Message from the Bottle

Washington Wine Country announces partnership

Yakima Valley Tourism, Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau, Tourism Walla Walla and Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance are all collaborating to launch a program called "Taste and Tote." In cooperation with Alaska Airlines and Hertz, the program will allow returning passengers to check their first case of wine for free.

Representatives from local wine industries support the program.

The Director of the Yakima Valley Tourism said this program will also encourage more in-state traffic as well.

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News from the Trail!

Seattle Times columnist writes article featuring RHWT winery - "Try Hyatt for affordable high-quality wines."

Examiner feature on a great way to enjoy a wine tasting tour to Yakima Valley wineries - Bike your way through Rattlesnake Hills Wine Country

Congratulations to our June and July Passport Contest winners: Vanessa Morgan and Steve Hartwig! They have both won two Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail wine glasses, a Yakima wine gift bag and cork puller!

Wine Enthusiast magazine online included Two Mountain Winery as a dog friendly winery. Read the article "Dog-Friendly Tasting Rooms".

FOX Q13 TV in Seattle had AAA travel writer Crai Bower give his top five NW destinations on a tank full of gas, and the Yakima Valley was his number two choice in the Summer Getaways in Washington State!

The Washington State Wine Commission has released its April 2012 Economic Impact Study - Washington Wine Industry. Download the study

Congratulations to Greg and Jamie who won the Check In and Win Contest prize For the Snake in the Glasses Tickets during Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail Spring Barrel Tasting!

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San Diego International Wine Competition - March 2012

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Critics Challenge International Wine Competition - May 2011

The Critics Challenge, which employs renowned wine journalists as judges, is one of three international wine challenges staged annually in San Diego.  Learn more about the competition from their website.


Seattle Wine Award Winners - May 2011

The Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail wineries and AVA had a great showing at the Seattle Wine Awards. The wines that earn recognition in the Seattle Wine Awards must achieve tasting panel consensus where they earn one of the following awards ~ Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze Grand Awards of Excellence in their respective price/wine categories. The wines that do not receive a Medal of Excellence, earn our Vintner’s Honor ~ Outstanding Washington Wine Award. This means we recognize the Washington wines that are truly outstanding! Learn more from their website.

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2011 L.A. International Wine & Spirits Competition Awards

Seven decades of tradition began shortly after the end of prohibition, when the annual L.A. County Fair began awarding medals to the finest wines in California. The competition achieved world-class status, attracting wines from North and South America and finally in 2002, opening the doors to wine entries from around the world. Today, the event includes spirits and extra virgin olive oils. The judging panel has grown to nearly 100 judges from all parts of the globe. The 2011 competition was held May 18-20. Learn more about the competition from their website.




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