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Thanksgiving in Wine Country set for Nov. 25-27

An event that has become a Northwest tradition, Thanksgiving in Wine Country, is set for Nov. 25-27, the weekend after Thanksgiving.

A total of 49 wineries from around Yakima County will open their doors to celebrate the season.

Thanksgiving in Wine Country is not only an opportunity to sample the area's wines, but to also enjoy food items selected to complement the wines.

In addition to wine tasting, $15 "reserve tickets" enable holders to experience a variety of specialty food and wine pairings, library tastings, and tours not available to the public.

Tickets are $15 each and include a 15-ounce Wine Yakima Valley wine glass. "Reserve tickets" are now available for purchase on-line or at any participating winery.

Event hours all three days are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lower Valley wineries participating in the "reserve ticket" plan, include:

Apex Winery: Reserve ticket holders will enjoy an exclusive food and wine pairing featuring Apex 1998 Smith Canyon Merlot with winemaker Jean Claude Beck.

Chinook Wines: Reserve ticket holders will enjoy meeting Chuck & Karen Evans of Rollingstone Chevre in the Treasure Valley of Idaho. Enjoy hand ladled, hand pressed and hand wrapped cheeses for sampling alongside Chinook's newest Vintages of white & red wines.

C. R. Sandidge Wines: Autumn vegetable tomato basil tortellini soup will be paired with C. R. Sandidge Klingele 2001 wine.

Hinzerling Winery will be offering their Three Muses Ruby Port with Ruby Raz Chocolate Tort. Reserve ticket holders can receive complimentary reserve tastings of Hinzerling Winery library wines.

Hogue Cellars' own Carlos Trevino will be doing a live cooking demonstration. Foods will be paired with Hogue wines. Reserve ticket holders can enjoy complimentary wine flight tastings of Hogue reserve and terroir wines.

Kestrel Vintners is featuring a "savory tart" to be paired with the Sangiovese Rose and Platinum. The tart will be a goat cheese base with roasted shallot or garlic.

Snoqualmie Vineyards and Emerald of of Siam are featuring Beef Curry on rice paired with Snoqualmie Chenin Blanc and/or Cabernet-Merlot. Reserve ticket holders receive a 30 percent case discount on all Snoqualmie wines.

Thurston Wolfe Winery will be featuring a fall soup and mini muffins paired with 2004 Rosato, 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2003 Sangiovese. Reserve ticket holders will enjoy a tasting of vintage ports paired with Almond Fudge topped Shortbread.

VineHeart Winery is featuring Sebastians Smoked foods paired with the 2002 Syrah on special for Thanksgiving in Wine Country. Reserve ticket holders will receive 10 percent off half-case lots of any wine.

Other Lower Valley wineries participating in Thanksgiving in Wine Country are: Cowan Vineyards, Manchego Real, Pontin del Roza Winery, Tefft Cellars, Tucker Cellars, Willow Crest Winery and Yakima River Winery.

For more information on Wine in Thanksgiving Country contact Wine Yakima Valley at 1-800-258-7270 or on the internet visit info@wineyakimavalley.org

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