PRE-BEX Tours Tuesday, October 12th

Paddles and Brews!

Number of Participants: Limit 12
Date & Time:October 12th 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; pick up at 11:00 a.m.
Meeting Location: Foyer of Three Rivers Convention Center. Transportation for the tour is provided by Northwest Paddleboarding and will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: Tour length is approximately 4 hours. Lunch is provided. No fitness level or experience is required. Boards have a 275 lb. weight limit.

Description: Experience the beauty of the Columbia River through a guided paddleboard tour, then relax by the water with lunch and draft pours from a local brewery. Northwest Paddleboarding is your guide to adventure on the river. We are a mother-daughter owned, full-service paddleboard company in Tri-Cities and offer variety of classes and tours for all experience levels. Ice Harbor Brewery has two locations to serve you in the Tri-Cities. The waterfront location of Ice Harbor at the Marina has an extensive menu, a full-service bar, and outdoor dining to take advantage of the wonderful weather along the Columbia River. Experience 46 Degrees, a local tour operator, assisted in packaging this fun and unique excursion for you.

https://www.northwestpaddleboarding.com/

http://iceharbor.com/

https://www.experience46degrees.com

 

Mammoth Bones and Ancient Flood Zones…Can you Dig It?

Number of participants: 4 to 20
Date and time: October 12th, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Meeting Location: Foyer of Three Rivers Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: Dress for the weather. Also wear shoes suitable for walking on uneven ground. Lunch provided.

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) andthe 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 ofMCBONES’ 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 allat 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.

https://coyotecanyonmammothsite.org/

https://iafi.org/

 

Ride with a Ranger Program and Tour of the REACH Museum

Number of Participants: Minimum 5, Maximum 15
Date & Time: October 12th, Time 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., pick up at 9:45 a.m.
Meeting Location: Foyer of Three Rivers Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: Bikes and helmets will be provided. It is advisable that all riders where a helmet. Water will be provided for the ride. Moderate fitness recommended. Comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes suggested. The ride will finish at The Parkway in Richland which features a variety of restaurants, eateries, and an ice cream shop nearby. Lunch on own.

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, you will explore the Mid-Columbia Region through docent led tours offered by the museum. See firsthand 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 Parkby the ranger for a seven-mile round trip bike ride.

https://www.nps.gov/mapr/index.htm

https://www.visitthereach.org/

 

Hike, Wine and Dine -Candy Mountain & Kitzke Cellars

Number of Participants: Minimum 5, Maximum 15
Date & Time: October 12th, 12:30 –4:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Foyer of Three Rivers Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: Sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Hiking poles will be provided. The hike will be led by a volunteer with the non-profit, Friends of Badger Mountain. Wine and small bites provided.

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

http://friendsofbadger.org/making-the-candy-mountain-trail/

http://friendsofbadger.org/

https://www.kitzkecellars.com/

 

Welcome to the Hedges Chateau!

Number of Participants: Minimum 8, Maximum 12
Date & Time:October 12th, 11:00 a.m. –2:00 p.m., pick up 10:30 a.m.
Meeting Location: Foyer of Three Rivers Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location. Note: Lunch is provided. Comfortable attire and footwear are recommended.

 

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-kindbiodynamic vineyard and garden tour followed by a family-style stand up lunch and wine tasting at the Chateau. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on winery harvest activity! Actual activity will depend on the harvest and winemakers schedule but may include a punch down in the cellar or harvesting grapes.

https://hedgesfamilyestate.com/

 

Terra Blanca Winery Estate Tour, Tasting and Lunch

Number of Participants: Minimum 15, Maximum 40
Date & Time: October 12th10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., pick up 9:30 a.m.
Meeting Location: Foyer of Three Rivers Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: Comfortable footwear is recommended. Lunch included.
**This tour is wheelchair accessible.

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 ExecutiveChef, 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.

https://terrablanca.com/

 

Vintage Afternoon with Barnard Griffin!

Number of Participants: Minimum 4, Maximum 20
Date & Time:October 12th, 10:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m.; pick up at 10:15a.m.
Meeting Location: Foyer of Three Rivers Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: Charcuterie or small bites provided. Tagaris Winery and J. Bookwalter Winery located within walking distance.
**This tour is wheelchair accessible.

Description: This is a very special type of tasting in which Rob Griffin will guide you through a select few library wines from his personal cellar! Barnard Griffin began in 1983 with borrowed grapes and a rented cellar. It has since become one of Washington’s most enduring and award-winning wineries. At the helm then and now is one of the most experienced winemakers in Washington State, Rob Griffin. In addition to the winery production facility, the Richland campus is home to a tasting room and fused glass art studio.

https://barnardgriffin.com/

Wine, Dine & Wagon Rides!

Number of Participants: Minimum 8, Maximum 12
Date & Time:October 12th, Time 12:00 p.m. –3:30p.m., pick up at 11:30 a.m.
Meeting Location: Foyer of Three Rivers Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location
Note: Lunch and wine included. Comfortable attire and tennis shoes recommended, dress in layers in case of inclement weather.

Description: Taste #wawine from the 10%, the women behind the brand. Enjoy wine presented by four women in wine over light bites. 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@gordonwines, Katie Gordon Nelson -Located in southern Columbia Valley, Gordon Estate is the oldest estate winery in Washington State, having produced superb, hand-crafted wines since 1983. Wautoma Springs@wautomawines, Jessica Munnell -In 2000, two viticulturists met in a vineyard. Years later one would become an award-winning winegrower and the other a celebrated winemaker.Muret-Gaston@muretgastonwinery, Amy Johnson –Family-owned boutique Washington Winery. Hand-crafted, barrel select wines made from premier Washington State AVA’s. Frichette Winery@frichettewinery, Shae Frichette -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. After lunch, you will immerse yourself in Wine Country with a horse-drawn wagon ride through the vineyards of the Red Mountain AVA with Red Mountain Trails. You will finish the ride at our farm with a wine flight at Red Mountain Trails Winery and a cozy firepit including s’mores. 15% discount on purchases extended at Red Mountain Trails Winery.

https://www.redmountaintrails.com/

https://redmountaintrailswinery.com/

https://frichettewinery.com/

Black holes, Burgers & Brews!

Number of Participants: Minimum 5, Maximum 20
Date & Time: October 11th, 10:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m., depart 9:30 a.m.
Meeting Location: Foyer of Three Rivers Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: Comfortable footwear is recommended. Lunch is provided at your choice of Bombing Range Brewing Company or The Dive. Beer, wine, and spirits are available for purchase.
**This tour is wheelchair accessible.

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.

https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/

https://bombingrangebrewing.com/

https://thediverichland.com

 

We Offer You the Sky!

Number of participants: Minimum 2, Maximum 8
Date and time: October 11th, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Meeting Location: Foyer of Three Rivers Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: Dress for the weather. No meals provided.
Enjoy a 30-minute scenic flight with Bergstrom Aircraft and experience breathtaking views of the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas from the air. Every seat is a window seat!
Before or after your flight, you will receive a guided tour of the Pasco Aviation Museum, located in the historic Naval Air Station Pasco Control Tower. The Old NAS Pasco Control Tower was saved from demolition in 2011 and restoration of the historic building began in 2015 to become the Pasco Aviation Museum. This important landmark provides local aviation history and features unique and inspiring local displays and exhibits. Visitors to the museum can see World War II-era aircraft up close, learn about Washington state’s role in the development of military and civilian flight, and watch airplanes in action.

The Best of The Desert Event: Wine & Design Event

Number of Participants: Minimum 4, Maximum 6
Date & Time: October 12th, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., depart at 1:45 p.m.
Meeting Location: Foyer of Three Rivers Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: Lunch provided.J. Bookwalter Winery and Barnard Griffin Winery within walking distance.
**This tour is wheelchair accessible.
Description: Please join us in a blind tasting to delight all your senses. Our wine specialist is a vivacious spirit whose energy lives in our wines at TagarisWinery. After the tasting, join Haven Floral Farms, in a floral arrangement course! Paris will take you through crafting your very own version of her floral arrangement! Tagaris Tasting room and Tavernaoffers farm to table fine dining, estate-grown wines, and handcrafted cocktails in a beautiful Mediterranean-inspired venue.

https://www.havenflowerfarm.com/

Dog Tails, Tales & Trails! 

Number of Participants: Minimum 4, Maximum 4
Date & Time: October 11th, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Foyer of Three Rivers Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: Boots recommended or shoes that will slip off easily if you don’t have boots. Also, we have loaners. Dress in layers. Bring ID for tasting. Includes charcuterie and s’mores.
Your first stop will be at Sleeping Dog Wines for a wine tasting. Washington State is the home of 1,000+ wineries of all sizes and varieties. Sleeping Dog Wines produces an average of 300 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…
Afterward, 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.

Ride, Tour & Taste Red Mountain!

Number of Participants: Minimum 2, Maximum 8
Date & Time: October 11th, 11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Foyer of Three Rivers Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: Comfortable attire and tennis shoes recommended, dress in layers in case of inclement weather. The terrain is gentle with some gravel and dirt roads, easily navigated on our comfortable cruisers. Bring ID for tastings. Tour is approximately 3.5 hours. Charcuterie and s’mores included.
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, Hightower Cellars and Hedges Family Estate Winery, 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.

 

Harvest Tasting & Tour at J. Bookwalter Winey & Fiction Restaurant

Number of Participants: Minimum 8, Maximum 18
Date & Time: October 11th, 12:00 p.m. –3:00 p.m.
Meeting Location: Foyer of Three Rivers Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: Excursion will last 2.5 to 3 hours. We recommend comfortable footwear and dressing in layers. Lunch and wine provided. Located within walking distance of Tagaris Winery and Barnard Griffin Winery.
**This tour is wheelchair accessible.

Enjoy a Harvest Experience at our brand-new production facility and tasting room. You will begin your tour experience with our winemaking team, learning about the production process, sampling wines from our fermentation tanks and barrel samples. We will transition to an engaging tasting of our reserve wines in our private barrel room, followed by a catered lunch from our Chefs at Fiction at J. Bookwalter, located just across the lawn. You can enjoy a leisurely afternoon on one of our many patio spaces before heading back for the evening activities. Following the tour, you are welcome to enjoy exclusive club member privileges for the day of 25% off any wines to-go and, as a bonus for our travelers, complimentary shipping on six bottles or more. We ensure you will have a fun day and a memorable experience!

www.jbookwalterwines.com

Instagram: @jbookwalterwines @fiction_jbookwalter

Tour & Taste at the Top (of Red Mountain)!

Number of Participants: Maximum 7
Date & Time: October 11th, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Meeting Location: Foyer of Three Rivers Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: Comfortable footwear is recommended. Charcuterie included.
**This tour is partially wheelchair accessible.
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.

Sabers & Spritzes

Number of Participants: Minimum 1, Maximum 40
Date & Time:October 11th, 2:00 p.m. –4:00 p.m.
Meeting Location: Foyer of Three Rivers Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: 2-hour excursion. Wine Social is located in the Parkway in Richland, a walking distance from fantastic lunch spots, cocktail bars, and the river. Meals are not included.
**This tour is wheelchair accessible.
Welcome to Wine Social! Learn how to saber a bottle of Champagne (one bottle per 8 attendees), and then enjoy a Wine Social Spritz made from that bottle. Afterward, join us for a tasting of whites, roses, and reds from around the world led by owner Marc Newman & General Manager and Wine Educator Molly Gingerich.
Incredible photo and education opportunities, we look forward to hosting you!

Axes and Ales!

Number of Participants: Minimum 16, Maximum 25
Date & Time: October 11th, 1:00 p.m. –3:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Foyer of Three Rivers Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: Close-toed shoes required, all participants will be required to sign a waiver of liability. No axe throwing experience is necessary. Taqueria el Rancho food truck available (lunch not included).
**This tour is wheelchair accessible.
Learn how to throw Axes, Hatchets, and Ninja Stars at Axe KPR! Then, compete against your fellow TBEX members during AXE-citing games and see who’s crowned the TBEX Axe Throwing Champion.
Afterward, you will go next door to experience a tour and tasting at Sage Brewing Company, Tri-Cities’ newest craft brewery! Join us for a tour of our brewhouse equipment and learn about the brewing process. Afterward, sit down to enjoy a tasting of 4 beers representative of the range of craft beers, with a discussion on proper tasting etiquette, aroma notes, and flavors.

Harvest Tasting and Flavor Pairing

Number of Participants: Minimum 6, Maximum 20
Date & Time: October 11th, 2:00 p.m. –4:00 p.m.
Meeting Location: Foyer of Three Rivers Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: Wine tastings are provided at Gordon Estate Winery and Cave B Winery. Monarcha Winery and Bartholomew Winery are also located in Columbia Gardens Wine & Artisan Village.
Join two award-winning wineries in their tasting rooms for an experiential tasting.
**This tour is wheelchair accessible.
Gordon Estate Winery is located in the heart of Columbia Valley in Pasco, Washington. We take pride in being the oldest estate winery in Washington by using only estate-grown grapes to make our superb, hand-crafted wines. We look forward to welcoming you to our tasting room located in the Columbia Garden Wine & Artisan Village. It will be harvest time during your visit, and Gordon Family Estates will be bringing in grapes and possibly some pressed juice for you to taste with the finished wines from a previous vintage.
Cave B Estate Winery is an award-winning winery located in the Ancient Lakes AVA. We also have a beautiful tasting room located in the Columbia Gardens Wine Village and share a building with Gordon Estate Winery. We look forward to welcoming you for a “Flavor Pairing” social featuring two whites and two reds paired with selected items to taste such as pesto, lemon, and sun-dried tomato. Learn how the flavors impact one another and what wines would pair well with the foods prepared with these ingredients.
The Columbia Gardens Wine and Artisan Village is a collaborative phased redevelopment to transform and enhance the Columbia Drive waterfront. Here you can visit a variety of winery production spaces, tasting rooms, food truck village and more!

Cheese Bites, Wine Delights and Unique Flights

Number of Participants: Minimum 6, Maximum 18
Date & Time: October 11th, 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Meeting Location: Foyer of Three Rivers Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: Wine tastings are provided at Monarcha Winery and Bartholomew Winery. Gordon Estates Winery and Cave B tasting rooms are also located in Columbia Gardens Wine & Artisan Village.
**This tour is wheelchair accessible.
Join two wineries in their tasting rooms for a unique tasting experience.
First, enjoy a flight of 4 Palencia and Monarcha wines perfectly paired with a flight of cheddar from a local creamery. Learn about harvest and the different AVA regions we source our grapes from and taste freshly pressed juice from our cellar. Palencia Wine Company’s brand of Monarcha wines express true varietal character. The vineyards chosen to craft these great wines were purposefully selected by our winemaker for the grower’s heroic viticulture practices, which include high elevation, steep slopes, and rocky terrain.
Next, join Winemaker and Owner Bart Fawbush as he leads you through a one-of-a-kind tasting. Bartholomew Winery is focused on making high-quality bottlings that cannot be duplicated or found anywhere else in the world. We think outside of the box and take risks that most wineries don’t. You will hear the story of Bartholomew Winery as you taste 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. Your visit will be during the 2021 harvest, so there might be an opportunity to taste unfermented grapes as well as grapes in the process of fermenting in addition to the finished bottlings.
The Columbia Gardens Wine and Artisan Village is a collaborative phased redevelopment to transform and enhance the Columbia Drive waterfront. Here you can visit a variety of winery production spaces, tasting rooms, food truck village, and more!

Sign up for your Pre-BEX Tour for October, 12th HERE.