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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.
February 23 – 26
It wouldn’t be winter on the coast without the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival. Showcasing over 150 premier Northwest wines, culinary professionals and regional artisans, the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival draws nearly 25,000 visitors each year.
Wishing Star Foundation will hold its’ 11th Annual Taste Spokane on Friday, February 24, 2017. The evening will be filled with live music, great food, adult beverages, and more. Spokane’s most acclaimed restaurants, regional wineries and breweries, and dessert purveyors will exhibit their products and serve samples. Taste Spokane 2017 will feature a live auction, paddle raise and lots of fun surprises! Help grant wishes to LOCAL children battling life-threatening conditions by attending this incredible event!
Hops & Props is a celebration of the best craft brews from across the Northwest and around the world – all in support of The Museum of Flight. Your commitment to our mission is greatly appreciated. Enjoy 3oz pours from over 70 brewers (140 beers and ciders to be exact), an epic spread of tastes from McCormick & Schmick’s and live tunes. Note *Gluten-free brews and non-alcoholic beverages are available. Attendees will receive a commemorative pint glass and tasting guide for all featured breweries and beverages.
The Oregon Chardonnay Celebration delves deep into what makes Oregon Chardonnay unique, focusing on different aspects of the variety and its place in the state. Bringing together both pioneers and the current generation of Oregon producers, the Oregon Chardonnay Celebration provides a lens through which we can view the past, present, and future of Oregon Chardonnay. The Celebration educates industry members and consumers about the variety in a non-competitive environment. The event begins with a seated topical seminar and tasting followed by the Grand Tasting, a walk-around sampling of more than 40 Oregon producers, one of the region’s largest varietal-specific tastings. Attendees have a choice of participating in both the seminar and Grand Tasting or the Grand Tasting only.
Round out the epicurean weekend at the 9th Annual Seattle Wine and Food Experience Grand Tasting on Sunday, February 26. The Seattle Wine and Food Experience Grand Tasting is a deluxe showcase for wine, beverage, food and lifestyle in the Northwest.
Member wineries of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance are excited to bring the Walla Walla Valley tasting experience to Portland’s Leftbank Annex. Under one roof, you can sample a selection of Walla Walla wines from 40 of the Walla Walla Valley’s finest producers. Mingle with principals and winemakers who will pour for you and answer your questions, while sharing their insights on the vintage and their current releases. Experience the commitment and passion that gives the renowned wine region of the Walla Walla Valley its energy and personality.
Seattle sommelier David LeClaire and Seattle Uncorked stage their seventh annual Cabernet Classic featuring the king of the grapes at Porsche Bellevue. Experience the class act of the wine world and the range of this famous grape variety with a dazzling array of more than 50 of the best Cabs and Cabernet-based blends from 25 of Washington’s premier wineries. Tickets range from $75 to $100 for VIP entry and include complimentary valet parking by Butler Valet and small bites. An on-site bottle store will sell bottles for guests to purchase to take home for their cellars. Proceeds of the event will go to support and Talk It Up TV, a non-profit, award-winning web-series providing life changing acts of kindness to those most in need.
The ninth annual Snohomish Wine Festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 4 at the Snohomish Event Center, where 20 Northwest wineries will pour for more than 600 patrons and raise funds for the Snohomish Chamber of Commerce. There will be a pair of three-hour sessions, which start at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Cost is $30 per session, and admission includes five tastings, a $5 meal voucher to be used at participating food vendors, the official Snohomish Wine Festival glass, a $1 coupon to use at the Full Glass Wine Bar and 10 percent off all bottle sales when six or more are purchased.
The 33rd annual Classic Wines Auction will include a tasting reception featuring the region’s premier winemakers and producers and delicious bites from Portland’s top-rated chefs and restaurants. During the tasting reception, guests look over more than 250 silent and super silent auction packages including rare and exquisite wines, exotic travel destinations, pro sports experiences, weekend getaways, celebrity meet-and-greets, exclusive dinners, parties and more. Following the tasting reception guests gather in the expansive Portland Ballroom at the Oregon Convention Center for a five-course gourmet dinner paired with wines from the 2017 Classic Wines Auction Honorary Wine Ambassadors, which are Sokol Blosser in Dundee, Ore., Betz Family Winery in Woodinville, Wash., Rombauer Vineyards in St. Helena, Calif., and Champagne Louis Roederer Group in Reims, France. The evening continues with a live auction and special appeal and ends with NIGHTCAP, the Classic Wines Auction exclusive after-party.
March 9 – 12
Savor Cannon Beach offers a four-day lineup of unique wine experiences in one of the Pacific Northwest’s most beautiful vacation destinations. Festival events focus on specific themes that showcase the bounty of Northwest wine and cuisine while restaurants, galleries, and shops add a weekend full of tastings, special dinners and cultural events.
March 10 – 12
The 24th annual Sip! McMinnville Wine and Food Classic is a benefit at the Evergreen Space Museum for the students of St. James Catholic School. Enjoy the culinary variety and relaxed atmosphere. Watch some of the area’s best chefs demonstrate their skills. Talk with winemakers and vintners and learn the intricacies of their trade. Purchase by the taste, glass, bottle or case. Visit with the artisans and view their work which is available for purchase. The first 1,000 attendees will receive a free wine glass on Friday.
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.
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.
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.
Save the date for the rest of our 2017 Wine on the Rock (Bainbridge Island Winery Alliance) weekends:
April 22 & 23
July 22 & 23
November 11 & 12