Scott McKinlay, Editor                               Vol. 11, Number 7        July  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  


Prosser's 11th Annual
Art Walk & Wine Gala
Saturday July 19, 2014


Horse Heaven
Wine Growers
Trail Drive
July 19, 2014 

Prosser Wine & Food Fair
August 9, 2014 






Princess Theatre Schedule 

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

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Adventures in Wine Country 

Greetings from Wine Country RV Park!

Happy Summer! 
Summer has officially arrived here in Wine Country, and it's not too late to plan your summer getaway. Whether you are just passing through, having a family reunion or tasting wonderful wines, Wine Country RV Park provides the services and facilities that will make your visit to Prosser unforgettable.     


If you have not been to Prosser for our Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration you are missing out.

A Kiddie Parade, Hot Dogs, Sack Races, Bingo, Ice Cream, Stage Show, Obstacle Course, Car Show, Hamburgers and....of course FIREWORKS! The festivities go until 3pm. Then at dusk (around 10pm) the Prosser Rotary puts on their annual fireworks display. For a great viewing spot, check out, Art Fiker Stadium on Paterson Road. For more information, call 509-786-3177. 

Prosser's 11th Annual Art Walk & Wine Gala

Saturday 19 July 2014, 06:00pm
 6th Street in Historic Downtown Prosser Don't miss the 11th Annual Art Walk & Wine Gala featuring artists from all over the Pacific Northwest.  The warm summer evening is the perfect setting as 20 local wineries offer their latest vintages.  Area food vendors provide the fare while live music fills the air. NO one under 21 admitted.

30 artists, 20 wineries, 2 microbreweries, 3 specialty food caterers, 1 GREAT evening in the "Birthplace of Washington Wine"  Affordable specialty foods available for purchase.   


Sixth Street Art & Gift Gallery (509) 786-3088 will be holding a select amount of tickets for readers of this newsletter just mention Tickets for RV Park/Best Western. 
(Subject to Availability)...Don't Miss Out!

Event starts at 6:00pm. FREE parking downtown. Please call 509-786-3177 for more information.

 Prosser Airport Days and Fly-In 

The 2014 Prosser Airport Days and Fly-In will be held at the Prosser Airport on July 18-20. Wing Nuts a local flying club, will host this event, which will include a free Friday night BBQ for visiting pilots, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, ground transportation to local events and wineries, raffle prizes, mini-seminars for aviators and builders, aircraft fly-mart both days, airplanes on display, military exhibits, and Sunday breakfast. Admission is free.
For more information, please go to 

Horse Heaven Wine Growers Trail Drive

July 19, 2014 

The Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers Association invites you to our 9th annual Trail Drive and AVA anniversary. Take a drive through the beautiful Horse Heaven Hills. and taste wonderful wines at our local wineries and tasting rooms. End the day with a BBQ dinner, wine tasting, live music and door prizes next to the mighty Columbia River at Crowe Butte Park. Each Trail ticket includes a logo glass and wine tasting at all stops. For more information please call 509-894-4528 or visit:     

Prosser Wine & Food Fair

Saturday 09 August 2014, 02:00pm-08:00pm

Nearly 2000 wine enthusiasts gather for an afternoon of fine wine  and local food specialties on August 9, 2014 from 2-8 pm. Two bands will entertain you all day as you sample wine from 30 Washington wineries, food from 20 local food vendors and beer from 2 local breweries. Prosser Wine and Food Fair is located at Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center on Wine Country Road.  Tickets will be available May12th.  Tickets are $25 for presale and $30 the day of the event. 
Any minors (under 21) or pets are not allowed on the grounds. Need more information?  Call Prosser Chamber office at 1-866-343-5101 or 509-786-4545.  Come join the Prosser Wine and Food Fair for the 33rd Anniversary of the event.

Please visit us at or call us at 1-800-726-4969 to make your reservations  for the many upcoming events. 




Happy July and as always Safe Travels, 



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Easy Recipe by Louann 


Baking with Louann


What's in Season??

Rhubarb and Strawberries!!

Here is a great recipe you can

cook indoors or out.


Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

10" Dutch Oven or 9X9 pan

1 Cups chopped Rhubarb

1 Cups sliced Strawberries

     Cup sugar

     Cup flour

       tsp. nutmeg

Lemon Juice

In a bowl toss strawberries and rhubarb

with a sprinkle of lemon juice. Add flour ,

sugar and nutmeg and toss to cover.

Spray pan with non stick spray and spread

mix into pan.


1 Cup sugar

1 Cup flour

Cup Rolled Oats (Optional)

1 Stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine

In a bowl mix together until crumbly.

Spread even layer on top of strawberry mixture.

Bake in oven 45 minutes at 350 degrees or until

Rhubarb is tender and crust is golden brown.

For Dutch Oven cooking place directly on coals

and place 6-8 coals on top. Cook for 45 minutes

or until rhubarb is tender and topping is golden brown.

Manager's Corner  


Welcome to Summer Everyone!


I cant believe we are in July already and the year is half over. We have more exciting events coming up here in Prosser so don't waste any time getting your reservations made. Our office is open 7 days a week to help you plan your next trip to Wine Country RV Park.


We have been having a great time with our new wine bar and the visiting wineries. Check out our July tasting schedule for a list of the Wineries that will be coming into the park. What makes this wine tasting special is that you get to take home one of our etched Wine Country RV Park wine glasses. We have many people visit several of the tastings to get a complete set of glasses.


We are a pet friendly park and we ask that if you bring a pet to the Wine Country RV Park, you respect others around you by keeping your pet on a leash and clean up after them. Let's keep the park clean and safe for everyone.

Hope to see you soon.


Louann Rockney



Monthly Riddle Corner
The answer to last month's riddle was:
Answer: A Traffic Light.
Congratulations to Carol Wilhelm



Here is this months riddle -





I am very easy to get into,

but it is hard to get out of me.


What Am I? 



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:

Cowan Vineyard  



Cowan Vineyards

2880 Lee Road, Suite E

Prosser, WA 99350

(509) 788-0200 



Cowan Vineyards is a family owned and operated business. Growing our own grapes gives us a definite advantage. We decide the best varieties for our soil, the direction the rows are planted for the best sunlight, and we control the amount of water so the grapes do not get over saturated. We control every aspect of the grape all the way to crush. After the grapes are crushed, we decide which juice goes into what barrels and then age them at least twelve to sixteen months. We decide when to bottle and have our own storage so the barrels stay at the right temperature and humidity. When your goal is to make the best wine, you have to control the quality from ground up! The Yakima Valley is unique in it's composition of deposits from volcanic ash and the alluvial floods. Ash was deposited by Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams. The Missoula floods brought a mixture of sand and sediments of generally alkaline content. When grapes are planted and nurtured in this mixture, they bring the calcium carbonate and alkalinity of this soil into the grapes. 

This is what differentiates Cowan Vineyards grapes, it is why these grapes are soft and smooth to the palette. It gives the wine a rich aftertaste and makes your taste buds tingle with excitement. The soil also has natural acidity to carry the bottled wines for several years.


When you purchase Cowan Vineyards wine it is... Hand Crafted from the Ground Up!



On the Wine Front 


  Upcoming Events 



Wine Country RV Park 

330 Merlot Dr, Prosser



We have been having a great time with our new wine bar and the visiting wineries. Check out our July tasting schedule for a list of the Wineries that will be coming into the park.   




Lounging at the Loft

Winemakers Loft

357 Port Street

Prosser, WA 99350

(509) 786-1800 


Music, Food and Wine from 6-9pm

Doors open at 6pm for seating and light tapas for purchase.

This is a 21 and over event.

Apex Cellars Hosted Events $10 for guests, includes a glass of the evening's featured beverage. Martinez & Martinez and Coyote Canyon Hosted Events $5 for Guests. 


Upcoming Lounging Music 2014

July 5 Apex-DJ Don Julio 

July 12 Martinez & Martinez-Dirty River Blues Band

July26 Coyote Canyon-Knutzen Brothers

August 2 Martinez & Martinez-Cafe Blanco


Pontin Del Roza Winery 

35502 North Hinzerling Rd 

Prosser, WA 99350




Bocce and a Bottle at Pontin Del Roza 

Need to unwind after a long workweek? Toast summer each Friday evening from 5 to dusk with Bocce and a bottle at Pontin Del Roza.


The outdoor space provides comfy seating, tables and a fireplace. Be sure to pick-up a bottle while you play, there is no charge but wine is available for purchase while you play!


Milbrandt Vineyards

508 Cabernet Court

Prosser, WA 99350



July Patio Party  

Join us for a buffet dinner and live music featuring The Knutzen Brothers. Cost is $25 for MBV Cellar Club Members and $35 for non-members. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot, call 509-788-0030 or email   



Coyote Canyon Winery

357 Port Avenue, Studio A

Prosser, Washington 99350




Sunday Special

Coyote Canyon Winery, in the Winemakers Loft

Come and be part of our July Sunday Social!

Call your friends now to meet you here at our July Sunday Social and enjoy a glass of our newly released Gold Medal 2012 Roussanne.

Only in July and only on Sundays from 1pm to 3pm... you can sip this wine for only $5 a glass (normally $7) We are also offering a 10% discount for each bottle/case of Roussanne during our Sunday Social.  



Desert Wind Winery

2258 Wine Country Rd. Prosser



Cooking Class at MOJAVE at Desert Wind
Wednesday - July 09, 2014
Start: 5:00pm End: 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.

Wine Sensory Evaluation Class:
Wine Faults
Friday - July 18, 2014
Start: 5:00pm End: 7:00pm
Learn  about common wine faults and their causes. $30 per person ($27 for Wine Club) includes workshop instruction, wine and snacks. Reservations required; class size limited.

Friday Night Farm to Fork Dinner at Desert Wind
Friday - July 25, 2014
Start: 6:00pm End: 8:00pm
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.

Steppe Cellars Winery
1991 Chaffee Road
Sunnyside, WA 98911

Saturday-July 5, 12, 2014
Customers of Steppe Cellars will be given a bag for cherries along with their purchases. It is a lot of fun to pick the cherries right off the tree and snack on them with your picnic, or take a few home to enjoy later.

Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center
2140a Wine Country Road
Prosser, WA 99350

Blind Rose Tasting
Thursday July 24 2014
Explore Ros'es in this unique tasting experience designed to scintillate the senses! Sample 8 different Washington Ros'es seven from the same grape. Exiting prizes will be available to the discerning palette.

Registration includes 8 wines to taste and light bites.
Tickets $30/person
Limited to 18 seats

Mercer Estates Winery

3100 Lee Road, Prosser

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



Something every Saturday 

The Mercer Estates Patio is Officially open!

July 5-July 6  

(all day) 

We'll be pouring on the patio today so come and join us!  

Sip a glass of VINO, play some Jenga or test your luck at a game oh Horse-shoes!   


A Day For Chardonnay  

July 12th  


Come and learn everything you have ever wanted to know about Chardonnay: from vineyard to bottle!


Summer BBQ Bash

July 19th  


Expertly paired appetizers compliment our full selection of Mercer Estate Wines. Retire to the patio for an old fashioned, American style BBQ dinner-including our infamous 'Smores Bar.  


Sensory Saturday

July 26th

Each month Features a different wine varietal from our Mercer Estates Portfolio. 



14 Hands Winery 

660 Frontier Road 

Prosser, WA 99350




4th of July Celebration 
July 5, 2014
On Saturday, July 5th 2014 we will be highlighting our 14 Hands Reserve Wines along with great food and live music! We have partnered with Cheese Loise to have flatbreads available along with our reserve wines. In addition, you will be able to enjoy the melodies of Acoustic Java. We look forward to seeing you.

Prairie Under the Stars
July 18, 2014
Schedule 6-8pm
Join us at 14 Hands Winery for a great evening of wine and food pairing while enjoying live music from the talented local band, Acoustic Java.
We will have four wine and food pairing stations where you can experience the amazing wines of 14 Hands along with the great food pairing of Tamara Krieger from Cheese Louise. We hope you can join us!

For ticket information visit the event section of the web page listed above.

Airfield Estates

560 Merlot Drive

Prosser, WA 99350




Friday, July 4th - Sunday, July 6th  

Join us this July 4th weekend for a special tasting!  We will be featuring our Vineyard Salute Series Wines.


Summer Case Sale 

Tuesday July 22, 2014 - 11:00am-5:pm 

Take advantage of this limited time offer by stopping into Prosser or Woodinville Tasting Rooms or place an order online at Airfield Estates   

We will be offering up to 50% off on full case purchases on select Airfield wines. Stay tuned for details on which wines will be eligible for this fantastic opportunity! 



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  


McKinley Springs   Walter Clore  




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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