It’s almost time for Wine Yakima Valley’s annual Red Wine & Chocolate event! Spend the weekend indulging in rich chocolates, red wines and activities throughout the valley. Over 40 wineries in Yakima, Prosser, Zillah and Red Mountain will be offering decadent treats as you make your way from winery to winery.
Purchasing a Premier Pass is the most economical way to tour the valley. Your pass will waive tasting fees, provide special discounts, access to reserve tastings, special tours and more! Premier Passes can be purchased at the following locations on Saturday, February 18:
- Airfield Estates Winery
- Cote Bonneville Winery
- GooseRidge Estate Winery
- Kana Winery
- Tanjuli Winery
- Treveri Cellars
- Yakima Valley Visitor Center off I-82 (available beginning Feb 13.)
Participate in our Sip & Click Twitter photo contest over the weekend and be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to Ummelina Spa, an estate tour at Terra Blanca, winemaker for a day at Two Mountain Winery, and a Wilridge Vineyard tour and a Cowiche Canyon hike or mountain bike. Simply snap a pic of your Red Wine & Chocolate experience, tweet it with your location and the hashtag #YakimaWine and you will be eligible to win. All you have to do is Sip and Click!
Planning your trip is simple with the new mobile wine tour app. It’s easy to use and FREE!
Helpful red wine and chocolate tasting tips from our wineries to give you a head start:
Let it melt – Taste the chocolate and allow it to melt on your tongue just prior to sipping wine.
Tannins don’t mix – Avoid wines and chocolates that are overly tannic in nature, which compete with each other and result in a muddled and flat combination.
Salted combinations – Buttery or sweet whites pair exceptionally well with salted milk chocolate.
Savory and smooth – Wines with savory notes, such as smoke, wood or meaty qualities, are outstanding when paired with chocolate with a smooth texture and similar savory notes, such as leather, cheese or smoke.
Bold similarities – Bold, full-bodied wines pair very well with chocolates that are hearty and rustic in texture with a similarly pronounced flavor.
Two of a kind – Wines or chocolate with similarly distinct notes, such as black pepper, can be mutually enhanced when paired together.
Beginners luck – The easiest method for a successful pairing is to select chocolates that contain berries, dried fruit or nuts.