The "Taste of Italy™," the popular wine tasting which also serves as the Opening Ceremonies of the Italian Festival will be located this year in the Seattle Center Armory (formerly known as the Center House) right next door to the Italian Festival in the heart of the Seattle Center grounds.

The "Taste of Italy™" is a chance for the general public to try some seventy wines from Italy at the minimal cost of $25 per person in advance, or $30 at the door. Each ticket includes a souvenir wineglass and five 2 oz. tastings of wine. Additional tastings may be purchased for $2.50 apiece, and there will be sparkling water, bread, Italian antipasti and cruditès available for palate-cleansing.

You must be 21 years of age to be able to attend this event and there is no child-care provided. In addition, attendees will be able to view samples from the Foto-Italiana photography exhibit and purchase wine to be delivered the following week from a representative of Wine World & Spirits.

Details are as follows:

When: Friday, September 27th from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Where: Center House / Armory at Seattle Center

Live Music by: The Primo Basso Band

Catering by: Joe Salle

Cost: $25 per person in advance, $30 at the door. You must be 21 years of age to enter.

To purchase tickets in advance, send a self-addressed stamped envelope along with a check made out to "Festa Italiana" in the amount of $25 per ticket to "Taste of Italy™," Box 9549, Seattle, WA 98109.

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Because of the Italian tradition of marrying wine and beer with food, there will be three Wine & Beer Gardens at the Italian Festival, all sponsored by Wine World & Spirits. One will be in the Fisher Pavilion with a nice view of the Mainstage, one will be on the Fisher Roof in the "Piazza Food Court," and the third will be in the Fisher Pavilion Courtyard featuring strolling musicians playing your Italian favorites in the sunshine. Look for the colorful umbrellas and the white picket fences.

The following beverages will be available:

Bolla Wines of Italy (Chianti and Pinot Grigio) by the glass for $5.00

Bolla Wines of Italy (Chianti and Pinot Grigio) by the bottle for $16.00

Tiziano Prosecco by the glass for $5.00 or by the bottle for $16

Moretti Beer - Rosso & Lager (imported) by the bottle for $4.00

Tuaca Liquore by the shot for $4.00 or with San Pellegrino sparkling water for $4.00.

San Pellegrino Italian Sparkling Water by the 8 oz. bottle for $1.00

Acqua Panna Italian Spring Water by the 8 oz. bottle for $1.00

By Washington State law, no one under the age of 21
may enter a Wine & Beer Garden and I.D. is required.

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