40th Annual Tri-Cities Wine Festival to be held at Three Rivers Convention Center on Sat., Nov. 10

Get ready for the last big wine festival of the year in Washington State. It’s the 40th Annual Tri-Cities Wine Festival, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, WA. The Festival runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., but doors open at 6:30 p.m. for members of the Tri-Cities Wine Society.

A total 0f 71 Northwest wineries are expected to participate in this year’s event, which is the oldest, continuous, professionally judged wine competition in the state of Washington..

Judges for this year’s Festival are Jerry Bookwalter, founder, Bookwalter Winery, Richland, WA; Shelly Fitzgerald, wine education specialist, Columbia Winery, Woodinville, WA; Brad Smith, certified sommelier and instructional technician, Wine Program, Yakima Community College; Harry McWatters, founder/owner of TIME Winery and Evolve Cellars in Penticton, British Columbia; certified sommelier Madeline Nelson, executive director, Cascade Valley Wine Country, Chelan; and Kristina Mielke van Löben Sels, director of winemaking/co-owner, Arbor Crest Wine Cellars and van Löben Sels Cellars in Spokane, WA.. Bios on all of the judges can be found at: www.tricitieswinesociety.com/meet-the-judges.html.

Best of Show honors at last year’s Festival went to College Cellars of Walla Walla for its 2017 Muscat.

Tickets for the 2018 Festival, which is co-sponsored by the Tri-Cities Wine Society and the Three Rivers Convention Center, are $60 per person if purchased in advance, or $65 per person when purchased the day of the event and at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance of the Festival at the Toyota Center Box Office. The Box Office will also be open from noon to 5 p.m. the day of the Festival to accommodate those who are not able to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets can also be purchased online at: www.ticketmaster.com.

The price of admission to the Festival includes the opportunity to taste all of the wines and regional microbrews represented at the event, complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by local restaurants and caterers, and a silent auction, proceeds of which benefit the Tri-Cities Wine Society’s education fund.

Following is a list of the wineries that have registered to pour at the Festival: 2dor Winery, 14 Hands Winery, Airfield Estates, Ancestry Cellars, Armstrong Family Winery, Barnard Griffin Winery, Barrel Springs Winery, Basalt Cellars, Bontzu Cellars, Brian Carter Cellars, Cairdeas Winery, Chateau Beck, College Cellars of Walla Walla, Columbia Crest, Columbia Winery, Convergence Zone Cellars, Cottage Island Wines, Coyote Canyon Winery, Coyote Canyon H/H Estates, Craftsman Cellars, DavenLore Winery, De La Luz Wines, Desert Wind Winery, Double Canyon Winery, Farmhand Winery, Fly Rod Cellars, Gardena Creek Winery, Ginkgo Forest Winery, Goose Ridge Estate Winery, Gordon Estate, Gunpowder Creek, Henry Earl Estate Wines, Hidden Legend Winery, INTRINSIC™ Wine Co., Jones of Washington, Kestrel Vintners, Kiona Vineyards & Winery, Longship Cellars, LOVE THAT RED WINERY, Market Vineyards, Martinez & Martinez Winery, Mellisoni Vineyards, Mercer Estates, Monarcha Winery, Naches Heights Vineyard, Northwest Wine Academy,:Nota Bene Cellars, Pend d’Oreille Winery, Prosser Vineyard & Winery, Radix Winery, Schlagel Santo Winery, Selections by Sagemoor, Silver Lake Winery, Sinclair Estate Vineyards, Sky River Mead, Smasne Cellars, Stemilt Creek, Succession Wines,Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard, Terra Blanca J.T. Grey, The Hogue Cellars, Treveri Cellars, TruthTeller, Tsillan Cellars, Two Mountain Winery, Water From Wine, Welcome Road Winery, Wilridge Winery, Wit Cellars and Yakima Valley Vintners.

For more information about the Festival, visit the Tri-Cities Wine Society’s website at: www.tricitieswinesociety.com. The website also contains information about becoming a member of the Society, which, of course, lets you enter this year’s Festival early at 6:30 p.m.