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The weather's off but Spring Barrel is on

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YAKIMA, Wash- Its one of wine lover's favorite weekends.  Spring Barrel tasting began today in the Yakima and Columbia Valleys but the weather is not cooperating. 

A lot of people prefer to spend cold, rainy days inside which could pose a big problem for local wineries since this is one of their biggest events of the year.  Spring Barrel gives tasters a chance to sample upcoming vintages from wine makers. Many wineries not only use their wines to draw in customers, but their grounds as well.  Taking in the views and the orchards are typically part of the whole experience. But with the rain, people are a lot less likely to linger, or come out at all. Gilbert Cellars say their first day has been slow so far.

"Even though it's kind of rainy and dreary this weekend we all in downtown Yakima have great facilities to accommodate people to be inside and be warm while tasting and having something to eat", says Dianne Musa of Gilbert Cellars.

Most if not all of the 50 participating wineries will have an indoor option.  Spring Barrel runs from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday.