Bite of Seattle creates section for Washington wineries, jazz musicians

By on July 9, 2013

The Groupon Bite of Seattle, which began in 1982, returns to the Seattle Center with a section for 10 Washington wineries surrounded by jazz musicians.

The Groupon Bite of Seattle, which began in 1982, returns to the Seattle Center with a section for 10 Washington wineries surrounded by jazz musicians. (Christopher Nelson Photography/Courtesy of Festivals Inc.)

SEATTLE – Ten wineries from Washington state will be featured July 19-21 at Wine & Jazz during the Groupon Bite of Seattle, which enters its 33rd year and ranks as the largest festival in the Pacific Northwest with an estimated 450,000 attendees.

FL_Biteof_Seattle_2013Wine & Jazz brings together some of Washington’s top wineries to Seattle Center for Bite patrons. Featured wineries in the jazz area include Alexandria Nicole Cellars, Claar, Chocolate Shop, Cranberry Road, Diversion, Girly Girl, Scarborough, Silver Lake, Sozo Friends and Waterbrook.

The Jazz Stage is just next to the wine tasting area, providing consumers a haven for relaxing and socialize with a background of contemporary jazz performers.

“The Jazz and Wine area is a unique area of the Bite,” said Kayla Cook, events manager for Precept Wine, which makes Chocolate Shop, House Wines and Waterbrook. “It is 21 and over, and the mix of people are usually 30 somethings looking to explore Washington-based wines and listen to music. The music is always awesome!”

The Groupon Bite of Seattle, which began in 1982, returns to the Seattle Center with a section for 10 Washington wineries surrounded by jazz musicians.

The Groupon Bite of Seattle includes a wine competition. (Christopher Nelson Photography/Courtesy of Festivals Inc.)

Precept Wine has participated in Bite of Seattle for the past five years, Cook said, and House Wine is the official wine sponsor for Bite of Seattle. It will be poured in each of the five beer/wine gardens throughout Seattle Center.

The venue is in the Alki Courtyard just north of KeyArena and adjacent to The Alley, a project of Seattle celebrity chef Tom Douglas. For $10, diners can sample items from several restaurants.

This year’s line up restaurants includes Dahlia Lounge, Far-Eats, O’Asian, Belltown Pub, Purple, Din Tai Fung, Yippie-Pie-Yay, Palace Kitchen, Local 360, Salty’s on Alki, Shanik, Pinka Bella Cupcakes, Cuoco, LUC and The Repp.

Proceeds will benefit Food Lifeline, a Western Washington program that  last year helped feed more than 686,000 people.

Theierry Rautureau, another of Seattle’s celebrity chefs, will play host to more than six chef demonstrations each day. The lineup includes Geogy Chacko of Far-Eats, Maria Hines of Tilth and Jason Wilson of Crush.

For $15, guests receive a souvenir wine glass featuring this year’s Bite of Seattle logo, as well as five one-ounce tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets can be purchased for $2, and glass pours cost $8.

Bottles and cases can be purchased on site and taken home. Special Happy Hour pricing runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day for $3 off of a starter package – $12 for five tasting tickets and a commemorative glass.

Wine tasting tickets also can be purchased at The Alley, and each dish featured at The Alley will have a suggested wine pairing option from one of the featured wineries.

About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for 15 years. He is a frequent wine judge along the West Coast and contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the region's longest-running golf publication.

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