Thanksgiving weekend, November 28 - 30, 2008, featuring exquisite culinary samples paired with superb wines in the Rattlesnake Hills in Eastern Washington!

  "Wine is always the right size and you have at least a 50/50 chance of getting the color right!" stated winery owner Barbara Sherman of Paradisos del Sol.

Avoid the shopping frenzy this weekend and treat yourself and your guests to a day at the wineries instead. Wine and accessories make great Christmas gifts! You'll find delicious foods prepared by regional chefs and some prepared by the winemakers themselves.

The traditional and annual Thanksgiving in Wine Country, Rattlesnake Hills Style, is celebrated at the 15 wineries in the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail with gourmet fare and wine pairings offered by regional chefs and winemakers (they have great palates for food as well as wine). A number of new releases will be offered for the weekend including six new releases at Eaton Hill Winery alone!

A glass is suggested this weekend. Bring your favorite goblet from home or purchase a logo glass at any winery on the Trail.

Cost: Free*

When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 28 - 30, 2008

Where: Wineries located in the Rattlesnake Hills appellation, just east of Yakima in Wapato, Zillah, Granger & Outlook, WA

Times: 10 AM - 5 PM, with some wineries open until 6 PM

(*Some wineries may charge a minimal tasting fee.)

Thanksgiving in Wine Country, Rattlesnake Hills Style

Nov. 28 - 30, 2008

 And here's what is happening at the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail wineries that weekend:

Bonair Winery will celebrate Thanksgiving by showcasing Chef Gail's Best Ever Rattlesnake Hills Butternut Squash Soup accompanied by their buttery, smooth 2006 Chardonnay. Their new fall releases will be available: 2005 Merlot, 2005 Grand Reserve Merlot, and 2007 Dry Gewurztraminer. Back by popular demand is Dottie with her chocolate fountain, chocolate goodies galore, and samples of her famous pumpkin fudge. Hours 10am - 5pm

Claar Cellars will be releasing their Cabernet Nouveau in honor of Thanksgiving in Rattlesnake Hills' Wine Country. They will also be giving away commemorative pins to Passport holders while supplies last. Hours 10am - 6pm

Eaton Hill Winery continues celebrating its 20th Anniversary by going "all out" for Thanksgiving in Wine Country.  Decorations, pumpkins, organic apples, garlic cream dip, our world famous Gourmet Bean Soup, and discounts for RHWT passport holders.  We will release several new red wines:  Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Rose' a Deux.   Come talk with winemaker Ed Stear and grower Chuck Fiola.  Open 10-5. 509-854-2220.   

Horizon's Edge Winery: The last weekend to purchase wines before the winter closure! Receive 12% off bottle purchases and 20% off case purchases with your Passport card. Hours 11am - 5pm


Hyatt Vineyards will be featuring their new release, Roza Ridge Roadside Market Red, paired with savory meatballs. Hours 11am - 5pm

Maison de Padgett Winery: The last weekend to purchase wines before the winter closure! Receive 12% off bottle purchases and 20% off case purchases with your Passport card. Hours 11am - 5pm

Masset Winery will be featuring Handmade Belgian chocolates as well as Jahr's Sausages (from Selah) and smoked cheddar cheese. Pete Jahr comes from a line of sausage makers (German) and now operates Jahr's Sausage shop in Selah where he produces full flavored handcrafted sausages that will be paired with Masset Wineries award winning red wines. This is also the last weekend of the season to visit the winery. Our Wapato tasting room is closed except by appointment in December and January. Masset Winery Downtown Cellars is open year round, seven days a week (312 East Yakima Avenue/248-5251) Hours 11am - 5pm

Paradisos del Sol Winery will be serving four different food pairings with seven different wines. Try our Artichoke-Crab dip with our dry Rosé and our off-dry Riesling, our famous Bleu Ribbon dip (glop) with our three red wines, pair a pear with our Angelica G (the original Thanksgiving dessert wine), and finish it off with a toasted marshmallow with our Botrytis Riesling. All are complimentary with a Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail passport. Some wines will be sold by the case at 50% off! Hours 10am - 6pm

Piety Flats Winery will feature their celebrated Meatballs in Special Wine Sauce for this feast weekend. Simmered in a secret sauce and paired with their red wines, Piety Flats will have your taste buds dancing. Hours 10am - 5pm

Portteus Vineyards will be serving their fabulous red wines. Receive 20% off your purchase of 6 bottles or more with a Passport. Hours 10am - 5pm

Severino Cellars: Join the Severino family in sipping wine in the Rattlesnake Hills!  What's better on a cold November day than a yummy bowl of soup with a great glass of wine?  They will be serving Cream of Roasted Portobello Mushroom & Chipotle Pepper Soup.  Stock up on wonderful wines for the holiday seasons and don't forget to check out their gift shop for great holiday shopping!  For more information contact Severino Cellars at 509.829.3800. Open daily from 10am - 6pm 

Silver Lake Winery: Join us Thanksgiving weekend for fun and Holiday cheer!  Taste some of our full bodied reds; sample our rich, buttery or tangy whites.  Find the perfect bottle to go home with, or maybe use this time to cross a few gifts off the shopping list!  Our Wine Sales Thanksgiving weekend will be the perfect time to do just that.  Of course the day cannot be complete without Dessert. Taste decadent chocolate Truffles from Intrigue Chocolate Co. with samples of our award winning wines. Be sure to save plenty of room to bring home a bottle or two of your favorite wine to enjoy later with friends and family in front of a warm winter fire. Hours 10am - 5pm

Steppe Cellars will be celebrating Thanksgiving weekend with grapevine wreath making.  We will have German-style glass ornaments for sale for decorating the wreaths.  Expect a wonderful squash soup or other exquisite delicacy to pair with all of our new 2006 wines. Hours Fri and Sun 11am - 5pm, Sat 11am - 6pm 

Tefft Cellars: Joel Tefft will serve chicken drumettes with a Cranberry Port Sauce made from Concord grapes during Thanksgiving in the Rattlesnake Hills this year. Made with Tefft's delectable Cabernet Port. Hours 10am - 5pm

Two Mountain Winery: They'll be serving 'Mom's Famous Minestrone Soup' along with their fabulous award-winning wines. Receive 10% off purchases of 3 bottles or more, and 15% off case purchases with your Passport card! Winery hours are 10am - 6pm

You'll find new wine releases and gourmet culinary specialties during this weekend. Don't forget to purchase a $5 Passport for $$ off on your wine purchases and/or complimentary reserve and port tastings! Bring a glass or purchase a logo glass from a winery, or pick up both Passport and glass from the Yakima Visitor Information Center. There will be chocolates, ports, and exuberance on the Trail during Thanksgiving weekend - a great way to spend time with your family and friends. All wineries on the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail will be open.

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