If the holidays left your wine cellar looking empty, you'll want to take advantage of the sales and promotions this month.
It's wine month in Washington, and restaurants, retailers, hotels and wineries will be offering discounts, winemaker dinners and other specials.
Some of the specials in the Mid-Columbia include:
-- Complimentary tastings each Friday in March at Mid-Columbia Wine & Spirits in Kennewick.
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-- A 10 percent discount on bottles of Washington wines during March at The Idle Hour Cafe in Quincy.
-- Cultura Wine in Zillah is waiving its usual $5 tasting fee during the month.
-- Each Saturday in March, Mercer Estates in Prosser is offering either extra discounts on purchases or special food and wine tastings.
For a full list of promotions and events statewide, go to www.washingtonwinemonth.com.
Enjoy a gourmet meal paired with award winning wines while helping to raise money for the Mid-Columbia Symphony. Perfect Harmony begins at 6 p.m. March 23 at the Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland.
The evening includes a live and silent auction with wines, art, trips and more.
Tickets are $125 per person. Seating is limited.
For more information, or to buy tickets, call 942-6602 or go to www.midcolumbiasymphony.org.
Did you know?
According to a study, Snacking in America 2012 done by the market research firm NPD Group, fresh fruit is the No. 1 snack in America.
NPD found that Americans snacked on fresh fruit an average of 10 times more than they snacked on chocolate and 25 times more than they snacked on potato chips.
Why fruit? NPD experts suggest these reasons: fruit can be eaten many times during the day (mid-morning, afternoon, dessert), fruit has more appeal to Americans who are trying to eat more healthfully and people who eat healthy snacks also eat snacks overall so they may be eating additional fruit.
Perhaps nutrition educators can bask in some of the credit for this positive dietary change.
The book: Cooking Light: What to Eat from the editors of Cooking Light magazine.
Best for: What to Eat walks you through every aisle of the supermarket -- from bread to dairy, from seafood to meat, from snack to ready-to-go cook products outlining serving sizes, presenting a world of healthful choices (rather than the lesser of two evils), offering tips for spreading your dollar.