Six Stops for Perfectly Paired Winery Bites

Six Stops for Perfectly Paired Winery Bites

June 8, 2022

Looking for perfect pairings on your next trip to Yakima Valley wineries? We have the delicious list!

Many wineries throughout the valley offer an array of tasty small bites, charcuterie boards and specialty pairings. Keep an eye on your favorite winery’s social pages for locals’ favorite food trucks rotation, holiday food events and pop-up events such as oyster and white wine pairings at Wilridge Vineyard, Winery and Distillery, a luxury picnic pop-up at Owen Row Winery or bi-weekly wood-fired pizza pop-ups from the outdoor oven at Dineen Cellars. Bonair Winery recently added a weekly small plate special and Gilbert Cellars recently added a retail fridge with tasty takeaway items in addition to their regular food trucks. The new bistro at Roza Estates (Silver Lake) Wine & Spirits features pizzas.

If you’re looking for a full menu of foods to pair with your favorite wines, check out these six stops!

Treveri Cellars

You’ll find a variety of delicious choices from Treveri Cellars, Washington’s premier sparkling wine house. Their full menu features an array of boards and platters, flatbreads, paninis, salads and a savory bratwurst that reflects the founders’ heritage. They also host brunch every Sunday (reservations highly recommended), offer happy our specialties and feature to-go boxes complete with Treveri sparkling wines paired with fine cheeses, meats and crackers. Enjoy your pairings on their lovely outdoor patio with and take in the valley views.

Freehand Cellars

Freehand Cellars also boasts sweeping, panoramic views of the valley and mountains in the distance. Their menu offers a variety of shared dips and spreads, as well as chicken skewers and flatbreads. Be sure to check out the whipped goat cheese with hot honey or spicy fruit sauce. Watch their social channels for a fantastic schedule of live music in their wonderful outdoor space.

J.Bell Cellars

The outdoor patio and wood-fired oven at J. Bell Cellars and Lavender is a perennial favorite to gather and share perfectly paired bites. Covered by shade sails and lit by stands of lights, it’s a lovely, secluded getaway. On the lunch menu, find light snacks such as charcuterie boards, spinach artichoke dip, bruschetta, fresh salads and delicious, hand-made, wood-fired flatbreads. For dinner Friday and Saturday nights, find additions such as wood-fired steak and salmon, stuffed mushrooms and several sweet treats. They also host a delicious brunch all day every Sunday. Reservations are highly recommended for tastings and dining and may move to required in the future

VanArnam Vineyards

The Tin Roof Grill at VanArnam Vineyards is a delightful stop in the Zillah area, serving light fare featuring seasonal produce from the Yakima Valley. Enjoy paninis, salads, crostini and bruschetta as well as an abundant charcuterie board. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available. Linger and enjoy the view from the trellised patio with outdoor seating with orchard and vineyard views or sit inside at one of the classic barrel tables. Make a reservation for groups of 8 or more. 

Desert Wind Winery

Desert Wind Winery, Restaurant, Inn & Spa in Prosser proudly serves a full menu of chef-crafted, farm-to-table specialties. Start with shareable starters such as beef and chorizo meatballs, oysters, smoked cod crostini, a sweet and savory board and more. Lunch includes choices such as pasta specialties, sandwiches and a house-made 1/2-pound burger. Dinner specialties may include 48-hour confit duck leg, tiger prawns, smoked pork chop and steak. Enjoy in the beautiful barrel room or on the spacious patio with views of the Yakima River. Make reservations on Open Table. You can also choose light bites in the tasting room. Keep an eye out for special winery dinner and pairing events.

Gard Vintners

Tucked into historic downtown Ellensburg, Gard Vintners serves up a selection of sharable plates, flatbreads and panini. Join them for food, wine and music every first and third Friday and other special events.

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