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No plans this weekend? Head to one of our region's largest wine events

If you live in western Washington and love wine, then this weekend is your Superbowl/Christmas all wrapped up in one. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, prepare to be delighted.

Taste Washington is the annual celebration of the ever-changing, constantly growing wine industry in Washington, and as such - the event itself gets larger and larger every year. This weekend's festival is especially notable - it's the festival's 20th anniversary.

Attendees will get access to nearly 300 wineries, more than 70 restaurants and top national chefs (because what is wine without food to pair it with?)

Here's a breakdown of what you can expect this weekend:

Thursday March 23

Red & White Party. "Treat yourself to a VIP evening at one of the region’s most sought-after wine events: the Red & White Party. Held at the renowned AQUA by El Gaucho on Seattle’s waterfront, this elegant affair features top Washington winemakers pouring only their most coveted bottles. Dress in your red and white best to enjoy bites and pours exclusively available at the Red & White Party – you won’t find these wines anywhere else at Taste Washington. Paired with an exquisite menu from AQUA by El Gaucho’s Executive Chef Wesley Hood, there’s no better start to your Taste Washington experience."

7 - 10 p.m.
AQUA by El Gaucho
21+
Tickets: $195

Friday March 24

Taste Washington on the Farm. Update: Waitlist as of 3/21. "Surrounded by farms on all sides – from shellfish in Puget Sound to fruit in Eastern Washington – Seattle’s restaurants thrive on the Pacific Northwest’s bounty. At Taste Washington on the Farm, you’ll explore the region’s beautiful products alongside local chefs, winemakers and farmers. Head out on curated excursions to the farms supplying Seattle’s award-winning eateries with quality ingredients. Each unique excursion will pair a farmer with a chef and Washington winemakers. You’ll tour the property, then hear directly from chefs and winemakers as they serve you lunch made from the farm’s products and paired with Washington wines."

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Seattle Region
21+
Tickets: Waitlist only

The New Vintage. Update: Sold out as of 3/21. "Upgrade your Friday night. A fresh spin on Taste Washington, The New Vintage is quickly becoming the festival’s most buzzed-about evening event. See and be seen at this stylish soirée. Discover your new favorite Washington wine, chat with celebrity chefs about their gourmet bites, and dance the night away. And don’t forget to sneak into the popular Rosé Lounge for a glass of pink before the evening ends. The New Vintage sold out in 2016, so don’t wait to snag your tickets to a deliciously fun Friday night."

7 - 10 p.m.
Four Seasons Seattle
21+
Tickets: Sold out

Saturday March 25

Savor Tours. "Taste Washington is partnering up with our friends at Savor Seattle to bring you an extra special morning food tour of Pike Place Market. Get early access to this Seattle icon on our Taste & Savor Tour, exclusively available during Taste Washington. Early birds will eat their way through Pike Place Market, enjoying locally-made specialties and one-on-one time with eight market vendors. Nibble on breakfast treats like biscuits and maple-bacon doughnuts, catch a fish at the famous Pike Place Fish stand, and discover hidden gems even locals don’t know about. You’ll be led by Savor Seattle’s most seasoned tour guides, with 3+ years of experience in the market and knowledge of its best-kept secrets. Plus, with this early tour you’ll get a jump on the crowd of 30,000 people who visit the market each day."

8:30 & 9 a.m.
Pike Place Market
Tickets: $75

Seminars. Learn from top winemakers, Master Sommeliers and national wine personalities at these engaging seminars, which explore what makes Washington State a world-class wine-growing region. At these seminars, a blind tasting might pit Washington’s Cabernet Sauvignons against others from around the world, or a panel might teach you how to identify Washington wines by their distinctive characteristics. You might even hear lessons learned by the state’s veteran producers during their decades in the vineyards.

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Four Seasons Seattle
21+
Tickets: $48 / Waitlist (depending on seminar)

Grand Tasting. *"This two-day tasting event gathers over 235 Washington wineries, 65 top restaurants, renowned local and national chefs, and more – all for the enjoyment of your taste buds. Watch celebrity chefs flaunt their skills on the Alaska Mileage Plan Chef’s Stage, slurp freshly-shucked oysters at AQUA by El Gaucho’s oyster bar, and of course, sip and savor tastes from the region’s best wineries and restaurants. Grand Tasting VIP ticket-holders receive early access, with a special VIP-only hour from 1pm – 2pm on both Saturday and Sunday."

1 - 5:30 p.m.
CenturyLink Field Event Center
21+
Tickets: $95+

Sunday March 26

Seminars. Learn from top winemakers, Master Sommeliers and national wine personalities at these engaging seminars, which explore what makes Washington State a world-class wine-growing region. At these seminars, a blind tasting might pit Washington’s Cabernet Sauvignons against others from around the world, or a panel might teach you how to identify Washington wines by their distinctive characteristics. You might even hear lessons learned by the state’s veteran producers during their decades in the vineyards.

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Four Seasons Hotel
21+
Tickets: $48+ (depending on seminar)

Grand Tasting. "Part Two of the two-day tasting event gathers over 235 Washington wineries, 65 top restaurants, renowned local and national chefs, and more – all for the enjoyment of your taste buds. Watch celebrity chefs flaunt their skills on the Alaska Mileage Plan Chef’s Stage, slurp freshly-shucked oysters at AQUA by El Gaucho’s oyster bar, and of course, sip and savor tastes from the region’s best wineries and restaurants. Grand Tasting VIP ticket holders receive early access, with a special VIP-only hour from 1pm – 2pm on both Saturday and Sunday."

2 - 5:30 p.m.
CenturyLink Field Event Center
21+
Tickets: $95+

Have a great time - and be safe folks!

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