Get ready for the holidays and spend a Saturday with friends indulging in an array of local, national and international wines, beers, ciders, spirits, foods and artisan gift shopping at Seattle’s Holiday Wine Fest. This is the perfect event for those with a thirst for adventure and a Holiday gift list to fulfill. On Saturday, November 11, the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall will be turned into an artisan sipping, nibbling and shopping experience exposition. Here’s what attendees have to look forward to:
1. A worldly sampling assortment of wines (and ciders, beers, and spirits)
Come celebrate the world of beverages: Exhibitors include wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries pouring brands from France, Italy, Spain, Australia, Argentina as well as local favorites from Washington, California, and Oregon.
Partaking in the samples is a great way to broaden your beverage horizons and taste flavors from near and far.
2. An adventure in learning and tasting
Holiday Wine Fest is held in association with the Seattle SOMM Summit, an international wine & spirits symposium for enthusiasts, collectors, sommeliers, and hospitality professionals focused on wine, beer, spirits, enology, viticulture, business and service.
Enjoy one-on-one tasting and engagement with experienced industry pros excited to share their knowledge. Sipping and studying never tasted so good! (It’s OK to spit too!)
3. Artisan gifts and shopping spree
Whether the people on your holiday shopping list prefer to luxuriate in global flavors or remain staunchly loyal to their Northwestern favorites, you can scoop up and purchase bottles of wine, growlers, spirits and ciders plus some amazingly good gifts on the expo floor.
Festival proceeds will benefit SOMM Summit Educational Scholarships for Wine, Beer, Cider and Spirits Industry students and professionals, so you’ll be helping professional enrichment while you get unlimited sips, samples and great gifts for the friends and family on your list. How’s that for holiday spirit?
4. Ideal accompaniments for your holiday celebrations
If you’re hosting Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukkah, or just planning a great meal with friends, you can use this event to your advantage. If you know what recipes you’ll cook or at least what kind of dishes you plan to serve, the wine experts on hand can recommend beverages that will pair perfectly. Whether you want aperitifs to accompany a cheese plate or wine that will pair well with your grandma’s roasted goose recipe, the variety of vendors on site will serve you well.
And, if you are lucky enough to be a holiday guest, you’ll have plenty of help finding wines, cocktails and beverages known for their wide appeal, unique finds sure to start a conversation or special concoctions suited to the tastes of your host. Nothing says you care like bringing a carefully selected wine, spirit or beer that could become their new favorite.
So whether you’re a crafter of fine beverages or simply an enthusiastic foodie trying to track down the perfect paring, you’ll love raising your glass at Holiday Wine Fest 2017.