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Taste Washington 2011

April 4, 2011

So, what’s the big deal you ask?  Well, Taste Washington is a big deal.  It’s the premier showcase for Washington’s wine industry.   And that is a big deal because Washington is ranked as the 2nd premium wine producer in the United States.    The trajectory of  Washington’s Wine industry is exponential.   Here are a few notable facts:

Washington is home to 700 wineries and 350+ wine grape growers.

The total economic impact on Washington State is $3 billion dollars and $4.7 billion to the U.S. economy.

So, what is the big deal?  Taste Washington is the event that brings the industry together.  It’s a chance to meet those that were there when the industry began and it’s a great opportunity to hear the buzz about the innovators, the “rock star” winemakers, and the latest in Washington wine trends.

Taste Washington 2011 was a whirlwind weekend that began on Friday March 25th with the  9th Annual Wine Restaurant Awards.    The highest honors went out to Seattle’s very own iconic Canlis Restaurant for their outstanding support of Washington wines.  The next day  followed with a fantastic line-up of  seminars and the weekend ended with an all day Grand Tasting.  Over 200 wineries participated.


The Rock StarsJamie Brown (Waters Winery & Substance) Chris Gorman (Gorman Winery) Brennon Leighton (EFESTĒ) Christian Sparkman (Sparkman Cellars)

The buzz:   Grenache, Syrah, oooh, and bacon

My personal favorite grape trend is:   Albarino

And if you missed Seattle’s event this year head down to Portland May 1st….  Taste Washington will be taking over the Pearl District by storm….or more accurately by……wine!

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