By Duane Pemberton
and Sarah Bagdon
Event website: http://tastewashington.org
Taste Washington is always a fun event for us to attend – after all, they have the three things we talk about on WineFoot – wine, food and cars. This is the first year we saw the recently clad relationship between the Washington State Wine Commission and the Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau and we believe it was a change for the better.
Instead of the one-day “drunk fest” (as many in the industry commonly referred to it) – folks had two days this time around to take a much more casual approach and not have to try and “cram it all down” in a single afternoon. This lead to a much-welcomed, slower pace, quieter atmosphere and an overall vibe that we really appreciated.
Gone were the long lines, folks getting a bit too rowdy and much of what many didn’t like about the event from past events.
Some of our favorite wines of the event were (in no certain order):
- Amavi Syrah
- Pepper Bridge Merlot
- Hedges Rose’
- Hedges Red Mountain Syrah
- Saviah Cellars Petit Verdot
- Maison Bleue La Famille Rose of Mourvédre
- Maison Bleue Liberte Syrah, Yakima Valley
- Corvus Cellars Viognier
- Corvus Cellars – 2009 – yet unreleased – Petit Verdot
- Charles Smith King Coal
- Syncline Rose (Rhône Blend), Columbia Valley
- Syncline Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge
- Bunnell Family Cellar Yakima Valley Syrah
- Boudreaux Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
- Long Shadows Vintners Pedestal Merlot
- Woodward Canyon Merlot
- Bartholomew Winery Aligote Snipes Mountain
- Hestia Cellars Red Blend
- Treveri Cellars NV Brut Blanc de Blanc Chardonnay
- Buty Winery Rediviva of the Stones Red Blend
The food seemed better this year as well for some reason – not sure if it was because I felt we could take more time to go through it all or what, but it was spot-on-the-money. Tulalip Casino was there in full effect with its restaurant staff, serving up dishes of fine fare as was Washington Beef with its American Wagyu from Snake River Farms.
One of the favorites was this Lamb Ragu served over polenta (pictured above) – it was a complete shoe-in for the delicious red wines being poured. Additionally, the Oyster bar was – as always – a huge hit with us as well as the rest of the show-goers.
Famous Seattle Restaurateur Tom Douglas (pictured above in the blue chef’s jacket) was around as well, making the rounds and helping – as he always has done – to champion the greater Seattle food scene.
Maserati was the car sponsor this year and had some of its latest beauty’s on-hand for folks to drool at a distance over. Unfortunately, they were roped off to help keep the unwashed masses from touching them – I suppose they might let me closer if I were to shower first.
All in all, it was a great event and one of the few “must-attend” events of the year for any self-respecting wino or for even those new to the love of good food and great wines!