New programs encourage fans to “take away” and enjoy Washington wine and food “at home.”
Taste of Washington 2021
February 8 – SEATTLE – Taste Washington today unveiled its 2021 program, a month-long celebration of food and wine in Washington. Now in its 24th year, Taste Washington is adapting to the needs of the public by offering an entire month of new and creative activities that encourage people to directly support the Washington wineries and restaurants they love and discover new favorites.
“As we look forward to the big, in-person gathering of 2022, this year has given us the opportunity to make the Taste of Washington even more inclusive and comprehensive for audiences across the country,” said Ali Daniels, senior vice president and general manager of Visit Seattle. “Lowering the barriers to entry has also created a platform for wineries and restaurants of all sizes and locations across the state to participate – from small pop-ups and brand new wineries to long-standing wineries and restaurants – there is room for everyone.
Taste Washington 2021 is proud to introduce the brand new Taste Washington To Go and Taste Washington At Home, as well as unique wine and restaurant events, hotel packages and more.
Taste Washington To Go, presented by Alaska Airlines, showcases some of Washington’s most produced wines, combined with fun scenarios :
- Cabernet Sauvignon and stew (March 1-7)
- Chardonnay and the catch of the day (March 8-14)
- Syrah and barbecue (March 15-21)
- Red Blends & Family Recipes (March 22-28).
- Riesling, pasta and dumplings (March 29 to April 4)
Each week, celebrity chefs will create unique takeout combinations for a particular theme. Wineries across the state will offer promotions to highlight the popularity of the week’s variety, and local restaurants will offer their own interpretation of the theme. Taste Washington To Go includes restaurants such as The Whale Wins, Salare, Aerlume, Musang, Mixtape Pasta, Gravy, Kamonegi, Canlis, Sawyer, Local Tide, Hitchcock, Stateside, Restaurant Homer, Three Sacks Full, Rupee Bar, Siembra, Goldfinch Tavern, Tom Douglas Restaurants, Brothers & Co, and Tyger Tyger. More restaurants will be announced in the coming weeks. Sign up for the weekly Taste Washington newsletter to stay informed, as limited quantities will be available at each restaurant and will sell out quickly.
Taste Washington At Home, presented by Whole Foods Market, invites everyone in the kitchen to participate in Taste Washington. Each week, Whole Foods Market will present a different recipe and matching wine pairing from Washington. This program is inspired by Taste Washington fans who cannot travel this year or feel more comfortable preparing their own meals at home.
Lock it in. Dozens of hotels offer wine packages with a range of benefits, including a bottle of wine upon check-in, free parking and other perks.
“We hope this year’s Taste of Washington will give people a chance to taste some of Washington’s best food and wine while supporting an industry that has been hit hardest,” Daniels said. “During the month of March, treat yourself to a hotel stay, order a delicious dinner and try a new bottle of Washington wine.
This is the perfect time to join a wine club or try a new wine. Washington wineries are participating in Taste Washington throughout the month, with special delivery offers, tasting fee waivers, wine discounts, virtual tastings and more. In addition, restaurants across the state will be offering weekly specials and recipes featuring Washington’s most popular – and loved – wines and dishes.
“Washington’s wineries came together in 2020, so we’re ready to continue working together in new and exciting ways,” said Steve Warner, chair of the Washington State Wine Commission. Taste Washington 2021 offers many local opportunities to support wineries and restaurants across the state and gives people the chance to “taste Washington” all month long!
For complete program details and weekly announcements, visit the Taste Washington website.
On the taste of Washington:
The Washington State Wine Commission created the Washington Wine Tasting Program in 1998 and it is currently produced by Visit Seattle. For more information, visit www.tastewashington.org or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
About the visit to Seattle:
Visit Seattle and King County has been the official marketing organization (DMO) for Seattle and King County for more than 50 years. Visit Seattle is a 501(c)(6) organization that promotes the economic prosperity of the region through global destination branding and competitive programs and campaigns in vacation marketing, convention sales and overseas tourism development. Visit visitseattle.org.
At the Washington State Wine Commission:
The Washington State Wine Commission (WSWC) represents all wineries and licensed grape growers in Washington State. Led by an appointed board of directors, the WSWC provides a marketing platform to increase positive awareness of the Washington State wine industry and generate greater demand for its wines. The WSWC is funded almost entirely by the industry through allocations based on grape and wine sales. The WSWC is a state agency established by statute in 1987. For more information, visit washingtonwine.org.
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