Washington State's premiere wine producing region hosts its biggest event the weekend of April 15th through 17th.

Besides enjoying the predictably sunny weather in eastern Washington, barrel-tasting weekend is an opportunity to gain insight into the artistic process behind the production at each winery.

Spring Barrel tasting is your chance to get a jump on tasting and purchasing some of the best wines in wine country. A visit to the Valley on this weekend will allow you to sample yet-unfinished wines from the barrel.

Barrel tasting allows tasters a sneak preview of upcoming vintages from their favorite wineries. This special weekend in the Yakima Valley features winemakers and cellar staff who are on hand to share insights and answer questions on the winemaking process. Many of the 50 participating wineries make special efforts to enhance the wine tasting experience by adding delicious cheeses, sauces, salsas, and even desserts to the mix along with special tastings and education.

For information on weekend passes, lodging packages, limo tours and more, visit wineyakimavalley.org.

Spring Barrel Tasting weekend is typically held the last full weekend in April. April 23, 24, 2011 is Easter weekend.  With respect to the Holiday they are moving this year's event to April 15-17, 2011