Posts Tagged ‘wine tasting’

Nothing to “Wine” About

August 16, 2013

WAWine2011Washington Wine Weekend has begun.  When you think of a wine vacation, you may automatically think of Napa, Sonoma – the California wine region.  Certainly you can go there any time of the year and visit wineries, taste great wines and have some fun.  But there are also wine festivals all over the country, including some places you might not expect!

Here in Seattle there are wine events all year long.  Home to many boutique wineries, you can book a tour or just go visit on your own. Wine Country On the other side of the mountains in Eastern Washington, where the grapes are grown, there are even more wineries.  You can find wine events all over the area including one next weekend at Snoqualmie Casino complete with live music and over 20 local wines.

But don’t think you have to be on the west coast to enjoy a wine getaway!  There are wine festivals in North Carolina, Florida and even Iowa!  A useful website is http://www.localwineevents.com.  You can find wine events all over the country in places that range from actual wineries to art galleries.  With all these great options available in all price ranges, you surely will find nothing to “Wine About”!

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Sip Around the World

June 7, 2013

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We went to Australia last night. Best part, this journey ” down under” came with no jet lag!  Martin Gorman of Red Earth Wines and the team at Wine World in Seattle poured tastings of 9 Australian wines from various regions giving us a bit of education too.

WineWorld.jpgLooking for a fun way to spend a couple of hours somewhere in the world without the need for a passport?  Consider a wine tasting in one of your neighborhood wine stores.  Many, like the one we just attended at Wine World, were free.  Others that offer food usually have a nominal fee.

 

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If you are new to wine, or just want to branch out and try something new, wine tastings from various parts of the world is a great way.  Wine World features wines from all over the globe; Chile, Spain, Italy, Greece, Argentina along with the expected France and USA.  Find something you like?  Use your discount card (free) and save 10% on the treasures you take home to share with friends and family.

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Wine World (I-5 at the 45th St exit)  has wine tastings every day of the week and special events several times a month.  Their website is the source for the most up-to-date information on store events.  You can also sign up for emails to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

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Love to eat and drink?  Sign up for a wine/food pairing seminar featuring food and wines of Germany and Austria later in June for only $50.  Sure a lot less expensive than a plane ticket to Europe!

No matter where you live, your local wine store likely offers tasting events.  If you normally just pick up a bottle of wine at your grocery store, it would be worth seeking out the wine specialty retailers in your area to find out about their events.  You not only get a unique experience, but you support a local business at the same time.

In addition to the extensive programs at Wine World,  Esquin (4th & Lander, a little south of the stadiums) also has a  calendar of events where you can taste wines from near and far.  Sign up for their newsletter or visit their website for the current list of events.  In addition to wines, they also have beer events if that’s more your taste.

Food and wine is part of the culture and an enrichment of travel.  Your local wine store brings the world to your neighborhood.  Bring your friends and take a  trip without packing a bag, we did!  G’Day!


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