Description: The geological and fossil history of the Columbia Basin was a well-kept secret until recent decades. Now the Mid-Columbia Basin Old Natural Education Sciences Research Foundation (MCBONES) and the National Park Service are working to expose those secrets to the public. We will begin the day with a short trip into the Horse Heaven Hills just south of Kennewick to visit the site of MCBONES’ 17,500-year-old Coyote Canyon Mammoth. In the “Dig House” we will tour displays of some of the mammoth bones, visit the bone lab and the microphotography lab and view a PowerPoint slide presentation about the site. Finally, we will visit the actual site of the ongoing excavation of the mammoth in Coyote Canyon.
Next, we will travel, by way of Esquatzel and Washtucna Coulee, to Palouse Falls, Washington State’s official waterfall. This state park attraction is the product of what was one of the greatest series of outburst floods on Earth. Around 18,000 years ago an ice dam, part of North America’s Ice sheet, blocked the only river that drains the mountain valleys of western Montana, thus creating Glacial Lake Missoula. At its fullest this lake contained over 500 cubic miles of water, and it was released all at once when the ice dam failed. The result was an unimaginable cataclysmic flood across northern Idaho, eastern Washington, and parts of northern Oregon. This scenario was repeated as many as 100 times over 3000 years. The Coyote Canyon Mammoth was likely a victim of one of these flood events.
Description: Enjoy a casual scenic ride along the River Front and Sacajawea Heritage Trails and a ranger program at The REACH Museum. A Manhattan Project National Historical Park ranger will guide riders along the scenic trail to the REACH Museum, with two five-minute ranger stops along the way. Once you arrive at the museum, your guide will provide a 10-minute ranger program about world-changing events of the Manhattan Project and Hanford’s contribution to the project at the REACH Museum. After the program, a docent will provide a 5 to 10 minute overview of the REACH Museum before your self-guided tour. The docent will also be available to answer questions. During the tour, you will learn how the Ice Age Floods impacted our landscape. Experience permanent exhibits on topics like the Hanford Reach National Monument, Manhattan Project at Hanford, Tri-Cities, Hanford and the Cold War, the history of Agriculture in the Columbia Basin, and more. After the tour, riders will be guided back to Howard Amon Park by the Ranger for a seven-mile round trip bike ride. Once you arrive back at the park, you are welcome to explore and visit the nearby restaurants and eateries available in The Parkway (on own
Description: Experience a beautiful hike on Candy Mountain featuring sweeping views of the area from the White Bluffs along the Columbia River, to the Horse Heaven Hills, and from the top, 360-degree views with Mt Adams, Rainier, and Stuart visible on clear days. In shrub-steppe terrain moving from sagebrush to open grasslands, there are two official trails on the mountain. The Interpretive Loop Trail, 1.2 gentle miles, features Ice Age history and native plant signs. On the main trail, a round trip 2.3 miles on a moderate 600’ grade, you will learn more about the impact of the Ice Age floods on our region and the history of WWII’s Manhattan Project. From the summit, you will see clearly why the Hanford area was chosen for the critical task of producing plutonium and view the fascinating mix of agricultural and industry. Regional features pertaining to the region’s history that can only be seen from area ridges, the highest points in the Tri-Cities, will be identified.
After your hike, you will enjoy wine and tapas at Kitzke Cellars, located on Candy Mountain, Washington’s smallest AVA at just over 800 acres and bordering Red Mountain AVA. As a small boutique winery, Kitzke Cellars has developed an impressive array of wines. The Kitzke family has long been part of the bountiful harvest of Columbia Basin agriculture
Description: The history of Hedges Family Estate spans deep roots in both Washington State and Champagne France. This eventually led to purchasing land on Red Mountain with a vision to blend biodynamic farming and time-honored winemaking techniques, Hedges Family Estate lends an ear to the earth and a voice to the vines. Join us for a unique excursion, where you will enjoy a one-of-a-kind biodynamic vineyard and garden tour followed by a French inspired rustic lunch and wine tasting at the Chateau. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on winery activity which may include barrel sampling. We will guide you in a blending seminar that you will get to create your own custom glass of wine to enjoy with lunch featuring different vintages of our Cabernet, Merlot & Syrah.
After lunch, you will be further immersed in Wine Country with a horse-drawn wagon ride through the vineyards with Red Mountain Trails. You will finish the ride with a wine flight at Red Mountain Trails Winery and a cozy firepit including s’mores. 15% discount extended on purchases extended at Red Mountain Trails Winery.
Description: Perched on the southwest slope of the nationally-acclaimed Red Mountain, Terra Blanca’s Tuscan-inspired architecture includes a beautifully appointed tasting room where you can expect a wine tasting experience like no other. Experience a tour of our Estate followed by a seated tasting inside our facility. Follow the grapes through the production cycle to see what happens step by step from vine to bottle. Take a journey underground beneath the tasting room and explore our barrel caves, the largest of its kind in the state of Washington. The tour will cover everything from the history of Red Mountain, to geological factors that make Red Mountain the most desirable AVA in Washington State, the history of Terra Blanca, a tour of our Vineyards, crush pad, barrel caves, and more! You will have a chance to ask questions of our winemaker and tasting room manager, who will be conducting the tour and tasting.
Following the tour, you will partake in a formal tasting through a flight of 8-10 wines and a private lunch buffet including a glass of wine. Terra Blanca Executive Chef, Jim Vande Berg’s culinary style represents the best of the Pacific Northwest with an authentic Italian influence, making his cuisine and the Red Mountain terroir a match made in heaven
Join us at db Studio at Barnard Griffin Winery where you can create your very own wine-themed glass tile at the ONLY glass studio on a winery campus in the WORLD! Afterwards, second-generation winemaker Megan Hughes will lead you through a unique tour and tasting experience that will include a few select library wines from Rob Griffin’s personal cellar. Hear the story of how Barnard Griffin Winery began in 1983, and has since grown to become one of Washington’s most enduring and award-winning wineries. Your tile will be ready to take home Thursday. Lunch included (with wine available for purchase).
Description: You will travel to Wautoma Springs Winery located in Prosser to taste Washington Wine from the 10%, the women behind the brand where you will enjoy wine presented by four women in wine over light tapas. This exclusive sit-down wine and chat is for a small group of up to 12 people and will feature a special selection of wine from:
Gordon Estate Winery Located in southern Columbia Valley, Gordon Estate is the oldest estate winery in Washington State, having produced superb, hand-crafted wines since 1983.
Presented by Katie Gordon Nelson
Wautoma Springs In 2000, two viticulturists met in a vineyard. Years later one would become an award-winning winegrower and the other a celebrated winemaker.
Presented by Jessica Munnell, Winemaker
Muret-Gaston Family-owned boutique Washington Winery. Hand-crafted, barrel select wines made from premier Washington State AVA’s.
Presented by Amy Johnson, Owner
Frichette Winery Frichette is our family’s endeavor dedicated to pairing exciting wines with a royal welcome. Enjoy great wine, scenic views, and prepare to be Edutained.
Presented by Shae Fichette, Owner
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) attracts science enthusiasts from across the globe and is home to one of only two gravitational wave detectors in the country. LIGO first detected gravitational waves in 2015, which confirmed aspects of Einstein’s theory of relativity. Since 2015, there have been over 50 confirmed detections including collisions of black holes and neutron stars.
During the visit, attendees will see many interactive and static exhibits, including a full-scale engineering model of the “quad suspension” that is so critical to LIGO’s success. You will also experience an extraordinary view of the interferometer’s arms stretching 4 km (2.5 miles) off into the distance, get up close to a sample of the beam tube and its concrete enclosure, and visit the control room where you will learn more about our remarkable instrument. Additionally, attendees will receive a sneak peek of the recently completed LIGO Exploration Center. This center is scheduled to open in March 2022 and will be the largest hands-on science center in the region.
Afterward, we will stop by a favorite local food spot for some delicious fare from Bombing Range Brewing Company or The Dive before heading back to the Convention Center.
Description: Experience Tagaris in a new and interactive way! This blind tasting and tapas pairing will include 4 estate wines grown in Columbia Valley AVA and hand crafted tapas from our renown kitchen. Tapas will include hand selected antipasti’s, housemade spreads and breads. Talk through the wines, smells and nuances without knowing what you’re tasting, then take your best shot at what each wine is. Once the wines are revealed, you will learn more about the vineyard, production and Tagaris Winery.
Tagaris Tasting room and Taverna offers farm to table fine dining, estate grown wines, and handcrafted cocktails in a beautiful Mediterranean inspired venue.
Tagaris experience will take 1 hour. Afterwards, Tagaris lunch and drink menus will be available for purchasing additional items; or you may choose to explore neighboring wineries J. Bookwalter Winery and Barnard Griffin Winery.
Description: Your first stop will be at Sleeping Dog Wines for a wine tasting. Sleeping Dog Wines produces an average of three hundred cases per year, with all grapes hand-picked from the adjacent Buoy Vineyard, and processed on site. You will enjoy samples of red wines with the winemaker/ owner, while learning the challenges and excitement of wine production and distribution at a small scale. Most of our wines are bottle aged for several years before release – let sleeping dogs lie…
Afterwards, you will immerse yourself in Wine Country with a horse-back trail ride through the vineyards of the Red Mountain AVA with Red Mountain Trails. You will finish the ride at our farm with a cozy firepit (and s’mores) and wine flight with Red Mountain Trails Winery. 15% discount extended on purchases at Red Mountain Trails Winery.
Description: Immerse yourself in Wine Country with a bike tour through the vineyards of the Red Mountain AVA with Red Mountain Trails. Visit two world-class wineries on Red Mountain for a tasting during the ride. Then return to our farm for a wine-tasting flight with Red Mountain Trails Winery, and a cozy fire pit with s’mores. 15% discount on purchases extended at Red Mountain Trails Winery.
Enjoy a tour of the vineyards and tasting rooms of Red Mountain with our fleet of comfortable and stylish bicycles. Your knowledgeable guides take care of everything from providing snacks to hauling your wine purchases. Tours last 3 hours and visit 3 wineries.
J. Bookwalter Winery and Fiction Restaurant invite you to a Luxury Wine Paired Tasting and Tour Experience at our new Production Facility and Tasting Room. You will begin your tour experience with our winemaking team, learning about the production process while enjoying one of our current releases. We will transition to a paired tasting of our luxury wines in our private barrel room, blending the best of J. Bookwalter Winery and Fiction Restaurant. Weather permitting, guests can enjoy a leisurely afternoon on one of our many patio spaces before heading back for the evening activities at the conference. Following the tasting experience, you are welcome to enjoy club member privileges for the day of 25% off any wines to-go and, as a bonus, complimentary shipping on six bottles or more. Join us for a fun day and a memorable experience. Guests can head over to Fiction Restaurant for a late lunch or visit one of the neighboring wineries Barnard Griffin and Tagaris.
Description: Col Solare Estate Vineyard and Winery sits atop Washington’s prestigious Red Mountain. Here you will experience the exquisite red wines produced by the world-class partnership between Chateau Ste. Michelle and Tuscany’s Marchesi Antinori. Let our experts guide you through a walking tour of our winery followed by a motorized tour of our Red Mountain Estate Vineyards followed by a tasting of distinct wines from our collection. During this unique excursion, you will enjoy a tour and tasting experience which includes a motorized ride through our vineyards and a walking tour of our winery, education about the Red Mountain AVA, and a tasting of world class red wine. Charcuterie boards included with the tour. 30% industry discount on wine purchases.
Description: This is a truly must-experience event! You will visit two award-winning wineries and meet the winemakers as they each lead through a special tasting and discussion of their wines.
Bartholomew Winery – Join Winemaker and Owner Bart Fawbush as he leads you through a discussion and tasting of unique and interesting varietals such as Tannat, one of the only bottlings of this grape in North America makes it one of the rarest; Carmenere, the “lost grape of Bordeaux”; Graciano, a grape often used in wine from the Spanish region Rioja; Aglianico, an extremely rare offering in the US and even more rare coming from Washington State, and others. Bartholomew Winery is focused on making high-quality bottlings that cannot be duplicated or found anywhere else in the world.
Enjoy a wine tasting and food experience like no other at Palencia Wine Company’s Monarch Winery, named “2019 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year” by Wine Press Northwest. You will be guided through a tasting journey by “Kid Platinum” himself, Winemaker and Owner Victor Palancia. In collaboration with Culture Shock Bistro food truck, Victor will guide through a tasting journey where you will experience a five-course small tapas menu each perfectly paired with a Monarcha wine.
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