One of the biggest wine events in the Yakima Valley, Spring Barrel Weekend is coming up April 27-28, but did you know the weekend before, April 21 & 22 is PRE-Spring Barrel Tasting? Spring Barrel Weekend has become so popular that many of our wineries open the barrels early to let you taste new releases. This is your Sneak Peek to Spring Barrel, a laid back experience where the tasting rooms are less crowded and the pace is slower, but there are still chances to connect with the winemakers. What’s new for Pre-Spring Barrel this year? Be sure to check our event listings for more activities, but here are a few entertaining options to try along with wine tasting.
How about a horse drawn carriage ride through the vineyards to visit four wineries, Bonair, VanArnam, Hyatt, and Tanjuli wineries in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA? Yakima Valley Carriage Company will take you a step back in time with a luxurious horse drawn carriage ride. Enjoy the vineyard views as you ride to your wine tastings. These rides are available both April 21 and 22. Special pricing for this rare classic experience starts at $250 for two people, $50 for each additional friend, with up to six friends sharing wine tasting and enjoying a fun-filled carriage ride. All tours must be scheduled in advance by either calling 509-985-9135 or by booking online.
When you taste wine, you also need to stop and take in the view, relax and have a bite to eat. These wineries are offering specialty wood-fired pizza on Saturday afternoon.
Tucannon Cellars offers an early head-start to beat the crowds the weekend before! Premier Pass Holders and Tucannon Clubbers will get the opportunity to taste their 2015 Candy Mountain and Alder Ridge Syrah in addition to their typical tasting. Signature wood-fired pizzas are on the menu on Saturday from 1:00 – 5:00pm, as well as barrel room tours and vineyard tours all weekend long.
J Bell Cellars offers wonderful, rustic brick oven pizzas. Gather ’round the fire pit, or sit at one of the fire-lined tables under the blooming pear trees. Take in the European ambiance as you savor both the wine and the sunshine.
Dineen Winery is located at the top of a hill in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA, this winery boasts a truly enviable location. Linger over your wine as you partake in their specialty pizza from Guerra’s Gourmet Catering and feast on the view of the vineyards, valley and mountains.
After a day of wine tasting, it’s nice to sit down to a meal and listen to some great music and maybe taste a few more wines. Whether you are staying in Prosser, Zillah or Yakima, there is evening entertainment and dinner options a short drive away from your accommodations.
The First Food Truck Rally at Vintners Village Saturday, April 21 at 5pm. Where there is wine, there should be food…and live music. Pacific NW food trucks will be onsite offering their specialties at the Winemakers Lofts. Pair these with wines from McKinley Springs, Coyote Canyon and Ginkgo Winery. They are promising warm weather and blue sunny skies. $15. Entry fee
Dueling Pianos at Perham Hall in the Old Warehouse in Zillah. Doors open at 8:00 pm – Featuring the famous Korner Oysters. Tickets are $15 at the door the day of the show.
AntoLin Cellars; Come into Downtown Yakima early on Friday and stop for a tasting at Antolin Cellars. Music starts at 7:00pm, kicking off with The Bruce Marshall Project performing R&B, Country, Jazz, Dance, Rock, Funk and Reggae. It is the musical brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Bruce Marshall, PhD. No cover.
Kana Winery; Have dinner in Downtown Yakima or bring in your takeout while you listen to singer and guitarist Chris Stanley from 7pm-10pm on April 21. And, of course, taste the wine or buy a glass or bottle to share.
The Seasons Performance Hall – Angela Soffe Album Release & Yakima Arts Celebration. 7:30pm, April 21st. Get ready to celebrate Yakima’s vibrant arts scene! This singular, long-awaited event marks the release of Americana singer-songwriter Angela Soffe’s new record, “Second Wind”. This all-ages event will feature the Angela Soffe Band, Bradford Loomis, and local artists showcasing their craft. Tickets are $15-20.