Why Taste Washington is the Toast of the Town in Seattle

Every year in Seattle, Taste Washington takes over the Centurylink Field Event Center and rolls out the red carpet for wine lovers across the region. As the festival gets set to celebrate its 20th Anniversary, this year promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Nearly 300 wineries from across the state will be headed to Seattle for wine seminars and the Grand Tasting which takes place on March 25 - 26. Not only will you be able to taste some of the best wine produced in Washington, but in some cases, some of the best wines in the country.

But a person can not live on wine alone. The Grand Tasting also offers up food from more than 70 restaurants and top national chefs.

As if the unparalleled wine and food at the Grand Tasting isn't enough, the Washington State Wine Commission, in partnership with Visit Seattle, kicks off the festivities a few days early with a slew of highly-anticipated events.

On Thursday, March 23, join the crowd that gathers at AQUA by El Gaucho on Seattle's waterfront for the exclusive Red & White Party - exclusive because the wines poured at this event will not be available anywhere else at Taste Washington. The wine will be tops, of course, as will the food that will be prepared by El Gaucho's Executive Chef, Wesley Hood.

You'll have the chance the following day to get an up close and personal look at the region's farms that supply their ingredients to the best restaurants in Seattle. Tour the farms and then chat with the chefs and winemakers who will be preparing you lunch paired with the perfect Washington wine.

After the farm tour Friday afternoon, you can head over to Four Seasons Hotel in the evening for The New Vintage event. There will be drinking and plenty of dancing. Rub elbows with celebrity chefs like Bravo's Top Chef Stephanie Izard while you snack on the gourmet bites she and other chefs have prepared for the evening. And don't forget to visit The New Vintage's trendy Rosé Lounge for a glass of pink before the evening ends. Cheers!

Visit Taste Washington for tickets and additional information on the Grand Tasting, wine seminars and other events.

Michael Nank is a Seattle-based writer with a penchant for film, theatre and travel.