Did you enjoy Wine Tourism day on Saturday? So what's next for wine lovers? As the Yakima Valley continues to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the valley's Appellation, Wine Yakima Valley is giving consumers insider access to some of the oldest vineyards and most experienced grape growers in the state. The Summer Vineyard tour takes place on July 27, and will feature Kestrel View Estates, Dubrul Vineyard, and Kiona Vineyards. Barb Glover with Wine Yakima Valley says the valley's success is rooted in talented grape growers. She says generations of these innovative, hard-working people collectively refine their experience of the land and support world-class, local viticulture research to make Yakima Valley central to Washington State’s winegrowing industry. For more information and tickets at wineyakimavalley.org.


Average retail gasoline prices in Yakima have risen 16.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.73/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 91 gas outlets in Yakima. This compares with the national average that has increased 6.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.57/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Yakima during the past week, prices yesterday were 39.6 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 16.0 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 5.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 15.4 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

"The national average has perked up again in the last seven days across the nation," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "Many motorists remain skeptical of the so called reasons that we blame higher prices on: refinery production and maintenance, tightening supply, and the now completed switch over to EPA mandated cleaner summer gasoline. Tight gasoline supply exists especially along the West Coast, and other factors are coming into play in some of the bigger metro areas where more expensive reformulated gasoline has hit pumps.”

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