Taste and Tote FAQs
Typically visitors who want to take wine home after visiting wine country are charged a per case baggage fee by the airlines. The newly expanded Taste and Tote program will help to alleviate those issues.
• Alaska Airlines passengers flying out of the Pasco/Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, or Yakima airports on domestic flights 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. Memberhsip in Alaska Airlines' Mileage Plan is required. For more information or to become a Alaska Airlines Mileage Member, please click here. • 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. Many wineries have the approved shipping containers.
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 (on domestic flights only), unless the case is retrieved from baggage and rechecked at any stopover.
Does the Taste and Tote program apply for all fifty states? Yes, the first case free program applies to all out-bound domestic destinations.
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 of arrival) in-bound Pasco/Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, or Yakima, Alaska Airlines boarding pass. One waived tasting fee is available per boarding pass.
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.
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.com
For visitor information contact one of these sponsoring tourism organizations:
Yakima Valley: www.VisitYakimaValley.org
Walla Walla: www.WallaWalla.org
Wine Associations in Washington Wine Country:
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