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Seattle — By Mary Jo Manzanares on March 30, 2010 at 3:08 pm
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Twitter & Merlot Gone Mad

Washington State merlot is some of the finest around, and local vintners are determined to showcase it a way that helps overcome the bad reputation that it seems to have acquired.  What better way to bust wine myths than with a day of education that explains why the vineyards in the eastern side of Washington produce some truly special merlot!

image001 Join in the learning and the fun as the Tulalip Resort Casino presents Merlot Gone Mad, an opportunity to taste and learn about Washington Merlot.  The event will feature 15,000 square feet of winery tables, chef stations featuring merlot friendly foods, seminars, and prizes.

The event hopes to tap into a little social media buzz as well, and will have a large television screen that displays an up-to-the-minute tweet stream of the event.  You can follow the event on Twitter:  @MadMerlot or Facebook at Merlot Goes Mad.  The hashtag for the event is #madmerlot.  Food, wine, and geekiness — now that’s an appealing combination!

Here’s a list of the wineries (to-date) that have committed to attend:

  • Barrage Cellars
  • Boudreaux Cellars
  • Buried Cane
  • Camaraderie Cellars
  • Canoe Ridge Vineyard
  • Cedergreen Cellars
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle
  • Chatter Creek
  • Columbia Crest
  • Columbia Winery
  • DeLille Cellars
  • DiStefano Winery
  • Donedei
  • Dunham Cellars
  • Fidelitas
  • Five Star Cellars
  • Forgeron Cellars
  • Gamache Vintners
  • Goose Ridge Estate Winery
  • Gordon Brothers Family Vineyard
  • Grand Reve
  • Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards
  • Hightower Cellars
  • J Bookwalter Winery
  • Jones of Washington
  • Kiona Vineyards & Winery
  • Mannina Cellars
  • Maryhill Winery
  • Masquerade Wine Company
  • Milbrandt Vineyards
  • Northstar
  • Northwest Totem Cellars
  • OS Winery
  • Otis Kenyon Wine
  • Red Sky Winery
  • Robert Karl Cellars
  • Saint Laurent Estate Winery
  • Sleight of Hand Cellars
  • Soos Creek Wine Cellars
  • Sparkman Cellars
  • Stemilt Creek Winery
  • Tamarack Cellars
  • Terra Blanca Winery
  • Tertulia Cellars
  • Townshend Cellar
  • Willis Hall
  • Wilridge Winery

Merlot Gone Mad is a fun and educational event that is also a benefit for the non-profit Washington Wine Industry Foundation. The Tulalip Resort is known for it’s quality food and wine events, and this promises to add to their list of successes.

Location:  Tulalip Resort Casino Orca Ballroom. 10200 Quil Ceda Boulevard, Tulalip (map)

Date & Time:  May 2nd, 2010, 3-6 pm

Admission:  $45 per person, all inclusive.  21 and over only, ID required.  Tickets can be purchased online.

Transportation:  Round-trip transportation for an additional $25, making stops in Bellevue and North Seattle.  Select this option when purchasing your tickets.  Don’t drink and drive!

Image credit:  courtesy of Merlot Gone Mad

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