Guest Post by Juli Crompe.
Taste Washington. If you love wine, and live in Seattle (or follow the Washington wine scene), these two words can't help but bring a smile to your face. In its 16th year, Taste is the nation's largest single-region wine and food event, showcasing Washington state wines. This year the event attracted more than 3,000 attendees, 225 wineries with more than 750 different bottles of wine, 65 restaurants and a long list of extras, including: seminars, a vineyards section, Chef demonstrations, special VIP additions and even hotel discounts and packages for attendees.
In all honesty, Taste has become so big you can't possibly do it in two days, let alone one. Until recently Taste was only one day; I believe it was the best decision ever to make it two days. Now, I'm just waiting for it to be three...or seven days long...as I leave every year wishing I had far more time; despite my being there from the second the doors opened until the second the doors closed (and a bit later) both days!
This year my goal was to visit wineries I hadn't in a while and those I was not familiar with. The list was quite long and I realized quickly it was not possible to visit all of them. While I hit as many as I could, there definitely was room for much, more more.
Some of the standouts from Day 1:
|Loved this Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon blend from Auclair winery. 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Semillon, |
sweet and well balanced, new 2012 blend, perfect for summer at $18 a bottle!
|Anthony's Pier 66 served up their Dungeness Crab Stack, with fresh crab, mango & lots of avocado, topped with arugula, wild huckleberry sauce and chive oil. The perfect balance of flavors, very light, and absolutely delicious!|
|The Washington State Convention Center was on site with some delicious food options, |
including these amazing almond macaroons!
|Also from ded.reckoning was their 2010 Reserve Syrah from Yakima Valley. At $80 a bottle, this is one of the more expensive bottles at Taste, but it was quite wonderful. Gorgeous color, with notes of smoke, berries and herbs.|
|Dusted Valley 2010 Petite Sirah is a big wine! At $42 a bottle, it was well balanced, |
combining 90% Petit Sirah with 10% Syrah. Very good!
|Elsom Cellars 2009 Autonomous, a Red Bordeaux Blend from Yakima Valley, is $34 a bottle, and a great buy with bold flavors of oak, pepper (white and black!), spice and berry. A very well rounded, big Bordeaux blend!|
|Tulalip Resort Casino hosted a VIP lounge called Taste the Passion, with an amazing selection of foods. |
Above is their take on a Tuna Melt, but with upscale ingredients. It was delicious!
|Also from the Tulalip Resort Casino, their take on meatloaf, a classic comfort food turned up a few notches with beautiful presentation, cute miniature size and premium beef.|
If you have not had the opportunity to check out Taste Washington, I HIGHLY recommend it. The only complaint I ever have is that there simply isn't enough time to sip every wine you want. You will leave this event having learned about new wineries, new wines, new restaurants, and getting to visit with many winemakers themselves. The opportunities available at this event do not come close to any other event we have in the Seattle area, period.
Make sure to check out my Taste Washington Day 2 post, covering my 2nd half of the event!