Welcome to the Seattle Chapter
The Seattle Area Chapter of Women for WineSense was founded in 1998. Our membership includes both women and men, but you do not have to be a member to attend. Come join us, and learn about, taste and explore the diverse subject of wine! We encourage people to let us know what they would like to learn about wine.
Where and how frequently do you meet?
Our chapter presents about 9 events each year, at restaurants, wine bars, wineries, cooking schools, wine shops and private event facilities around the Seattle/Eastside area.
What types of events have you held?
Such a wide range of topics have been presented in the past 19 years! We have investigated tasting components, learned how to develop our personal palates, and experienced how the proper wine glass enhances the enjoyment of wine. We travel the globe, so to speak, sampling and learning about wines from countries such as South Africa, Austria, New Zealand, Italy, and more. American wines, including those from Washington State (of course!), make frequent appearances. Sometimes we examine a subject in depth, such as Champagne and Sparkling Wine or Sauvignon Blanc. We have been known to go off the beaten path more than a few times, once with a memorable program on Port, and another on the history and food pairing abilities of dry Sherry - an eye opening revelation! We sipped Sangria at a warm summer evening barbeque, with Chef John Howie preparing seafood on planks for us. Meeting winemakers and matching a selection of their wines to a dinner at a top area restaurant is always a favorite. We have even blended our own Washington wine at Eight Bells Winery, one of a growing number of Seattle urban wineries, where we discovered if we preferred a Left or Right Bank style.
Tables set for our Eight Bells blending experience!
We have ventured out of the Seattle area with our weekend wine tasting trips, visiting the Yakima Valley, Walla Walla, and Lake Chelan. We joined the Portland Chapter in Oregon's Umpqua and Willamette Valleys, and the Columbia Gorge. Our trip to Walla Walla in 2005 was such a hit we returned in 2011 for 3 days of wine food and fun!
We are pleased to be able to keep our speakers as varied as our topics, and have hosted local, regional, national, and international winemakers, wine educators, wine writers, cookbook authors, chefs, and more. Some of these talented people have become great friends to our chapter, donating their time and expertise to us every year or so to teach us a little bit more about wine. We thank them!
Ron Lachini of Lachini Vineyard in Oregon's Willamette Valley, pouring his Rose for our summer 2010 Lachini Vineyard Winemaker Dinner.
What was your most successful event?
Our annual Tasting Event was one of our most anticipated! We started this fall program in October 2005, looking at Zinfandel: A Uniquely American Wine. The following years brought us Seductive Syrah, The Art of the Blend (Meritage, Claret, Rhone and red Table blends), Mad About Merlot, The Pleasures of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon - The King of Wines, then a double tasting with Cabernet Francs and Sangiovese, In 2012 we were Comparing the Uncommon, looking at less mainstream varietals such as Petit Verdo and Dolcetto. This series has allowed attendees to taste a wide range styles and prices (from about $15 to $75), and given them a chance to educate their palates while picking their favorites for everyday drinking and special occasions. In 2013 we shook it up a bit and began a new Tasting Series, focusing on Appellations, with the Paso Robles region in California's Central Coast.
Your group is Women for WineSense. Do men attend your events?
Yes! About 70% of our attendees are women and about 30% are men. All are welcome - above 21 years of age, of course!