Conference Highlights 2014: Chihuly Garden and Glass

On Wednesday evening, August 13th, to get the 38th Annual Conference of the Society of Wine Educators off to a roaring start, conference attendees took a short bus ride across Seattle to Chihuly Garden and Glass.

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Located just under Seattle’s famous Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass is an indoor/outdoor museum featuring the innovative glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly.

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Attendees were treated to a spread of local seafood and other delicacies, and well as a wide selection of Washington State Wines.

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chihuly 3For more information on Chihuly Garden and Glass, see their website.

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Conference Recap 2014: Columbia Winemaker Dinner

On Tuesday evening, to start off SWE’s 38th Annual Conference in a delightful way, several busloads of lucky diners made their way north to Richland, Washington for a winemaker dinner at Columbia Winery.

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After being greeted in the courtyard by an array of Washington Riesling, guests made their way to the barrel room where a jazz band awaited.

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In the barrel room, three of Columbia Winery’s wines were paired with local salmon prepared three ways.

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During the dinner, winemaker Sean Hails told us the story of the wines and gave us insights into the chosen pairings. Despite the threat of rain (after all, this is western Washington), a wonderful time was had by all!

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