It's time for the annual motherload of all wine festivals- Taste Washington!
Here are some tips passed on from those in the know on the best approach to making the most of your time and getting the most for your money. After all, with only 3 hours of tasting time and over 200 participating wineries the last thing you want to feel is overwhelmed and lost. So you need a plan.
1- Attend both days if possible. If you can't, have a definite plan of attack for your day.
2- Browse the list of wineries ahead of time here and bring a list of which ones you most want to try.
3- Don't taste what you know. With a fixed amount of time, try wines you've never had.
4- Try wines from different parts of the state where you don't often go visit - great opportunity here!
5- Visit the wineries you're most interested in first to avoid disappointment of running out of wine and/or time.
6- SPIT! It's the only way to taste so much without wearing down taste buds and without getting drunk straightaway. Spitting is encouraged, so don't feel bad!!! Once you've tasted and spitted to your satisfaction, then you can drink what appeals to you for the remainder.
7- WATER! Carry some bottled water and sip between tastes. Stay hydrated and cleanse your palate.
8- EAT! Before you taste anything, visit one of the many delectable food booths on site. There's as much great food as there is wine.
9- Take notes on your smartphone or tablet. You're not going to remember all of your favorite new finds once you get home. Jot a few keywords down for each tasted item for reference later.
10- Don't be afraid to ask questions. Many of the winemakers are more than willing and happy to spend time explaining and educating. So ask!
This will be Local Libation's first time attending, and we will be blogging after the event with photos and some of our favorite finds. Email us with your favorites, and we will post them on the blog! Cheers!
Taste WA is this Saturday and Sunday at Century Link Field. Seminars begin at 11am both days. General Admission at 2pm both days. Tickets are still available, although the seminars are beginning to sell out, so you better jump on them!