Scott McKinlay, Editor                               Vol. 11, Number 5        May  2014
Current Events 



Event Summary



For late breaking events in Prosser or events  that didn't make the newsletter

Prosser Farmer's Market

May - October
8am - 12:00 noon 

 Saturday Mornings 

Farmers Market  


Sage Rat Run
May 17-18 2014


Prosser's Scottish Fest and Highland Games
June 21, 2014

Mothers Day
May 11, 2014 






Princess Theatre Schedule 

Tickets to many of these great events are available at the Prosser Chamber of Commerce 

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Wine Country
What's Happening in Wine Country 

Welcome to May from Wine Country! 
May is always one of the most beautiful months of the year. The passes are clear, the mountain views are spectacular and the pool and spa are open. And not to mention the grass is coming up green and blooms are everywhere. So spring clean your RV and get ready to hit the road for the season. 

For those of you who couldn't make it over last month for Spring Barrel Tasting Weekends, make your reservations now for next year. Everyone that attended had a great time. 
Sage Rat Run

The 2014 Sage Rat Run will be on May 17th and 18th. Located in the wine country of Sunnyside, Grandview, Prosser, Washington. Sage Rat Run is designed to bring communities and people together for a happy, healthy, fun run event while raising money for charity and other causes.

The biggest Half Marathon finishing medal in Washington State? In 2013, Sage Rat Run had an impressive 5 inch Sage Rat Volcano Medal due to the anniversary of the St Helens eruption. The Little Rock Marathon claims to have the largest marathon finishing medal in the country at around 7 x 6 inches. The 2014 Sage Rat Run Half Marathon / 12k Finishing Medal will be a whopping 6 inch monster. Is there a bigger finishing medal in Washington? We think not. Not only will it be big, we are claiming that it will be the coolest finishing medal you will receive in 2014. If we are wrong about having the coolest, biggest, medal in Washington, let us know so we can do better in 2015. For more information login to     




Yakima Valley Community College hosts the

7th Annual Grape to Glass Gala Scholarship Fundraiser


Grandview Campus - The Vineyard and Winery Technology Program at Yakima Valley Community College will host the 7th annual Grape to Glass Gala-A Winemaker's Dinner on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 6:00-9:30pm. The event will benefit Vineyard & Winery Technology student scholarships. Held at the Grandview Activity Center, 401 West Second Street, Grandview, WA the event will include a dinner, wine tasting, a silent auction, live music and dancing.


Schedule of events:

6:00-7:00pm:     Social & Silent Auction 
7:00-8:30pm:     Dinner & Music
8:00-9:30pm:     Music & Dancing  


Tickets for the Grape to Glass Gala are $65 per person if purchased in advance by May 23, 2014. Tickets purchased after May 24, 2014 until May 28, 2014 are $75 per person. Tickets are on sale now. Contact 509.882.7037 / or buy online:

Wine Country RV Park Update

Another thing that will be happening in May is that the local cable company is going to an all digital format. This may require some infrastructure changes for the park and we are still trying to work everything out. We hope to have workable solutions soon. We will keep you informed of what this means to you once we have more information from the cable company.



Saturday, June 21, 2014 is Prosser's 13th Annual Scottish Fest and Highland Games from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM at Port of Benton Wine and Food Park. For more information visit  




Prosser Farmer's Market


Nestled in the heart of Washington Wine Country, the Prosser Farmers Market is the place to be Saturday  mornings from May through October. Open 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon and located in the Prosser City Park, 7th Street & Sommers Avenue, the Market is a lovely place to spend the morning.

Besides offering a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables; you'll find plants, cut flowers, artisan breads & gourmet cheeses, Espresso, cookies & pastries, woven baskets and unique art & craft items.

The Prosser Young Life offers an amazing breakfast or enjoy fresh pastries with your morning coffee, let the kids play and take advantage of the bountiful products offered by our local growers.


Make sure you read the winery section of this newsletter that also includes our special evening tastings here at Wine Country RV Park. 


We hope you will visit us at Wine Country RV Park while you are here this coming year! If you are bringing a friend that doesn't have an RV, login to The Inn at Horse Heaven and reserve a room that is less than a two minute walk from the RV Park.

Happy May and as always Safe Travels, 



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Easy Recipe by Louann 


Dark Chocolate Merlot Truffle 


1       12 Oz Package dark chocolate chips

1/2   Cup Heavy Cream

3T     Your favorite Merlot

Cocoa Powder, nuts, sugar or Sprinkles

In Microwave , melt chocolate and stir until smooth. 

Gradually stir in Heavy Cream until blended.

Stir in wine and cool to room temperature.

Chill until firm.  Form balls and roll in cocoa

or sprinkles and chill until serving.





Manager's Corner  



Spring is in bloom,

The grass is now green.

RV's are on the move,

The park is all clean.


My assistant manager job,

Is now a thing of the past. 

I am now the new manager,

It all happened so fast.


I am a long time baker at heart,

So my recipes I will be sharing.

The one listed this month,

Is meant for wine pairing.


We painted all last winter,

In the meeting rooms and store.

Laying carpet and new tile,

You will see as you come in the door.


The wine bar is ready and waiting,

For the tastings all to start.

7 of Prosser's finest Wineries,

Are all excited to take part.


So make your reservations now,

So you can come visit us this year.

2014 will be exciting and fun,

We are here to help have no fear.


Louann Rockney




Monthly Riddle Corner
The answer to last month's riddle was:
Answer: The boys were at a birthday party hitting a pinata.



Here is this months riddle -





There was a window cleaner who was cleaning a window on the 25th floor of a skyscraper. He suddenly slips and falls. He has no safety equipment and nothing to soften his fall, but he is not hurt at all. How do you account for that?






How do you account for that?





The riddles will be collected for 24 hours, to make it fair to our clients that don't get home from work until later in the day.  One name will be drawn from those who entered within 24 hours of the newsletter.  Email your answer to: with RIDDLE in the subject line and the correct answer drawn from the entries to the riddle will receive a free one night stay.      





 Featured Winery:

 Willow Crest  



Willow Crest Winery 

590 Merlot Dr 


Open everyday 10am-5pm 





Willow Crest Winery was founded in 1995 by David J. Minick, a longtime grape grower in the Yakima Valley. The Minick Family first planted wine grapes on their Roza farm, North of Prosser in 1982. David wanted to take the love he had for raising grapes to the next level by making handcrafted wine from select blocks of the family vineyard and soon after bottled the first vintage of Willow Crest.


Focusing on aromatic white wines such as Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc, Willow Crest Winery uses estate grown fruit that winemaker David J. Minick planted, cultivated, and harvested. By having the control from vine to wine David can monitor every step of the grape growing and winemaking process. This attention and care to the grape is expressed in every bottle of Willow Crest wine.


Tasting Rooms   
Please visit our tasting room in Prosser for a personal wine education & tasting, and also enjoy an offering of freshly made / seasonal ingredient menu items on the Patio Cafe (May through October).






On the Wine Front 


  Upcoming Events 




Wine Country RV Park 

330 Merlot Dr, Prosser



We have our Wine Bar in our lobby ready, and below is a calendar of the wineries that are participating in May. This calendar will help you plan your trip accordingly. 








DavenLore Winery

23103 S. Davlor PRSW


Prosser, WA 99350  



Spring Release

Mother's Day Weekend

Saturday May10, 2014

Sunday May 11, 2014





Desert Wind Winery

2258 Wine Country Rd. Prosser




Wednesday - May 14, 2014
Cooking Class at MOJAVE at Desert Wind
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Join us in MOJAVE for an evening of culinary instruction in a small class setting. Learn tips and techniques for mastering your kitchen from the MOJAVE culinary crew. $70 per person ($60 for Wine Club members) includes class instruction and chef demo, recipes, wine and food and a small gift. Class size limited to 12 participants; reservations required at least one week prior to date of class.

Friday - May 23, 2014
Wine Sensory Evaluation Class: All About Reds
Start: 5:00pm 
End: 7:00pm
Taste and learn about different red varietals and what makes them unique. $30 per person ($27 for Wine Club) includes workshop instruction, wine and snacks. Reservations required; class size limited.

Friday - May 30, 2014   
Friday Night Farm to Fork Dinner at Desert Wind  
Join us for our festive monthly event featuring a three-course family-style dinner highlighting the region's best produce and purveyors. Pre-dinner social begins at 6:00 p.m.; dinner at 6:30. Limited seating available; reservations required one week prior to date of dinner. $65 per person ($55 for Wine Club members) includes pre-dinner social and three-course dinner with wine pairings. 

Mercer Estates Winery

3100 Lee Road, Prosser

Open Wed-Sun 10:00 AM-5:00 PM




May 10, 2014

Celebrate the special women guiding you through life with our newly released
100% Grenache 2013 Mercer Estate Rose'
Free Tasting for All Mom's Today!

May 17, 2014



 Enjoy a relaxed, seated tasting of Mercer's highly acclaimed white wine flight with delicacies paired with each wine.


$20 / Wine Club Members Free

Winery Tours also available - Be sure to RSVP with group size and suggested time of arrival




Milbrandt Vineyards

508 Cabernet Court

Prosser, WA 99350




Milbrandt Vineyards Patio Kick Off

Saturday 24 May 2014, 01:00pm - 04:00pm
The Knutzen Brothers will be here kicking off our patio season. Join us for food and wine specials, great music, and sunny weather.
Reservations encouraged. To reserve your spot, call 509-788-0030 or email 

Airfield Estates

560 Merlot Drive

Prosser, WA 99350




Friday-Sunday, May 9-11, 2014


Join us for a special Mother's Day Wine Tasting!  We'll be featuring some of our favorite Spring wines and offering complimentary wine tasting to all mothers.  Wine flights and cheese platters will be available for purchase.  Plus, we will be featuring live music from 1 PM to 5 PM on Saturday, May 10th.

Location:Airfield Estates 








Please click on websites below for updated Winery Events





Airfield Estates   Alexandria Nicole Cellars   Apex Cellars 


Coyote Canyon Winery  Desert Wind Winery 


Gamache Vintners  Cowan Vineyards  Hogue Cellars 


Kestrel Vintners  Martinez & Martinez Winery  Mercer Estates 


Milbrandt Vineyards  Thurston Wolfe Winery  Willow Crest Winery 


Wine O' Clock Wine Bar & Bistro  Yakima River Winery 


 Vineheart Winery  Pontin del Roza  14 Hands Winery 





These are just a few of the wineries we hope you will visit while you are here this coming year!!


 For the beer drinkers who might be coming along too, we have something for you too!!





Horse Heaven Hills Brewery    Located Downtown Prosser



       Whitstran Brewery                  Located on Wine Country Road









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