Wine Events

Apr 15, 2011 - Apr 17, 2011
2011 Spring Barrel Tasting
50 wineries throughout the Yakima Valley
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Besides enjoying the predictably sunny weather in eastern Washington, barrel-tasting weekend is an opportunity to gain insight into the artistic process behind the production at each winery.

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April 15 - 17, 2011
10:00am - 5:00pm

Spring Barrel tasting is your chance to get a jump on tasting and purchasing some of the best wines in wine country. A visit to the Valley on this weekend will allow you to sample yet-unfinished wines from the barrel.

Barrel tasting allows tasters a sneak preview of upcoming vintages from their favorite wineries. This special weekend in the Yakima Valley features winemakers and cellar staff who are on hand to share insights and answer questions on the winemaking process. Many of the 50 participating wineries make special efforts to enhance the wine tasting experience by adding delicious cheeses, sauces, salsas, and even desserts to the mix along with special tastings and education.

Upgrade your Yakima Valley wine tasting experience with a Wine Yakima Valley Premier Pass. On-line Pass sales will begin February 17, 2011 and be discontinued April 11, 2011. Passes are non-refundable, but can be transferred to another Wine Yakima Valley event.

♥  Event/Tasting fee waived with Premier Pass
  Specialty/Reserve/Library/Estate tasting fee or food samples

waived with Premier Pass

Tasting fee is not waived with Premier Pass
 Premier Pass guests only please

  Cannot accommodate buses

♥  Airfield Estates 

Join Airfield Estates during Spring Barrel for a spectacular tasting experience!  $5 tasting fee waived for premier passport holders and Airfield Wine Club Members.  Back by popular demand, barrel taste Airfield's 2009 Flagship blend "Aviator Red" & 2009 Sangiovese, a debut varietal at Airfield - (futures available).  Additionally, after much wait, 2010 Pinot Gris will be available don't miss out!

Agate Field
Premier Pass holders will be treated to free tasting of our premium wines, including our new release of 2007 Drifter Syrah, paired with our specialty appetizers and our homemade dark chocolate brownies. We will also be offering up to a 20% discounts on many selected wines and up to 40% discount on selected case specials.

♥  Barnard Griffin Winery
Tip-toe through the tulips while celebrating Spring Barrel weekend.  Open both days 10-5.  Perfect for spring sipping, our 2009 Viognier will be on special all weekend!  Expect a special guest appearance and book signing from Rio, the winery Golden Retriever, as we present the new Washington Winery Dog book.

♥  Chandler Reach Winery
Chandler Reach Winery is excited to offer you our best in the barrel and the bottle!  Try our newly released 2005 Estate Reserve Cab Franc.  Enjoy live music Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 while snacking on gourmet flatbreads available for purchase.  Spring Barrel Specials offered this weekend only!  $5.00 event fee WAIVED for Premier Pass Holders and Wine Club members.  Don't forget your glass!

Claar Cellars
Come join Claar Cellars for our second annual Mystery Barrel competition. Taste our barrel offering and guess the varietal to enter our drawing for a mixed case of wine!  Passport holders will receive 10% off 3 bottles or more, and 15% off 12 bottles or more. Our reserve tasting fee will also be waived for passport holders, a $5 savings. While supplies last our 2006 Sangiovese will be $72 a case.

♥  Desert Wind
Join the lively staff at Desert Wind for the biggest valley-wide celebration of the year. $5 admission (free for Premier Pass holders and our wine club members) includes tasting of your choice of five current releases. We'll be sampling some tasty products from our retail shop and offering great deals on selected wines by the case including Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Gamache Vintners
Gamache Vintners invites you to try our newest releases during Spring Barrel. Our 2009 Estate Viognier and 2008 Boulder Red blend will be featured along with our other award-winning wines. There will be a $5.00 tasting fee which includes a glass - waived for Premier Pass holders and our Wine Club Members. An exclusive barrel tasting of our 2009 Estate Cab Franc will be available for Premier Pass holders and Wine Club Members. Join our wine club and enjoy the 2008 Estate Cabernet Franc in your April shipment before it's released to the public in July. Hog Wild BBQ ( will be on-site to enjoy, as well as our 2006 Estate Syrah by the glass - which pairs nicely with food hot off the grill. Discounts Available: 5% off 3 bottles 10% off 6 bottles, 15% off case NEW LABEL!

♥  Gilbert Cellars
At the winery: Start your Spring Barrel weekend at the picturesque Gilbert Cellars barrel room and wine cave located at 2620 Draper Rd in West Valley. Here you will have the opportunity to taste barrel samples and current vintages side by side with winemaker Justin Neufeld and members of the Gilbert Family. Featuring Gilbert Cellars and JB Neufeld wines. Bring a picnic and meander among the vineyards and orchards on the property. Hours 10-5 Saturday and Sunday. 10% off bottle purchases | 15% off cases. At the tasting room: Taste our 09 Cabernet Sauvignon from barrel next to our 07 Cabernet Sauvignon current release. Chef Erin will prepare a savory taste to pair with each sample. $5 for food pairing. Tasting fee is waived for premier pass holders at both locations. Please know the food pairing is separate from the tasting fee.

Hinzerling Winery
We will be sampling 2010 Syrah Port alongside NV Three Muses Ruby Port and mybe some Sherry from the Barrel

Horizon's Edge Winery

LOver 12 wines will be available for sample. Live Band from 12:00-3:00Pm on Saturday the 16th (Tasting from the Barrel) New Release 12 year Tawny Port

Had to think hard and deep on this on! We might even let you buy some.

Premier Pass Holders will have a chance to taste some vintage Cabernet Sauvignon from 1990 to 2000 and will receive 7% off all wine purchases, and 15% off with each case purchase.


♥  Kana Winery, in downtown Yakima, is a premier pass pick-up and purchase location and is featuring '08 varietal barrel samples and an opportunity to purchase "futures" on these wines at more than 30% off.  We also, as a leader in the newly popular Tempranillo varietal, are tasting and selling a vertical of '05, '06 and '07 Yakima/Columbia Valley Tempranillo as a six-pack at 15% off and by the case (12) at 20% off.  We'll have professionally prepared food samples matched to our wines and live acoustic guitar music from 4-6 PM.  This will all be free for premier pass holders and $10 for the general public.  So come visit us and see why Kana Winery was voted the best winery-tasting room in the Yakima Valley twice in the last 5 years!

Knight Hill Winery
Knight Hill Winery will be offering "Barrels 201", the upper division version of last year's popular course.  We will be comparing two barrels from different coopers containing the same wine.  This year tasters who can identify the type of barrel correctly, will enter a drawing to win a case of the wine.  Melissa's Taco Truck will be here for your dining pleasure. (you must try their huraches)  We will be barrel tasting Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  $5.00 tasting fee waived for Premier Pass holders.

Maison de Padgett Winery
With Over 11 wines to be tasted you should find lots to fall in love with. Live Band from 12:00-3:00Pm on Saturday the 16th Tasting from the Barrel, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Possibly Fortified with Brandy, won't know until you get past the gate keeper) Premier Pass Holders will be introduced to a new Apple Port Style Dessert Wine and will receive 7% off all wine purchases and 15% each case purchase.

♥    Mercer Estates
Join the family and wine making team at Mercer Estates, for a fun & educational tour of the winery. Sample along the way, previewing upcoming releases, still finishing  in barrel.   
Premier Pass guests receive 15% off on all wine purchases. We have $10 tasting fee for non premier pass guests. Members of our wine club, the Carma Club are welcome, free of charge.

Oakwood Cellars Winery
The perfect time of year to indulge your taste buds in the Yakima Valley and Experience Spring at it's finest with unique premium Washington wines from Oakwood Cellars, Music, Cigars, Premium Soaps & Gourmet Foods! & More!
Outside Alcohol is NOT allowed on the Oakwood Premises!

From the Barrel:  2009 Lemberger 
Enjoy Sampling our Bottled Wines-Some New Releases  Spring Barrel Taste Activities: Gourmet Cuisine will be catered on the Patio. Dave from the Atomic Ale Brew Pub will be back - Celebrating our Sat 11-4pm    Sun Noon-4pm

RBMC JAZZ   Performing on Sat.12-4 & Sun 1-4:30

Rachel Bade McMurphy & Brendan bring on their Jazz!

The Educated Cigar Fine Cigars & Accessories! Sat & Sun

Sagegold Soaps & Lotions- Indulge your senses! Sat & Sun


♥  Severino Cellars

Join Severino Cellars for Barrel Tasting 2011!  Tasting fees will be waived for all passport holders.  You will also receive a 10% discount on wine purchases of 2 or more bottles. Our 2009 Viognier will be on sale for over 50% off the regular retail price.  This year we will sample some delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from the Copeland Vineyard.  

Sleeping Dog Wines
Alpha Vintner Larry Oates and the Sleeping Dog pack will be running in circles, interviewing 2010 reds for spring un-barrel tasting. While the reds will be sampled from their tanks, our 2010 Sauvignon Blanc and Sweet Aurora are resting securely in their bottles- eager to release and bloom in your mouth. Celebrate the end of winter with us! We'll have some of our favorite breads and cheeses from Monterosso's and Cheese Louise.

♥  Southard Winery

Southard Winery will be open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm April 15-17 for Spring Barrel Tasting.  Visitors will be able to sample our 2010 Lawrence, StoneTree, and Sugarloaf vineyard blends straight from the barrel!  $10.00 tasting fee waived for Premier Passholders.

♥  Steppe Cellars
Experience the change the aging process makes to a straight varietal this spring barrel weekend at Steppe Cellars. We will be showcasing our Merlot starting with one of the barrels we just crushed this past fall of 2010, and then moving on to one of our 2009 barrels of Merlot. Next, visitors to Steppe Cellars may start on a vertical tasting of our bottled Merlot beginning with our not yet released 2008
Merlot, and moving on to the 2007 and finishing with a sample from our library wine, the 2006. There will be a fee for this full tasting, but Premier Passport holders will have that waived.

Saturday and Sunday of Spring Barrel, Aaron of Guerra's Gourmet will be working his magic at the grill again. This year Aaron will be treating guests of Steppe Cellars to wood fired pizzas coming straight form our new clay pizza oven in the picnic area. These are a real treat, and we will be offering a full
pizza lunch throughout both of these days.

Also this year we will have 2 evening dinners. These have been very popular events in the past, and have sold out each year. Our Saturday dinner will be similar to what we have done in the past a formal dinner in our informal tasting room. We will have 4 courses prepared by Bon Vinos and chefs Roger
and Joreen. Roger just won the regional Iron Chef "Savor the Flavor." Each course will be paired with wine. Friday night we will have a "Dinner Around the World" with each course reflecting a food from different regions around the world. Diners will have a flight of wines for the evening, and will be able to compare how flavors from the different wines pair with each of the varied foods for the evening. All wine purchases will be discounted for diners during these two events. Please email us for tickets for both of these dinners -

 Tapteil Vineyard Winery will compare the effects of oak barrel aging on our estate wine. Premier Pass holders will receive a complementary party plate with wine glass holder while supplies last. Enjoy the sweeping views from this notable Red Mountain vineyard.

Tefft Cellars
Come out to Tefft Cellars and try a barrel sample of our 2010 Tempranillo!  As a Premier Pass holder,Tefft Cellars guests will receive 10% off of a mixed 6pk.and 20% off select case purchases.  We will also be releasing our 2008 Cab Franc and 2008 Tempranillo this weekend. (Sure to sell out quickly!)  Hungry?! Come out and feast on some delicious tacos and tortas while sitting on our sun-kissed patio!"
Terra Blanca Winery
Friday night  Live Music: $5 cover; no cover charge for Premier pass holders. Guest  chef creating small plates for purchase. Friday, Saturday and Saturday Taste a complimentary range of wines; Reserve wine sampling $5, fee for Club members. Special barrel sample for Premier Pass holders of Block 8 Syrah as well as a 50% case discount on Block 8 Syrah. A special $10 barrel flight tasting in the barrel caves. 50% off case of 06 Arch Terrace Syrah. Lunch served Sat. 11-5 only.
  Thurston Wolfe
Thurston Wolfe will be open 10-5pm Friday and Sunday pouring limited production reserve red wines. On Saturday we will be open 11-4pm and accepting the first 300 people. On Saturday we will be pouring limited production reserve red wines and food pairing with our chef Cathleen Williams. Entrance into Thurston Wolfe on Saturday will our back door of the cellar. This is a Preimeir Pass holders only weekend.

♥  Treveri Sparkling Wines
Treveri will be pulling samples from tirage bins for Barrel Tasting Weekend!  In addition to our four current releases, we will be pouring the Mueller Thurgau and the Rose' from tirage bins as well.  And for a super bonus Saturday only, we've invited our German friends from Brats in Seattle to come over, and you will be able to purchase German food and enjoy it in the cellar!!!  It's Treveri's Sparklefest for Spring Barrel Tasting!  $5.00 tasting fee waived for Premier Pass holders.

  Two Mountain Winery
We will be tasting 2010 barrel fermented Chardonnay and 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from the barrel.  Live music from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday.  Reserve Pass holders will receive free reserve tastings and grand old time!

Wineglass Cellars
Sample our Wineglass Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Elerding Vineyard right from the barrel.  We offer complimentary tastings of our front line wines while reserve wines are $1/taste.  Premier Pass holders will be offered a taste of our 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Elerding Vineyard, from our library.  There is a limited quantity of this special wine available for purchase.  Wood crafter Marx Menzel will be displaying his beautiful handmade wooden bowls, plates, wine stoppers and boxes.

Please Note:  Spring Barrel Tasting weekend is typically held the last full weekend in April. April 23, 24, 2011 is Easter weekend.  With respect to the Holiday we are moving this year's event to April 15-17, 2011. 

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