October 1, 2019 — The American Wine Society, the nation’s oldest and largest organization of wine consumers, holds its annual conference in Washington state for the first time, when the event comes to Bellevue, Oct. 29 -31, 2020.
The conference features more than 40 sessions with leading figures in the wine world, wine-paired meals, walk-around tastings and certification programs. The Wines of Washington will be a highlight of the conference.
“Washington wines have evolved quickly and to such exceptional quality, they are impossible for wine lovers to overlook,” said American Wine Society Executive Director David Falchek. “Our members are thrilled at this opportunity to revisit long-time favorite wineries and discover new ones in Washington’s dynamic, diverse wine landscape.”
Unique conference features include a Washington Wine Welcome Reception, a meal paired with Wines of the Czech Republic, and a keynote address from British wine writer Jamie Goode, author of groundbreaking books Flawless and I Taste Red. Pre-conference tours explore Walla Walla and Yakima, as well as Woodinville wineries.
“We’re thrilled that the American Wine Society has decided to bring this esteemed conference to Washington,” said Steve Warner, President of Washington State Wine. “We look forward to attendees discovering for themselves why Washington is the new epicenter of wine.”
While the conference focuses on fun and exploration, it offers more in-depth opportunities, including Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Certified Wine Judge Program and Super Tasting Series.