Those looking to escape from family over the long Thanksgiving weekend should consider seeking refuge in Red Mountain and Yakima Valley wineries.
Thanksgiving in Wine Country is a chance to taste Washington wine and help local hungry families at the same time.
The Wine Yakima Valley event is held by about 40 wineries on Red Mountain and in the Yakima Valley from Nov. 28-30. The free event offers the opportunity to kick back, relax and maybe pick up a few Christmas gifts along the way.
Some wineries do charge tasting fees, the price of which varies. Many wineries are donating tasting fee proceeds from the event to Northwest Harvest, which provides food to about 300 food banks in the state. Wineries also will be collecting money and canned food for Northwest Harvest during the three-day event.
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Prosser’s 14 Hands Winery will have live music and seasonal small bites available in addition to glasses of 14 Hands wines. Cowan Vineyards of Prosser also plans to have samples of local, gourmet food products available.
Kitzke Cellars of Richland plans to release their limited supply of their 2010 Malbec best of class Indy International Competition to the public during Thanksgiving in Wine Country.
Tapteil Vineyard Winery, at the end of Sunset Road in Benton City, plans to release its 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Tapteil Vineyard, Red Mountain. The winery also will have samples of imported olive oils and balsamic vinegars and gourmet salts will be available to taste.
For a list of participating wineries and more details, go to http://wineyakimavalley.org/thanksgiving-in-wine-country_463.html.