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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008

HalloWine tasting in Rattlesnake Hills

ZILLAH -- Put on your scariest Halloween costume and head for the hills, the Rattlesnake Hills that is.

The nine wineries along the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail will be celebrating HalloWine Saturday and Sunday with special tastings, nibbles and costumes -- lots of costumes.

Stop in at each of the wineries -- they’re clustered just four miles southeast of Yakima off Interstate 82 -- to discover what treats they have available or what “costumed persona” will serve you.

There could be wine-bar witches, pirates walking the planks or vampires dribbling wine (not blood) down their chins as you approach the tasting bars. But don’t be afraid, for they only vant you to taste their vines.

The wineries are generally open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For specific information on each winery go to www.rattlesnakehills.com or call toll-free 888-375-7498.

There’s no charge for wine tasting but buy a Passport card for $5 and you’ll be treated to free reserve tastings and extra discounts. The cards are available at all the wineries along the trail.

In addition to lots of good wines to sample you’ll also enjoy:

Bonair Winery workers will be wearing their scary best and offering fresh picked table grapes.

Eaton Hill Winery will be serving soup.

Masset Winery is displaying the work of renowned pumpkin carving artists through Thanksgiving. See them in action on Nov. 1-2.

For a preview, go to www.masterpumpkinsculptor.com.

Paradisos del Sol will sell one of their vintages for a dollar to visitors in full costume.

Piety Flats Winery will be serving Kris’ Pumpkin Soup.

Severino Cellars, housed in a 100-year-old farmhouse, has gone spooky.

Silver Lake Winery workers will greet visitors in costume and offer discounts.

Steppe Cellars is tricked out in harvest decor and will have hot cider for sipping.

Tefft Cellars will have peanut butter and chocolate candy for sampling with Concordia, a portlike wine made from Concord grapes.

* Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513; lhulse@tricityherald.com; more food news at www.tricityherald.com/lifestyles/food