Where to go to sample Yakima wines

Four ways to sample the flavor of Yakima

Silver Lake Winery

Jim Henkens

1. Get the lay of the land

You’ll find lovely views of the valley on Roza Hill’s lawn at Silver Lake Winery (pictured; $5 tasting fee; 1500 Vintage Rd., Zillah; silverlakewinery.com)―and some charming companions at Two Mountain Winery (free tastings; 2151 Cheyne Rd., Zillah; twomountainwinery.com), where you’re greeted by the property’s four dogs; our favorite is Bentley the basset hound.

Gilbert Cellars

Jim Henkens

2. Sip in style

Gilbert Cellars’ new small-plates menu, tasting flights, and chic reclaimed-wood furniture give its tasting room a wine bar atmosphere. Try the gorgonzola-stuffed, bacon-wrapped dates with a gutsy, earthy Malbec. 5 N. Front St.; gilbertcellars.com.

North Town Coffeehouse

Jim Henkens

3. Curl up at a coffeehouse

Need a break from the grape? Get cozy with a latte at North Town Coffeehouse. The absurdly comfy couches down- stairs create a great reading nook. 28 N. First St.; northtowncoffee.com.

4. Explore on horseback

Sign up for a ride at Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast, and Barn and get a backstage pass to Yakima’s gorgeous vineyard and orchard land. Starting this month, owner Pepper Fewel offers winery tours by horse-drawn cart, complete with a picnic lunch. $150 for horseback or horse-and-cart tours; reservations required; 509/829-3500.

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