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SLO CAL to you with SAVOR

A dozen San Luis Obispo County (a.k.a. SLO CAL) destination experiences await at the Seattle Wine and Food Experience Grand Tasting Feb. 26. And these are just a small sampling of what the area, on the California Central Coast, offers oenophiles and foodies.

This is the first year that SLO CAL is bringing the SAVOR: A San Luis Obispo County Experience on the road event. The new traveling showcase features the wine, food and lifestyle experiences that the region offers visitors – more than 250 wineries, burgeoning breweries, a bevy of restaurants and artisanal food purveyors plus a coastline location midpoint between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Stroll through SAVOR to meet local and regional producers of wine, beer and spirits. Taste the diverse wines. Learn directly from the artisanal food producers, through sensory experiences and educational components, about the unique tasting experiences you could have in SLO CAL.

On hand in Seattle the SAVOR experience will also feature aromatic lavender from a SLO CAL grower. Guests are invited to fill a sachet destined for scenting a room or adding flair to a culinary delight. Wafting through SAVOR will also be the scent of freshly baked cookies from the family-owned Brown Butter Cookie Company. Trump sweet with savory by sampling olive oil grown and pressed right in the country.

Sample SLO CAL wines from inland areas including Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley and Paso Robles Wine country. The selections show diversity and are often aligned with the bold style of Washington State wines.

More than food and wine, SLO CAL with its average of 315 days of sunshine, has many destination experiences poised to make memories. The coastal location offers up fishing, kayaking, wind surfing and sand castle building. Inland and mountainous locations have premier hiking, cycling and zip line opportunities.

Visiting this special part of the California coast is getting easier this April. Alaska Airlines has announced new direct service from Seattle to San Luis Obispo.

So, come down to SAVOR – A San Luis Obispo County Experience at the Seattle Wine and Food Experience Grand Tasting on Sunday, Feb. 26. Get a sample at SAVOR, then plan a SLO CAL trip. See for yourself how much this destination has to offer.

For more information on SLO CAL, visit www.SLOCAL.com.

Woodinville Wine Country Minutes from Seattle and a world apart

Just 30 minutes outside Seattle, Woodinville Wine Country is the gateway to Washington wine.

With most grape growing happening over the Cascade Mountains, on the state’s east side a two-hour drive away, Woodinville is poised close as a convenient wine tasting region. It is in this small, scenic Sammamish River Valley that fruit from the Eastside meets many of the best winemakers in the state.

Within the confines of Woodinville there are more than 140 wineries, wine bars and tasting rooms for visitors to sip and savor some of the best wines in the state, representing every appellation in Washington.

From the stately Chateau Ste. Michelle and quaint boutique wineries to the garagistes “garage” wineries producing small lots of limited production wines in area warehouses, Woodinville has a variety of wine styles sure to please just about every oenophile.

As if all the wine options are not enough, Woodinville offers up top microbreweries, distilleries, cideries and dining spots for visitors to have a total wine country lifestyle experience.

Start your adventure at the new Woodinville Visitor Center, 14700 148th Ave NE, Woodinville. The Center is open 11 a.m. – 3 pm. Daily. Touring maps and magazines are available at the door and online.

Another online planning tool, the event calendar, tips travelers off to various tasting room events and activities. Visit www.woodinvillewinecountry.com for details.

Through several special events and activities, you can discover more of what Woodinville offers.

The 2017 Passport to Woodinville Wine Country is your ticket to premier wine and craft beverage destinations. Taste award-winning wine, beer and spirits in a single weekend, or throughout 2017, with a gratis tasting fee at more than 60 wineries, brewers and distilleries. The Passport also guarantees special discounts at Woodinville Wine Country events throughout 2017. Passports are available at most Western Washington Costco locations.

Looking to pick up some special selections available nowhere else? Attend the Winecraft: Spring Wine Auction. One of a kind wine auction lots from world-class winemakers will be on the block May 21, 2017. All the fun benefits the Woodinville Wine Association and the Northshore Schools Foundation.

Visit the Woodinville Wine Country display at the Seattle Wine and Food Experience Grand Tasting on Sunday, Feb. 26. See for yourself how much this destination has to offer.

Food and beverage experiences abound on the high seas

Lavish buffets, multicourse fine dining and vintage wines from around the globe are each a hallmark of the wine and food experiences travelers on board cruise ships enjoy daily.

But on Celebrity Cruises, passengers can delve into food and wine experiences to their heart’s delight on select sailings. From winemakers and chefs to mixologists and local food guides at ports of call, you can get up to your elbows in learning new skills, exploring local cuisine and sipping exotic beverages.

All this can be enjoyed aboard the modern luxury of Celebrity Cruises’ boutique-hotel-feel ships. And there is much to enjoy. Celebrity Cruises has just opened the world, expanding to more than 280 destinations across the globe, including new ports of call in Europe, Alaska, South America, Australia & New Zealand, Asia, Canada, Caribbean and the Middle East.

To give you a taste of experiences at hand on Celebrity Cruises’ culinary and wine group sailings, Master Mixologist Dustin Haarstad will be serving up specialty cocktails during the Seattle Wine and Food Experience’s Grand Tasting, Sunday, Feb. 26th. Visit the Celebrity Cruises Modern Luxury Lounge to meet Dustin, from Seattle’s Blind Tiger Cocktail Co., and sample some of his work.

Punctuating that Celebrity Cruises is not your grandma’s cruise line is the choice of multiple distinctive restaurants – up to 12 on some ships. This gives each guest a choice of cuisine and vibe.

Taking that pleasure to the experience level, top chefs and food and beverage experts are showcased on select cruises, giving guests one-on-one access with classes, tastings, events, and entertaining activities on board and on shore. Foodies, wine connoisseurs and those with a passion for food, wine, beer and spirits can participate in wine appreciation sessions, eye the two-story glass wine tower (aboard Solstice® Class ships), home to 1,800 bottles, and tap the knowledge of Celebrity Cruises’ more than 200 sommeliers.

On board the Alaska itinerary of Celebrity Solstice®, “A Taste of Film,” a gastronomic adventure under the stars, is available. This event pairs films of a culinary distinction with a menu of delicious bites and drinks inspired by the film, served during the movie. Celebrity’s stunning Solstice® ship departs weekly out of Seattle, May-September.

Another unique activity on select sailings is Top Chef at Sea. Celebrity Cruises has partnered with Bravo to bring Top Chef cheftestants on board to compete in Quickfire Challenges and to include guests in the spotlight with a series of activities alongside the chefs.

Shore excursions reflect Celebrity Cruises’ dedication to food, beverage and fun.

Onshore, optional Cruistours punctuate the local authentic lifestyle of Alaska. Delectable meals are prepared by chefs on tour trains. After a walk on the Mendenhall Glacier, you can journey to the Alaska Brewery to view the brewing process and sample some brews. Discover and taste authentic Alaskan cuisine at the Chez Alaska Cooking School. Following a Misty Fjords flightseeing excursion, outside of Ketchikan, guests can be treated to a Dungeness crab feast.

Stop by the Celebrity Cruises Modern Luxury Lounge during the Seattle Wine and Food Experience Grand
Tasting, Sunday Feb. 26th, and sample a gourmet salmon appetizer and specialty cocktail inspired by the onboard experiences Celebrity Cruises offers.

Celebrity Cruises is offering Seattle Wine and Food Experience attendees a chance to win a free cruise for two to Europe in a veranda stateroom. See complete rules and guidelines at the Celebrity lounge. You must be 21 years of age to enter. Prize does not include airfare or ground transportation. Taxes and fees are the responsibility of the winner.