/ The Seattle Traveler
Seattle — By Mary Jo Manzanares on October 22, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Taste of Tulalip Wine Weekend

bottle and glass of red wine

Wine aficionados, or just those curious about the nectar of the gods, will want to pick up tickets for next month’s Taste of Tulalip, a fabulous weekend of food, wine, education and fun being held at the Tulalip Resort (map).

Scheduled for the weekend of November 14-15th, the wine weekend begins with a champagne receptions, followed by a gala dinner, and concludes with a VIP after party, and also offers a host of tasting opportunities, educational sessions, demonstrations, time for questions, conversations, and loads of fun.

Whether you’re wine informed, a novice, or merely curious, the event offers plenty of opportunities to mix and mingle based upon your particular background and interests.

For example, just take a look at the wine pairing dinner.  It looks DELICIOUS!

Avocado-Crab Timbale

Dungeness crab fore legs, fresh avocado, fresh mango, blood orange sauce, olive oil

Paired with Hudson Shah Viognier, Rattlesnake Hills, 2005

Chanterelle Mushroom Sweet Potato

Clam Chowder en Croute

Paired with McDrea Cellars Roussanne, Red Mountain, 2007

Duck Prosciutto

Candied Macerated local pear, savory micro greens

Paired with Delille Cellars D-2, Columbia Valley, 2007

Miso Seared Black Cod

Soy Ginger Reduction, Cucumber Namasu

Paired with JM Cellars Longevity, Columbia Valley, 2007


Roasted figs, McIntosh apples, Oregon Bleu, walnuts

Trio of Game:  Venison Tenderloin Wellington, Wild Boar Tenderloin, Rabbit Tenderloin

Paired with Nicholas Cole Reserve Red, Walla Walla. 2004 and Dunham Cellars Lewis Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley, 2005

Sweet Endings Dessert

Paired with Northwest Totem Cellars Late Harvest Viognier, Yakima, 2006

Gift of Friendship

Salted caramel, caramelized chocolate nib, white chocolate passion fruit

Educational seminars include topics like wine tasting, wine blending, Washington Rhone varietals, Washington wine growing, and chocolate and wine.  That last one really piques my interest, as one of my all time favorite combinations is chocolate and red wine.  Seminars guests are limited to maximize your experience.

On Sunday, 8 market stations will be set up, allowing guests to sample a number of dishes.  And Sunday afternoon offers chef demonstrations.  Reading these descriptions has me drooling just at the thought of these creations!

The events are as varied as they are numerous, so you’re best bet is to check, out the full Taste of Tulalip schedule to get all the details.

Tickets to the events range from $45 for an educational session to $270 for a weekend package to $699 for a couples overnight package.  Corporate tables are also available.  For more Taste of Tulalip information. or to book your reservation, call toll free (866) 716-7162.  This would be a fun thing to do with a group of friends.  After all, how can you go wrong with a weekend of food, wine, and friends!

The Tulalip folks are doing some seriously great wine events, and this one looks like another big winner!

Photo credit: SXC


  • Steve Mirsky says:

    Wish I were in Seattle to experience this but I did attend a Trapiche tasting here in NYC this afternoon and they had delicious pairings with different types of burgers at BLT. Somebody specifically mentioned that the climate in Mendoza Argentina where this wine is produced is similar to the arid landscape of Eastern Washington State.

  • They do a fantastic job of their food and wine pairings! If you’re ever out to this coast, you may want to try to time it for an event.

    But, I understand the Trapiche event was pretty great also!

  • klynch says:

    Sounds delicious! Wish I lived closer.

  • I’m heading off to the event this evening, and looking forward to seeing what they’ve come up with.

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