Description: Ride in luxury and comfort to Purple Star Winery courtesy of TC Black, Tri-Cities first premier black car service. Owner and Operator David McClain will provide a brief overview of the area, the activities they have been involved in and the story of TC Black will be discussed during the drive.
Once arriving at Purple Star Winery, Owners and Winemakers Amy and Kyle will lead you in a discussion of the wine making process and a tour of the facility. You will get to taste new vintages directly from the barrel, giving you the opportunity to sample delicious, yet-unfinished wines and a sneak peek at how they may mature. Expect wines to taste different than you are used to out of the bottle. Barrel tasting is a truly unique experience!
Lunch will be provided and catered by Fast and Curryous. While they serve many traditional Indian dishes, they also developed Indian fusion dishes like their popular Tikka “Tacos”. In addition to providing fresh, healthy, and flavorful food to customers who appreciate ethnic cuisines, they also strive to make their food more approachable for many who may be reluctant to sample new cuisines. After the meal, you will be introduced to Chef/Owners Kavita and David who will talk about their journey into the vibrant Food Truck scene and events they participate in around Tri-Cities.
We will finish the day with a seated tasting of our current releases and library wine.
There will be time for Q/A and photos with all three companies. Each attendee will receive a thumb drive of press photos for use, bios, and logos of each company.
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: Welcome Aboard the MV West Star! We are pleased to share with you an exclusive and
unique way to explore the Columbia River where you can soak up views of local birdlife, occasional deer, and eagles. Experience a gourmet lunch and an afternoon river cruise on the Columbia River aboard our luxury vessel! We pride ourselves on providing decadent fare for every food preference –from vegan to meat lover. We invite you to join us onboard.
Description: You will experience an exciting hike of the new Red Mountain Vineyard Trail, located in the
highly regarded Red Mountain AVA. The Red Mountain Vineyard Trail stands out as one of the first
vineyard-oriented trails in the U.S. that people can hike on their own, similar to what people experience
in France or Italy. Two miles long with a short uphill, the trail will go by four vineyards growing premium
wine grapes on gravel and dirt paths with stunning views of the vines in their glorious fall colors and the
Horse Heaven Hills beyond.
A joint effort of the non-profits, Red Mountain AVA Alliance and Friends of Badger Mountain, the trail
will have its grand opening Fall 2021. You will learn about the collaboration with vineyard owners to
establish a trail through an agricultural area, the guidelines that are critical to establishing such a trail
and be provided a map of the trail with QR codes on the vineyard growers that you pass.
After your hike, you will relax and enjoy wine and tapas at Hedges Winery. Tending to the riches of Red Mountain with a visionary blend of biodynamic farming and time-honored winemaking techniques, Hedges Family Estate lends an ear to the earth and a voice to the vines.
Experience a 10-mile guided kayak paddle on the lower Yakima River’s Tapteal Water Trail. The lower Yakima River is narrow, shallow, and intimate – you get close to the surroundings and wildlife with few motorized boats. It twists and turns in ways you might not expect – in floating several miles of the lower Yakima, you can be headed north, south, east, and west all in the same journey. Along that journey there will be a combination of natural, agricultural, suburban, and urban environments. Pelicans are particularly plentiful along the Yakima River, and it is not unusual to spot great blue herons and egrets, nor is it uncommon to see deer and occasionally coyote.
The tour will be led by a Tapteal Greenway board volunteer, who will provide the history of the trail as well as the conversation efforts and accomplishments achieved by the organization during the paddle. Estimated paddling time is three hours depending on river conditions.