Wineries, tasting rooms and great food make this a village worth visiting.
ONE OF THE joys of modern wine touring in Washington is the development of clusters and carefully planned villages. We’re seeing this perhaps most dramatically in Woodinville and downtown Walla Walla.
The advantages are many, with the primary convenience being you can park your car and stroll from winery to winery in a civilized fashion. It gives the opportunity to enjoy sunshine and fresh air, while easily visiting several wineries without getting lost.
Nowhere is this better done than at the appropriately named Vintner’s Village in Prosser, a town in the heart of the Yakima Valley that is the ancestral home of Washington’s wine industry.
Two from Vintner’s Village
These two wines are from wineries with tasting rooms in Vintner’s Village in Prosser.
Coyote Canyon Winery 2013 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Primitivo, Horse Heaven Hills, $25: Its intense cherry aroma includes strawberry jam and fresh-cut hay, which leads to flavors of blackcap raspberry, black currants and blackberry jam.
Milbrandt Vineyards 2015 Pheasant Vineyard The Estates Late Harvest Riesling, Wahluke Slope, $25: Aromas of poached pears with honey, honeysuckle and powdered sugar. The resulting nectar is full-bodied, backed by caramelized pears, honey and lemon thyme.
Like a great wine sometimes happens, Vintner’s Village was a happy accident. The land was owned by the Port of Benton, which had a business lined up to move in. When that fell through, the owners quickly went another direction, creating space for wineries, complete with streets, electricity, water and other services.
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