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In The Winery


              at the Center’s “Meet the Makers” event with the
              pertinent theme, “Thanksgiving in Wine Country.”
              In December, the Center will feature sparkling
              wines from Washington’s Columbia Gorge.

                The Center’s holiday events will also include class-
              es every Saturday in November and the first two
              Saturdays in December, according to Deb Carter,
              the Clore Center’s Wine and Culinary Program
              Director. That might, for example, include a cooking
              class from a local master chef on how to pair local
              wines with farm-to-table meals using local produce.


                In addition to educational classes, the venue rents
              out space during the holidays for corporate gath-
              erings, parties and other holiday-centered outings,
              many of which choose to feature local wines.

                Wineries, tasting rooms, restaurants and others
              vested in promoting Yakima Valley wine during the
              holidays are, at the same time, raising money for a
              charitable cause—fighting hunger. “Thanksgiving in
              Wine Country,” will benefit Northwest Harvest and
              kicks off during Thanksgiving weekend. The event
              also allows visitors to take advantage of deals on
              wines and related products.

                            Milbrandt Vineyards


                Other Yakima Valley December events include
              Prosser, Washington-based Milbrandt Vineyards’
              “Holiday Flights and Bites,” featuring holiday wines
              and food pairings with live entertainment.


                “The holidays are key for us because customers
              tend to purchase more of our higher tier wines like
              our Reserves, especially if they are buying wine
              as gifts,” says Milbrandt Vineyard’s Tasting Room
              Manager, Karen Ballew. “This holiday season is par-
              ticularly special because we will be releasing our
              ‘Bottle Your Charity’ Sparkling Rosé with the win-
              ning charity’s mission featured on the back of the
              bottle. Direct donations from wine sales go to the
              charity.”

                One of Millbrandt’s holiday marketing strategies,
              says Ballew, is a play on words derived from a holi-
              day favorite, Twelve Days of Christmas. “We will be
              bringing back our 12 Days of Deals, an online cam-

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