Living in the Pacific Northwest provides ample opportunity for wine tasting and Northwest winemakers are keenly appreciative of this. As a result, they do a great job at spreading the love and this holiday season is no exception.
As SW Washington, the Columbia Gorge and the Willamette Valley swing open their cellar doors throughout this Thanksgiving Weekend, Woodinville Wine Country is putting the finishing touches on their 15th Annual Taste the Season.
Running Thursday, November 30 through Sunday, December 3 Woodinville’s annual St. Nick’s holiday celebration entices wine lovers and foodies with a stocking full of wine and culinary experiences. Kicking off the festivities is a private dinner featuring Chef Justin Severino at Betz Family Winery.
Chef Severino is a four-time James Beard Foundation award nominee for “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic,” the 2014 and 2015 winner of Food & Wine magazine’s “The People’s Best New Chef Mid-Atlantic” and is the chef and co-owner of Cure and Morcilla, two premier restaurants in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Tickets for the private dinner are $195 per seat.
The weekend continues on Friday, December 1 from 7-9:30 pm at Novelty Hill Januik Winery with the “Cure-ated” Food and Wine Experience. For this, Severino teams up with Chef Seth Fernald, executive chef at Novelty Hill Januik Winery, to fuse Severino’s charcuterie experience and Italian influence with Fernald’s flair for Pacific Northwest cuisine and local ingredients through a series of small plates.
In planning the menu both chefs took the strength of Washington wines into account and guests can expect a mix of bold, elegant, envelope pushing and traditional pairings. More than 30 Washington wineries including DeLille Cellars, Matthews Winery, J. Bookwalter and Patterson Cellars will be on hand for samplings.
Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3 continue with the St. Nick’s Annual Open House Celebration running from 1-5 p.m. each day. Here is where the season’s shopping list will come in handy. At participating Woodinville wineries and tasting rooms, visitors will find plenty of stocking stuffers and gifts for under the Christmas tree as well as hostess gifts, the perfect varietals for holiday parties, and a few bubbles options to toast the New Year.
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**Edited from a press release provided by Woodinville Wine Country