Taste Washington! happens this weekend, with a bunch of wine seminars on Saturday and wine tastings and food samplings on Sunday.

It’s an event that comes with a long history, a once-great reputation…and some recent grumbling. Too much concentration on the food. Too little concentration on the food. Good venue. Bad venue. Blah blah bloggedy blah.

What say you go and judge for yourself. Saturday’s wine seminars happen at Bell Harbor International Conference Center. The big kahuna Grand Tasting ($125 per person) will happen Sunday at the Qwest Events Center, with 200 wineries and 60 restaurants providing complementary nibbles.

My take? Washington wines are the real deal—some realer than others—and on the ascendancy. No proud local oenophile ought to miss this chance to sample the best of them.

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