Although Bellingham has earned a reputation as a craft beer town, we are actually fans of all craft beverages, including wine, whiskey, cider, kombucha and cocktails. We’re also social creatures and we love to show off our local food and chefs. With this combination Bellingham and Whatcom County are filled with venues offering wine tasting, beer pairings and all kinds of libation events on a regular basis.
Here’s a list of what’s coming up. This post will be updated as additional events are announced.
Wine Tasting Events near Bellingham
Grape and Gourmet: Wines by the Water at Hotel Bellwether Oct. 19
The Bellingham Bay Rotary Club’s popular fundraiser Grape and Gourmet is back this year on Saturday October 19, hosted for the first time at the Hotel Bellwether, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. This year’s event is titled Wines by the Water providing a tribute to stunning island views and sunsets over Bellingham Bay that make the Hotel Bellwether famous among locals and visitors.
Guests will have exclusive access to meet representatives from over one dozen international and local cellars offering tastings and wine for purchase through Hotel Bellwether at a discounted rate for participants. The Lighthouse Grill’s culinary team will create gourmet appetizers for the experience. .
Proceeds from previous events have benefited the Hospice House, Bellingham Food Bank, Northwest Youth Services, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS), Lydia Place, and Blue Skies for Children, among others.
This event sells out early every year. Buy your tickets now and enjoy a beautiful autumn evening sipping wine while catching a striking sunset over the Islands in the Hotel Bellwether Ballroom.
Tickets and rooms for this event are expected to sell out quickly, save your space, and take the elevator home after an evening of wine tasting and hobnobbing on the Bay.
Winemaker Dinner Series at Semiahmoo Resort – Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20, 2019
Winemaker Dinners at Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine feature the culinary excellence of the Semiahmoo kitchen staff and the expert knowledge of Pacific Northwest winemakers. Each dinner includes champagne and appetizers upon arrival, three to five dinner courses, and a wine to pair with every course. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Reception begins at 5:30. Five-course dinner begins at 6 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 18 dinner features Pascual Toso. Tickets are available online for $135.70 per person. Special room rates at Semiahmoo Resort are also available for the winemaker dinner attendees. For reservations call the front desk at 360-318-2000.
Friday, Nov. 15 features Northstar Winery. Tickets are available online for $135.70 per person.
Friday, Dec. 20 features Spring Valley Vineyard. Tickets are available online for $135.70 per person.
Fall Wine Dinner at B-Town Oct. 24
B-Town Restaurant, inside Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Bellingham, presents a six-course Fall Wine Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. featuring wines by Chateau Ste Michelle. Cost is $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations call 360-392-6502.
- 1st Course: Dungeness Crab, chilled apple cider, dashi broth. Paired with Luxe Sparkling
- 2nd Course: Shaved Prosciutto Di Parma, dried fig, tropical fruit, pomegranate, lemon granita. Paired with 2017 Horse Heaven Sauvignon Blanc
- 3rd Course: Pumpkin Spiced Seared Scallop, shaved squash-apple salad, lemon-rum beurre blanc. Paired with 2016 Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay.
- 4th Course: Fall herb roasted duck breast, orange-pekoe steeped dried plum compote, cherry Sour Patch Kid infused duck jus. Paired with 2017 Mimi
- 5th Course: Grilled Petite NY Strip Steak, dark chocolate mole, ancho milled sweet potato, toasted marshmallow, roasted and pickled fall beets. Paired with 2014 Cold Creek Cabernet.
- 6th Course: Almond Tart, mandarin orange curd, cardamom spiced coconut sorbet, berry coulis. Paired with 2017 Eroica.
Downtown Bellingham Holiday Wine Walk Nov. 8
Start your holiday shopping in Downtown Bellingham while tasting a variety of wines from local and regional wineries as you enjoy the annual Holiday Wine Walk. This is an after hours event from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Nov. 8 at 21 participating businesses.
Tickets are $30. Each attendee receives 10 tasting tickets, a commemorative tasting cup, event guide and a tote bag courtesy of Bellingham Food Co-op. VIP passes are $50 and also include 3 extra tasting tickets, a VIP reception, early check-in, a complimentary glass of wine and a free bag of popcorn.
To purchase tickets online at: http://www.facebook.com/DowntownBellinghamPartnership/events.
Stock Your Cellars Wine Tasting, Nov. 14
Nine Restaurant at North Bellingham Golf Course will host a “Stock Your Cellars” Wine Tasting event on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 6 – 9 p.m. Entry is only $10 per person for tastings and appetizers. The event features Elouan Cellars, Belle Glos Cellars, Orin Switft and The Calling.
For more information call 360-398-8300 ext. 2. North Bellingham Golf Course is located at 205 West Smith Road, Bellingham.
Beer Pairing and Tasting Events
Bellingham Oktoberfest Celebrations
See the full list here: https://www.bellingham.org/insider-blogs/celebrate-oktoberfest-near-bellingham/
Chuckanut Brewery Oktoberfest – Sept. 14, 2019
Celebrate fall with traditional German style beers at the third annual Chuckanut Brewery Oktoberfest on Sept. 14 from 1-10 p.m. The fun will include bier garden games, face painters, German music, fun contests, great food and great beer. A very limited supply of Chuckanut Oktoberfest mugs will be available for purchase along with a selection of packaged tickets for purchase for food and drinks. Entry is $2 per person, kids are free.
The menu will include traditional German style brats, sauerkraut, pretzels, sodas, and cider. For the beer drinker Chuckanut will be offering its award winning German style Fest Bier 2019 along with other Chuckanut favorites. Bring your best yodeling voice for the Yodel contest, wear your fancy German clothes for the costume contest, strengthen your arm muscles for the liter holding contest and most of all, get ready for the Hammerschlagen contest (hitting a nail straight into a log). Winners will receive fun prizes and best of all. the audience can participate by making their vote heard too. Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen is located at at 601 W Holly St, Bellingham.
Cider Tasting Events
Bellingham’s 2nd Annual Cider Tasting Festival Oct. 4
Join local nonprofit Shifting Gears for Sippin’ on Cider: A Bellingham Cider Tasting Festival at Lost Giants Cider Company on Oct. 4 from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
The event will feature ciders from various Pacific Northwest cideries, performances from local bands, and food from Bellingham-based food trucks. Tickets are $30 per person, and can be purchased at sippinoncider.com.
Bellewood Farms Cider Fest Nov. 9
Bellewood Farms presents hard cider tastings from cideries across Washington state, a home brewing competition, community carboy refill, live music performed by the Prozac Mountain Boys, and delicious food. The event is noon – 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. Tickets are $25 and get you 10 tastings and a take home sipping glass. Details at bellewoodfarms.com/events.
Spirit Walk in Barkley Village – Oct. 25
Tis the season for the second annual Bellingham Halloween Spirit Walk in Barkley Village on Friday, October 25, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. This Halloween-themed tasting event features over 20 different craft liquors from 10 regional distilleries, a haunted outdoor beer garden provided by Overflow Taps, and live music from Tom Petty tribute band Petty Or Not. Tickets are $40 in advance, available at bellinghamspiritwalk.com.
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