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, Red Mountain and Richland 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 16:
■Airfield Estates Winery, Prosser
■AntoLin Winery, Yakima
■Claar Cellars, Zillah
■GooseRidge Estate Winery, Richland
■Kana Winery, Yakima
■Kestrel Vintners, Prosser
■Tapteil Vineyard Winery, Red Mountain
■Treveri Cellars, Wapato
■Two Mountain, Zillah
■Yakima Valley Visitor Center off I-82 (available beginning Feb 14.)
Participate in our Sip & Click Twitter photo contest over the weekend. 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!
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.