If you like food and wine, Seattle is the place to be the last weekend in March. Taste Washington is March 29 and 30, the culmination of Taste Washington Month. The two-day event will be held at CenturyLink Field Event Center, showcasing more than 200 Washington wines and 70 Seattle-area restaurants.
As the official airline of Taste Washington, Alaska Airlines has launched an online sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for two to Seattle. The prize package includes roundtrip airfare on Alaska Airlines, hotel accommodations and admission to Taste Washington.The contest is open until March 20 and two winners will be randomly selected and notified the following day. To enter, visit Alaska Airlines' Facebook page.
The Seattle-based airline has long been a supporter of Northwest wines and foods. They feature such Washington products as Beecher's handmade cheese, La Panzanella crackers, Tim's Cascade Chips, Seattle Chocolates and Starbucks.
This month, Alaska Airlines is debuting Canoe Ridge's Exploration Merlot and Pinot Gris in its main cabins. The Walla Walla winery custom blended the wines to be enjoyed at high altitudes -- where purportedly travelers' sense of smell and taste bud sensitivity changes. Precept Wine, which makes Canoe Ridge Exploration, has adjusted the oak profile of the Merlot and slightly increased the sweetness of the Pinot Gris in its premium blend. The wine may be sampled at Taste Washington, where Alaska Airlines will have two booths.
Wine Flies Free
Alaska Airlines offers daily nonstop service to some of Washington state's prime wine regions. The carrier allows customers to check one case of wine for free on flights departing from Washington's Pasco/Tri-Cities, Walla Walla and Yakima (along with Santa Rosa, California). More details may be found at Washington Taste and Tote.