By Tyler Allen Mountain Outlaw magazine Senior Editor

Seattle, Washington – March 26-29

If you’ve paid attention to the wine industry in the last decade, you know Washington’s grapes are world-renowned. Regions including the Yakima, Red Mountain and Walla Walla valleys have not only helped the state become the nation’s second largest wine producer, they’ve earned accolades along the way. The 18th annual Taste Washington, held at venues throughout Seattle and culminating March 28 and 29 at CenturyLink Field, celebrates the state’s passion for fine wine and food.

More than 5,000 people descend on the “nation’s largest single-region wine and food event,” featuring over 200 Washington wineries and more than 70 restaurants from Taste2014(Saturday)310around the Northwest. Tamarack Cellars, Syncline and Betz Family wineries, and Treveri Cellars are some of the notable vineyards confirmed for the 2015 event, which includes wine tastings, food pairings and seminars from some of the industry’s most trusted professionals.

“We bring in sommeliers and wine writers from around the country,” said Michaela Baltasar, communications director for the Washington State Wine Commission. “It’s a great educational experience to learn from the most knowledgeable people in the wine industry.”

If you have an affinity for fermented fruit, Taste Washington is not to be missed.

This story was first published in the winter 2015 issue of Mountain Outlaw magazine.