Welcome to the Seattle Chapter
If you haven’t attended one of our events yet, we’d love to have you join us! Who knows, it may lead to an unbridled love of all things wine and a new group of friends. Our membership is open to women and men, and you don’t have to be a member to attend. Being part of our group, you’ll quickly realize we’re always encouraging members to share ideas, so if there’s something you’d like to know a bit more about, just tell us!
Where and how frequently do you meet?
Our chapter presents about six to eight events each year, at restaurants, wine bars, wineries, cooking schools, wine shops and private event facilities around the Seattle/Eastside area. With so many wineries and wine shops in our back yard, we’ll have occasional last minute informal pop up events at various wine shops and wineries. How, when and where we gather is up to our collective imaginations!”
What types of events have you held?
We discovered the difference the proper wine glass makes, challenged our wine tasting skills in blind tastings, learned how herbs and wine go together (or don’t!), explored the elements of flavor in a sensory evaluation, and pitted wine against beer and hard cider in appetizer pairing challenges. We travel the globe, so to speak, sampling and learning about wines from countries such as South Africa, Austria, New Zealand, Italy, France, Germany, and more. American wines, including those from Washington State (of course!), make frequent appearances. Sometimes we examine a varietal in depth, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, or Sauvignon Blanc, or highlight categories like Champagne and Sparkling wines, or white wines and rosé. We’ve been known to go a bit off the beaten path, once with a memorable program on Port, and another on the history and food pairing abilities of dry Sherry - an eye-opening revelation! Meeting winemakers and matching a selection of their wines to a multi-course dinner is always a favorite.
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. Many of them becoming great friends of our chapter, donating their time and expertise, teaching us a little bit more about wine.
Ron Lachini of Lachini Vineyard in Oregon's Willamette Valley, pouring his Rose for our summer Lachini Vineyard Winemaker Dinner.
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!