March is a great month to do some wine touring. This is when the Washington Wine Commission celebrates the state's wine industry, and restaurants, retailers, hotels and wineries offer special promotions and deals throughout the month.
To find out what is happening in our area or events elsewhere, go to washingtonwine. org/winemonth.
At the end of March, plan to attend Taste Washington, the year's premier wine and food tasting for our state. The event spans two days, March 31-April 1, at CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave., Seattle.
You'll have a chance to taste your favorite wines from more than 200 Washington wineries, meet the state's ground-breaking winemakers and sample fare from the state's best restaurants. There are also a series of wine and food seminars, cooking demonstrations and vendors offering a variety of wine and food related merchandise.
Tickets are $75 per person, per day. Hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. both days. Or, buy the V.I.P. pass for $125 per day and you will get an extra hour of food and wine tasting.
For more information or to buy tickets, go to http://taste washington.org/.
Zillah will celebrate the 10th annual Spring Fling Wine Tasting and Car & Bike Show on April 28 with wine, music and food.
At noon, stroll down Main Street and enjoy the classic car and bike show.
At 6:30 p.m., head for the Old Warehouse Furniture Store, 706 Railroad Ave., for a free wine tasting with members of the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail.
Entertainment will be from 8 p.m. to midnight by Gone Fiddling Again and The Toys, a Pacific Northwest band.
Tickets cost $40 per person. To buy, go to www.localwine events.com and search under "Events" for Spring Fling or go to http://zillahspringfling.com/ default.aspx.
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