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Shout-outs, Mentions, and Thank You Taste Washington Seattle

Some overdue shout-outs and mentions. Last month I was at Taste Washington in Seattle, and it was a 7 hour rush. That is, I was rushing around on my “breaks” from greeting 3,000+ attendees. My breaks only allowed for a bit of time here and there to visit and taste. Today I’d like to say thank you to those I did not mention last month.


Kitzke Cellars
Before the event started, I did manage to visit briefly with Vickie Kitzke and her friends Linda and Bill. This was their first time at Taste Washington. I reviewed Kitzke Cellars here. Their tasting room in West Richland is open by appointment. Check them out at Taste Washington Portland on May 1st if you missed them in Seattle.

Gordon Brothers Winery
I had hoped to visit with Katie Nelson of Gordon Brothers Winery, but she was engaged with a crowd of tasters when I stopped by. My last visit to Gordon Brothers is reviewed here. They too will be at Taste Washington Portland on May 1st.

Hedges Family Estate Winery
I only had time to breeze past Hedges booth for a quick chat. But, I did manage to snag one of their “Score Revolution” bumper stickers before they all disappeared. Learn more about their Manifesto here. They too will be at Taste Washington Portland on May 1st.

DeLille Cellars
By the time I managed to visit the DeLille booth, Jay Soloff was out of wine. He showed me all the empties; my loss. Jay represented DeLille Cellars last year at the Semillon panel for the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference in Walla Walla, my post about the panel, with videos, is here. DeLille will be at Taste Washington Portland on May 1st.


Barnard Griffin Winery
I neglected to mention, that I had a wonderful visit with the daughters of Rob Griffin and Deborah Barnard. Both daughters are now working at the family winery on Tulip Lane. Daughter Megan is now working in the wine cellar and daughter Elise is working in the tasting room. My most recent visit to their tasting room is reviewed here.

  • 2010 Rosé of Sangiovese – I also neglected to mention, that I finally had a chance to taste their Award Winning, Barnard Griffin 2010 Rosé of Sangiovese. Spectacular Washington Rosé, I can see why it won the Pink Sweepstake award at the 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Who doesn't love Barnard Griffin wines?

Thank You!

Elliots Oyster House
A big thank you goes out to Elliots Oyster House for feeding me such wonderful, fresh, delicious food. I’m now following their tweets on twitter too. 

Salty's Seafood Grill
Another big thank you to Salty’s for their Blackened halibut fish tacos. You guys saved me, I was hungry and that fish taco was totally tasty. One of the reasons I’ll buy a ticket next year, is so I can enjoy the food from all the fantastic restaurants at Taste Washington.

Washington Wine Commission
A big thank you, again, to the Washington State Wine Commission for organizing and executing another successful Taste Washington Seattle. Where else can you go and visit with 200 Washington wineries? And the food, have I mentioned the food? Looking forward to Taste Washington Seattle 2012. 


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