Barrel flavors start next month at Yakima

Sunday March 20 is the first day of spring and winemakers are gearing up for a big event in April called Spring Barrel Tasting. Thousands of wine lovers will be in the Yakima Valley next month for the Spring Barrel Tasting event which runs throughout April.

Many wineries are hoping for large crowds after weathering the pandemic

Barb Glover of Wine Yakima Valley says wineries pour wine straight from the barrel and the bottle. Glover says it’s the first spring event kicking off the year that many wineries hope will be more profitable than the last two due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some wineries have closed in the Valley during the pandemic while others have offered limited tastings. The indoor masking requirement will end in April, so no restrictions at Valley wineries are expected. However, even though the state’s indoor mask mandate won’t be in place, individual businesses, including wineries, could still require face coverings.

If you attend, you’ll get more than a taste of wine

Glover says many wineries combine wine tasting with barbecues and live entertainment. Wineries throughout the region are part of the Tri-Cities event in Ellensburg. Glover says you can taste a wine from the barrel and then reserve a case. When it’s bottled, you can either pick it up or have it shipped to you. She says if you plan on attending Spring Barrel Tasting, bring your own drink and always have a designated driver.
For a list of wineries involved and events, see https://yakimavalleywinecountry.com/spring-barrel-wine-tasting.asp

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