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Here’s a list of upcoming events that involve Northwest-made wine, beer, and spirits! And if you’re having an event you’d like us to add to “The Grapevine,” looks for submission instructions at the bottom of the event list.
Seattle Uncorked and David LeClaire stage the 10th annual Debuts and Discoveries where enthusiasts get to discover the newest wineries, newest distilleries, newest cideries, newest breweries and newest food trucks. Debuts and Discoveries is being staged at the historic Sand Point Naval Air Station Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park. Taste from the newest Washington state wineries, breweries, distilleries, cideries and splendid food from some of Seattle’s best food trucks. Purchase bottles of your favorites before you leave and save. This is the place to be on the cutting edge of rising stars are in the Puget Sound and enjoy live music in support of the Teen Feed Program. Cost is $40 at www.usrotary.org or at the door if tickets still available.
Join us at the World Trade Center near Pier 66 for an afternoon of fabulous wines, light appetizers and raffle prizes as the Washington State AVA Wine Tasting Series welcomes wines from the Walla Walla Valley. You will enjoy wines from 15 world-renowned wineries, including: Long Shadows Vintners, Woodward Canyon, áMaurice Cellars, Northstar Winery, Basel Cellars, Browne Family Vineyards and more.
March 23 – 26
Celebrate Taste Washington’s 20th Anniversary in Seattle! Bringing together nearly 300 wineries, over 70 restaurants and top national chefs, Taste Washington is a wine- and food-lover’s dream. And this year’s expanded lineup goes beyond the much-anticipated Grand Tasting, offering four days packed with diverse wine and food events. Kick it all off with super-exclusive wine pours at the VIP Red & White Party. Explore the Pacific Northwest’s bounty alongside farmers, chefs and winemakers at Taste Washington on the Farm. Sip with fellow party-goers in The New Vintage’s trendy Rosé Lounge. And even get early access to the iconic Pike Place Market on an all-new morning food tour.
Cider Rite of Spring is a celebration of the blossoming Northwest Cider industry— an annual cider tasting event welcoming the return of Spring, featuring nearly 100 unique ciders served by over 30 different cidermakers and cidery representatives in beautifully renovated historic event space, the Evergreen in SE Portland, OR.
The Saint Martin’s Alumni Association will stage the 28th annual Capital Food and Wine Festival on Saturday, March 25 from noon to 9 p.m. in the Marcus Pavilion and Norman Worthington Conference Center on the campus of Saint Martin’s University. Look around the site to find your favorite wineries, breweries, and restaurants. Then plan to meet family and friends at the festival for a day of wine tasting, great food, and live music. Each year, the festival plays host to regional wineries, craft brewers and spirit producers to share their best and South Sound restaurants and food vendors to provide their tasty treats for all to enjoy. Plus there will be entertainment on two stages throughout the day. Proceeds from this event will support scholarships for Saint Martin’s University students and other local causes in the communities in which the Saint Martin’s Alumni Association serves.
The ninth annual Anacortes Spring Wine Festival, staged April 8 by the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, features 30 wineries and six restaurants. Cost is $50. Designated drivers get in for $25. Must be age 21 and older.
Idaho Wine Run Bloom on April 22 is a morning run through the Sunnyslope Wine District. It also includes an untimed half-mile walk for those who will be there primarily for the wine and music. The event includes a shirt, a custom finisher medal and live music. Please note during registration that to do the wine sampling you MUST select that option.
At Wine on the Rock: Wine & Cheese, join all seven Bainbridge Island wineries for wines paired with local cheeses. The event will take place at each winery (except Amelia Wynn’s winery location) from 12-5pm Saturday & Sunday. Ticket purchase is good for both days (one visit at each winery) and includes: Special event wine glass, Wine tasting at each of the wineries, Cheese to complement the wine tasting, and a 6-bottle wine tote. Taste at all seven wineries and get entered into a drawing for a chance to win a gourmet wine basket, free wine tastings on a return visit or free tickets to the next Wine on the Rock event, July 22 & 23.
The Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest gives seasoned and novice cider drinkers alike the chance to sample cider from Hood River County’s very own cider makers, as well as a variety of additional Northwest cideries. Twenty-five cideries will be participating, with more than 50 ciders on tap. With a bigger footprint in 2017, the popular annual festival gives attendees more space to enjoy original ciders from local and regional craft cideries, plus adds a craft and produce market. The daylong event also features a lineup of local music, and a kids’ area, complete with a bouncy house – guaranteeing a great time for the whole family. Spring showers aren’t a problem, as the tasting area takes place in a covered hall. And, just a friendly reminder, pets are not allowed at the event.
At the Seattle Bacon and Beer Classic, explore Safeco Field and indulge in unlimited bacon and craft beer. Sample 100+ beers from regional breweries, eat 30+ bacon-infused dishes from local chefs, play giant Jenga, battle it out on the bungee run, compete in the Hormel® bacon eating contest and more.
The Umpqua Valley Barrel Tour, which encompasses three regions, is May 6 in Southern Oregon. Celebrate spring renewal with a refreshing wine tour in the Umpqua Valley. Let us do the driving while you sit back with friends and tour the wineries by bus, sampling wines beautifully paired with food. Learn about the wineries and the winemaking process from our skilled winemakers and tasting room staff. Enjoy the budding vines, trees and flowers as you ride through the green rolling hills in the 100 Valleys of the Umpqua. Tickets are $50 each
All aboard the Washington Wine Express for the sip of a lifetime on the Mount Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum’s Wine Express. Enjoy a steam train ride through the forests and foothills south of Mount Rainier. This 2 1/2-hour special event is exclusively for passengers 21 and older, and it features wine tastings provided by award-winning Silvara Vineyards, Scatter Creek Winery and Mount St. Helen’s Winery.
For the 20th year, the wineries of the Spokane Cork District will celebrate the annual Spring Release Weekend on Mother’s Day Weekend May 12-14. This year more than 30 new wines will be released and available for tasting at our tasting rooms. Tasting rooms will also be featuring additional activities and entertainment. This event is considered the kick-off to another great wine season in Spokane and our wineries invite guests and visitors to stop by and treat Mom and themselves to a great weekend of wonderful flavors.
Bottles, Brews and Barbecues, presented by the Prosser Wine Network, is a wine-filled, music-filled and barbecue-filled day long festival celebrating the good life in Prosser wine country, in the heart of Washington wine country. Barbecue competitors come from throughout the Northwest to participate in this competition, juried by the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association. Wineries, breweries, barbecue and live music will fill the day, and into the early evening, on Saturday, June 10. The event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. Bottles, Brews and Barbecues is an outdoor event and we look forward to seeing everyone in the beautiful environs of the Vintner’s Village in Prosser.