April 15, 2002
Tasting wines at Passport to Woodinville event
Woodinville has become the wine center for Western Washington.
Some are located on beautiful grounds and some in industrial park locations, Woodin-ville is the state's west side premier location for wineries that truck their grape juice in from Eastern Washington.
Woodinville's new position was evident this past weekend at the first Passport to Woodinville Wineries event where visitors were able to sample wines from 14 Woodinville wineries with the purchase of a $15 ticket.
The wineries were open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Some are rarely open to the public.
The Passport entitled guests to tastes of exclusive wines or barrel samples at each stop. Participating wineries included Betz Family Winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Winery, DeLille Cellars, DiStefano Winery, Domaine Ste. Michelle, Facelli Winery, Hedges Cellars, Januik Winery, JM Cellars, Matthews Cellars, Novelty Hill, Silver Lake Winery and Snoqualmie Vineyards.
"This was a wonderful event for Woodinville and Washington wineries," said Bob Betz, winemaker for Betz Family Winery. "It exposed the fine quality of wines being produced in Woodinville to a very broad, excited consumer group. We offered tastes of two barrel samples from the 2000 vintage, a 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2000 Clos de Betz, a Cabernet and Merlot blend. Visitors were also able to taste our 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon."
Betz's wife, Cathy, president of the winery, helped organize the event.
All the wineries had bread supplied by Gai's Bakery and then offered other things. The Betzs featured their vinegar and olive oil from Tuscany. "We were jammed. It was so much fun to have the quality of Woodinville wines recognized by people, some coming visiting from far away such Longview and Vancouver," added Betz.
For wine lovers who missed this event, all the Woodinville wineries will be offering tastes of their special wines again this Sunday at Taste Washington 2002. Billed as the year's ultimate wine and food event, Taste Washington, sponsored by the Washington Wine Commission will be held on April 21, from 5 - 9 p.m. at the Stadium Exhibition Center, 1000 Occidental Ave. S. in Seattle.
Tickets are available for $85 each at Ticketmaster (www.ticket-master.com or (206) 292-0888). You must be 21 years old and ID is required.
Tickets are also available at Fine Wines, Ltd., Redmond Town Center.