RICHLAND — The inaugural “A Taste of History: 20 Years of Washington Wines” offers a rare opportunity to taste two decades of wines at WSU Tri-Cities.
 
This exclusive event on July 17 raises funds for scholarships and vineyard development for the viticulture and enology academic program at WSU Tri-Cities.
“Taste of History” features a guided tasting of interesting and exquisite library wines donated by four of the state’s most established wineries: Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Winery, Gordon Brothers Cellars and Woodward Canyon Winery.
 
For the list of specific wines to be served, visit www.tricity.wsu.edu/historyofwine.
 
“This unique tasting is a great opportunity to relive the last 20 years of Washington wine and gain an appreciation for the progress we’ve made — and truly appreciate the excellence that has always been there,” said Vicki Gordon of Gordon Brothers Cellars.
 
“It shows me that support for WSU’s very own V & E program is not only warranted, but long overdue.”
 
Three notable Washington wine experts will be guiding participants through the 20-year vertical: Bob Betz, Master of Wine and co-owner of Betz Family Winery; Andy Perdue, editor of Wine Press Northwest magazine; and Albert Coke Roth III, attorney and international wine judge.
 
“What a fun experience to taste our first reds made in 1986 and 1987, and to find them still full of fruit and other interesting developments in flavor — like caramel,” Gordon said.
 
Seating is limited to 70 and doors open at 5 p.m. The classroom-style tasting starts at 5:30 p.m. and is followed by an elegant reception with the vintners on the Riverview Terrace at WSU Tri-Cities in Richland.
 
Tickets cost $500 and can be purchased online at www.tricity.wsu.edu/historyofwine.
 
Or contact  Ann Philip, WSU Tri-Cities Development and Events Coordinator, at 509-372-7293 or aphilip@tricity.wsu.edu.
 
Event sponsorship packages also are available.