Washington Wine Country Taste and Tote Program F.A.Q.
Welcome to TasteAndTote.com. Typically visitors who want to take wine home after visiting wine country are charged a per case baggage fee by the airlines. Likewise, they are charged a drop off fee if they rent a car at one location and drop it at another.
The newly expanded Taste and Tote program will help to alleviate those issues. Beginning September 1, 2012:
- Alaska Airlines passengers flying out of the Pasco/Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, or Yakima airports will be able to check one case (with up to twelve standard 750 ml. bottles in one case) of Washington wine as baggage at no charge.
- Drop-off fees for vehicles rented from Hertz Rent-a-Car will be waived (details below).
- In addition, Alaska Airlines passengers can taste wine at participating wineries in Washington Wine Country at no charge when they present their Alaska Airlines in-bound boarding pass to one of the three cities.
Frequently Asked Questions
How must the wine be packaged?
The wine must be safely packaged for transport in a protective shipping container. The TSA asks that containers not be sealed, but remain open for inspection. Shipping boxes are available at many of the regionís wineries as well as the visitor information centers in Yakima and Tri Cities.
Advise the Alaska Air Customer Service Agent when you check in so the box can be properly labeled with FRAGILE stickers. Items packaged in cardboard boxes are covered in case of loss, but are checked at your own risk for damage. For details on Alaska Air check baggage policies visit their Check Baggage Policies here.
How many cases are allowed?
Each ticketed passenger will be allowed one case to be checked free of charge. Passengers with additional cases will be charged the regular baggage fee.
Can passengers check one case of wine at no charge through to their final destination, even if they are connecting to another airline?
Yes, passengers can check their first case of wine at no charge to their final destination, unless the case is retrieved from baggage and rechecked at any stopover.
How do Alaska Airlines passengers redeem their free wine tastings at participating wineries?
At participating wineries that charge a tasting fee, passengers can receive free tastings by presenting their current (within 10 days of arrival) in-bound Pasco/Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, or Yakima, Alaska Airlines boarding pass. One waived tasting fee is available per boarding pass.
Does the Taste and Tote program apply for all fifty states and international flights?
The first case free program applies to all out-bound destinations in the United States. It does not apply to international destinations.
Are free tastings and the first case free at check-in available for Alaska Airlines passengers at any other airports in Washington State?
This program started in Walla Walla in December 2011 and, on the request of the Washington Wine Country partners, has been expanded to include Yakima and Pasco. These are the only airports in Washington State with this program.
Do you have to fly in and out of the same airport for these offers?
No, you can also fly into any of the three airports (Pasco/Tri-Cities, Walla Walla or Yakima) and fly out from either of the other two in the program.
What is the Hertz Rent-a-Car offer?
To encourage travel within the region, Hertz will waive the car drop-off fee when their vehicle is rented at one of the three airports (Yakima, Pasco/Tri-Cities or Walla Walla) and returned at one of the other two cities in the program with a valid Alaska Airlines boarding pass. Inquire with Hertz Rent-a-Car for details.
Is the Washington Wine Country Taste and Tote program permanent?
At this time, the Taste and Tote program is a minimum two-year program.
For more details on the program visit www.tasteandtote.comFor visitor information contact one of these sponsoring tourism organizations:
- Yakima Valley: www.VisitYakimaValley.org
- Tri-Cities: www.VisitTri-Cities.com
- Walla Walla: www.WallaWalla.org
- Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail: www.rattlesnakehills.org
- Red Mountain American Viticultural Area Association: www.redmountainava.com
- Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance: www.wallawallawine.com
- Wine Yakima Valley: www.wineyakimavalley.org