Coming to Thanksgiving in Wine Country? Make the Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center,”The VIC,” your first stop (Exit 33A I-82E). You will need a glass to visit the over 50 wineries participating in this event on November 25 and 26, either bring one from home or purchase one at the visitor center or from the wineries offering glasses for sale.
WINE TASTING PLUS GLASS! The VIC features a 12.75 ounce branded Tanjuli wineglass and tasting of four Tanujuli wines for $6.00. The Tanjuli Wines offered for tasting are ’09 Viognier, ’06 Petit Verdot, ’07 Malbec, and the Late Harvest Orange Muscat. There is a limited supply of glasses. This past year Tanjuli Winery opened their new Tasting Room in the Zillah, WA in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA. At the Tanjuli Winery , for Thanksgiving in Wine Country, they will release from the wine library, the 2001 Pinot Noir. The Pinot Noir grapes come from Tom Campbell’s thirty year old vineyards high in the Rocky Mountains of Montana. The concentration of flavor created by this extreme climate has to be experienced. Tom Campbell, the Tanjuli winemaker/owner, has over 30 years of wine making experience. Trained at the U.C. Davis School of viticulture, he worked in the California wine industry in the Sonoma Valley, Edna Valley and Temucula. He worked as the enologist at Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Grandview Winery for many years and built and operated Horizons Edge Winery from 1983-1985.
Currently he is the founder and winemaker of Mission Mountain Winery located on the shore of Flathead Lake in Dayton, Montana. In Washington State, he is the Director Of Wine Production for Woodhouse Family Cellars in Woodinville WA. Tom crafted their flagship wine, Darighe ( “red” in Gaelic), a Boudeaux style red in 1998, which lead to the creation of Woodhouse Family Cellars in 2004. Tanjuli Wines are sold only at the winery, the Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center, and special events.
WINE DEAL! For the Thanksgiving in Wine Country Event, the Yakima Valley Visitor Center will offer 20% off Cowan Vineyard Wines: ‘05 Cabernet Franc, ‘05 Cabernet Sauvignon, ‘05 Tartan Red (A blend of 46% Cab Franc 30% Cab Sauvignon & 24% Merlot), and the ‘08 Muscat Canelli. Cowan Vineyards tasting room is located in the Prosser Food and Wine Park. They recently opened a new tasting room in Snohomish, WA, as part of the Washington Public Market and Wine Cellars of Washington. Cowan Vineyards is an Estate Winery growing these grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Gewürztraminer, Merlot, White Reisling, Muscat Canelli and Pinot Gris for their handcrafted wines. You can also book a stay on the Cowan Estate in the middle of Yakima Valley Wine Country. This four bedroom home on a hilltop near Grandview, offers a great view of Mount Adams and Mount Rainier, surrounded by on 65 acres of wine grapes, cherry trees, and hops.
SALE! All gift items at the Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center (pictured) will be 20% off the regular price. There are great stocking stuffers for $10.00 and under, Chukar Cherries, handbags, jewelry, scarves, bling aprons, cookbooks, t-shirts, garden ornaments and flags and much more. This is a great time to pick up your holiday gift basket items.
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