Scott McKinlay, Editor                               Vol. 11, Number 10        October  2014
Current Events 



October 11th 4pm-10pm
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  Prosser
Beer & Whiskey Festival
Saturday October 11th

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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Greetings from Wine Country RV Park! 

Happy October!!  

September was a month not to forget. The week of Balloon Rally started off with rain, but by Friday the sun was out and so were the balloons. We had another sold out Balloon Rally Weekend here at Wine Country RV Park that started with an amazing BBQ catered by Country Gentleman. Musician Dale G Brown entertained everyone with his great selection of music During the BBQ.

We are also looking forward to October as the local wineries celebrate Harvest Season. Many of the local wineries have special Grape Stomping Events that you can participate in. Prosser will also be introducing their new Beer & Whiskey Festival Event scheduled for October 11th.

Balloon Rally BBQ 


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.

 Prosser Beer & Whiskey Festival   
Saturday 11 October 2014 
This exciting new event will also feature live music, food vendors and a rib cook-off to be judged by local chefs. Ticket packages start at just $15 for General Admission which includes entrance and a logo glass. A $50 VIP ticket is limited to 200 tickets and includes a logo glass, 25 tokens towards food and drink purchases, and access to the cigar lounge. The $75 All Access passes are limited to only 100, and include: a logo glass, 30 tokens towards food and drink purchases, access to the cigar lounge, a pre-event distillery tour at Blue Flame Spirits, and a welcome bag. For more information login to or contact the Prosser Chamber of Commerce (509) 786-3177

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Make sure you read the winery section of this newsletter for many more upcoming events including,
Catch the Crush Weekend in October.

Remember we do have an online reservation system, so if you wake up in the middle of night wondering where you could go for a quick weekend, enjoy the sunshine, play a round of golf, wine taste and then have an awesome evening around the fire pit with friends!  This is the place!!  You can log onto and make your reservation for up to 2 years in advance !!!


Happy October and as always Safe Travels, 



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Easy Recipe by Louann 

What's being Harvested??  Apples!

Fresh Apple Cake


1/2 Cup Butter                    1 tsp Cinnamon

1 Cup Sugar                       1 tsp Nutmeg

1 Egg                                  1/2 tsp Salt

1 1/2 Cup Flour                   2 1/2 Cups Chopped Apples

1 tsp Baking Soda              1/2 Cup Crushed Walnuts (Optional)


Cream Butter, Sugar and egg until smooth.  Add flour, soda and spices.

Stir in apples and walnuts.  Bake in a greased and floured 9X9 pan

(or Loaf pan) for 40-45 minutes at 375 degrees or until firm.



Manager's Corner  

As September comes to an end we are thankful for a great Balloon Rally weekend.  We had wonderful weather for the event and many guests in the park along with all of our Dry Campers. It was great to see some repeat guests and meet new ones in Prosser for the first time.  This year we sponsored a Balloon which in turn gave us the opportunity to give 2 of our VIP customers a Hot Air Balloon ride at daybreak on Saturday.  Joyce and Jim Draper visited our park the most in the past 2 years so they were awarded the ride.  It was a fun filled weekend for everyone.


Now we look to October which brings in the cooler nights and falling leaves.  There are still some great events in October here in Prosser that we have to offer.  The Crush weekend is filling up fast so call and get your reservations in soon.  This year a new event on the same weekend will take place "The Beer and Whiskey Festival" will be held October 11th.


So come to Prosser, hook up that RV, get that fire pit ready, toast some marshmallows and settle in for some relaxation.  We will be waiting for you!


Louann Rockney


Wine Country RV Park


Monthly Riddle Corner
The answer to last month's riddle was:
Answer: Air 


Here is this months riddle -





I am a small room,
but no life lives inside,
no matter what weather looms,
very cold my residents reside.

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:

Barrel Springs Winery    



Barrel Springs Winery 

46601 North Gap Road 

Prosser, WA 99350

(509) 786-3166 


 Share In The Barrel Springs Experience!

Nestled in a park like setting, our winery is a friendly place to savor our premium varietal wines, while enjoying the grounds and surrounding estate vineyard.
We are producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cab Franc, Malbec, Merlot, BS RED ( our red blend), Viognier a Viognier/Chardonnay  blend and Blushing Brook a Rose of Cab Franc.

Our family wants to share our love of wine with you. We acquired this beautiful acreage in 2002 with the intent of opening a boutique winery that would enable us to share our passion for crafting fine wine with others.

Our art gallery features nationally and internationally acclaimed sculptors Jim Brousseau. Topics include Western, Equine, Animals, Nature Spirits, Wine Service and paintings by Western artists. Crafts include one of a kind birdhouses by Jim and Linda Brousseau.

I look forward to meeting you!



On the Wine Front 


  Upcoming Events 




Columbia Crest Winery

Hwy 221, Columbia Crest Dr

Paterson, WA 99345

(509) 875-4227 


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.

Walter Clore 
Wine and Culinary Center 
2140 Wine Country Rd 
Prosser, WA 99350 
(509) 786-1000

Friday October 10th
UnWined is back again for a fall edition! Join us for an evening of wine, music, and food during Catch the Crush festivities.
$10 cover, wine and food from Garcia's Tex Mex available for purchase. Register online for quicker check in, or pay at the door.

Destiny Ridge Vineyard 
158422 W Sonova Rd
Prosser, WA 99350
(509) 242-9979  

Ed & Glenn's Excellent Adventure

October 11, 2014 @ 12:00 am - 8:00 pm
Spend the day with Ed and Glenn. This is a wine adventure not to be missed! Start with a BBQ lunch at Destiny Ridge Vineyard. Then get a personal tour of the vineyard and some special barrel tasting. Finish the day with an amazing winemakers dinner at the Prosser Tasting Room.
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14 Hands Winery  

660 Frontier Rd

Prosser , WA 99350

(509) 786-5514 


Yakima Wine Valley Crush Weekend  

Oct 11, 2014 - Oct 12, 2014  

Join us from 10am-5pm on October 11th, at 14 Hands Winery for Catch the Crush weekend!

During Wine Yakima Valley's "Catch the Crush" Saturday, enjoy live music from local musicians, The Knutzen Brothers, from 12:00-4:00. We will have award winning 14 Hands wines by the glass, along with small bites available to purchase from 11:30-4:30.


Willow Crest Winery

590 Merlot Dr

Prosser, WA 99350



Craft Night

October 14, 2014 5:00pm 

Head to the Willow Crest barrel room, where we'll provide you crafting material, tools and templates...along with some light bites to fuel that creativity! Discover cork, wine bottle, and scrapbook ideas along with many more crafts, perfect for gifts or home decor. Loretta Tucker leads the fun. Bring your friends and make new ones. Entry fee of $20 covers cost of materials and small bites. Wine will be available for purchase. 

RSVP to 509-786-7999 or; space is limited!


Coyote Canyon Winery

357 Port Avenue, Studio A

Prosser, Washington 99350



Harvest Party 2014 

Saturday, October 04, 2014: all day

October 4th, experience the old world tradition of grape harvest in the heart of the Horse Heaven Hills.

Wine Tasting

Harvest Party

Call: 509-830-6301


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Desert Wind Winery

2258 Wine Country Rd. Prosser



Wine Sensory Evaluation Class:
Old World vs. New World Wines
Friday - October 17, 2014
Start: 5:00pm End: 7:00pm
Taste and learn about differences between Old World and New World wines. $30 per person ($27 for Wine Club) includes workshop instruction, wine and snacks. Reservations required; class size limited.


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) 



Saturday, October 11th

Help us celebrate the harvest season with our annual Grape Stomp! If you have never experienced wine grapes between your toes, it is truly a one of a kind experience! Simply roll up your jeans, hop in a harvest bin, and start stomping! So lend us a foot to help create the 2014 Ruby Ros'e.

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Thursday, September 4th-Thursday, January 1st

Airfield Estates welcomes you to join us for the Seahawk Season!  

Game Day: Receive 12% off on purchases of 2012 Vintages

Blue Friday: Wear your Seahawk's Fan Gear on any Friday before a game and receive $5 wine by the glass   





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    Barrel Springs 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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