Stormy weather puts a chill on "Thanksgiving in Wine Country"
YAKIMA, Wash. – Wine Yakima Valley's "Thanksgiving in Wine Country" wrapped on Sunday with lower turnout than last year but a decent showing given the weather this week.
Most tasting rooms saw a slow start on Friday that picked up on Saturday and then dropped again on Sunday. Going into the weekend, advance sales for passes were behind from 2009 and organizers knew the snow storm from earlier in the week was likely to have a negative impact.
Jessica Moskwa was overseeing the Yakima tasting room for Gilbert Cellars on Sunday. She says they saw their busiest night on Friday and a steady flow Saturday.
"I think a lot of times on these weekends you don't know what you can expect," said Moskwa. "So I think the people who came through had a really great experience and that's what we want to provide for them."
Final numbers for the themed event will be in later this week. Members have reported back to Wine Yakima Valley on the initial response. Wineries closer to the cities in the region, whether they were up by Yakima or down by the Tri-Cities, got the most foot traffic this weekend.
Thanksgiving in Wine Country is the last flagship event of the year and wineries will begin their off season before the next featured weekend in February
Business will remain busy for some tasting rooms in next few weeks with clients looking to purchase gifts and host parties for the holiday season.