We are going to showcase some of the new, some of the existing wines at the TASTE Washington Grand Tasting event, taking place Saturday, March 25th and Sunday March 26th, from 2-5:30PM.
This two-day tasting event gathers over 235 Washington wineries, 65 top restaurants, renowned local and national chefs, and more – all for the enjoyment of your taste buds.
It’s near impossible to sample everything at the Grand Tasting, but the most determined wine- and food-lovers will certainly try. If you have time, also check out ESCA catering’s booth for the amazing four-cheese caramelized onion pastry squares and of course, the pork rillettes crostini with apricot preserves, toasted almonds slivers and red onion paper.
Friday night has never looked so good. Now in its second year, The New Vintage – a celebration of select wineries and restaurants as part of TASTE Washington – is at the very center of it all in downtown’s distinctive Motif Seattle on April 1 from 7pm-10pm.
Locus Wines is paired with Mamnoon’s Jason Stratton for the event and the 2015 Locus Rosé is the wine of choice for Stratton’s carrot hummus with cumin and lime. Tasters will also sample the Locus Sémillon as well. The Locus Wines crew will be on hand to pour the wines.
Stratton 101 for the uninitiated: He is a local legend. He started his career at the Le Gourmand at the age of 16, then moved to Cafe Juanita in 2002. He later became co-chef at Poppy, until joining Spinasse in 2009. While at Spinasse, Stratton was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s 10 Best New Chefs for 2010 and opened both Artusi and Aragona, a James Beard semifinalist for Best New Restaurant in 2014. Since September 2015, Stratton has been General Manager and Executive Chef of Capitol Hill’s Mamnoon.
Discover your new favorite Washington wine while tasting mouth-watering bites crafted by some of the city’s most celebrated chefs. Sneak into the Rosé Lounge and indulge in this of-the-moment varietal, then groove to the beats of renowned DJ Tina T. Stylish and undeniably fun, The New Vintage is a fresh approach to Taste Washington weekend that you won’t want to miss.
April 1st, 7-10PM
You can learn more about the event and purchase tickets at the TASTE WASHINGTON site.
We are pouring at Taste Washington, the largest single-region wine tasting event in the U.S., this weekend and it is hell of a ride. Debuting the 2014 Locus Semillon, 2014 Locus Rose as well as the Rhone blend 2013 Locus Red (Grenache/Syrah), we are bombarded by a lot of people that have never heard us. It’s been fun, exciting and exhilarating all at the same time. Saturday was crazy busy. We expect Sunday to be nothing less than that.
We are in Yakima Valley bottling and labeling this weekend. The 2014 Dineen Vineyard Semillon, 2014 Yakima Valley Rose and the 2013 Grenache/Syrah blends (bottled late last year,just now labeled) are officially ready to go. We are also introducing a new look for Locus corks. Exciting (for us. We are well aware no one cares about our branded corks).
The official release of the wines is in a month at Taste Washington (March 26-29) but distribution to the market for retailers and restaurants start in two weeks. We will continue shameless self-promotion on various social media. Don’t worry.