Taste Washington is just three weeks away and as I did last year, I’m going to heartily recommend you sign up for one of the seminars on Saturday.
Sunday’s Grand Tasting is great, but the seminars are fascinating and intimate, and will focus your tasting skills before you begin the sip-and-spit marathon at Qwest field. The food pairing seminar with Tom Douglas has already sold out, sadness, but there are a couple of others that sound good.
I like, in particular, the concept of Icons of Tomorrow: the Proving Grounds. The class explores which wines will be: “the next Cayuse Vineyards, Col Solare, Leonetti Cellar, or Woodward Canyon.” Grand Reve, a very fruitful collaboration of talented Washington growers and blenders (with a tasting room in Kirkland), will be there. And Efeste will be on hand to rock everyone out with its Big Papa Cab, as will Gramercy Cellars and its syrah knockout, the 2007 John Lewis.
Icons of Tomorrow is $40 and runs from 1:45 to 3pm on Saturday, March 27. All seminars are held at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center. Sign up here.