Scott McKinlay, Editor                               Vol. 11, Number 8        August  2014
Current Events 



Prosser Wine & Food Fair
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  


Yakima Valley
Fair & Rodeo
August 6-9, 2014
Grandview  Fairgrounds


Mustang Car Show 
14 Hands Winery 
August 2, 2014

Prosser Wine & Food Fair
August 9, 2014 


Valley Theater Presents

Greater Tuna

August 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th


Princess Theatre 




Princess Theatre Schedule 

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

Join our list

Join Our Mailing List

Find us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Wine Country
Adventures in Wine Country 

Greetings from Wine Country RV Park!

Happy August! 
Don't miss this opportunity to sample the best that Prosser has to offer! This is the month that brings in the Prosser Wine & Food Fair, and this event is celebrating it's 33rd anniversary. Also just a few miles from us, the return of the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo.  
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.

Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo

The 87th Annual Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo will be held on August 6-9 in Grandview , at the County Park Fairgrounds just a short 6 miles from Wine Country RV Park. The Pro-West Rodeo will take place on Friday and Saturday, the 8th and 9th. A Washington Draft Horse Pullers Association Team Pull event will take place again this year on Friday at 1:00 p.m. In addition, the Fair features the 9th Annual Car Show on Saturday, the 9th, at 10:00 a.m. Organizers expect to have about 100 vehicles entered this year. Everything from rods to farm trucks and equipment is eligible for the $700 grand prize.
There is also a community parade that originates at the Harriet Thompson Middle School on Thursday, August 7th, at 6:30 p.m. For more information please go to:
Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo

Make sure you read the winery section of this newsletter for many more upcoming events and activities.

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



Happy August and as always Safe Travels, 



Click here for current weather in Wine Country.

Easy Recipe by Louann 

What's In Season??


Lets make Pie!

Creamy Watermelon Pie

1 Pkg (3oz) Watermelon gelatin

1/4 Cup boiling water

1 (12oz carton) cool whip

2 Cups of cubed watermelon

1 (9") Graham cracker crust

Dissolve gelatin in water and cool

to room temperature. Whisk in

Cool Whip and fold in watermelon

Spoon into crust.

Refrigerate for 2 hours. Enjoy!!

Manager's Corner  



Here we are in the middle of summer and it has been warm here at the RV park. Our pool is looking very inviting and the wineries are in full swing with wine tastings. We will be having wine tasting here at the RV Park through August for you to enjoy during your stay.


This month we are looking forward to some fun events in Prosser including the Wine & Food Fair. Make sure you call and book early to be sure to have your favorite spot.


I will be traveling to Redmond, OR to the FMCA show in August so if you are there please stop by and say hi. We will be having some fun Raffle items to give away. I am looking forward to talking to everyone about our park and the 2015 schedule.


We still have some Dry Camping spots open for Balloon Rally 2014 and we will also be doing our annual BBQ here at the park.


We are looking forward to seeing everyone here at the park this year.

Safe traveling. 





Monthly Riddle Corner
The answer to last month's riddle was:
Answer: Trouble.
Congratulations to Bob Pittelli  


Here is this months riddle -





I join you in battle, fist clenched tight.
We pound three times with all our might.
If my rival decides he will sign for peace;
I'll crush him, and the fight will cease.
But if he lays his hand down flat;
I'll suffer defeat, that is that.


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:

Pontin Del Roza Winery   


Pontin Del Roza Winery 

35502 North Hinzerling Rd 

Prosser, WA 99350

(509) 786-4449

Tasting Room Hours-10am-5pm Daily  



What began as winemaker Scott Pontin's high school FFA project has culminated into a 26-year legacy of estate winemaking. A new facility including tasting room, case storage, warehouse and offices totaling 5,000 square feet next to the family farm in Prosser marks the grand occasion. The Pontin family is no stranger to farming.


Since 1954 Nesto and Delores Pontin have been farming on the same land. They began as turkey farmers until 1967 and sold concord grapes for juice to Yakima Valley Grape Producers, now Welch's. The family also farmed wheat, mint, potatoes and sugar beets and later planted five varieties of apples, which they still farm.


Pontin del Roza translates roughly in Italian to mean "Pontin (Ponteen) family on the Roza". A pioneering spirit brought some of the Pontin family to the Yakima Valley over 65 years ago.  Nesto Pontin's father, Angelo, immigrated to the Valley planting terraced vineyards just as his family had done for centuries in Italy.  Today Pontin del Roza is a thriving estate winery with over 100 acres of 10 varietals including: Riesling, Malbec, Syrah, Dolcetto, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère and Petit Verdot. With production at around 4,500 cases per year, many grapes are still sold to other wine producers, as we desire to remain a small, family winery.


On the Wine Front 


  Upcoming Events 



Wine Country RV Park 

330 Merlot Dr, Prosser



August Wine Bar Tasting Calendar

What is better than sipping on a glass of your favorite wine, and you don't even  need to leave the RV Park. Enjoy one of our evening tasting here at Wine Country RV Park before the summer ends. This August calendar will help you plan your trip accordingly.  





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

August 2 Martinez & Martinez-Cafe Blanco

August 23 Apex-Cruise Control

August 30 Coyote Canyon -Side Project

September 13 Martinez & Martinez-Sino


Columbia Crest Winery

Hwy 221, Columbia Crest Dr

Paterson, WA 99345

(509) 875-4227 


Winemaker Picnic   

Saturday August 16, 2014 11:00am-3:30pm

Join us along with our white winemaker, Paula Eakin, for a summer time BBQ.  Relax by the pond on our beautiful spacious grounds where our on-site BBQ will take place. Along with live music and lawn games we will also be releasing another new winery exclusive, our 2013 Reserve Un-Oaked Chardonnay.


Kestrel Vintners 

2890 Lee Rd 

Prosser, WA 99350



Gourmet Burger Throwdown

August 23, 2014  12pm-4pm

Live music

$17.95 Choice of Burger with Grilled Corn & Dessert

Burger Menu

Gorgonzola Stuffed Burger with Cabernet Walla Walla Onions 

Pork & Bacon Burger with Bacon Onion Relish & Aged Cheddar

Thai Seafood Burger with Asian Slaw

Verde Turkey Burger with Spicy Pickled Green Tomatoes, Avocado & Jack Cheese

Portobello Burger with Pesto, Mozzarella, Roasted Tomatoes & Arugula

Peach Berry Crisp 

Reservations Recommended @ 509-786-2675 


Milbrandt Vineyards

508 Cabernet Court

Prosser, WA 99350



August Patio Party  

Sunday 31 August 2014 6:00pm 

Join us for a buffet dinner and live music featuring Frazer Wambeke. 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 August Sunday Social!

Call your friends now to meet you here at our August Sunday Social and enjoy a glass of our award winning 2012 Albarino. 

Only in August and only on Sundays from 1pm to 3pm... Don't miss this refreshing Summer wine for only $5 a glass (normally $7) We are also offering a 10% discount for each bottle/case of 2012 Albarino during our Sunday Social.  


Desert Wind Winery

2258 Wine Country Rd. Prosser



Wine Sensory Evaluation Class:
All About Whites
Friday - August 22, 2014
Start: 5:00pm End: 7:00pm
Taste and learn about different white wines, from dry to sweet. $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 - August 29, 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



Summer Barbecue
August 30, 2014
Join us for an old-fashioned Labor Day weekend barbecue right in the orchard. Check out our facebook pictures from last years. More information will be coming soon on this event.
Reservations will be required.


Mercer Estates Winery

3100 Lee Road, Prosser

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



Winemakers Dinner

Saturday August 9, 2014

6:00 pm-9:00pm

Join Winemaker Jessica Munnell and Chef JD Nolan of Fat Olives Restaurant for an evening of spectacular food and wine, featuring the release of the 2011 Mercer Malbec & 2013 Mercer Estates Reserve Chardonnay.

$75.00 per person -  

Make your reservations now by calling 509-786-2097

Space is extremely limited 


Patio Party

August 24 

(all day) 

Wine-by-the-Glass & Cheese Plates Available
Lounge on the patio in our Mini Pinot Gris Vineyard
Challenge your friends to a tournament of Giant Jenga
Or even test your luck at a game of Horse-shoes

Airfield Estates

560 Merlot Drive

Prosser, WA 99350




Friday, August 22nd  


Come enjoy an evening full of relaxation and farm fresh flavor with a Field to Fork dinner at Bill's Berry Farm paired with Airfield Wines. The evening includes appetizers and mingling with guests before a farm tour lead by Farmer Bill and Julie.  Includes appetizers and a 3 course dinner featuring seasonal farm produce, prepared by Chef Roger Hazzard of BonVino's Bistro and Airfield Wines presented by winemaker Marcus Miller.
Cost of $55 per person includes the entire evening. Seating is limited to 64 people. To make reservations contact Larelle at Bills Berry Farm by calling 509-882-3200 or email her directly at Payment by cash or check must be received within one week of your reservation.  



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


Or contact us at