By Stefanie Donahue
The second annual Northwest Wine Encounter is slated to offer full glasses and heaps of seaside fun to guests this April.
“This young event in a beautiful setting with a lineup of some of the Pacific Northwest’s most famous winemakers,” said host and writer for The Seattle Times Andy Perdue. “The venue lends itself to a relaxing weekend, and our guests will socialize with these talented winemakers and learn about their wines during the course of three delicious days at Semiahmoo.”
Northwest Wine Encounter is presented by Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa and other sponsors and takes place Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30. The three-day event features educational seminars, elegant dining and plenty of wine tasting.
The event begins with a reception that features wine tasting and an evening bonfire with a gourmet s’more selection. A slew of educational seminars will be led by representatives from Panther Creek Cellars, Toil Oregon, Leonetti Cellar, Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery, Northstar Winery and Red Willow Vineyard. Doug Charles of Compass Wines is the keynote speaker and The Seattle Times’ Perdue will moderate scheduled panel discussions.
“We’re onto something here in Washington, Oregon and Canada,” said Chris Upchurch of DeLille Cellars. “Our unique topography and climate, coupled with our combined sense of passion and curiosity, enable us all to make wines that are unique, expressive and delicious.”
Several activities are scheduled throughout the weekend, including an event called Wine Speed Dating, where guests have the opportunity to taste wines with participating winemakers. A dinner gala scheduled for Saturday will feature a five-course meal prepared by Semiahmoo Resort executive chef Bruno Feldeisen and celebrity chef Roy Breiman of Coastal Hotels.
“Some of the best product I’ve seen from all over the world is right here under our hands,” Feldeisen said. “In our beautiful corner of the Pacific Northwest, we’re surrounded by hardworking farmers and fisherman whose bounty we’re honored to showcase this weekend alongside the finest wines of our region.”
To participate, guests are required to register with Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa. Cost to attend is $475 per person and includes two nights stay and resort fees, Friday evening’s wine tasting and beach bonfire and vintner-hosted tasting seminars.
For more information, visit semiahmoo.com.