Attention Seattle Wine Fans: Taste of Tulalip

red wine tasting

red wine tasting

One of my favorite Seattle area events is coming up.  Well, the event isn’t until fall, but the tickets are going on sale in just a few days, so you’ll want to scoop yours up right away before it sells out. What am I so darned excited about?  The Fourth Annual Tate of Tulalip!

The weekend kicks of with a Friday night tasting reception that proceeds the Celebration Dinner, featuring premium wine pairings from Sparkman Cellars, Roederer Estate, Vignalta, Penner Ash, La Sirena, Chateau de Beaucastel, and Woodinville Wine Cellars.  Tickets for the reception/dinner are $150 per person.  Seating is limited to 400 people.  A Platinum pass is also available; it includes overnight accommodations, some private events, wine seminars, early admission to events, and a special gift.

Saturday is the Grand Taste, featuring over 120 wineries from Washington, Oregon, California, France, and Italy.  Food stations featuring Tulalip Resort’s award winning chefs are spaced throughout the floor layout, and if you’re hankering for a beer, you’ll find a craft beer selection in the pool area.  If you can drag yourself away from the tasting, you can catch a Rock-n-Roll Cooking Challenge judged by “Thirsty Girl” Leslie Sbrocco and visiting guest chefs.  Tickets for the Grand Taste are $85/person.  Tickets are limited to ensure a comfortable tasting environment.  Don’t think too long about this – it sold out last year, and there were lots of disappointed wine fans.  A Saturday All Access pass is also available ($225/person) that provides admission to wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, and early admission into the Grand Taste.

While last year’s Grand Taste was sold out, it was still easy to navigate the space without feeling like you were always on top of someone.  Wine makers were eager to talk about their selections, pour tastes, and talk about wine.  Food stations were plenty, with a variety of delicious menu items.  I spend the afternoon wandering and tasting, always on the look out to discover a new winery or selection.  Had I planned better – listen up and learn from this mistake, people – I’d have made a room reservation so I would have to limit for tasting.  Although we put ourselves on a standby list, just in case of a last minute cancellation, no such luck.  So I had to stop my tasting all too soon.  Don’t make my mistake!  Book your room right away.

One feature I’m hoping they’ll have again this year are giant screens with the twitter feed.  Of course it’s fun to see your own tweet up on the screen, but when the wine maker would see a tweet about their wine, their eyes would light up.  I’m not sure how many completely understood Twitter, but they did understand that people people loved their wine.  And I loved learning what my fellow tasters were discovering.

So who wants to go this year?

Location:  Tulalip Resort, Quil Ceda (take exit 200 off of I-5)

Date & Time:  November 9-10, 2012

TicketsOn sale at 9 am (PDT) on May 11th, 2012.

NOTE:  This is a 21 and over only event.  ID required.

Photo credit:  SXC

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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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