The Thanksgiving in Wine Country Event is more than a post Turkey wine tasting tour. Whether you are visiting family in the Yakima Valley for Thanksgiving or you are passing through the Valley on your way back home after the big dinner, take time to stop and enjoy our wine country Thanksgiving Celebration. In addition to tasting excellent wine, there will be numerous case specials, wine related gifts, wine and food paring ideas for the holidays and so much more. Plan ahead for the weekend in wine country by checking out the activities at the wineries listed below.
Grab a case or four on special.
Pick up a wine gift box for the wine lover in your life or yourself.
Get an exclusive lodging deal.
Contact the Cozy Rose Inn for an exclusive weekend rate! You will not be disappointed with a stay in the middle of wine country.
Learn what wines pair well with your favorite holiday foods.
Coyote Canyon Winery will be having a Holiday Entertaining Showcase that will include recommendations for matching their wines with your menu. VanArnam Winery will be exploring how to pair wines with your favorite holiday treats.
Don’t forget the delicious food!
Stop for a brick oven pizza at J. Bell Cellars or enjoy a charcuterie plate at Mckinley Springs or Purple Star wineries. On Saturday and Sunday at Desert Wind Winery, Cascade Crust will be on hand to serve amazing food. Treveri Cellars will be featuring a special menu in their tasting room that pairs well with their sparkling wines Visit Tanjuli Winery for a taste of Wine Lover’s Dark Chocolates paired with their wines. Don’t miss the Clore Center Supper Club Experience from 5:30-8 pm on Saturday, featuring Neighbors BBQ and Tri-Trivia! Combining two crowd favorites into one fantastic evening: Texas-style barbecue and pub trivia!
Make your own Christmas crafts.
Bring home a gift! Make a grapevine wreath Saturday and Sunday from 1-3pm at Tanjuli Winery. The classes will run from 1pm to 3pm. Materials and a special holiday wine tasting is provided. Their crafts instructor Matt will guide you through the art of creating a holiday wreath from grape vines. Cost is $20 per person.
Win a gingerbread house competition.
Desert Wind Winery, Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am-5pm! On Friday the wine tasting fee is only $10 which includes a special take home glass! There will be a gingerbread build off competition, cookie decorating, gingerbread decorating, and vendors! The French Vanilla Market will be on site as well as the Prosser Hospital Gift Shop!
Test your skill at some fun games.
A Country Thanksgiving at McKinley Springs! Take part in some good old fashioned fun! Compete at a lariat ring toss, wooden gun show, cork chippin’ and much more. Meet the winemaker and get your bottle signed.
Learn about the father of Washington wine.
The Clore Center Wine 101 Class is an informative beginner class with a very specific focus on Washington wine. You’ll learn about the work of Dr.Walter Clore and his influence on the growth of vineyards in the Yakima Valley. Explore the different American Viticulture Areas in Washington State. Get the basics on how to properly taste wine and learn some basic wine etiquette. This class will be on Saturday November 24th from 2-3pm.
Tour wine country on a horse or in a wagon.
Take a wine tasting tour via horseback with Red Mountain Trails. Visit 3 wineries in the Red Mountain AVA then stop for lunch. The tour will last around 3.5 hours, must be 21 or older. Wagon rides are also available.
For a comprehensive listing of what each winery is offering go here: Thanksgiving in Wine Country Details.
Looking for a place to stay in the Yakima Valley over the Thanksgiving holiday? Check out the many different Yakima Valley lodging options.