Wine fest starts Friday

— Lower Yakima Valley wineries are preparing for the annual three-day festival known as Thanksgiving in Wine Country.

And they’ll offer football on big-screen televisions as well as shopping opportunities.

For example, Mabton teacher and wood artist Darrin Wahl will be showcasing his work at the Train Station all weekend. The Train Station is home to Côte De Bonneville, 1413 E. Edison Ave.

The wineries between Zillah and Prosser will typically open at 10 a.m. Friday through Sunday.

So, if shoppers must get to Wal-Mart and JCPenney for early morning door buster deals, plan to later relax by visiting the wineries.

Valley winemakers like Kerry Shiels, recommend saving some time to enjoy locally grown and vintage libations at any of many award-winning wineries.

“There is often also food pairings available at the wineries, like our butternut squash soup and chardonnay, which we’ll be serving all weekend,” she said.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. at most wineries.

Some wineries are donating the customary tasting fee to the Taste to Fight Hunger drive underway Friday through Sunday.

Some are even accepting food donations, Wine Yakima Valley Director Barbara Glover said.

The food or fees will be donated to Northwest Harvest, which helps support many of the areas food banks all year.

To obtain a map of the wineries visit wineyakimavalley.org.

Plan to relax and enjoy the weekend.



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