Tri-Cities Wine Festival

While I updated my Washington state wine events listing for my weekly blog feature, What’s Going On, I discovered the Tri-Cities Wine Festival on Nov. 16 and 17 at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco. The details about this event so captured my attention that I decided to write a separate blog post about it. First, this event has been going on since 1978. Hello — how many wineries were in Washington almost 30 years ago?

The two-day event includes judging and seminars and ends with a four-hour public tasting. Yes, four hours. And 65 wineries pouring up to four wines each! You will want to book a hotel room, for sure –the organizers were considerate enough to provide a special rate at the hotel just for this tasting. If you’re interested — and I definitely am — the phone number is 509-547-0701.

Oh, and there’s food at the event too. Complimentary breads, fruits, and cheeses will be available at several locations throughout the evening. And Red Lion chefs will be serving a selection of hors d’oeuvres near the winery booths.

And that’s not all. There will be a silent auction at the same time as the public tasting. So while you’re sipping and mingling, you can check out (and bid on) premium wine in engraved bottles, double magnums (or larger!), rare wines not readily available to the public and many wine-related gift items in time for the holiday season.