For our “spur of the moment” planners who have yet to purchase tickets (yes, that’s you), there’s still time to plan for Spring Barrel Tasting featuring the best wines in Yakima Valley.
From April 27-29, grab your special someone or your favorite group of friends to experience an unforgettable three-day weekend event. More than forty wineries will open their tasting rooms offering wine-friendly food and dessert pairings, exclusive sneak peak wines from the barrel, and private tastings to experience the local wine culture in an entertaining new light.
Weekend photos can be entered into the Sip and Click contest for a chance to win prizes!
1. Tweet or Facebook a photo of your Yakima Valley wine tasting experience
2. Mention your location (winery, restaurant, tasting room, etc.)
3. Use the hashtag: #Yakimawine
If you have an iPhone or Android, don’t miss out on Wine Yakima Valley’s new mobile wine tour app. This stress free planning tool offers easy turn-by-turn directions, winery hours and other varietals to assist in your planning.
Now’s your chance to create memories in the largest, oldest, and most diverse wine region in Washington! Purchase a Premier Pass to waive tasting fees and get instant access to wine, food and fun.
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Inside the pages of the Spring 2012 issue of Wine Press Northwest you’ll find Tilth restaurant. The profile showcases Tilth’s support of local purveyors that extends to local wineries, too! Chef Maria Hines also has the admiration of well-known winemaker, Eric Dunham of Dunham Cellars, an admiration that grew further when he tried her life-changing tempura’d bacon!
See what he says about Maria and what Maria says about Washington wines. In the article she also pairs Corvus Cellars Syrah with her unforgettable cassoulet recipe and Kyra Chenin Blanc with chef de cuisine Jason Brzozowy’s caramelized fennel salad recipe. Find it all on newsstands now and check out Maria’s video interview with the magazine:
The Yakima Valley is overflowing with a bounty of great summer wines and fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. From Yakima to Red Mountain, the Valley boasts several distinct communities and Zillah is no exception. From the agricultural “bread-basket” of the Valley, Zillah has been recognized as a producer of high-value, award-winning wines and you’re invited to experience these rustic roots with an authentic Chuck Wagon wine party.
The Longhorn Cattle Company will be bringing its 1870’s chuck wagon to the party at Knight Hill Winery (pictured above), complete with expansive views of the Valley. The multi-course Dutch oven dinner includes beef brisket, cowboy beans, salad, sourdough biscuits and wild mountain mixed berry cobbler with crunch top.
Since no dinner in Yakima Valley wine country is complete without the wine, some of Zillah’s finest wineries will be pouring, including Agate Field Vineyard, Claar Cellars, Cultura Wine, Knight Hill Winery, Severino Cellars, Two Mountain Winery and Wineglass Cellars.
Kick on those cowboy boots and enjoy a memorable evening of music, line dancing, great food and beautiful wines for $90! Grab your tickets at the Wine Yakima Valley website and don’t forget your Wine & Food Summer Escape Recipe Deck while you’re in town!
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Wine + Food Summer Escape! 06.20.11
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ESCAPE THIS SUMMER TO YAKIMA’S BOUNTY
Wine Yakima Valley Announces “Grown to Greatness: Wine and Food Summer Escape”
From the farms to the vineyards of the Yakima Valley, summer brings a bounty of fresh produce and the promise of great vintages. Your chance to eat and drink the best of summer is just a short drive away during Wine Yakima Valley’s Grown to Greatness: Wine and Food Summer Escape. This self-paced, eight-week event highlights the four Yakima Valley growing and wine-producing communities in two-week succession throughout July and August: Zillah, Yakima, Red Mountain and Prosser. Visitors can take part by visiting the tasting rooms for special offers, enjoying two community events, or by taking the bounty home with them in the form of recipe decks.
Food and wine go hand-in-hand and along with this taste tour comes culinary experiences and take-home recipe cards you won’t find elsewhere. Guests can purchase a recipe deck complete with over 30 original recipes paired with featured wines from Wine Yakima Valley wineries. The deck is available for $15 and comes stocked with winery cards detailing features of each wine community, location, wines, hours, etc. Ambitious wine lovers can visit all of the wineries over the eight-week promotion to taste their featured wines and get their recipe deck stamped. Those who get at least 15 wineries to stamp their deck from July-August will be entered to win a VIP pass that gains them access to all 2012 events including Red Wine & Chocolate, Spring Barrel Tasting, Wine & Summer Food Escape and Catch the Crush.
Those who present their recipe deck in hand will also receive special offers from the featured community wineries during their corresponding two weeks, including special reserve tastings, case discounts, or additional food pairings. During their featured weeks each winery will also offer a local Yakima Valley grown or produced food item paired with their wines. Yakima Valley’s extensive local bounty includes some of the best items in the state such as peppers, peaches, cherries, cheeses or beef. Food and wine pairings include: Peach Habanero Chutney with Riesling at Mercer Estates and Fries Family Apple Cake with Riesling from Desert Wind Winery. Pack along a tasting journal and your appetite; you’re going to need it!
Schedule of Events
July 1-15, Zillah
Named after the daughter of the town founder, Zillah is 18 miles south of Yakima on the north end of the Yakima Valley. This agricultural ‘bread-basket’ has been recognized as a producer of high-value, award-winning wines.
Grown to Greatness event: Zillah’s Chuck Wagon Party. Saturday, July 9, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mosey over to the Knight Hill Winery barn for a chuck wagon-style dinner from Longhorn Cattle Co. which brings its 1870’s chuck wagon to the party with beef brisket, cowboy beans, salad, sourdough biscuits and wild mountain mixed berry cobbler with crunch top. This highly unique, multi-course, Dutch oven dinner is $90 per person and includes wine pairings from Agate Field Vineyard, Claar Cellars, Cultura Wine, Knight Hill Winery, Severino Cellars, Two Mountain Winery and Wineglass Cellars. After dinner enjoy music and try your hand at line dancing.
July 16-31, Yakima
Most wineries here are small family operations where unpretentious hospitality is the norm. Many are located within a rural countryside with unparalleled beauty. Enjoy a glass of wine while gazing at the beautiful snow capped Mt. Adams or overlook the diverse agricultural abundance of the Yakima Valley.
Grown to Greatness event: Yakima Barrel Cave Dinner. Friday, July 29, 7 p.m. Dinner with Chef Chris Peterson of Kirkland’s Milagro Cantina at the Cave at Gilbert Cellars. This cocktail party and wine pairing dinner at one long communal table in the Cave features Yakima’s own bounty of produce, meat and fish. Each of the five-courses is paired with a different Yakima winery, including AntoLin Cellars, Gilbert Cellars, Kana Winery, Naches Heights Vineyard, Southard Winery, Treveri Sparkling Wines and Wilridge Vineyard. $75 per person.
Concerts: Hey Marseille will perform on July 28 at Gilbert Cellars and Portland-based Blitzen Trapper will perform on July 30 providing additional entertainment during the two-week Yakima promotion.
Aug. 1-14, Red Mountain and community
Located between Benton City and Richland, the Red Mountain American Viticultural Area, a subset of the Yakima Valley AVA, is the smallest in the state. The reputation of the wines produced in this appellation–Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Syrah–has brought the Red Mountain AVA worldwide acclaim.
Aug. 15-31, Prosser
Prosser offers one of the fastest growing wine villages in the lower Yakima Valley. It boasts many of Washington’s well known labels and has become a destination for wine lovers. It is also one of the more agriculturally diverse areas in the state.
Yakima and Zillah event tickets can be purchased online at www.wineyakimavalley.org.
Wine Yakima Valley is a member organization of wineries and wine grape growers whose mission is to strengthen awareness of and attract wine enthusiasts to Yakima Valley’s Wine Country. Located in South Central Washington, the Yakima Valley is a scenic and leisurely two- to three- hour drive from Seattle, Spokane or Portland. The valley is the largest, oldest and most diverse wine region in Washington, producing nearly half of Washington State’s wine. Located on the same parallel as the famous Bordeaux region of France, the Yakima Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) provides a nearly perfect location to grow grapes. For a list of wineries participating in the Grown to Greatness: Wine and Food Summer Escape, visit www.wineyakimavalley.org.
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Get up close and personal with the grape growers and winemakers that are crafting your favorite Washington wines during Spring Barrel Tasting in Yakima Valley, April 15-17. The Yakima Valley is known as a strong grape growing region and wine drinkers can get a behind the scenes look with exclusive barrel tastings and offers during the three day weekend. All of the wineries are offering unique events, which you can be part of by purchasing the Premier Pass at the Wine Yakima Valley website or at designated sites during the festive weekend.
Start planning your must-sees for the weekend by reading below and visiting the website with special offers and hotel packages developed just for you!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WIND YOUR WAY THROUGH WINE YAKIMA VALLEY’S BARREL TASTING WEEKEND, APRIL 15-17
Spring Barrel Tasting Offers a Point-to-Point, Countryside Wine Excursion
Yakima, Wash., —In the Yakima Valley, flowers aren’t the only spring treasures of the countryside: Wine also takes the spotlight. From April 15-17 during its Spring Barrel Tasting, Wine Yakima Valley–a regional association of growers and wineries–is opening its collective cellars, vineyards and tasting rooms to give guests a first taste of wines to be finished. A special access Premiere Pass ($45-50) affords guests a self-paced, point-to-point sampling at over 50 of Washington State’s prolific, acclaimed wine producers.
Each stop brings something a little different, and all have added value. In addition to gaining a sneak peek of wines from the barrel to be released, guests can enjoy wine-friendly bites or desserts, meet the growers and winemakers, soak up knowledge, or even enjoy live music. Optional add-on opportunities abound. Don’t forget to bring your own wine glass or purchase on-site!
Guests get the most mileage by purchasing a Premiere Pass, which waives the price of sampling at most stops throughout the weekend and offers discounts on special purchases and exclusive tastings. Purchase your pass online by clicking here.
A sampling of stops includes:
Desert Wind – Taste your choice of five current releases. Also deals on selected wines by the case including Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Gamache Vintners – Savor 2009 Estate Viognier and 2008 Boulder Red blend. An exclusive barrel tasting of our 2009 Estate Cab Franc for Premiere Pass holders. Hog Wild BBQ will be on-site will grilled specialties paired with 2006 Estate Syrah (glass).
Oakwood Cellars Winery – Enjoy premium Washington wines, music, cigars, premium soaps and gourmet food.
Steppe Cellars – Experience how flavor changes the aging process of a Merlot starting with a 2010-crush barrel down to a sample of the 2006 library wine. Special (fee) paired dinners and clay-oven wood fired pizzas.
Terra Blanca – Enjoy Friday night live music with Faith Martin and Tony Woods. Graze Catering of Walla Walla will offer small plates for purchase Saturday. Taste a complimentary range of wines. Special $10 barrel cave tasting or $5 reserve wine sampling.
Treveri Sparkling Wines – Sparklefest! Enjoy four current releases and pours of Mueller Thurgau and the Rose’ from bins. Saturday only, Brats in Seattle will sell German fare.
Wine Yakima Valley is a member organization of wineries and wine grape growers whose mission is to strengthen awareness of and attract wine enthusiasts to Yakima Valley’s Wine Country. Located in South Central Washington, the Yakima Valley is a scenic and leisurely two- to three- hour drive from Seattle, Spokane or Portland. The valley is the largest, oldest and most diverse wine region in Washington, producing nearly half of Washington State’s wine. Located on the same parallel as the famous Bordeaux region of France, the Yakima Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) provides a nearly perfect location to grow grapes. Learn more at WineYakimaValley.org.
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Four days down. Only six left. If you haven’t made your reservation for Seattle Restaurant Week act soon before the opportunity for a 3 course dinner for $25 at some of the area’s best restaurants passes you by! We didn’t think this deal could get any better, but then a bunch of the 126 participants decided to sweeten the pot even more! We can hardly hold in our excitement – check out these additional Seattle Restaurant Week deals:
GIFT CARD OFFERS
Crush Each SRW diner will receive a Crush VIP gift card for 25% off their next dinner at Crush.
Wild Ginger (Bellevue and Seattle locations) Wild Ginger will offer 10% off gift card purchases during SRW.
EXTENDING SRW TO FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
Cicchetti Kitchen and Bar
SPECIAL WINE + COCKTAIL OFFERS
13 Coins 10% off all Washington wines on Wednesdays.
Andaluca 15% off Washington wines by the bottle.
ART Wine All You Want Mondays with 50% off all bottles with dinner (Monday’s only, over 160 bottles). Friday Night Flight Night featuring 3 wine flights to choose from at $15-$35.
Barking Frog 20% off bottles of Woodinville wines or 15% off bottles of Washington wines.
Bastille Café & Bar 15% off all Washington wine bottle prices.
Bennetts Pure Food Bistro $5 off any Washington wine bottle for lunch and dinner.
Bin on the Lake 25% off all Washington wines by the glass or by the bottle – over 80 wines by the glass.
BOKA Kitchen + Bar Special pricing on Washington wine glass pours with over 70 wines available by the glass.
Carmelita 2 bottle choices of Northwest wine (1 white, 1 red) for $25.
Chez Shea $5 off a bottle of Washington Wine or 10% off Washington wines by the glass.
Cutters Bayhouse Discounted Wine Flights highlighting Washington wines.
Dahlia Lounge Special Washington wine list created for SRW.
Emmer&rye Wednesday is Half-Priced Bottle Night at emmer&rye.
Etta’s Special pricing on Washington wine list by the glass.
Flying Fish Special Washington winemakers will be pouring and offering featured wine flights each night during SRW.
Fresh Bistro $15 wine flights paired with SRW menu.
Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana Tuesdays and Thursdays 20% off 20 hand-selected Washington Wines by the bottle.
Ivar’s Acres of Clams $5 off any bottle of Washington wine (valid with Washington Wine Commission’s World-Class Value Pass).
Ivar’s Salmon House Enjoy $5 off your purchase of any bottle of Washington wine. To receive discount, please show your World-Class Value Pass.
Juno 25% off all Washington Wine by the bottle as well as selected $6 wines by the glass.
La Dolce Vita Ristorante A variety of Chateau St. Michelle and Columbia Crest wines at $5.00 off the regular price per bottle and glass pours for $5.00.
La Medusa 10% off all Washington wines by the bottle.
Louisa’s Café & Bakery 25% off all Washington State bottles of wine and 10% off glass pours.
LUC LUC’s own Wilridge Winery Red and White wine.
Matt’s in the Market Lunch: Washington wine paired with the BBQ sandwich. Dinner: Premier flight of downtown Seattle wineries.
Maximilien Wine flight featured with SRW menu.
Monsoon East 10% off any Washington wine on Wednesday lunch and dinner. $5 off all WA Wines by the bottle.
Piatti Ristorante & Bar Monday nights beginning at 4 p.m. is 1/2 Price Bottle of Wine Night on all bottles regularly priced $50 or less.
Ponti Seafood Grill 10% off all Washington wine by the bottle.
Preservation Kitchen $5 off each featured Washington wine bottle purchase.
Purple Café and Wine Bar Featuring a unique Washington Wine Flight each night.
Rover’s Restaurant A special Washington Wine Pairing with SRW diners.
Salty’s on Alki $10 off any Washington wine bottle (over 150 bottles)
Seastar (Bellevue and Seattle locations) Washington winery representatives each night and 20-50% off their wines on corresponding nights.
Mon, 10.18: Seattle – Gramercy Cellars (Winery Rep Greg Harrington); Bellevue – Va Piano (Winery Rep Mark Kieras).
Tues, 10.19: Seattle – Mark Ryan (Winery Rep Mark McNeily); Bellevue – Chat Rollat (Winery Rep Bowin Lidgren)
Wed, 10.20: Seattle – Walla Walla Vintners (Winery Rep Gordi Vineri); Bellevue – Rasa (TBD)
Thurs, 10.21: Seattle – Corliss (Winery Rep Lars); Bellevue – Quilceda Creek (TBD)
Mon, 10.25: Seattle – Buty (Winery Rep Nina Buty Foster); Bellevue – A Maurice (Winery Rep Anna Shafer)
Tues, 10.26: Seattle – Tranche (Winery Rep Lars); Bellevue – Leonetti (Winery Rep Heidi Figgins)
Wed, 10.27: Seattle – Betz (Winery Rep Carmen Betz) (tentative); Bellevue – McCrea (Winery Rep Susan and Bob Neal)
Thurs, 10.28: Seattle – L’Ecole (Winery Rep Debbie Frol); Bellevue – Efeste (Winery Rep Brennan Leighton)
Szmania’s $12 Wine flight of Kabinett Reisling paired with SRW German 3-Course Dinner.SRW Honey Bear Cocktail (after dinner drink) featuring Barenjager Honey liqueur; $6 (regularly $9).
Taberna del Alabardero Wine and tapas flight: 3 wines paired with 3 tapas for $19.
Tango Restaurant $5 off each Washington wine bottle.
Ten Mercer $5 per glass on Washington Wines all day, Sunday-Thursday (not to include special features) (valid with Washington Wine Commission’s World Class Value Pass).
The Capital Grille 10% off each Washington wine bottle purchase.
The Pink Door Flight of three wines to complement each course for a discounted price of $18.00.
Tidbit Bistro Featuring a Washington wine flight.
Waterfront Seafood Grill A Double Top Secret Wine List with special pricing on select Washington wines, to include glass pours, bottle deals and a complimentary appetizer.
Wild Ginger (Bellevue and Seattle locations) 20% off of one bottle of Washington wine.
Woodman Lodge Tue-Sun: Discounted bottles of select Washington wine. Different Washington wine by the glass featured each week with discounts. Wed.: 1/2 off all WA wine by the bottle $50 or less. $5 glasses of Washington wine.