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Thanksgiving in Wine Country begins Friday at Valley wineries

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YAKIMA, Wash. – The members of Wine Yakima Valley have developed their own Thanksgiving tradition over the past 15 years that tries to keep wine lovers away from the leftovers and in their tasting rooms each holiday weekend.

Thanksgiving in Wine Country will give the public one last chance to visit multiple wineries during a themed event before the off season arrives.

This year has been tough for the industry, presales for premier passes are down 30 percent from last year.

Weather from the northwest storm that arrived into the region earlier this week is likely to decrease turnout as well.

"We just haven't had the visitors coming to the valley this year that we typically see so having these event weekends are even more important," said Barbara Glover of Wine Yakima Valley.

Wineries are likely to offer their own spin on holiday leftovers to compliment the wine they're featuring this weekend.

Members of Wine Yakima Valley begin in Selah and Naches Heights and work their way down to Richland with several in between.

Premier Passes will still be available at the door beginning Friday at participating wineries. This pass waves fees and other charges set by each tasting room.

You can learn more about which members of Wine Yakima Valley are hosting Thanksgiving in Wine Country and selling passes on the organization's website.

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