Friday, November 16, 2012
Three of the Lower Valley's premier wineries are opening their doors to celebrate Thanksgiving in Wine Country next Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23-24.
Airfield Estates, owned by Sunnyside's Miller family, will open its tasting room in Prosser from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Visitors will be able to enjoy wine and food pairings, sample wines still in the barrel, meet the winemakers and take advantage of special offers.
Also being offered will be grapeseed oil samples from Apersvin, and Sage Bluff Alpacas of Prosser will be selling clothing made from alpaca fibers.
Entertainment will be provided on Friday and Saturday by Adrienne Bousquet of the Tri-Cities. The Prosser High School graduate is known for her jazz vocals.
Steppe Cellars in Outlook will have a special fire set up outside and grapevine wreath-making indoors.
The winery will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, offering samples of several award-winning wines. Featured wines include Steppe Cellars' Temranillo, Grenache, Mourvedre and Artemisia, a Bourdeaux-style blend.
Special pricing will be offered on select wines.
Steppe Cellars will also be serving Beecher's macaroni and cheese, noted as "the world's best mac & cheese."
It is recommended that visitors try the macaroni and cheese paired with the winery's Riesling and Malbec, which are noted to accentuate different flavors in the delectable food offering.
Tucker Cellars, located between Sunnyside and Grandview on Ray Road, will be serving hors d'oeuvres paired with its wines.
Randy Tucker, owner of the winery, said there are many different foods and wines that go well together.
"We will feature our 2011 Black Cab and 2007 Sangiovese during Thanksgiving in Wine Country," he said.
The Black Cab is noted for its peppery notes and is made from blackberries grown by Blackberries Jubilee, owned by Tim Bardell and Michael Sharpe.