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  • One week away! Spring Barrel Tasting is April 27-29. 04.20.12



    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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  • Yakima’s Thurston Wolfe is Winery Of The Year 03.22.12



    Congratulations to Yakima Valley’s Thurston Wolfe for being awarded Wine Press Northwest’s Winery of the Year! The winery’s “indelible marks on Washington wine country” is what earned them this award, along with years of hard work and crafting some of the region’s best wines. Winemaker Dr. Wade Wolfe has done it all in the industry, including being a large part of establishing the Columbia Valley AVA in the mid 1980’s and viticulturist.

    Pick up your copy of Wine Press Northwest on newsstands now and read the full story of the winery’s start in 1987 and how it is a leader in the Washington wine industry today! Taste the wines, available on many store shelves, or take a trip to Prosser, visit Wade in the tasting room and experience the Winery of the Year – Thurston Wolfe!

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  • Indulge in Yakima Valley’s Red Wine & Chocolate 02.09.12



    We happen to think that wine goes well with everything. However, it goes even better with all kinds of chocolate! From milk, dark, white, salted to cooked into your favorite dessert or cascading from a chocolate fountain – chocolate and red wine are a match made in heaven. The wineries of Yakima Valley will be pairing every kind of chocolate and showing you how to pair well, too, during their annual Red Wine & Chocolate weekend Feb. 18-19.

    Just 150 miles from Seattle and Portland, the overnight or weekend trip is a perfectly themed Valentine’s Day gift for your special someone or plan the trip together. Wine Yakima Valley is your one and only stop to purchase passes for Red Wine & Chocolate while giving you access to discounts, exclusive pairings, library tastings, tours, and more all weekend long. The $30 Red Wine & Chocolate Premier Passes can be purchased in advance by end of day tomorrow, February 10, or for $35 at wineries during the event weekend.

    Plan your trip with a breeze with the new mobile wine tour app. It’s easy to use and FREE!

    For those event-goers on Twitter, check out the Sip & Click contest while bouncing from winery to winery. Simply snap a pic of your Red Wine & Chocolate experience, tweet it with where you’re at and the hashtag #yakimawine and you will be eligible to win amazing prizes including a gift certificate to Ummelina Spa, an estate tour at Terra Blanca, winemaker for a day at Two Mountain Winery, and a Wilridge Vineyard tour and a Cowiche Canyon hike or mountain bike. All you have to do is Sip and Click!

    In advance of Red Wine & Chocolate, try your own hand at pairing with these helpful tips:

    Let it melt – Taste the chocolate and allow it to melt on your tongue just prior to sipping wine.
    Tannins don’t mix – Avoid wines and chocolates that are overly tannic in nature, which compete with each other and result in a muddled and flat combination.
    Salted combinations – Buttery or sweet whites pair exceptionally well with salted milk chocolate.
    Savory and smooth – Wines with savory notes, such as smoke, wood or meaty qualities, are outstanding when paired with chocolate with a smooth texture and similar savory notes, such as leather, cheese or smoke.
    Bold similarities – Bold, full-bodied wines pair very well with chocolates that are hearty and rustic in texture with a similarly pronounced flavor.
    Two of a kind – Wines or chocolate with similarly distinct notes, such as black pepper, can be mutually enhanced when paired together.
    Beginners luck – The easiest method for a successful pairing is to select chocolates that contain berries, dried fruit or nuts.

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  • TOURING IN WINE COUNTRY? NOW THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT! 01.24.12

    Wine Yakima Valley Launches Mobile Wine App and 52 Weeks of Wine Blog




    Wine Yakima Valley, the marketing organization for Yakima Valley winemakers and wineries, has announced two new ways to enhance the Washington wine experience: Mobile Wine Tour and 52 Weeks of Wine blog.

    The Mobile Wine Tour app will take iPhone and Android wine enthusiasts on a virual turn-by-turn tour of the wineries of Yakima Valley. In addition to touring the wineries, users are also be able to see recommended hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, shopping and entertainment in the Yakima Valley to complete the trip. Plan your visit to the tastings rooms with this free and easy-to-use app, accessed with a QR code through wineyakimavalley.org.

    Want to learn even more about Yakima wine? The new 52 Weeks of Wine blog will showcase informative blog posts every week in 2012. The blog will offer readers first-hand posts from wineries, growers and winemakers in the Yakima Valley, guest bloggers, event previews and more. Wineries and growers will give useful information including Yakima Valley AVA’s, new varietals, drinking wines at their peak and tasting room events. Guest bloggers will include chefs with advice for wine and food pairings as well as wine writers and experts that will showcase the Yakima Valley’s growth over the years, how the wine differs from other regions and more.

    Upcoming posts include Kana, Cote Bonneville and details on the Feb. 18-19 Red Wine & Chocolate weekend event. Check out the first three posts of the year and return weekly for more insider information at http://wineeyak.wordpress.com/.

    Both the blog and app are free through wineyakimavalley.org.

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  • 2012 Wine Tasting with Wine Yakima Valley’s Annual Premier Pass 12.21.11


    Wine enthusiasts can get the most out of their 2012 wine tasting with Wine Yakima Valley’s Annual Premier Pass, on sale now through January 2. This is the pass for anyone that enjoys wine tasting getaways and also enjoys doing so at a great deal!

    This is how it works, purchase your pass online here, before January 2, 2012 and gain access to special wine discounts, exclusive tastings, tours, and other specially accessed wine focused events and promotions during three prime wine tasting weekends in 2012. The events kick off with Red Wine & Chocolate on Feb. 18-19, continues with Spring Barrel Tasting April 27-29 and then pass holders can learn about harvest with Catch the Crush October 13-14.

    The pass is a steal at $92, which is a 20% savings over purchasing the three event passes separately. Enjoy Yakima Valley wine in 2012 and be smart while doing! You’ll also be supporting nearly 50 wineries and grape growers in the Yakima Valley, just 150 miles from Seattle, Portland and Spokane.

    For more information and to purchase the Annual Premier Passes, visit Wine Yakima Valley’s website at www.wineyakimavalley.org.

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  • White House serves Yakima Valley’s Treveri Cellars 11.22.11

     



    The nation’s capital has cast a spotlight on Yakima Valley’s Treveri Cellars and now you can get it too! Treveri’s Brut Syrah is being served at the White House this holiday season – it’s the first time our nation’s capitol has toasted with an American-grown and made, non-California sparkling wine. That’s cause for celebration!

    Seattle Met gets the scoop on today’s release in the Treveri Tasting Room. Grab the dignitary-worthy bubbles during Thanksgiving in Wine Country or wait until mid-December for its arrival in Seattle. 

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  • Chuck Wagon Wine Dinner in Zillah, July 9 06.27.11

    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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  • Wine Yakima Valley on KOMO 4 + KOIN 6! 04.15.11

    Today is the first day of Spring Barrel Tasting in Yakima Valley! A chance to get out of the rain and be the first to swirl and sip a variety of Yakima Valley wines right from the barrel.

    Watch Matt Rawn from Two Mountain Winery on KOMO 4 News and Greg Fries from Desert Wind Winery on KOIN Studio 6 as they demonstrate what a wine thief is and what to expect this weekend in the Yakima Valley! Head over for the day or make a weekend of it in the valley!

    Premiere Passes available through Wine Yakima Valley at select wineries all weekend long including Kana Winery, Airfield Estate Winery, Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard and Winery, Claar Cellars, Severino Cellars, Agate Field Winery and Tapteil Vineyard winery.



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  • Spring beckons Barrel Tastings, April 15-17 04.05.11

    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 WineryEnjoy 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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