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“We sit down under the trees to an ideal lunch of artisan cheeses, freshly baked bread, sun-warmed tomatoes…. Kay adds simple touches to a meal with the ease of a natural cook…. Her cooking tradition goes back at least a generation. ‘In my family we cooked dinner every night, we raised our own vegetables, and we drank our own wine.'”

Anne Willan
Cooking With Wine

The Experience

Together Kay and Clay have built a winery that reflects the finest attributes of Washington wines. Original farm buildings house the winery, barrel storage, and tasting room and a shaded lawn serves as a picnic area. Bounded by a Cabernet Franc vineyard along with apple and cherry orchards, the winery is a favorite stop on the well-traveled Yakima Valley tasting trail. Life here is one of rural simplicity- enjoying the fruit of one’s labors. We invite you to experience this personally, and in the meantime we’d like to share some of the things that lend to the Chinook experience... Chinook Wines Photo Album

Past Events

Thursday, June 26th "Taste for Life" at Wing Luke Museum
We'll be pouring Chinook for the Puget Sound Blood Center's event; tickets $35


Monday, February 25, 2013 One seating at 7 o'clock p.m.
Call Maximilien Restaurant for reservations: 206-682-7271

Bailey Boushay House Chef's Dinner; Bell Harbor, Seattle
Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Chinook's wines will be served with dinner at this favorite event!

Saturday, November 10, 2012, TASTE OF TULALIP; Chinook pours!
 Tickets available on the Taste of Tulalip website

Thursday, November 1, 2012, Northwest Hope & Healing Wine Tasting
Women Winemakers of the Pacific Northwest

Tickets available for $40; event is 6 - 8 p.m. in Seattle, WA

Taste For Life -- Wine tasting to benefit research at Puget Sound Blood Center
Thursday, June 21, 2012; 5:30 - 8:30

Taste our wines at Bin 41 in West Seattle

Friday, June 15, 2012 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Food & Wine Pairing Seminar with chef Tom Douglas and Chinook Semillon!
Sunday, April 1st; 11:00 A.M. before TASTE WA

Taste Washington
Saturday & Sunday, March 31st &  April 1st 2012, Seattle

Sippin' for the Seven 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Roslyn, WA

Long Live the Kings Salmon Homecoming, Orcas Island, WA
Saturday, September 24, 2011 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Chinook Winemaker Dinner at The Bluff Restaurant; Friday Harbor WA
Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 

Meet Your Maker at Palace Kitchen, Seattle
Thursday, August 25th; 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Fun with Jackie Cross & Prosser Farm & Chinook's wines

Wine In The Pines, Suncadia Resort - Cle Elum WA
Saturday, August 27th, 2011; various events 12:30 - 10 p.m.

Kitsap Wine Festival, Bremerton WA
Saturday, August 20th, 2011; 2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

TASTE WASHINGTON - Various Wine Events
Restaurant Awards Friday; Grand Tasting Sunday
 - Seattle, WA
Friday, March 25th - Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Anacortes Spring Wine Festival
Saturday, April 9th, 2011, 12 o'clock noon - 4:30 p.m.

Sippin' For the 7
Wine Tasting Benefit for Chimp Sanctuary NW, Suncadia WA

Saturday, February 26th, 2011, 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Valentine's Day Weekend Winemaker Dinner at Canyon River Ranch
Sunday, February 13th, 2011 at Canyon River Ranch - Yakima Canyon

Best of Seattle, Seattle Design Center
Thursday, November 18, 2010

20Something, Seattle
Saturday, November 20, 2010

Taste of Tulalip, Tulalip Resort & Casino, Marysville
Saturday, November 13, 2010

Futurewise Feast With Friends, Seattle
Thursday, September 30, 2010

March of Dimes  Signature Chef''s Auction starring Ray's chef Peter Birk
Chinook joins in the Seattle event . . .  

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Long Live The Kings Salmon Homecoming, Orcas Island
Saturday, September 11, 2010

Wine Party 2010! Chinook pours with 20 Washington winemakers . . .
Saturday, September 11, 2010

Chinook's Tasting Room Opens for the Season!
Saturday, May 1, 2010

Chinook Pours for WA Wine month at Bottlehouse, Seattle

Taste Chinook from 6-8 p.m. 
Friday, August 27th, 2010

Chinook Pours at Cheese-a-Topia, Benaroya Hall, Seattle
Cheese Festival from 5-9:30 p.m. 
Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Chinook is part of a delicious and fun dinner at Emmer & Rye,
1825 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle
Chef Seth Caswell pairs tasty courses with Chinook's wines;
call the restaurant: 206-282-0680 for more information . . .
Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Chinook joins WA women winemakers at the Georgian Room

for a Women In Wine event; Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle
Monday, July 26th, 2010
Tickets are $35 and benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation

Wine, Women & Song 
Friday, June 25th, at the  Palace Ballroom, Seattle

Revelry on Red Mountain

Saturday, June 26th, 2010 at Col Solare winery in the Yakima Valley

Chinook Rose is tasted live by Paul Gregutt & everyone -- everywhere!

Thursday,June 10, 2010

Dunn Gardens Benefit Wine Tasting, Seattle
Sunday, May 16, 2010

Taste of Tulalip
November 15, 2009

Wine Yakima Valley’s Thanksgiving in Wine Country
November 27th-28th, 2009

Yakima Valley AVA's 26th Anniversary Dinner at Kaspar's

Friday, October 16, 2009 at 7 pm

Taste of the Nation- Benaroya Hall, Seattle
July 30th
Taste of the Nation Seattle is a culinary extravaganza featuring the region’s premier food, wine and spirits. Spend a summer evening tantalizing every sense, sampling, sipping and socializing in the majestic Benaroya Hall, Samuel and Althea Stroum Grand Lobby overlooking the Emerald City. Please join us for a dynamic live and extensive silent auction featuring exclusive dining and entertaining experiences for every palate. Purchase Tickets.

Chinook Wines Featured at Glade Spring Spa Special Event- Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum

August 7th & 8th
For details and ticket information, please contact Spa Concierge at 509.649.6470.

Revelry on Red Mountain
August 9th
A new event on the terrace of Col Solare winery to kickoff the 2009 Auction of Washington Wines. Chinook will pour our wines alongside other well-known wineries. For ticket information visit:

August 22nd
You must get a ticket to this one for 2010! The weather was delightful & the food and wine delicious . . . Keep track of the Suncadia website for scheduling. We hope to see you there!

Prosser Art Walk & Wine Gala
July 18th 6 PM - 10 PM

Washington's Wonderful, Wild CHINOOK Dinner- Seattle

May 13th 6:30 PM
Join Ray's Boathouse Chef Peter Birk and Seattle Slow Food for a dinner of Washington troll caught Chinook salmon and a rare opportunity for conversation with fishermen from the Makah Tribe and Washington Trollers Association. In addition, each course will feature a Chinook wine carefully selected to pair with this delicious and sustainable multi-course dinner. Cost is $90.00 per guest, includes tax and gratuity. For reservations please call Dean Lee at (206) 789-4130 ext. 225.

Chinook's Tasting Room Opens for the Season!
May 2nd 12 PM - 5 PM

Wine Sensory Workshop at Chinook Wines -EVENT SOLD OUT
April 24th 3 PM - 5 PM or April 25th 10 AM - 12 PM
Join Chinook Wines for a Wine Sensory Workshop lead by Dr. Ann Noble, Professor Emerita of University of California at Davis. A sensory scientist/flavor chemist, Noble developed the Wine Aroma Wheel in the early 1980s as a research tool to describe wines in a standard, non-judgmental manner. After developing a common language through training with wine "standards" and aroma wheels, participants will taste and describe Yakima Valley wines. Space is limited. $45/person. Additional Information/Reservations: 509.786.2725 or

Anacortes Spring Wine Festival
April 11th 12 PM - 6 PM
This inaugural festival will be sponsored by the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, with special thanks to Compass Wines for their support. The event is a celebration of Northwest food and wine culture, bringing together over 20 Northwest wineries and six local restaurants, at the Port Warehouse in old town Anacortes. Additional Information: Anacortes Chamber of Commerce

*AFTER THE EVENT- Join Kay & Clay from 7:30 PM on for dinner at Adrift (510 Commerical Avenue, Anacortes). Chinook Wines will be paired with several special menu items. CHECK OUT THE MENU! 

Taste Washington Seattle!
April 4th-5th

The Ladies of Winemaking at Monsoon East
April 1st 5:45 PM; 8 PM
Bellevue's Monsoon East has a "Tongue and Cheek" Winemakers' Dinnner planned highlighting Vietnamese dishes and preparations. This 7-course menu is paired with wines from Chinook, Domaine Drouhin and Penner-Ash Wine Cellars. Call Monsoon East at 425.635.1112 to reserve your seats. Review the Menu!

Celebrating Washington Wine Month at Tom Douglas Restuarants

March 14th 6 PM - 9 PM
In honor of Washington Wine Month, Chinook is being featured at both Etta's and Lola. Spend your Saturday evening enjoying an appetizer or meal with select tastes of Chinook Wines poured by Kay and Clay. 

Tasting at Cascade Wine Company- Yakima
March 14th 2 PM - 6 PM

Tasting at City Cellars Fine Wines- Seattle
March 13th 5 PM - 7 PM
All are welcome. No reservations required. $3 Tasting Fee.
(Refundable with bottle purchase).

2007 CABERNET FRANC RELEASE at Chinook Wines
March 7th & 8th 12 PM - 5 PM
For over 15 years, Chinook has produced a Cabernet Franc from our estate vineyard and selected growers' fruit in the Yakima Valley. The soft-styled, aromatic wine has become a favorite in the Northwest, much to our delight. However, over the past few years we've sold out quickly, leaving many without a bottle. To counter that this year, we are hosting a CABERNET FRANC "PICK-ME-UP" PARTY! We'll take small groups on vineyard & pruning tours and share tank samples of rosé. Tastes of Franc-friendly foods will help round out the party for those up for celebrating a day of all things Cab Franc! RSVPs appreciated, but not required. FREE. 509.786.2725 or

Tasting at Ellensburg Wineworks
March 6th 5 PM - 8 PM
Participate in Ellensburg's First Friday Art Walk and join the Chinook Wines team in tasting a flight of our current offerings. Matt, Sue and Gordy always create a great atmosphere for their tastings, and we're excited to be a part of their event.

Tasting at Pike and Western- Seattle
March 6th 3 PM - 6 PM
All are welcome. No reservations required. Free of Charge.

Ellensburg Wineworks- Chinook Wines March Feature

Yellow Church Cafe- Chinook Wines March Feature
A local favorite, this Ellensburg standard is one of the great lunch spots on trips between the Yakima Valley and Seattle. Enjoy Chinook wines alongside cuisine that centers around novel twists on comfort foods.

Wine Yakima Valley’s Red Wine & Chocolate
February 14th-16th
The natural affinity between dark chocolate and red wine is no secret. The Red Wine and Chocolate event weekend in the Yakima Valley provides a distinctive and elegant offering of fine chocolate and fine wine. Visit the more than 52 wineries in the Yakima Valley wine country during this Presidents’ Day weekend. Each winery pairs sumptuous chocolate desserts with their very own remarkable red wines. *Chinook Event Details Below!

Surrounded by our small vineyard and orchard, life at Chinook is one of rural simplicity- enjoying the fruit of one's labors. This Presidents' Day Weekend, we invite you to experience this personally, while sampling a few of our red wines paired with the First Family's favorite chocolates. Due to space limitations, Premier Pass holders only please.

Chinook Wine Tasting at Bob's Keg & Cork

February 9th 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
27 North Front Street
Yakima Washington 98907

Wine Yakima Valley’s Thanksgiving in Wine Country

November 28th-29th 
When Chinook co-owner Clay was 4-years-old, he asked for a special cheese instead of a birthday cake. Drawing from a lifetime of cheese appreciation, this Thanksgiving, Chinook will pair a few of Clay's picks with several new releases and classic favorites. *Open for Premiere Pass holders only please.

Women & Wine Winemaker's Dinner
Lisa Dupar of Lisa Dupar Catering and Pomegranate Bistro will be joined by two of Washington's most fabulous female winemakers Kay Simon of Chinook Wines and Anna Schafer of áMaurice Winery. Join Lisa, Kay and Anna for a multiple course wine paired meal. CHECK OUT THE MENU! For additional information contact 425.881.3250 or

20Something- The New Vintage
November 15th 7 PM - 11 PM at the Fremont Studios
Join Chinook Wines, Washington winemakers pouring their $30 & under wines and the hottest young chefs serving delicious culinary treats. Of course, the young "at heart" are welcome as well. This event is for ALL present and future fans of Washington wine. Come mix & mingle with the winemakers and other 20somethings! Tickets on sale through Brown Paper Tickets.

30th Anniversary Tri-Cities Wine Festival
November 7th & 8th
Events include seminars, public tasting and silent auction. Whether a fledgling taster or discriminating consumer, this is a weekend for learning, wine tasting and food pairing, all in a relaxed atmosphere.

"Grape & Gourmet" Bellingham Bay Rotary
November 2nd 5 PM - 8:30 PM

Wine Yakima Valley’s Savor the Art
October 1st-31st 
Wine connoisseurs, art enthusiasts and friends of Wine Yakima Valley come together for a month-long celebration of winemaking and artistry in the Yakima Valley in October. While Mother Nature shows off her colors, over 35 participating wineries will provide gallery space for an exclusive exhibition of fine art.

Pacific Northwest Wining and Dining- Booksigning with Author Braiden Rex-Johnson
Sunday, September 21st 12 PM – 2 PM in Chinook’s Tasting Room- FREE

Long Live the Kings- Salmon Homecoming Celebration with Chinook Wines
Saturday, September 20th  12 PM – 3:30 PM on Orcas Island

Auction of Washington Wines
August 14th-16th
This marks the auction's 21st year of giving back to the community and Chinook's very own Kay Simon has been named this year's Honorary Vintner. Join us as we commemorate the "Coming of Age" of Washington wines - and celebrate with some of the world's finest winemakers.

Wine in the Pines- Glade Spring Spa at Suncadia Resort

August 9th
Join Chinook's Kay Simon and other Washington winemakers for a day-long event highlighting wines from around the state. Tickets are on sale at

Taste of the Nation- Seattle
July 31st
Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation, is the nation's premier culinary benefit dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America. For 20 years, the event has brought together the most creative culinary minds across the nation.