Press Release


March 6, 2019

Media Contacts:

Chantelle Lusebrink, Visit Seattle
(206) 461-5862 |

Averyl Dunn, Washington State Wine
(206) 326-5750 |

Red & White Party at AQUA by El Gaucho Kicks Off 22nd Annual Taste Washington Festival

SEATTLE – Taste Washington 2019 officially kicks off at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 28 with the sixth annual Red & White Party at AQUA by El Gaucho on Seattle’s Pier 70 on the waterfront.

Surrounded by stunning scenery, seasonal Northwest cuisine and beautiful wines, this elegant affair encourages guests to dress in their most sensational red and white attire for an evening of unmatched sophistication. Tickets are $175 and available now at

Curated by Executive Chef Kevin Benner, the Red & White Party features some of the best seafood and seasonal offerings Seattle has to offer. Go into the “cellars” of 30 premier Washington winemakers to sample their favorite bottles, wine-club only wines, and 90+ point pours. The wines featured at this event are extremely exclusive and will not be available at other Taste Washington events.

“We look forward to hosting the Red & White Party each year because it gives guests a unique opportunity to engage with winemakers in a more intimate setting and taste some really special wines,” said Chad Mackay, CEO, Fire & Vine Hospitality. “It is fun to see the winemakers reconnect and celebrate with each other.”

Taste Washington is produced by Visit Seattle in partnership with Washington State Wine. Follow on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and visit for ongoing updates. Images for media use can be found on the website.

About Taste Washington:
Taste Washington is the largest single-region wine and food event in the United States, featuring more than 235 Washington State wineries and more than 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants. The Washington State Wine Commission launched Taste Washington in 1998 and it is now produced by Visit Seattle. For more information, visit 

About Visit Seattle:
Visit Seattle has served as the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Seattle and King County for more than 50 years. A 501(c)(6) organization, Visit Seattle enhances the economic prosperity of the region through global destination branding along with competitive programs and campaigns in leisure travel marketing, convention sales and overseas tourism development. More than 40 million annual visitors spend $7.8 billion in the city and county each year. The economic power of travel and tourism generates more than 78,000 Seattle area jobs and contributes $806 million in annual state and local tax revenue. Visit

About Washington State Wine:
Washington State Wine represents every licensed winery and wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, WSW provides a marketing platform to raise positive awareness of the Washington State wine industry and generate greater demand for its wines. Funded almost entirely by the industry through assessments based on grape and wine sales, WSW is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987. To learn more, visit

About Fire & Vine Hospitality:
The Fire & Vine Hospitality team is responsible for overall operational leadership, culinary expertise and product sourcing, marketing and technology support for each of the properties in the company: El Gaucho Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, Portland and Vancouver opening in 2020; AQUA by El Gaucho; The Inn at El Gaucho, Miller’s Guild, The Lakehouse, Civility & Unrest, Eritage Resort, Walla Walla Steak Co., Crossbuck Brewing and Aerlume, located steps from Pike Place Market. The Revelers Club is the industry’s most generous loyalty program designed to reward and honor our guest’s loyalty and provide benefits at each Fire & Vine property.  Free to join, the Revelers Club shares birthday and anniversary gifts at each level of the program and members receive points for every dollar spent. Each Fire & Vine Hospitality property is unique to the community it serves but all share the following attributes.

  • Service – We provide every guest with a unique, unparalleled experience. We revel in celebrating lives.
  • Quality – Our mission is to source the best in the world for our guests to enjoy.
  • Community – Building a strong community through financial giving and sharing time and resources is a core company value.






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