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Omni Hotels' "Flavors of the World'' spotlights wines of Washington State

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Omni Hotels & Resorts’ popular culinary series, “Flavors of the World,” is back again this spring with a spotlight on the wines of Washington State. “Taste Washington” will feature many of Washington State’s best wines in Omni bars and restaurants across the U.S., and will be accompanied by a food pairing menu of Washington-inspired cuisine.

The program runs through May 31 in partnership with the Washington State Wine Commission, and serves as an extension of the state’s own Taste Washington event that celebrates the wines of the region. Washington State is the No. 2 premium wine grape grower in the U.S. The diverse topography allows for ideal grape growing conditions, making it one of the world’s great wine regions

Featured wines were selected this past January, with a grand wine tasting at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas. As part of the 2014 Omni Food & Beverage symposium, Washington state wineries shared a variety of wines that were sampled and then selected by Omni’s culinary team. Each participating hotel, including the Omni Orlando Resort ChampionsGate, is offering 10 unique Washington State wines, in six and nine ounce pours.

“We are proud to partner with Washington,” said David Morgan, vice president of food & beverage for Omni Hotels & Resorts. “Our Flavors of the World program was designed to offer our guests a unique experience, and we hope, with this installment, to further familiarize them with this incredible region by featuring some of the best wines in the country.”

The food pairing menu is offered across participating hotels, with dishes inspired by local flavors and the indigenous cuisine of Washington State. They include: Handmade Washington Cheeses served with fig jam, honey and olives, Dungeness Crab Fritters, Dungeness Crab and Snap Pea Soup, Apple and Fennel Salad, Roasted Salmon served with Wild Mushrooms and Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream.

To better understand the featured wine makers, Omni food and beverage professionals undertook an intensive February trip that covered more than 50,000 acres of Washington State vineyards to experience and sample the wines first-hand. The team visited some of the 20 participating wineries, including Chateau Ste. Michelle, Hogue Cellars and Charles Smith Wines to gain a deeper appreciation for the vineyards and vintages that are showcased throughout Omni’s Taste Washington program.

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