PRE-BEX Tours Monday, April 18th –

Fermentation Demonstration Tour at Purple Star Winery including Fancy Rides and Tasty Bites

Number of Participants: Minimum 8, Maximum 12
Date & Time: April 18th, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., depart at 11:00 a.m.
Meeting Location: Foyer of Three Rivers Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location
Note: Transportation provided courtesy of TC Black, lunch provided courtesy of Fast and Curryous.
**This tour is wheelchair accessible.

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 and tour of the harvest process and the steps of fermentation, from picking in the vineyard to barrel aging. Hands-on experience will be provided depending on what stage of harvest is occurring.

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 sensory and analysis tasting of the different stages of wine:

1. Fermenting juice

2. Barrel aging wine

3. Current release wine

4. 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.

http://www.purplestarwines.com/

https://www.fastandcurryous.net/

https://www.tricitiesblack.com

 

Black holes, Burgers & Brews!

Number of Participants: Minimum 5, Maximum 20
Date & Time: April 18th, 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

 

Fun at the Fairway!

Number of Participants: 12
Date & Time: April 18th, TBD -Times will be confirmed a little closer to the date.
Meeting Location: Foyer of Three Rivers Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: Appropriate Golf Attire Required. Collared shirts for men and no denim permitted. The club has 4 sets of golf clubs for participants to use. Please plan to bring your own clubs if possible. Snacks and water will be provided for participants.

Meadow Springs Country Club is home to one of the premier golf courses in Washington State. This private, member-owned Club is located in the Heart of Washington Wine Country and is an integral part of Richland and the Tri-Cities community. The Club offers the ultimate experience in golf, dining, swimming, tennis, and relaxation. Designed by Robert Muir Graves, ASGCA, the Meadow Springs golf course offers a challenging, rewarding, and fun golf experience and a vibrant social atmosphere all within the scenic beauty of a stream-crossed green oasis in the dry air of the Columbia Basin.

http://Meadowspringscc.com/

We Offer You the Sky!

Number of participants: Minimum 2, Maximum 8
Date and time: April 18th, 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.

Wagons and Wine on Red Mountain!

Number of Participants: Minimum 4, Maximum 12
Date & Time: April 18th, Time 9:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m., pick up at 8:30 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. This will be an interactive experience. Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes that you don’t mind getting wine on. Bring ID for tastings.

Experience behind the scenes of harvest at one of the small wineries in the Tri-Cities, Frichette Winery. Owners and Winemakers Greg & Shae Frichette make mostly bold fruit-driven reds using Red Mountain AVA grapes. Their wines are available in their tasting room on Red Mountain, through their wine club and a handful of restaurants and specialty shops in the Pacific Northwest. During this experience with Greg & Shae, you will taste through wines in fermentation, do a few punch-downs, measure brix and temps and then enjoy lunch, finished wines, and conversation.

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://frichettewinery.com/

https://www.redmountaintrails.com/

https://redmountaintrailswinery.com

 

Wander with a Winemaker!

Number of Participants: Minimum 4, Maximum 20
Date & Time: April 18th, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; Depart 10:15 a.m.
Meeting Location: Foyer of Three Rivers Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: Charcuterie included. Closed-toed shoes highly recommended. Tagaris Winery and J. Bookwalter Winery are located within walking distance.

This exciting winemaker tour and tasting will include several current release wines and maybe even a vintage wine from the library! Join one of our winemakers for a tour of the winery, crush pad, cellar, barrel room, bottling line, and warehouse! It will be harvest time, so there is a good chance you will be able to witness the grapes coming in for their crush!

https://barnardgriffin.com/

Water, Wander & Wine Event

Number of Participants: Minimum 8, Maximum 12
Date & Time: April 18th, 11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.; pick up at 10:45 a.m.
Meeting Location: Foyer of Three Rivers Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: Lunch provided. J. Bookwalter Winery and Barnard Griffin Winery are located within walking distance.
Enjoy a morning of Paddle Board Yoga with Northwest Paddleboarding at Columbia Point on the mighty Columbia River. After you have changed and warmed up, enjoy a complimentary shuttle from Northwest Paddleboard to Tagaris for a beautiful wine tasting and lunch that will continue the good vibes of the day! Tagaris Winery/Taverna Tagaris offers farm-to-table fine dining, estate-grown wines, and handcrafted cocktails in a beautiful Mediterranean-inspired venue.

Dog Tails, Tales & Trails!

Number of Participants: Minimum 4, Maximum 4
Date & Time: April 18th, 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: April 18th, 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. 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.

 

All Aboard for a Lunch River Cruise on the Columbia River

Number of Participants: Minimum 20, Maximum 40
Date & Time: April 18th, 11:30 a.m. –1:00 p.m., depart 11:00 a.m.
Meeting Location: Foyer of Three Rivers Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: Not ADA Accessible. Wine, beer, and spirits are available for purchase. Lunch included.

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.

 

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

Number of Participants: Minimum 8, Maximum 18
Date & Time: April 18th, 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

Hike, Wine, and Dine on Mountain AVA

Number of Participants: Minimum 5, Maximum 15
Date & Time: April 18th, 1:00 –4:30 p.m.; depart 12:30 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.
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 Fidelitas Winery, one of the AVA’s premier wineries. Fidelitas is a family-owned, family-run winery faithful to Bordeaux grape varietals and loyal to modern craft winemaking. All wines are sourced on Red Mountain and made by veteran winemaker Charlie Hoppes.

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

Number of Participants: Maximum 7
Date & Time: April 18th, 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: April 18th, 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: April 18th, 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: April 18th, 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
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Number of Participants: Minimum 6, Maximum18
Date & Time: April 18th, 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 April 18th HERE