Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
Wine Tasting, Beer Pairings and Whiskey Walks in Bellingham and Whatcom County
Annette Bagley

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.

Downtown Bellingham Wine Walk

Wine Tasting

Downtown Bellingham Spring Wine Walk – May 10

Don’t miss the annual Spring Wine Walk, which draws upwards of 700 people to downtown Bellingham for wine tasting at 23 different galleries, shops and venues. This year’s spring wine walk will be from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 10. Tickets to the event are $30. Each attendee will receive 10 tasting tickets, a commemorative tasting cup, an event guide and a Co-op tote bag.  In addition to the general tickets, the new and improved VIP experience, at $50, includes everything that comes with a general ticket, plus access to a VIP-only reception at Vinostrology, early check-in to skip the lines, a complimentary glass of red, white or rosĂ© wine, a free bag of popcorn and three additional tasting tickets.

For tickets, register here. The event is hosted by the Downtown Bellingham Partnership and sponsored by the Community Food Co-op.

Hotel Bellwether Spring Fling Wine Event – May 18

Taste and unwind at the third annual Spring Fling Wine Social on Saturday, May 18 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hotel Bellwether. This year’s event showcases more than 16 wineries from the Pacific Northwest to California including Forgeron Cellars, Obelisco Estate, Barnard Griffin Winery, Gordon Estate, La Chanterelle Winery, K Vintners, The Walls Vineyard, and Mark Ryan Winery. Also appearing are some of the superstars of California including Jordan Vineyard and Winery, Duckhorn Vineyards, and Grgich Hills Estates, and more.

Ticket prices are $50 per person and include tastings from each of these exceptional wineries, fabulous food from The Lighthouse Grill, a one-of-a-kind view and fabulous fun. Call 360-392-3100 or go to www.hotelbellwether.com to reserve your spot today.

Hotel Bellwether hosts a monthly wine tasting series October through April, concluding with the Spring Fling Wine Social in May.

Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival – Aug. 10

A much larger event, with over 150 wines from up to 55 Pacific Northwest wineries, the 4th Annual Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival takes place Aug. 10 at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel Ballroom in Bellingham.  In addition to the wineries, the festival features two distilleries and one brewery from the Pacific Northwest. And for foodies:  a selection of passed appetizers from Bellingham Four Points Executive Chef Bryce Lamb, as well as small plates prepared by eight Whatcom County restaurants.

Tickets are available at two prices levels: $50 general admission provides three hours of tasting in the Grand Ballroom from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., with access to all wineries, passed appetizers, and small plates, and a souvenir wine glass; $75 VIP tickets allow for an extra hour of tasting in the Ballroom beginning at 6:00 p.m. as well as exclusive access to a VIP lounge from 6:45 to 10:00 p.m. that features appetizers and hourly rotating wine pours not available in the ballroom.

For a complete list of wines and participating wineries, as well as ticket purchase information visit BellinghamNorthwestWineFestival.com.

Beer Pairings

Bellingham Beer and Music Festival – June 29

“Radio Isn’t Dead” will be the theme for the Sixth Annual Bellingham Beer and Music Festival at the North Bellingham Golf Course tent pavilion on June 29, 2019. The Festival will run from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m, and include up to 35 different breweries pouring up to 80 different beers. Up to four different bands are also scheduled to perform. The theme of this year’s Festival is in connection with local radio station KZAX 94.9LP FM’s 3rd birthday celebration.

The Radio Isn’t Dead/Bellingham Beer and Music Festival is a 21-and-over event. The $30 ticket price includes access to all breweries and bands and a souvenir beer tasting glass. On-site food purchases from local food trucks will also be available. Attendees are asked to please leave their pet dogs at home but are encouraged to bring certified service dogs.

Please visit www.BellinghamBeerAndMusicFestival.com for complete information.

Cider Events

Lost Giants Cider Company 1 year Anniversary – June 15

Food trucks, yard games, raffles, music, special discounts and loads of ciders will be available at the Lost Giants Cider Company 1 year Anniversary Party from noon – 9 p.m. at 1200 Meador Ave. in Bellingham.

Over the past 12 months, Los Giants has produced 16 different ciders, including 3 collaborations with local breweries. Their Infusion Program has also produced 47 different influsions using a wide variety of fruits, peppers, botanicals and spices.

Whiskey Walks

Whisky Walk in Barkley Village – Oct

2018 was the inaugural year for a Halloween themed Whiskey Walk in Bellingham’s Barkley Village neighborhood. It included  15 whiskeys from 12 different regional distilleries, and a haunted outdoor beer garden provided by Overflow Taps. Tickets were $30 for 6 The event is anticipated again in 2019.

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About the Author:

Annette Bagley is the Director of Marketing for Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism. As a writer and media relations consultant, her work has appeared in local and national media. She has been enjoying life in the Bellingham and Whatcom County region for more than a decade. Her ideal escapes include water, mountains, a farm visit, or a history lesson, accompanied by good food and a glass of wine.