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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Prosser Wineries, Day 3

We had visits to four wineries on this day but stumbled into an antique shop in downtown Prosser that turned out to be our fifth winery tasting room visit of the day. We began the day at Hogue Cellars, one of the Yakima Valley’s largest producers. Hogue was sold several years ago and eventually was […]

Fun Wine Tasting Room Events

For numerous fall wine events taking place through the end of September and the first weekend of October, check out the Wine Trail Traveler online calendar . In addition find out about Laurello Vineyards‘  “Wine for the Cure” on Thursdays. Pizza (Tuscan-style) cheese pizza and a salad are only $7. Money raised is donated to […]

Prosser Wineries, Day 2

This is our busiest day in Prosser. We are visiting several wineries: Desert Wind, Mercer Estate, Willow Crest, Milbrandt and  Gamache Vintners. Desert Wind is a destination site. The winery has a production facility, tasting room and retail area, restaurant and four suites for overnight guests. Desert Wind has a sister winery, Duck Pond Cellars, […]

Prosser Wineries, Day 1

We drove from the Mercer family in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA past numerous vineyards on our way to the wineries in the Prosser area. The first stop was Snoqualmie Vineyards and then on to Pontin Del Roza. The afternoon had visits to Airfield Estates and Martinez & Martinez. Snoqualmie is a large production facility […]

On the way to Prosser … a stop at Hood River

On our Monday drive to Prosser we stopped at Hood River to check out some of the tasting rooms in the downtown area. We found on-street parking right next to Naked Winery. Although we arrived in the morning, there were several couples that found the Naked Winery tasting room and tried their wines. Try wines […]

Blended Tastes at Portland’s Navarre Restaurant

Last evening we walked to a restaurant a few blocks from our son’s house in Portland, Oregon. Navarre is a small and busy restaurant located on North East 28th Avenue between Couch and Burnside. The restaurant has an extensive wine list, mostly French with a few wines from Italy, Spain and the United States. Since […]

Off to Prosser, Washington Wineries

Ever since meeting Linda and Don Mercer on last November’s trip to New Zealand wineries, we’ve looked for an opportunity to visit them in Prosser. The opportunity came the last week of September. We were in Portland anxiously awaiting the arrival of our second grand child. This time it is a girl. Our plan was […]

What’s in a Name?

I took interest in the recent Virginia LOVE champagne for wineries. Few wineries took part in the contest and the big winner was Blenheim Winery in Charlottesville. Actually they garnered over 3,000 votes during the one-day contest while other wineries gathered between 5 and a couple hundred votes. It was an overwhelming victory that prompted […]

Winery Events and a Festival this Weekend!

Listed below are numerous wine events with links to the related winery website. Enjoy visiting a winery this week. If you have the opportunity consider visiting the West Virginia’s Heritage Mountain Arts & Crafts Festival near Harpers Ferry this weekend. We visited the festival earlier this year and it was delightful with a number of […]

Vote for Your Favorite Virginia Winery

We received an email from DuCard Vineyards in Virginia about a contest sponsored by Virginia is for Lovers organization. The winery has entered a contest for winning a special “LOVE” sculpture to display at their vineyard during the month of October. This sculpture captures the essence of the slogan “Virginia is for Lovers.” More than […]

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