March is Washington Wine Month, which means a host of events and promotions all leading up to the state’s premier wine event, Taste Washington, March 26–29. Below is a look at just a few of the things happening around town.
Discounts and Events: Retail
QFC and Safeway are both offering significant discounts on Washington wines throughout the month. Check your local store for details.
Impulse Wine has free delivery on Washington wines to King County residents.
Esquin has an Exploring Terroir class with winemakers Kerry Shiels (Côte Bonneville) and David O’Rielly (Owen Roe) on March 15.
Discounts and Events: Bars and Restaurants
Tini Bigs offers half-off bottles of Washington wine on Tuesdays.
RN74 is having its inaugural Guest Chef Series dinner March 16 featuring Lee Wolen (Boka, Chicago), John Sundstrom (Lark, Seattle), and David Varley (RN74) along with winemaker Chris Peterson from Avennia.
Ray’s Boathouse is pouring 30 Washington wines by the glass all month.
Bottlehouse has Washington wine tastings every Thursday this month from 6 to 8pm (March 12: Kerloo Cellars, March 19: Avennia, March 26: Savage Grace).
City Cellars has Washington wine tastings from a variety of producers each Friday this month from 5 till 7pm.
Taste Washington Events
Of course the grand finale of Washington Wine Month is Taste Washington itself. Taste Washington kicks off Thursday, March 26 with a Red and White Party at Aqua by El Gaucho featuring wines that have been rated 90-plus points being poured from magnum bottles and served alongside appetizers and live music.
Saturday and Sunday morning, March 29 and 30, there are a series of educational seminars (full disclosure, I worked with the Washington Wine Commission to organize these seminars).
After the seminars both days there’s the main event—the Grand Tasting featuring over 225 Washington wineries and 70 local restaurants.
Here’s Taste Washington ticketing information for each of these events.
Look for specific recommendations on wineries to visit at the Grand Tasting and how to plan your attack for this event later in March.
Happy Washington Wine Month!