Hey fellow lushes! I'm super excited about this weekend's mega pour-fest, the Seattle Food and Wine Experience on Sunday at the Seattle Center Exhibition Center. Did you hear there's a mashed potato bar? Oh baby, just the thing to go with hundreds of little tastes of wine from great producers, brewers and distillers.
This huge event requires strength and stamina and a swell spitter. You heard me. It's possible to sip a huge portion of the wines poured (I'll give you a must-try list in a sec), but you'll be hopelessly hammered before you check half of them off your list unless you expectorate.
Don't worry, all the cool kids do it.
Whenever I go to one of these big tastings, I study up the program and target the wineries and restaurants I want to try. That plan usually leaves lots of room for detours, though.
On Sunday, I'm heading for Chinook for the Cabernet Franc, Barrage Cellars for Nuclear Blonde Chardonnay, Forgeron Cellars for the Petit Verdot, Arbor Crest for the Syrah, Hestia Cellars for the Cabernet Sauvignon, Guardian Cellars for The Wanted, J. Bookwalter for the Merlot, McCrea for Mourvedre and that's just the Washington wines! There's also Oregon wineries and stuff from California to consider.
To get a good idea whether you like the wine, give it a good swirl in the glass, take a sniff and then sip. Swish the wine around and then spit. Does that lasting impression make you want to run out and buy a bottle? Well, then make a note in your program because otherwise, you'll probably forget.
Here's a tutorial on how to spit from David LeClaire of Wine World: