2017
An Approach to Relaxation, Sucette, Grenache, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2016
Domaine les Pallières, Les Racines, Gigondas, France, 2015
Orr Wines, Grenache, Columbia Valley, 2017
Reynvaan Family Vineyards, Grenache Blanc, Walla Walla Valley, 2017
Smockshop Band, Spring Ephemeral, Grenache, Columbia Valley 2018
Two Vintners, Grenache, Boushey Vineyard, Yakima Valley 2016

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Cabernet Through the Ages: A Global Journey

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.


Doug Charles, Compass Wines


Gary Figgins, Leonetti Cellar
Cyril Frechier, American Northwest Import and Distribution
Sarah Goedhart, Hedges Family Estate
David Larsen, Soos Creek
Alex Stewart, Quilceda Creek


Chateau Montelena, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2004
Chateau Montelena, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2014
Château Pontet-Canet, Pauillac, France, 2006
Château Pontet-Canet, Pauillac, France, 2015
Hedges Family Estate, Reserve, Red Mountain, 2002
Hedges Family Estate, La Haute Cuvée, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, 2015
Leonetti Cellar, Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, 2000
Leonetti Cellar, Reserve, Walla Walla Valley, 2013
Quilceda Creek, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, 2004
Quilceda Creek, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, 2015
Soos Creek, Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, Red Mountain, 2004
Soos Creek, Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, Red Mountain, 2015

Meet the Somm Captain

Meet the Somm Team


Tyler Alden | PURPLE CAFÉ

Victoria Antilla | Schwartz Bros

Chris Arora | John Howie Steak

Martin Beally | Wild Ginger

Scott Brown | JHS Met Grill

Brendan Carroll | Anthony’s Homeport

Nelson Daquip | Canlis

Nick Davis | Bâteau

Cara DeLavallade | Willows Lodge

Jeremy Eubanks | The Thief Fine Wine

Adam Galbraith | PURPLE CAFÉ

Lauren Gardiner | Village Market Thriftway

Erin Gilreath | J. K. Carriere

Trevor Hamilton | The Table

Beth Ann Hickey | CMS

Chris Horn | PURPLE CAFÉ

Robert LaBuda | Wild Ginger

Kaysie Lackey | Wild Ginger

Chris Lara | Metropolitan Grill

James Lechner | Stoneburner Group

David Leischner | Metropolitan Grill

Kevin Murray | Ray’s Boathouse

Elton Nichols | Canlis

Tim O’Brien | Salty’s

Mackenzie Parks | CMS

Daniel Pendelton | John Howie Steak

April Pogue | Loulay

James Provance | RN 74

Todd Prucyk | Elisa

Amanda Reed | Heartwood Provisions

Aaron Reeves | Stoneburner

Stephanie Schrankel | Seastar Restaurant

Dawn Smith | Inn at Langley

Jason Smith | Wild Ginger

Aaron Wood-Snyderman | Metropolitan Grill

Alexandra Stang | Bastille

Lisa Stephenson | UW Medicine

Paul Swanson | RN 74

Mark Thostesen | The Charter Hotel

Kristen Young | The Allison Inn & Spa