Insider tips for navigating Spring Barrel tasting weekend

It is the most popular annual event for Yakima Valley vintners, and also for those in the
know who appreciate the fine wines coming from the Yakima Valley.
Spring Barrel tasting weekend April 26-28, 2019.

Thousands of fans pilgrimage to the Valley each spring to experience the taste of the latest
vintage before it is actually bottled. Those who attend Spring Barrel Tasting will enjoy a
“Sneak Peek,” and first-hand knowledge of the wine.In addition to the barrel samples,
many wineries are featuring a first look at new releases to sample and purchase.

The best way to peek at the future vintages is by purchasing your Premier Pass or
Winemaker’s Table Ticket. Your Premier Pass will allow entrance to most participating
wineries for a reduced or waived tasting fee. Premier Passes are valid both weekends. If you
are interested in more leisurely and less crowded wine tasting, purchase a Winemaker’s Table Ticket.

Tip #1.  Select the best ticket for you.

Winemaker’s Table ticket is the ticket for you if you are
interested in low-key, less-crowded, quality seated wine tasting experiences with the winemaker.

Premier Pass is your option if you are interested in taking in all the
wineries and experiences your time allows. Your Pass will offer discounts,
special tastings and specialty experiences.

Tip #2. Make sure you have hotel reservations.

Following are the 10 best places to stay for the weekend.

Tip #3.   Be familiar with Wine Tasting Protocols.

Knowing the protocol of a wine tasting tour enhances everyone’s experience.
The wineries of the Yakima Valley have established a set of protocol that most
wine lovers adhere to.  The following is an outline of what to do while enjoying
this year’s Spring Barrel Tasting event. Read on for protocol recommendations.

Tip #4.  Take in a concert. 

An electrifying nine-piece experience with a sound that honors the legacies of
Memphis and Muscle Shoals. The West Coast Feed is Seattle’s newest big buzz –
headlining sold out shows in clubs from LA to Austin to NYC.

Spring Barrel Tasting guests will receive discounted tickets. Discount code offered
once you purchase your Premier Pass or Winemaker’s Table Tickets.
The West Coast Feed – Saturday night concert at Perham Hall / Zillah,

Tip #5.   Maker Dinner Reservations.

crafted – downtown Yakima

Our restaurant has been a family effort since the beginning, hence
the name CRAFTED (a word borrowed from Mollie’s father’s business
name). We both believe that food (and beverage) should come directly
from the source, when possible, and the source IS Yakima, Washington.
To us, family and community should come first, regardless of the industry.
We moved to Yakima to make this a priority in our lives, and we want our
guests to feel welcomed into our restaurant, as they would be into our home.

Second Street Grill – downtown Yakima

Enjoy a casual, contemporary dining experience surrounded by the
brick and mortar of nearly 100 years. We offer a diverse menu of American
fare with something for almost every taste and budget. The center island bar
features 24 draft beers with a heavy emphasis on craft beers from the Pacific
Northwest, as well as local and regional wines. Many of our specialty martinis
and cocktails feature house-infused liquors.

Tip #6.  Plan for lunch.

Food Cart: Kindra’s Wok N’ Roll at Airfield Estates – Prosser

Bon Vinos Bistro & Bakery. – Sunnyside
American cuisine with local influences in a bistro-like setting. The locals hang-out.

 Terra Blanca Vineyard Grill – Red Mountain
Located at the beautiful winery and estate vineyard on Red Mountain, the
Terra Blanca Vineyard Grill explores chateau-inspired cuisine. Our Vineyard
Grill offers guests a wine country getaway with panoramic views of vineyards
and the lower Yakima Valley.

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