Saturday Seminars
Sat - Mar 25, 2017 - 10:30 AM

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Please note, all seminars will run at the same time: 10:30am - 12:00pm.

Up Close with Karen MacNeil: What makes Great Washington Wine Great?

In this very personal seminar, Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible and the only American to have won every major wine award in the English language, shares her insights on Washington’s most exciting wines. Over a career of 30 years, Karen has tasted many of the world’s greatest wines. For this seminar, she has chosen ten Washington wines that she thinks answer the question: What makes great Washington wine great? Karen is known for her amazing ability to describe wines in approachable ways. Come hear one of America’s foremost experts and taste some of Washington’s most riveting wines along with her.

Moderator: Karen MacNeil, The Wine Bible


50 Years of Chateau Ste. Michelle: Celebrating a Washington State Legend  

One of the most influential wineries on the world’s stage, Chateau Ste. Michelle has not only helped establish the Washington wine region, but also formed important winemaking partnerships globally. Come join us at this very special seminar as we talk with the luminaries themselves about the winery’s beginnings and how it has evolved over the decades, as well as what the future holds for Washington wine. This tasting will include an exceptional selection from the winery’s cellar including wines from their Eroica, Col Solare, and Tenet international partnerships.

Moderator: Sean P. Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast magazine


Hell and High Water: How Geologic Forces and Catastrophes Shaped Washington Wine

At the end of the last ice age, the Great Missoula Floods sent walls of water and huge chunks of ice roaring through present day Washington wine country, leaving behind unique and distinctive soil types. Today, our wines are influenced by these soils, along with geography and climate. In this seminar, hear these stories brought to life and taste wines that showcase one of the world’s most unique terroirs. Want to learn how Washington’s soils and geography make it such a special place to grow wine grapes? This is the place to do it.

Moderator: Kevin Pogue, Ph.D., Whitman College


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Saturday Seminars

Sat - Mar 25, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Learn directly from top winemakers, sommeliers and national wine personalities at these interactive, educational tastings and panels.

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Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
99 Union St
Seattle, WA 98101

Taste Washington

It’s Taste Washington’s biggest year yet. Celebrate the festival’s 20th Anniversary in Seattle – March 23-26, 2017. 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. Learn more at Grand Tasting tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

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