Taste Washington is an annual event, that brings the top winemakers from the state into Seattle to celebrate the diversity and depth of the young (the industry only really started there 40 years ago) but increasingly renowned grape growing landscape. Because the growing regions are so far flung, it’s an awesome opportunity to meet and talk to many producers all at once.

Rob Newsom, Boudreaux Cellars: Winemaker and owner of Boudreaux Cellars. A Louisiana boy, given the nickname Boudreax by winemaker friend Gary Figgins from Leonetti Cellars. Newsom focuses on making mostly Cabernet Sauvignons (sourced from some of the oldest vineyards in the state) with good balance and bright acidity so that they go well with his home-cooked food — all while being completely off the grid and 100% sustainable.