Anacortes Spring Wine Festival 2017

This year, I attended the Anacortes Spring Wine Festival 2017, which is a celebration of Washington wines and spring! The day included 30 wineries, food pairings from local eateries, and an on-site wine shop. In case you didn’t see my live photos on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, here is my wrap-up of this popular Experience Anacortes annual event.

And, if you are thinking of attending the next festival, you can find out more at the Three Reasons to Go to the Anacortes Spring Wine Festival. Keep in mind; this event sells out, so be sure to get your tickets early!

Anacortes Spring Wine Festival 2017

Anacortes Spring Wine Festival 2017

This year, I attended as a VIP, which means I was able to enter an hour before everyone else. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to have some one-on-one time with the winemakers, like Liam from Lost River Winery in the Methow Valley. And, for the first hour, there were very short lines for wine tastes and food. If you have the available funds to purchase a VIP ticket, go for it.

Liam from Lost River Winery

After making the rounds snapping my photos, I decided to try Whidbey Island Winery first. Since I’m a lover of Cab Franc I had that first, and then their Rosato.

Whidbey Island Winery

Then I nibbled on some food and had Truth Teller’s Satire Bordeaux blend. Since Treveri Cellars was nearby, I followed up with their sparkling Rosé Sec. If you haven’t been to their tasting room in the Yakima Valley, I highly recommend it. It is in a beautiful location with an outdoor patio that has vineyard and mountain views.

Truth Teller's Satire Bordeaux blend

Since I was working the event, I had to pace myself, which gave me lots of opportunities to take in the vibe.

Anacortes Spring Wine Festival 2017

And watch Taylor Shellfish’s oyster shuckers at work.

Next, Damsel Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon and flavored oils at Anacortes Oil & Vinegar’s booth. New favorite – Wild Mushroom and Sage olive oil. Then I hopped over to Golden Glen Creamery and Samish Bay Cheese for some cheese to go with my wine.

Golden Glen Creamery

Next up – Lost River’s Rosé, which always sells out. Then a taste of their Barbera.

If you plan to visit Winthrop, WA I highly recommend stopping by the Lost River Winery Tasting Room and sampling their Community Red. It is one of my favorite red wines, and they only sell it in Winthrop.

If you want to know more about what to do in the Methow Valley, check out my article in the June edition of Northwest Travel & Life magazine titled “Methow Valley Sips,” as well as posts Getaway to the Old West in Winthrop, WA, and Pine Near R.V. Park One Block Away from Downtown Winthrop.

Lost River Winery Rose

Time to wander outside and take in the view.

Anacortes Spring Wine Festival 2017

Anacortes Spring Wine Festival 2017

Onto more goodies, which included an enchilada from Frida’s Mexican Restaurant, pulled pork from Dad’s Diner, and cheese, and desserts from Gere-a-deli. Some of my favorite foods from the festival were Gere-a-deli’s meatballs and Dad’s (as the locals call it) smoked pulled pork.

Next up, William Church Winery’s Cabernet Franc. The winemaker gave me a great tip which included their nearby table Fidalgo Fudge Kitchen. Take a bite the fudge and then a sip of wine. Heavenly.

William Church Winery

It was so good; I went back for another piece of fudge.

Fidalgo Fudge Kitchen

VIP ticket holders also have access to the VIP lounge, which has several tables separated from the event space with curtains. You also get a goodie bag.

Anacortes Spring Wine Festival 2017 VIP Lounge

If you want to take some wines home with you, you can order bottles or cases right there, and you get a discount.

Anacortes Spring Wine Festival 2017

The time flew by and before I knew it the festival was over and the wine had run out.

Treveri Cellars

One last look before I headed home.

Guemes Channel

The Anacortes Spring Wine Festival is an annual event, and happens every April, which means you can enjoy the Skagit Valley tulips and Washington wines on your Anacortes adventure!


  • VIP $80 (only 150 available)
  • General $55
  • Designated Driver $25

For more information follow Experience Anacortes and the Anacortes Spring Wine Festival.


Anacortes Spring Wine Festival 2017

11 thoughts on “Anacortes Spring Wine Festival 2017”

  1. This looks like an authentic PNW experience. I don’t usually associate wine with the region but, I am sure, with your VIP pass you could talk to the growers and find that special grape that wouldn’t grow in Napa. Besides wine, there looks to be a plethora of treats to delight your palette. I would love to experience it sometime.

    • Jenn and Ed, Washington is actually the second largest producer of wines in the US! I have come across some interesting varieties in the Western and much cooler side, like Golubok. I hope you get a chance to taste Washington wines soon!

  2. That’s a lot of wine! It looks like a fabulous event, and I am glad they have a cap on attendance, as even with that it looks pretty crowded. It sounds like being VIP is worth the extra money.

    • Rhonda, I’ve been to the festival before and if it’s sunny more people go outside on the pier to enjoy the view. This time, since it was gloomy and rained off and on, everyone was inside, so it did get full there for a bit.

  3. The Anacortes Spring Wine Festival sounds great – the VIP pass definitely sounds like the way to go. OMG you had me at wine and fudge – incredible combination, I wouldn’t have moved from there all day!

    • Megan, I do think the extra money is worth the VIP pass if one can afford it. I could have gone back for seconds and thirds that combo was so tasty!

  4. Spring and wine are a heady combination. I can see the Anacortes Spring Wine festival is a rollicking affair. Can see you had a great time. The fudge and wine combo seem great too.

  5. I lived in Seatle for 3 years and regret not having visited Anacortes. This sounds like the best time to go there.


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