Washington Wine Month is coming to a close and that means one thing, Taste Washington is this weekend. Taste WA is an incredible opportunity to taste the very best in Washington wine so you’ll want to make the most of your time. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your day.
1. Attend a few seminars
One of the highlights of the weekend is the tremendous opportunity to learn from the best and brightest in the business. There are seminars on topics ranging from food and wine pairing to how Washington's best wines are blended. A complete schedule can be seen http://tastewashington.org/seminars-2013/
I’m looking forward to checking out ‘All Mixed Up – The Art of Blending’ with winemakers Brian Carter and Dave Merfeld.
2. Plan ahead
Over 200 wineries pour at Taste Washington and even the heartiest and most enthusiastic vinophile will not have the time and stamina to taste even half of them over the course of the two day event. So making a plan before you arrive can make the best use of your time while leaving plenty of room to try something unexpected that you are tipped off about once you are onsite at the event.
To help you make the tough decisions about which wines to try and which ones to pass by check out http://tastewashington.org/wineries-2013/
I’d recommend stops at:
Adams Bench - The V Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2009
Andrew Will - Sorella Horse Heaven Hills 2010
Betz Family Winery - Pere de Famille 2010
Cadence - Bel Canto Red Mountain 2009
Chateau Ste. Michelle - Red Blend Cold Creek Vineyard 2009
Chinook - Cabernet Franc Yakima Valley 2010
Cote Bonneville - Carriage House Red Blend Yakima Valley 2008
Doubleback - Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2010
Dusted Valley - Petite Sirah Columbia Valley 2010
Efeste Jolie Bouche - Syrah Yakima Valley 2010
Guardian Cellars - Chalk Line Red Blend 2010
Januik Winery - Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2010
Maison Bleue - Le Midi Grenache Yakima Valley 2010
Mark Ryan Winery - Long Haul Red Wine Columbia Valley 2010
Novelty Hill - Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2009
Rotie Cellars - Northern Blend Washington 2010
Treveri Cellars - Brut Columbia Valley NV
Walla Walla Vintners - Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2009
William Church - Viognier Columbia Valley 2012
Woodward Canyon - Chardonnay Washington State 2011
I usually split my list between ‘must try’ and ‘curious about’ and make sure to make a beeline to my must try early in the event before I get distracted by demos and conversations with friends. It’s also always fun and informative to drop by at least a handful of wineries that you’ve never heard of, who knows, you might find a new favorite wine that way—I have!
3. Make a visit to the Taste the Vineyards enclave
Taste Washington has a Taste the Vineyard area that affords you the opportunity to sample wines made from a single source across multiple producers. This year Sagemoor, Clifton,StoneRidge and Upland will be pouring so you can taste a number of wines and talk to people about their vineyards.
4. Take a cab or bus to the event
One sure way to have a great time at the event is to grab a cab or bus to the event since that means you are free to have more than a glass of wine throughout the day and take a pass on paying for parking.
See you there!