Scott McKinlay, Editor                               Vol. 11, Number 9        September  2014
Current Events 



The Great Prosser Balloon Rally
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  


The Great Prosser
Balloon Rally
September 26-28, 2014


Mustang Car Show 
Columbia Crest Winery 
October 5, 2014

Catch the Crush
October 11th & 12th
Each Winery offers
it's own celebratory


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September has arrived and this is the month everyone has been waiting for. This is one of the most sensational months that Prosser has to offer.

Balloon Rally has grown tremendously over the years since it began some 25 years ago, that we are booked for at least a year in advance. Get your name in early and you might just catch a cancellation.

Hot Air Balloons take to the sky at The Great Prosser Balloon Rally. The balloons are scheduled to launch at sunrise from the Prosser Washington Airport on September 26-28, 2014 (weather permitting).
Balloon Pilots from over the Northwestern United States will converge on Prosser Washington to participate in the 25th Annual Great Prosser Balloon Rally. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early (about 6:15 a. m.) at the Prosser Airport to watch the pilots prepare the giant balloons. Some lucky spectators are even asked to assist the balloon pilots inflate, chase, and recover the Hot-Air-Balloons.

Louann and her husband Scott really enjoyed visiting with everyone that stopped by our booth last month at the FMCA National Rally in Redmond Oregon. We sure look forward to seeing all of you at Wine Country RV Park in the near future.


Bill's Berry Farm 


Saturdays September 20th and 27th, 10am-5pm AND the FIRST FOUR Fridays and Saturdays in October, 10am-5pm  *Closed on Halloween!* 

What is fall without a trip to the farm with your family, friends or small group to enjoy the bounty of the harvest? If you are looking for clean, wholesome harvest fun... then we're the farm for you! With two venues- our Berry Farm Park, and our Fall Park- we have a variety of activities that all ages will enjoy. Login to 


Columbia Crest Winery
October 5, 2014
28th Annual Mustang Car Show
10:00 AM -4:30 PM
Columbia Crest Winery just up the road in Paterson
Washington is excited to continue their tradition of hosting more than 100 Mustang Cars. Vote for your favorites while you enjoy wine tasting and music. Food will be available for purchase.

Hwy 221, Columbia Crest Dr
Paterson, WA 99345
Telephone (509) 875-4227

Catch the Crush Event 
October 11-12 2014 
Experience the first and largest wine grape-growing region in Washington State during the spectacle of harvest. Join winemakers and growers as you tour vineyards, pick grapes, stomp in vats and wine and dine all weekend long at 40 local wineries. Each Winery offers it's own celebratory events, including grape stomps, harvest and crush activities, tours, free-run juice, hors d' oeuvres, live music, and of course wine tasting.    


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



Happy September and as always Safe Travels, 



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Easy Recipe by Louann 

This is Peachy!!

If you enjoy your wine and cheese this

is a great easy little spread to enjoy during

the hot weather.


Zippy Peach Cracker Spread


1 8oz pkg. cream cheese soften

2/3 cup peach preserves

1 ½ tsp prepared horseradish

1 ½ tsp ground mustard

¼ tsp pepper


Place cream cheese on plate. In small

bowl combine other ingredients and

pour over cream cheese. (For added

flare add a few small diced fresh peaches)

Serve with crackers.

Manager's Corner  

September has arrived!


As August comes to a close the weather is still very nice here in Prosser, School is starting and we are gearing up for our biggest weekend of the year "Balloon Rally".  We are really looking forward to this event and we have our Annual BBQ scheduled for Friday September 26th.  If you have not called and purchased your tickets please do so soon before the price goes up.  Our deadline is September 5th to get our count for the caterer.  We will be doing a few Raffle Drawings the weekend of Balloon Rally so make sure you have your information on your ticket. 


We have a few new wineries coming to do tastings for us this month which we are very excited about.  If you have not had the chance to come to our tastings yet her at the park please try to this month.  It will be the last month we have any scheduled since the wineries will be gearing up for the Crush in October.  It is $5 for the tasting and 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.


Good news for those cable lovers who are checking into the park.  We are having our cable fixed so it will be much easier for you to watch your favorite programs during your next visit. Hooray!!


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: The rock in rock-paper-scissors.
Congratulations to Kem Webb


Here is this months riddle -





I can be thin but not fat,
In your body but never on your placemat.
I'm always better when I'm fresh,
but you'll never see me in the flesh.


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:

Coyote Canyon   



Coyote Canyon Winery

Winemaker's Loft Vintner's Village

357 Port Avenue, Studio A

Prosser, WA 99350

(509) 786-7686 



Coyote Canyon Winery is a reflection of the Andrews Family's lifelong tradition of cultivating the land. Located in south central Washington State and the heart of the Horse Heaven Hills, this unique terroir and climate has nurtured Coyote Canyon Vineyard's award winning premium grapes since 1994.


Mike's love for the land and his desire for perfection in attending to the smallest vineyard detail is reflected in every glass of Coyote Canyon and H/H Estate premier wines. You can trust our name built  on "The Promise of the Land and Tradition"


We invite you to savor our wines, explore and enjoy the beauty of our vineyard, and join our CCW wine club.




Our tasting room is located in Studio A of the beautiful Winemaker's Loft in Vintner's Village, Prosser, Washington. Vintner's Village is a development hosting some of Eastern Washington's best wineries and walking trails that link over 16 wineries and restaurants.


We feature our award winning Coyote Canyon wines and Horse Heaven Hills 100% Estate wines. Our knowledgeable staff will welcome you with an informative, enjoyable and relaxed tasting experience.




On the Wine Front 


  Upcoming Events 



Wine Country RV Park 

330 Merlot Dr, Prosser



September Wine Bar Tasting Calendar

This will be one of your last opportunities to enjoy one of our evening tasting here at Wine Country RV Park before the summer ends. This September 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

September 13 Martinez & Martinez-Sino

September 20 Apex-TBA

September 27 Coyote Canyon-Last Call 


Columbia Crest Winery

Hwy 221, Columbia Crest Dr

Paterson, WA 99345

(509) 875-4227 


Harvest Celebration     

September 27, 2014 11:00am-4:30pm

Come celebrate harvest at Columbia Crest. Music, food, wine and much more! More details to follow.


Milbrandt Vineyards

508 Cabernet Court

Prosser, WA 99350



September Patio Party  

Saturday 20 September 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


14 Hands Winery  

660 Frontier Rd

Prosser , WA 99350

(509) 786-5514 


Winemaker's 2nd Seasonal Barrel Selection & Dinner

September 13, 2014 6pm 

The Dinner will be hosted by talented 14 Hands winemaker, Keith Kenison, who will be highlighting our first seasonal Rosé made from Pinot Gris. You will have the opportunity to hand bottle this wine in our barrel room at 14 Hands during our dinner event. Quantities are limited to one barrel production. 

Tickets: $75 | $67.50 Cellar 14 Members


Coyote Canyon Winery

357 Port Avenue, Studio A

Prosser, Washington 99350



September Sunday Social!

Come and be a part of our September Sunday Social!

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


This vintage has already received Gold in 2013 Seattle Wine Awards and earned Silver in the 2013 BTI World Wine Championships.


Only in September 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 2012 Viognier during our Sunday Social.    


Desert Wind Winery

2258 Wine Country Rd. Prosser



First Friday Music & Flatbreads at Desert Wind  

Friday-September 5, 2014

Start: 5:00pm End: 8:00pm

Join us on the patio (weather permitting...indoors otherwise) for an evening of food and fun. Live music, $10 flatbread pizzas, and food and drink specials.   

No reservations required.   


Wine Sensory Evaluation Class:
Vintage Selections
Friday - September 19, 2014
Start: 5:00pm End: 7:00pm
Try wines from various vintages and learn about how wine changes with time and how to select wines for aging. $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 - September 26, 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.



Airfield Estates

560 Merlot Drive

Prosser, WA 99350




Friday, October 10th, 2014 7pm 

Enjoy the bounty that the Yakima Valley has to offer. Join Airfield's winemaker Marcus Miller and Bon Vino's Chef Roger Hazzard for a delicious meal paired with Airfield Wines. Wine dinner prepared by Bon Vino's Restaurant and Catering. This years menu will be the following:  


Lamb Sliders with Tzatziki Sauce and Mint Slaw
Olive Tapenade with Andouille Sausage served with Smoked Carmelized Onion
Chilled Asparagus Soup
Hot Spinach Salad topped with Gorgonzola and dried Currents
Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Rosemary Anna Potatoes served with Ratatouille topped with Wild Mushroom cream sauce, drizzled with Basil Balsalmic Reduction
Chocolate Fudge Cake topped with Cherry Jubilee  

Cost: $85 (15% Wine Club Discount)   




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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