State’s First Wine Growing Region Celebrates Harvest

Catch the Crush in Yakima Valley, October 12, 13.

As harvest begins in earnest in the Yakima Valley, so does the anticipation of visiting the wineries. It is after all, the most spectacular time of year in the region.

Experience harvest with the experts during the Annual Catch the Crush weekend, October 12,13. Nearly 40 wineries invite guests to tour vineyards, enjoy harvest and crush activities, stomp in barrels, and wine and dine all weekend long. Wine Yakima Valley offers the most economical way to experience Catch the Crush with the Premier Pass for just $30. Purchase your pass at http://wineyakimavalley.org/catch-the-crush_369.html.

Premier Pass holders have the opportunity to indulge in exclusive events while also receiving discounts and waived fees on tastings, experiences and wine purchases all weekend long. Wine enthusiasts can soak up knowledge, partake in harvest or relax with winemaker dinners and crush parties.

From downtown Yakima tasting rooms to rural Zillah, laid-back Prosser and the rich soil of the Red Mountain AVA, Premier Pass holders can stop at nearly 40 wineries along the valley, conveniently accessed along Interstate 82.

2012 first harvest

2013 harvest

Picking Chardonnay, DuBrul Vineyard

Picking Chardonnay, DuBrul Vineyard

The following are just a few examples of what you will experience
during the event weekend.

● Tapteil Vineyard Winery — Stomp grapes at Tapteil Vineyard Winery while enjoying a sweeping panoramic view of the Red Mountain AVA and the entire Yakima River Valley from this hilltop terrace. This is a photo op straight out of I Love Lucy complete with a grapevine crown. Bring a camera and a picnic. Taste estate grown wines and imported olive oil and vinegars in the tasting room. Winemaker and grape grower, Larry Pearson and label artist, Jane Pearson will be on hand to chat during your visit. A $5 tasting fee will be waived for Premier Pass holders.

● Steppe Cellars — Premier Pass holders will be able to taste our Federweisser -(the newly fermenting white wine) as well as our reserve wines, without paying the reserve tasting fee. They will be able to purchase a slice of the Zwiebelkuchen throughout the day. This combination of the new wine and the onion tart, is a German harvest tradition, which we have had at Steppe since our first crush. In addition, Premier Pass holders will get a $5 discount on our Harvest Dinner tickets. The Harvest Dinner will include a first course of the Federweisser (fermenting white wine) and Zwiebelkuchen(onion tart) as well as a sampling of some of the season’s ripe wine grapes. Each of the courses of the Harvest Dinner are made with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients and carefully paired with Steppe wine.

● Wineglass Cellars — Complimentary tastes of wine including a 2001 Rich Harvest from our library (a limited number available purchase). Reserve wine tasting fees waived for Premier Pass Holders. Special event pricing offered on new release wines of 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2008 Syrah. Blue Barn Farm will be here sampling and selling several flavors of their locally made goat cheese including spicy and chocolate!

● J Bell Cellars & Lavender — Join us for “Days of Harvest” Party: live music, food and lots of fun. Premier Pass holders will receive tastes of our limited release blend “Mr. Dyer” available to Founders Club members only as well as 15% off on purchases of select wines.

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