Kirkland Uncorked

I acquired a taste for good wine during my four years at prestigious Washington State University. Or at least I thought it was good wine. “You aren’t supposed to keep your Burgundy in the fridge,” my roommate would sniff as I pulled out the sweet deal I’d scored at Rite Aid to entertain friends. (I’m pretty sure it wasn’t supposed to be in a box either, but you don’t just walk away from five liters of wine for $11.95.) Since then, I’ve learned better at Kirkland Uncorked. Quality matters more than quality in this waterfront festival running through Sunday. Sample modest amounts of more than 20 Washington wines (or buy the bottle) and chat with the oenophiles; outside the 21-and-over tasting zones, families can enjoy live local music and art. And if you feel overwhelmed and find yourself craving a break from the grape, don’t worry—there’s a beer garden, too. Cheers. Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza (Kirkland), $20–$25 at entry. 2–8 p.m. ERIKA HOBART

July 18-20, 2 p.m., 2008

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