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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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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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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