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41st annual Tri-Cities Wine Festival
November 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm$60
The 41st annual Tri-Cities Wine Festival is Saturday, Nov. 16 at Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, so get ready for the final major wine festival of the year in Washington state.
The festival runs from 7-10 p.m., but doors open at 6:30 p.m. for members of the Tri-Cities Wine Society.
More than 50 Northwest wineries are expected to pour a total of 292 different wines at this year’s Festival, which is the oldest continuous, professionally judged wine competition in the state of Washington.
Wineries scheduled to pour include Airfield Estates, Armstrong Family Winery, Ancestry Cellars, Convergence Zone Cellars, Fly Rod Cellars, Hedges Family Estates, Coyote Canyon Winery, Martinez & Martinez Winery, L’Ecole No. 41, Goose Ridge Winery, Treveri Cellars, Sky River Mead, Yakima Valley Vintners, College Cellars of Walla Walla, Hidden Legend Winery, Recusant Cellars, Ceili Winery, Dumas Station Winery, Ginkgo Forest Winery, Water From Wine, Kitzke Cellars, Brian Carter Cellars, Array Cellars, Sagemoor Cellars, Daven Lore Winery, Samson Estates Winery, Simcoe Creek Winery, Succession Wines, Typsy Canyon Winery, Joseph Christy Vineyards, Tsillan Cellars, Mellisoni Vineyards, Borne of Fire, MonteScarlatto Estate, Prosser Vineyard and Winery, Smasne Cellars, Plum Cellars, Desert Wind Winery, Farmhand Winery, Rocky Pond Winery, 14Hands, Basalt Cellars, Milbrandt Vineyards, Ryan Patrick Wines, Mercer Wine Estates, Columbia Winery, Craftsman Cellars, Two Mountain Winery, Silver Lake Winery, Wilridge Vineyard & Winery, Columbia Crest, Jones of Washington, Henry Earl and Longship Cellars.
Judges for this year’s festival are Jerry Bookwalter, founder, Bookwalter Winery, Richland, Wash.; Shelly Fitzgerald, wine education specialist, Columbia Winery, Woodinville, Wash.; Glenn Grabiec, certified sommelier/wine educator, Pasco, Wash.; Kristina Mielke van Löben Sels, director of winemaking/co-owner of Arbor Crest Wine Cellars and van Löben Sels Cellars in Spokane, Wash.; and Kathy Cortembos, hospitality director, Hedges Family Estates, Benton City, Wash. Bios on all of the judges can be found at: www.tricitieswinesociety.com/meet-the-judges.html.
Best-of-show honors at the 2018 Tri-Cities Wine Festival went to College Cellars of Walla Walla for the second year in a row for its 2016 Barbera.
Tickets for the 2019 Festival, which is co-sponsored by the Tri-Cities Wine Society and the Three Rivers Convention Center, are $60 per person if purchased in advance, or $65 per person when purchased the day of the event and at the door. Tickets went on sale at the Toyota Center Box Office in Kennewick on Oct. l. The box office will be open from noon to 5 p.m. the day of the festival to accommodate those who are not able to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets can also be purchased online at: www.threeriversconventioncenter.com/event/tri-cities-wine-festival.
Admission to the festival includes the opportunity to taste all of the wines and regional microbrews represented at the event, complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by local restaurants and caterers, and a silent auction, proceeds of which benefit the Tri-Cities Wine Society’s education fund.
For more information about the festival, visit the Tri-Cities Wine Society’s website at: www.tricitieswinesociety.com. The website also contains information about becoming a member of the Society, which, of course, lets you enter the festival early at 6:30 p.m.