I like to think of it as a way of preparing my body for the assault it will incur just a few weeks later on Thanksgiving Day.
“It” is “Taste of Tulalip,” an annual food-and-wine event at the Tulalip Resort Casino, which is located just off Interstate 5, about 30 minutes north of Seattle.
Originally a showcase of the wines of the Pacific Northwest, today it is that and much more.
This year’s event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, November 11-12, and the fun kicks off that Friday night with a tasting reception, a gourmet dinner and a pool-side VIP after-party.
You’ll have all morning Saturday to recover from that debauchery, but when the clock strikes high noon, you’ll need to be up and at ’em, as a cooking demonstration has been paired with a private magnum party—a rare opportunity to sample some of the world’s great wines, poured from magnum-size bottles.
The festival will conclude with the “Grand Taste,” a four-hour walk-around event featuring 65 Washington wineries, more than 20 Napa Valley wineries, and more than 20 Italian wineries.
Yes, staying at the resort, and staying out of your car, is highly recommended.
The various events are individually priced, so you can pick and choose your vinous experiences. All of the details are available on the resort’s website.
Attend Taste of Tulalip, and your body definitely will be better prepared for Turkey Day. After the big Thanksgiving feast, instead of wondering, “What happened?” your body will experience a strange but calming sense of vinous déjà vu.