Vintners around Washington will soon open their tasting-room doors to people looking for that certain wine for a gift or a holiday dinner. With the 2003 harvest and crush behind...

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Vintners around Washington will soon open their tasting-room doors to people looking for that certain wine for a gift or a holiday dinner.

With the 2003 harvest and crush behind them, four regional wine associations are planning separate weekend events. They start with the Spokane Holiday Wine Fest on Nov. 21 and conclude Dec. 7 with the Woodinville Wine Country St. Nicholas Day Celebration. Between are the Yakima Valley Thanksgiving in Wine Country, Nov. 28-30, and the Walla Walla Holiday Barrel Tasting on Dec. 6-7.

For many of the associations’ new member wineries, it will be a public coming-out party. For others, the event marks one of the few times of the year they’re open for wine tasting.

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In all cases, the events will be a chance for visitors to try old favorites, new releases and specialty wines, and in many cases sample what’s still aging in the barrel.

Many wineries will offer special foods for samplers or go all-out by holding limited-admission, winemaker-hosted evening dinners.

And in keeping with the spirit of the holidays, several Walla Walla-area wineries will accept nonperishable foods or clothing for food banks or donate a portion of their sales of certain items to charities and education efforts.

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Upcoming wine tastings will feature new wines as well as old favorites.

In all, 93 wineries will be open for their respective association events in Woodinville, Spokane and the Yakima and Walla Walla valleys. Twenty of those wineries will be first-time participants.

Whether visitors go to one or to many, the advice of Woodinville’s event coordinator Bill Phillips is applicable statewide: “We encourage them to bring their own ‘St. Nick’ as a designated driver.”

Following are highlights and contacts for each event. (Letters in parentheses next to the name of each winery denote: N, new participant; F, special food available; D, winery dinner offered, call for reservations; and C, charitable event.)


Spokane Holiday Wine Fest


Nine wineries in and around Eastern Washington’s largest city will be open for the 10th annual event, this year from Nov. 21-23.

The three days draw thousands of people to the wineries, making the weekend one of the busiest of the year for tasting rooms, said Jim van Loben Sels, who heads the Spokane association and is co-owner of Arbor Crest. The winery’s tasting room is on the grounds of the Cliff House, and the event marks one of only two times a year the historic home is open for tours.

“A lot of wineries will feature new releases and some of their fall releases, and some offer holiday wines to complement meals,” Van Loben Sels added.

The Spokane Valley’s Mountain Dome winery, one of few sparkling-wine producers in the state, will be open during the event. Co-owner Michael Manz said he will have his second-fermentation yeast disgorging and final bottle sealing line operating for visitors to see.

For the weekend event, visiting hours at the nine wineries are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

• Arbor Crest (F), 4705 N. Fruithill Road; 509-927-9463 or www.arborcrest.com

• Caterina, 905 N. Washington; 509-328-5069 or www.caterina.com

• Grande Ronde, 16315 East Temple Road; 509-928-2788 or www.granderondecellars.com

• Knipprath, 5634 East Commerce; 509-534-5121 or www.knipprath-cellars.com

• Latah Creek (F), 13030 East Indiana; 509-926-0164 or www.latahcreek.com

• Lone Canary (N), 109 S. Scott St., B#2; 509-534-9062 or www.lonecanary.com

• Mountain Dome, 16315 East Temple Road; 509-928-2788 or www.mountaindome.com

• Robert Karl Cellars (F), 115 W. Pacific Ave.; 509-363-1353 or www.robertkarl.com

• Townshend Cellar, 16112 N. Greenbluff, Colbert; 509-238-1400 or www.townshendcellar.com


Yakima Valley Thanksgiving in Wine Country

Just about every kind of food but turkey will be offered at many of the 26 veteran and six new wineries participating in this 17th annual weekend event. And with the Yakima Valley celebrating its 20th anniversary as a federally recognized wine-growing appellation, visitors also can expect a variety of interesting single varietals and blends made by experienced hands.

Wineries offering food samples to complement featured wines also will provide recipe cards of their specialties, said Russ Dix, executive director of the Yakima Valley Winery Association.

“You can become a real culinary hero,” he said. “You can get the recipe and the wine that goes with it, and people will think you’re a genius when it comes to pairing food and wine.”

Visitors must buy $5 a commemorative glass available at any of the Yakima and Benton County wineries and may use it to sample products at the others. Maps are available at participating wineries, by calling 800-258-7270, or online at www.yakimavalleywine.com, which also has links to individual winery Web sites.

The 32 participating wineries will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 28-30.

• Bonair Winery (F), 500 S. Bonair Road, Zillah; 509-829-6027.

• Buckmaster Cellars (N), 1600 Brantingham Road, Richland; 509-628-8474.

• Chandler Reach Vineyards (N), 9506 W. Chandler, Benton City; 509-588-8800.

• Claar Cellars (F), 1001 Vintage Valley Pkwy., Zillah; 509-829-6810.

• Eaton Hill Winery (F), 530 Gurley Road, Granger, 509-854-2220.

• Hinzerling Winery (F), 1520 Sheridan Ave., Prosser; 509-786-2163.

• Hogue Cellars, 2800 Lee Road, Prosser; 509-786-4557.

• Horizon’s Edge Winery, 4530 E. Zillah Drive, Zillah; 509-829-6401.

• Hyatt Vineyards (F), 2020 Gilbert Road, Zillah; 509-829-6333.

• Kestrel Vintners (F), 2890 Lee Road, Prosser; 509-786-2675.

• Kiona Vineyards Winery (F), 44612 N. Sunset Road, Benton City; 509-588-6716.

• Maison De Padgett Winery (N), 4530 E. Zillah Drive, Zillah; 509-829-6794.

• Oakwood Cellars (F), 40504 N. Demoss Road, Benton City; 509-588-5332.

• Paradisos Del Sol, 3230 Highland Drive, Zillah; 509-829-9000.

• Piety Flats Winery, 2560 Donald Wapato Road, Wapato; 509-877-3115.

• Pontin Del Roza Winery, 35502 N. Hinzerling Road, Prosser; 509-786-4449.

Portteus Vineyards (F), 5201 Highland Drive, Zillah; 509-829-6970.

• Sagelands Vineyard (F), 71 Gangl Road, Wapato; 509-877-2112.

• Seth Ryan Winery (F), 35306 Sunset Road, Benton City; 509-588-6780.

• Silver Lake at Roza Hills (F), 1500 Vintage Road, Zillah; 509-829-6235.

• Snoqualmie Vineyards (N, F), 660 Frontier Road, Prosser; 509-786-5558.

• Tapteil Vineyard Winery, 20206 E. 583 Private Road N.E. (off Sunset Road), Benton City; 509-588-4460.

• Tefft Cellars (F), 1320 Independence Road, Outlook; 509-837-7651.

• Terra Blanca, 34715 N. Demoss Road, Benton City; 509-588-6082.

• Thurston Wolfe (F), 2880 Lee Road, Suite C, Prosser; 509-786-3313.

• Tucker Cellars (F), 70 Ray Road, Sunnyside; 509-837-8701.

• Vineheart (N, F), 44209 N. McDonald Road, Prosser; 509-973-2993.

• Washington Hills (F), 111 E. Lincoln Ave., Sunnyside; 509-839-9463.

• Willow Crest Winery, 135701 Snipes Road, Prosser; 509-786-7999.

• Windy Point (N, F), 420 Windy Point Drive, Wapato; 509-877-4446.

• Wineglass Cellars (F), 260 N. Bonair Road, Zillah; 509-829-3011.

• Yakima River Winery (F), 143302 W. North River Road, Prosser; 509-786-2805.


Walla Walla Holiday Barrel Tasting

This event has existed since 1997 but will include many firsts this year.Visitors over the Dec. 6-7 weekend will have first crack at many new releases and will be among the first to sample out of a wine barrel what will soon be ready for the bottle. And they can choose among 27 past participants and 13 new member wineries taking part in the popular seasonal draw to the Walla Walla Valley.

Each of the 40 wineries participates in its own way, whether it’s offering food, music, art exhibits, wine dinners, cooking demonstrations, or poetry readings, said Krista McCorkle, executive director of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance.

Also, after the cellars close Saturday, the city’s historic Main Street will brighten up at 6 p.m. with the eighth annual Bon-Macy’s Christmas Parade of Lights and festivities.

Brochures with complete event details are available at Walla Walla area hotels, restaurants, the chamber of commerce (509-525-0850), or by visiting the wine alliance Web site at www.wallawallawine.com. The site also has links to individual wineries and a printable touring map.

Hours for the two-day event vary among wineries. All events are in Walla Walla, unless otherwise noted.

• Abeja (N), 2014 Mill Creek Road; 509-526-7400; Hours: 11 a.m. — 4 p.m. No parking for buses.

• Amavi (N, D), 635 N. 13th St.; 509-525-3541; Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Basel Cellars Estate Winery (N), 2901 Old Milton Hwy.; 509-522-0200; Hours: Sat., 11 a. m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; $5 tasting fee applicable toward wine purchase.

• Beresan (N), 1956 JB George Road; 509-522-9912; Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Bergevin Lane (N, F, C), 1215 W. Poplar St.; 509-526-4300; Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Buty Winery, 535 E. Cessna Ave.;509-527-0901; Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Canoe Ridge Winery (F, C), 1102 W. Cherry St.;509-527-0885; Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Cayuse Vineyards, 17 E. Main St.; 509-526-0686; Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Colvin Vineyards (F, C), 4122 Powerline Road; 509-527-9463; Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Cougar Crest Winery, 202 A St.; 509-529-5980; Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Dunham Cellars (F, C, D), 150 E. Boeing Ave.; 509-529-4685; Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

• El Mirador Winery (N, F), 425 B St.; 509-520-1350; Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Five Star Cellars (F), 840 C St.; 509-527-8400; Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Forgeron Cellars, 33 W. Birch St.; 509-522-9463; Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Fort Walla Walla Cellars (N, C), 127 E. Main St.; 509-520-1095; Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Glen Fiona (F), 1249 Lyday Lane; 509-522-2566; Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Harlequin Wine Cellars (N), 1211 Sand Pit Road, Touchet; 509-394-2112; Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Isenhower Cellars (F, C), 3471 Pranger Road; 509-526-7896; Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

• James Leigh Cellars (N, F), 16 N. Second Ave.; 509-529-1398; Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

• K Vintners, 820 Mill Creek Road; 509-526-5230; Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Latitude 46° N (N), 1211 Sand Pit Road, Touchet; 509-394-0460; Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

• L’Ecole No. 41 (F, C, D), 41 Lowden School Road, Lowden; 509-525-0940; Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Lowden Hills Winery (N, F, C), 535 Spitzenburg Road, College Place; 509-527-1040, Hours: Sat., 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sunday.

• Nicholas Cole Cellars (N), 705 Berney Drive; 509-525-0608; $5 tasting fee for 2001 Claret samples will only apply to bottle purchase. Hours: 10 p.m.-4 p.m.

• Northstar Winery (F), 1736 JB George Road; 509-525-6100; Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Patit Creek Cellars, 507 E. Main St., Dayton; Hours: Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m.

• Pepper Bridge Winery, 1704 JB George Road; 509-525-6502; Hours: Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $8 tasting fee to be applied to wine purchase.

• Reininger Winery (F), 720 C St.; 509-522-1994, Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Rulo Winery, 3525 Pranger Road; 509-525-7856; Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Russell Creek Winery, 301 Aeronica St.; 509-386-4401; Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Charge for glass to benefit charity

• Saviah Cellars (F, C), 1979 JB George Road; 509-520-5166; Hours: Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Seven Hills Winery, 212 N. Third Ave.; 509-529-7198; Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Spring Valley Vineyard (F), 1682 Corkrum Road; 509-337-6915; Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

• SYZYGY (N, F, C), 290 A St.; 509-522-0484; Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Tamarack Cellars (F, C), 700 C St.;509-526-3533; Special holiday hours: Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Three Rivers Winery (F, D), 5641 W. Hwy. 12; 509-526-9463; Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $5 tasting fee for reserved wines.

• Vierra Vineyards, 2901 Old Milton Hwy.; 509-522-0200; Hours: Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Waterbrook (F, C), 31 E. Main St.; 509-522-1262; Hours: Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Walla Walla Vintners (F, C), 225 Vineyard Lane; 509-525-4724; Hours: Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Woodward Canyon Winery, 11920 W. Hwy. 12, Lowden; 509-525-4129; Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 tasting fee applied toward wine purchase.


Woodinville Wine Country St. Nicholas Day Celebration

St. Nicholas Day in Europe is a holiday when shoes and stockings are left outside bedroom doors to be filled with small gifts.

In Woodinville, it has morphed into a time for wine enthusiasts to empty car trunks to make room for treasured European-style varietals produced in Woodinville.

The one-day event, on Dec. 7, marks one of the few times during the year that several of the Woodinville Wine Country-member wineries are open to the public. Among those opening for the day are DeLille Cellars, Januik Winery, JM Cellars and Novelty Hill. Eight other wineries, which are open year-round, will host the celebration during their regular visiting hours.

“This is just a fun thank-you to the community, and each winery does its own thing,” said event coordinator Bill Phillips.

The dozen wineries offer food, gifts and samples of wines, many of which are hard to find elsewhere because of the low volume produced.

Details of each winery’s offerings and a touring map are available at www.woodinvillewinecountry.com.

• Austin Robaire Vintners (F), 19501 144th Ave. N.E., Suite D-800; 206-406-0360; Hours: Noon-5 p.m.

• Chateau St. Michelle (F), 14111 NE 145th St.; 425-415-3300; Hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

• Columbia Winery (F), 14030 NE 145th St.; 425-488-2776; Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

• DeLille Cellars (F), 425-489-0544; Hours: Noon-3 :30 p.m.; $15 admission applied toward purchase.

• DiStefano Wines (F), 12280 Woodinville Drive N.E.; 425-487-1648; Hours: Noon-5 p.m.

• Facelli Winery (F), 16120 Woodinville-Redmond Road; 425-488-1020; Hours: Noon-4 p.m.

• Januik Winery (F), 19730 144th Ave. N.E.; 425-481-5502; Hours: Noon-4 p.m.

• JM Cellars (F), 14404 137th Place N.E.; 206-321-0052; Hours: Noon-5 p.m. $10 admission waived with purchase.

• Matthews Cellars (F), 16116 140th Place N.E.; 425-487-9810; Hours: Noon-4 p.m.

• Novelty Hill (F), 19730 144th Ave. N.E.; 425-481-8317; Hours: Noon-4 p.m.

• Silver Lake Winery (F), 15029 Woodinville-Redmond Road; 800-318-9463; Hours: Noon-5 p.m.

• Woodinville Wine Company (F), 17721 132nd Ave. N.E.; 425-481-8860; Hours: Noon-4 p.m.

Thomas P. Skeen: 509-525-3300 or tskeen@ubnet.com.