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Terry Ingham, Editor                               Vol. 7, Number 3                           March 2010  
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What's Happening in Wine Country

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    Can you believe that we have already mowed our lawns at Wine Country RV Park.  This winter has been incredibly mild and the grass is growing.  That also means that the roads are clear and you can get out of the house and enjoy everything that Prosser has to offer.  They are predicting temperatures in the low 60's for the last week of February!!  March is the month that we whip our facility into shape for the start of another great season.  The wineries are sprucing up their tasting rooms and extending their hours. 
    Our Princess Theatre is showing classical old movies like  the "West Side Story" while partnering with some of our local breweries and wineries for micro brew and wine pairing before the show.  If you missed Valentines Day and Red Wine & Chocolate, make it up to your sweetie by taking her to one of their great classic flicks.  If you need an excuse to try the Red Wine & Chocolate at times other than the official weekend, take a look at this article about its cancer fighting qualities.
 If you would like to take a look at many of our local events, click here for a video of Prosser's best.


Deb & Rich's Corner
 Airfield signWell, here we are in Salem, Oregon coaxing the Oregonians to come visit our beautiful valley.  We are now at our 4th RV show with 3 in the last 3 weeks.  The excitement around the wines from Prosser is amazing.  Hope to see you here soon.
Later  Deb & Rich
Your wine $$ at work
Two wineries, Desert Wind of Prosser and Duck Pond Cellars of Oregon have teamed up to replant a portion of the fire ravaged forests in the Northwest.  In a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, they have agree to plant one tree for every bottle of wine sold during March and April.  Let's help them out!!
Recipe of the Month by Rich
This delectable chili recipe was sent to me by an old classmate, Peggy Keeton.  Thanks Peggy.

Cheryl's Missouri Chili

1-2 Tablespoons butter or olive oil
1 -medium to large onion - diced
1 -large green pepper - diced
Sauté onion and green pepper in butter until soft, and set aside.

2 pounds lean ground beef
1  pound medium Breakfast sausage
Brown ground beef and sausage.  Crumble as fine as you can while browning.  Add the onion and green pepper to the cooked meats.

Add the following ingredients to the above in a large cooking pot:
2-3 cans dark red kidney beans (do not drain)
1- can (aprox. 14-oz) diced tomatoes (do not drain)
1- can (aprox. 14-oz) diced tomatoes with garlic and basil (d0 not drain)
1- can (aprox. 14-oz) diced fire roasted tomatoes (do not drain)
1- 6 oz. can tomato paste
1-large can (approx. 28 oz) tomato sauce
1-4 clove garlic - minced
2-pkg's Chili seasoning mix
2 cups water
½ teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon baking soda

Salt and pepper to taste (won't need much because of the sausage and seasonings)
¼ to ½ teaspoon dried chili pepper seasoning
dash or two of cayenne

Heat on medium low stirring often until it simmers; reduce heat to low and simmer for 2- 3 hours stirring every 30 minutes to not scorch.

Serve with diced onions, grated cheese on top and of course cornbread.



Finally someone beat Jeff Kern.  Betty Bennett was the winner from February and receive her coupon for a nights stay at Wine Country RV Park.  Three  others had the correct answer but Betty was quickest.  The tasting room was "Kestrel Vintners"

Here is this months riddle -   

   What most likely would be the predominate variety of grape in the bottle of wine above?

The fastest guest to email to: 
with RIDDLE in the subject line will recieve a free one night stay.
Check our calendar at:
and find out when we have Toofur Tuesday and get a second night free when
you check in on these Tuesdays.

On The Wine Front

The wineries in Prosser are going all out to provide a great experience when you visit their tasting rooms.  Here is a list of things to do for the next few months.  

If you missed this notice last month, take notice!! 

    We are down to the last few sites for Spring Barrel Tasting on April  23rd-25th so get your reservations soon.  If you would like a more laid back weekend with almost all of the same events, consider pre-Spring Barrel Tasting weekend.  Many of the same wineries that are participating in Spring Barrel Tasting will also do barrel tasting the week before.  Give this one a try. 
    Wine Press Northwest has named Mercer Estates 2008 Pinot Gris Columbia Valley, wine of the week.  Wine winners from the lower Valley  just keep coming. 
    Also Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers honored Picazo 7 Seventeen in Prosser as its Restaurant of the Year 

    Looking for something light and delightful? Kestrel Vintners is having "Bites and Flights" on  Friday evenings between 5 and 7pm.  Try one of their delectable appetizers like sautéed mushrooms on grilled crostini topped with gruyere cheese with a glass of their great wine.
March 3rd
    Yakima Valley Vintners
        Taste, Tour & Teach
March 4th
    Desert Wind
        Sauvignon Blanc Tweet-up
March 11th
    Milbrandt Vineyards
        Wine 201:  Spain
March 25th
    Desert Wind
        Washington Merlot Tweet-Up
April 4th
    Kestrel Vintners
        Easter Brunch
    Desert Wind
        Easter Brunch
April 10th
    Desert Wind
        Drink Pink! Rose' Pre-Release Party
April 16th-18th
    Many Wineries
        Pre-Barrel Tasting
 April 24th
    Desert Wind
        Spring Wine Dinner with Guest Chef Bill Wavrin
April 23rd-25th
    Many Wineries
        Spring Barrel Tasting 
For more events check out this blog. 
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