Catch the Crush 2012 and join the Yakima Valley wineries to celebrate the harvest. Each winery offers its own celebratory events including: grape stomps, harvest and crush activities, tours, free-run juice, hors d’oeuvres, live music and wine tasting.
WHEN: Oct 13, 2012 – Oct 14, 2012 Wine Yakima Valley Yakima Valley wineries For more information visit: firstname.lastname@example.org
Purchase a PREMIER PASS and enjoy exclusive benefits. PREMIER PASS holders will be able to experience a variety of specialty Catch the Crush pairings, library tastings and tours.
Save $5.00 by purchasing your Premier Pass online for $30. (Passes are also available for $35 at the door during the event weekend.) Passes purchased through October 1, will be mailed to you at the shipping address you provide. All passes will mail the week beginning October 1. Passes purchased after October 1, will be available for will call pick-up at specified locations during the event weekend. Passes are non-refundable.
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Here are the PREMIER PASS Benefits from the official website:
Agate Field Vineyard- Premier Pass holders get a demonstration on the use of a refractometer and a free tasting of our non-premium wines, including new release 2008 Drifter Merlot & 2008 Moon Rider Cabernet Franc. 10% discount on all wines purchased over $30.00, excluding reserves. Purchase 6 bottles or more and receive a free Agate Field wine glass. Salsa dogs available for purchase on Saturday. Check out our hand crafted Montana Agate Jewelry in the gift shop. Sat & Sun 10-5
Airfield Estates- Airfield’s still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.
AntoLin Cellars– AntoLin’s still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.
Barrel Springs Winery– Barrel Springs is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.
Chandler Reach Vineyard– Harvest is a special time of year at the vineyard! We’re happy to share with you as we pick, crush and de-stem our precious grapes. Take advantage of BIG SAVINGS on several varieties. Specials offered all weekend! Food available on site. Sat.-Sun. 11-5. Bring your own glass and pay only $5.00 for an extensive tasting. $10.00 if you’d like to purchase a Chandler Reach logo glass. Tasting fees will benefit the local Junior Achievement organization.
Claar Cellars– Claar is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.
Cultura Wine– Cultura’s still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.
Desert Wind Winery– Premier Pass holders and Wine Club members will be treated to a complimentary tasting of wines and gourmet food samples, including local artisan cheese from Blue Barn Farm ($5 admission for non-pass holders). MOJAVE will be open 11-8 Saturday and 10-5 Sunday serving up gourmet wine country cuisine by Chef Kristin Johnson. We also have a special multi-course harvest dinner with wine pairings ($55 per person) 6:30 p.m. on the 13th, advance reservations required.
Dineen Vineyards– Dineen is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.
Gamache Vintners– We have a $5 non-refundable tasting fee, waived for passport holders and wine club members. Half of these fees will be donated to the Ellensburg/Cle Elum fire victims. Be sure to bring your own glass or purchase from Gamache when you arrive. We will have wine grapes fresh off the vine and ready to be harvested for sampling with the wines. Cookie Lee will be here for those that love jewelry and Tuscany’s will be onsite with a pasta bar for lunch.
Gilbert Cellars– The excitement is mounting for this 2012 harvest! Help us kick off the weekend festivities in the tasting room with live music Friday night 7-10PM. Premier Pass Holders will receive a complimentary ‘Featured Tasting’ along with 10% off bottle sales!
Goose Ridge Estate Vineyards & Winery– Join us for “Crush Spectacular” at Goose Ridge Estate Winery. We will have spectacular wine prices and special case discounts that are sure to please. Frost Me Sweet will be selling their delicious culinary treats, and our Bocce courts will be open for play. Premier Pass holders may enter for free, will be treated to a sample of our Reserve Malbec, and also receive a 10% discount on all regular priced wine purchases. Sat & Sun 10a-6p
Hightower Cellars– Visit with the owners and winemakers, Tim and Kelly Hightower, at their uniquely designed winery overlooking their estate vineyard. Tour the winery, experience the winemaking process, and taste some library wines. You will also get to enjoy Macrina Bakery bread made from the natural yeast on their estate grapes paired with cheese and Boat Street Pickles.
Horizon’s Edge Winery– Horison’s Edge is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.
Kana Winery– Kana is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.
Kestrel Vintners– Kestrel is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.
Kiona Vineyards and Winery– Kiona is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.
Maison de Padgett Winery– Maison’s still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.
Masset Winery– Masset’s still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.
Milbrandt Vineyards– Milbrandt’s still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.
Naches Heights Vineyard– Naches is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.
Oakwood Cellars Winery– Oakwood is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.
Paradisos del Sol Winery– Paradisos will have various estate-grown grapes available. Learn the difference between eating grapes and tasting grapes (there are three parts to tasting a grape). The winegrower (AKA the winemaker) will be on hand all weekend to explain grape tasting as well as the difference between wine drinking and wine tasting. We offer an eight-course meal, nothing elaborate, just nine tiny bites of food to go with our nine different wines. Sip, Sip, Bite, Sip! We start off with a dab of Mushroom Paté and our Rosé Paradiso, followed by a sliver of Brie cheese for the Oyster White, and a bit of Sushi Rice as an accompaniment to our Riesling. Next are our reds—with our Under 10 Buck Red we are serving Daddy’s Mac-N-Cheese. Paradisos Red is our pizza wine; we would love to have pizza, but it just isn’t possible to keep it hot out of the oven! So instead, we have a Bean in Adobo Sauce. This is followed by our ever famous Bleu Cheese Dip with the Cabernet Sauvignon. And now we are ready for dessert, two of them! With the Zort, we have a sliver of dark chocolate. We suggest you melt this in your mouth rather than bite. Last, but not least, is our Angelica MRS. We have a skosh of pumpkin custard to go with that.
We know it is hard to choose which wineries to visit, we hope you come to visit us. There is a $5 tasting fee that can be used towards the purchase of $20 or more of wine or wine-related items. Premier Pass holders receive 10% off your purchase of 2 or more bottles; 30% off bottles and 50% off case purchase on selected wines. Come Taste Paradise! 11-6
Severino Cellars– Ever wonder what wine grapes taste like before we turn them into delicious bottles of wine? Well, this weekend you will taste samples of wine grapes on our bar, as well as save on wine!! We will release our 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon and have our Severino Red on sale, 4 bottles for $40!
Silver Lake Winery at Roza Hills– Silver Lake is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.
Sleeping Dog Wines– Sleeping Dog is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.
Snoqualmie– Snoqualmie is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.
Southard Winery– Southard is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.
Steppe Cellars– Steppe is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.
Tagaris Winery– Join us for a special Crush weekend at Tagaris Winery. To celebrate this beautiful harvest season, we’re giving all guests 15% off wine in-house and to-go. Wine Club members will receive 35% off wine in-house and to-go. Premier pass holders and Wine Club members will enjoy free wine tastings.
Tanjuli Winery– Tanjuli Winery will waive the regular $5 tasting fee and offer a 10% discount on all bottled wine purchases to Premier Pass holders. This will be your chance to try our newly released Cabernet Sauvignon Resreve. Come taste the magic of Tanjuli Winery.
Tapteil Vineyard Winery– We will provide wine gods and goddesses (a.k.a. Premier Pass holders) the opportunity to stomp grapes in a barrel with optional grape vine crowns, and the $5 event tasting fee is waived. Great photo opportunities of our Red Mt AVA and valley! We’ll be releasing our 2010 Artist Series Syrah, Yakima Valley (#6 in the series) and our 2010 Merlot, Red Mountain. There is a wonderful selection of imported oils and balsamic vinegars to sample.
Tefft Cellars– Tefft Cellars event, all day Saturday. Tickets are $75 per person. Premier Pass holders & Wine Club members admitted for $65.
Terra Blanca Winery– Premier Pass holders receive free admittance, a waived tasting fee of the Arch Terrace Flight, and a gift of 15% off the purchase of 3 or more bottles of wine. A tasting of Signature Series wines is available for $5. Friday night, everyone is invited to the Harvest Party with live music and light appetizers, 7:30 – 10pm. Saturday, we’re featuring food at Café Orsa from Noon – 5pm. All weekend enjoy a case special of an Arch Terrace wine for $120/case. Tastings 10am-6pm
Thurston Wolfe Winery– Thurston Wolfe will be featuring a visit to the fermentation cellar with Dr. Wade Wolfe. Visitors will compare fresh grapes and the finished wine. There will be food provided by Thurston Wolfe’s chef Cathleen Williams. Premier Pass or $5.00 tasting fee.
Treveri Sparkling Cellars-Join us for a fun and fabulous weekend of bubbly!! Tastings Friday thru Sunday at both downtown Yakima and Wapato tasting rooms! Crepe Café de Walla Walla will be joining us Saturday in Wapato, serving delicious sweet and savory crepes to pair with our sparkling wines. Premier Pass holders receive a 15% case discount. Yakima hrs: Fri 12-6, Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5. Wapato hrs: Fri 11-7, Sat 10-7, Sun 10-5. Wapato tasting room located at: 71 Gangl Rd, Wapato, WA 98951
Two Mountain Winery– Two Mountain Winery will be offering vineyard tours for Premier Pass holders at our estate Copeland Vineyard, Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday at Noon. We will talk terroir, minimal impact farming philosophy and what makes Yakima Valley such a special place to grow wine! After the tour, pass holders will receive a complimentary tasting of our reserve wines. Please meet at the winery at least 10 minutes before your selected tour time.
Upland Estates Winery– Upland is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.
Willow Crest Wine Estates– Join us for a celebration of the harvest season with wine and seasonal fare. Extended Patio Café hours throughout the weekend will allow visitors to sample all the goods reaped from the cornucopia that is the Yakima Valley. Premier pass holders and wine club members will have free access to food pairings and tastings as well as discounts on wine purchases. A $5 tasting fee will be charged to non-pass holders.
Wilridge Winery & Vineyard– Wilridge is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.
Wineglass Cellars– Complimentary tastings of our regular wines, and special pricing on a few. Premier Pass holders get to taste two older vintages alongside the current vintages. Taste these older wines both freshly opened, and decanted for several hours. Come by and taste what these older wines have become, and the effects of decanting. Saturday: 1998’, 2000’, 2007’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Elerding Vineyard. Sunday: 1998’, 2000’, 2006’ Rich Harvest(red blend).
Yakima Valley Vintners– You are invited to a complimentary educational tour of the Teaching Winery. Visitors will be guided on a crush pad, where you will be able to sample grapes and comparative wines. Come taste the award-winning student made wines and receive a 10% discount by the bottle or 15% discount by the case.
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com