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Taste Washington 2012: A Food and Wine Festival in Seattle

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WHEN: March 31st-April 1st, 2012

WHERE: Seattle’s Bell Harbor International Conference Center
Attend Taste Washington 2012, A Food and Wine Festival in Seattle. This two-day event kicks off on Saturday at Seattle’s Bell Harbor International Conference Center with wine seminars, a keynote luncheon and a tasting led by Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers.  These seminars are led by top national wine personalities and sommeliers. Topics for the seminars showcase various aspects of Washington wine, as well as wine and food pairing demonstrations by renowned local chefs. Here’s the Wine Spectator Wine Map of Washington’s Wine Regions:http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Washingtonmap.pdf

You can attend the “Taste Washington Winemaker Dinner”, featuring guest chefs and wineries.
At the Grand Tasting event attendees can sample wines from more than 200 wineries and enjoy culinary treats from approximately 75 local restaurants.
For more information and to buy tickets visit: www.tastewashington.org.
Here’s a list of some of the Seminars you can attend:


Saturday’s Seminars 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Washington Wine: Over-Delivering at Every Price  $45 More ↓

A blind tasting challenge! Taste Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington State against the same varietals from other world-class wine regions. Hint: These wines have received similar scores, but sell for very different prices. Will Washington State over-deliver on quality for the price? You be the judge! And don’t be fooled by the misnomer that value means “cheap”; you’ll taste everything from affordable weekday wines to the special-occasion-only splurge.

Moderator: Michael Teer (Owner, Pike & Western and Soul Wine)
Panelists: Megan Krigbaum (Food & Wine magazine) Sean Sullivan (Seattle Met magazine, WashingtonWineReport.com) Shayn Bjornholm, MS (Court of Master Sommeliers)

Vineyard Exploration: Red Willow Vineyard $45 More ↓

The birthplace of Syrah in Washington State, Red Willow Vineyard has a long history of innovation. It is also among the most recognizable vineyards in the state, with its La Chapelle-inspired chapel at the top of the hill. For this terroir tasting, join vineyard owner Mike Sauer and an esteemed panel including San Francisco Chronicle wine editor Jon Bonné and Syrah expert and Wine & Spirits columnist Patrick Comiskey as they explore and expound on the acclaimed site while tasting wines crafted by a handful of Washington winemakers who all find different ways to express the terroir of Red Willow.

Moderator: Jon Bonné (San Francisco Chronicle)
Panelists: Mike Sauer (Red Willow Vineyard) Patrick Comiskey (Wine & Spirits Magazine)

Canlis: Food and Wine Pairing $60 More ↓

The list of awards for this six-decade-old, famed Northwest haunt includes 2011 Washington Wine Restaurant of the Year, the Grand Award from Wine Spectator for every year since 1997, and Food & Wine Best New Chef for Jason Franey.

Moderator: Sara Schneider (Sunset magazine)
Panelists: Jason Franey (Canlis Restaurant) Nelson Daquip (Canlis Restaurant) Jordan McKay (San Francisco Magazine)

Sunday’s Seminars 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Mythbusting: Food and Wine Pairing with Tom Douglas $60 More ↓

James Beard-nominated chef and restaurateur extraordinaire Tom Douglas will lead this seminar on unconventional food and wine pairings. Learn which traditional wine and food no-go’s can actually work, and what, if anything, should be avoided when selecting a wine to pair with your meal. Tom and his team will artfully prepare tasty bites to try alongside a selection of handpicked wines aimed to compliment or contradict what’s on the plate. You will leave this seminar satiated and savvy!

Moderator: Michael Teer (Owner, Pike & Western and Soul Wine)
Panelists: Tom Douglas (Tom Douglas Restaurants) Adam Chumas (Tom Douglas Restaurants) Megan Krigbaum (Food & Wine magazine)

Celebrated Vintages: Highlights from a Quarter-Century of Washington State Wines $45 More ↓

This may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try some of Washington State’s pioneering wineries’ most storied efforts of the last 25 years. While Washington State is known for having consistently good vintages, some years have certainly stood out. Taste wines from three celebrated vintages over the past quarter-century, and learn from the winemakers themselves why these vintages created such prized cellar selections.

Moderator: Sean Sullivan (Seattle Met magazine, WashingtonWineReport.com)
Panelists: Patrick Comiskey (Wine & Spirits Magazine) Sara Schneider (Sunset magazine) Shayn Bjornholm, MS (Court of Master Sommeliers)

Vineyard Exploration: Ciel du Cheval Vineyard $45 More ↓

Consistently named among Washington State’s top vineyards, Ciel du Cheval Vineyard owner Jim Holmes has long grown grapes for some of the state’s most elegant and complex wines. This Red Mountain vineyard is prized by dozens of winemakers for its perfect combination of soil and climate for producing world-class Bordeaux varieties. San Francisco Chronicle wine editor Jon Bonné and award-winning author Jordan Mackay will explore the common identity behind an all-star lineup of wines from a who’s who of Washington State winemakers.

Moderator: Jon Bonné (San Francisco Chronicle)
Panelists: Jim Holmes (Ciel du Cheval Vineyard) Jordan McKay (San Francisco magazine, New York Times)

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