Wine Events

Feb 19, 2011 - Feb 20, 2011
Red Wine & Chocolate, Yakima Valley
Barbara Glover
West Yakima through Richland

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 50 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.


PREMIER PASS holders will be able to experience a variety of specialty Red Wine and Chocolate pairings, library tastings, and tours not available to the public


Premier Passes are $30.00 on-line in advance or $35.00 at the door.  Passes purchased prior to February 8, will be shipped to you.  Passes purchased after February 8, will be availabe at three separate Will Call locations throughout the Valley.  On-line Premier Pass sales will be discontinued February 13, 2011.

We are changing things up this year!  Premier Pass booklets will be mailed directly to you on February 10.  We will not be shipping wineglasses so be sure to bring one from home or purchase one at the first winery you stop at.  You will need your own wineglass during the event weekend!


Agate Field Winery Premier Pass holders will be treated to free tasting of our premium wines, paired with our specialty appetizers, chocolate covered cherries and our homemade dark chocolate brownies. We will also be offering up to a 20% discounts on many selected wines

Visit Airfield Estates Winery during Red Wine & Chocolate!  $5 tasting fee waived for premier passport holders and Airfield Wine Club Members.  Barrel taste Airfield's 2009 Flagship blend "Aviator Red" (futures available). Case Specials available on Thunderbolt (Sauvignon Blanc), Ruby Rosé, & Late Harvest Riesling.

Barnard Griffin Winery Find yourself surrounded with sweets surprises! We will be sampling some of our new releases as well as our other exciting wines for your tasting review. The $5 refundable with purchase tasting fee is waived for Premier Passholders & Wine Club members.  Open 10a-6p Daily.  2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was just awarded 94 points by WINE ENTHUSIAST.  Rosé was just rated BEST of The Best Rosé by the SF CHRONICLE'S Wine Competition. 

Barrel Springs Winery Come enjoy the Barrel Springs experience with dark chocolate and special dark chocolate brownies. Come enjoy the chocolate treats paired with our premium wines.  For this weekend everyone can receive 25% off a case of wine or 15% off of a 1/2 case. 

Chandler Reach Winery is pouring new releases of our most award-winning wines. Premier Pass holders will receive an assortment of dessert bites paired with Parris Estate Reserves and Dessert Viognier.  Purchase 6 or more bottles and receive an opportunity to win two reservations to an upcoming Italian Night at the Villa! Villa Club members and Premier Pass holders are not subject to $5.00 event fee.

Claar Cellars  Come and join Claar Cellars for the release of our 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Best of Class winning 2008 Syrah. As well as this fantastic new release, Claar Cellars will continue the tradition of serving red wine in chocolate cups. Premier Pass holders will receive a 10% discount on purchase of 3 or more bottles. 

Cultura Wine Please join Cultura Wine for a weekend of fine red wine and chocolate delights.  For Premier Pass Holders we will be pouring our very limited library 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon.  Tasting fee waived for Premier Pass Holders. Tasting Room Hours: Friday-Sunday 10-5.

Desert Wind Winery   Our $5 admission will be waived for Premier Pass Holders and Wine Club members, and includes drinking chocolate samples paired with wine, and complimentary tasting of up to six wines. Desert Wind's 2008 Barbera, Sangiovese and Merlot will all be discounted to $144 per case (regularly $226 - $240 per case). Watch for special case prices on selected white wines as well.

Gamache Vintners invites you to join us for culinary chocolate delights paired with our Award Winning Wines during Red Wine and Chocolate weekend 2011. $5 tasting fee waived for Premier Pass holders and Wine Club members, as well as 20% off all wines.  Don't miss our fantastic case discounts offered

2/18-2/20 only!

2008 Estate Viognier $120 case (reg. $216- save $96),

2008 Estate Riesling $120 case (reg. $216- save $96),

2005 Reserve Cab Sauv $280 case (reg. $480- save $200).

Gilbert Cellars will be exploring the holiday of love with an homage to two things that exemplify this long standing tradition, red wine & chocolate.  At the winery. Friday 6PM. WINEMAKERS DINNER. Join winemaker Justin Neufeld and assistant winemaker & culinary genius Geoff Howell to explore the intricacies of food and wine by presenting you with five unique dishes inspired by chocolate and enhanced with wine. ($100/per person). Limited space available, buy your tickets in advance to secure a seat: 509.249.9049.  At the tasting room. Chef Erin will be preparing a special red wine & chocolate flight at $15/person ($10/premier pass holders) followed by LIVE MUSIC Friday night from Tuck Foster in the Cellar Gallery & Lounge, 7-10pm No Cover!  Our special red wine & chocolate flight will be available all weekend, and YES we will be open Sunday (12pm — 5pm).

Goose Ridge Estate Winery 

Join Goose Ridge Estate Winery, for a wine lover's experience.  Visit us and sample our award winning wines.  Premier Pass holders will enter for free and will enjoy a Reserve Wine tasting and sample Red Wine Truffle Stuffed Brownies. Premiers Pass holders will also receive 10% off any regular priced wine purchase.

2008 g3                                 Reg. $18.00    Sale $12.00
2004 Sol Duc                         Reg. $40.00   Sale $25.00
2005 Reserve Syrah              Reg. $50.00   Sale $30.00

Hightower Cellars will pour all their current release wines paired with salted dark chocolate.  Premier Pass holders will receive a 10% discount on wine purchases at Hightower Cellars throughout the weekend.

Hinzerling Winery will be providing Port Sodden Cherries for matching with its award-winning ports. These are maraschino cherries that have been soaking in ruby port for four months and will dipped in a coating of rich chocolate - guaranteed a complex delight. In addition, on Saturday night from 6 p.m.- 8p.m. We will be hosting,, along with complimenting hors d' oeuvres, a Port and Cigar Reception Call us at 800-727-6702 for infomation and reservations. 

Kana Winery, located in downtown Yakima, will be pairing our award winning Dark Star and Old Vines wines with hand-made wine-infused dark chocolate truffles created by Goody's Goodies and Sweety-pie Baby Cakes signature desserts for this event.  Acoustic guitar music will be featured daily.  Event fee of $10 waived for premier pass holders.  

Horizon's Edge Winery We don't have detailed information from this winery. Please check back or contact the winery in advance to learn of your benefit and to ensure your tasting or event fee is waived with your Premier Pass.

Kestrel Vintners will have truffle-making demonstrations and a chocolate fountain for Premier Pass holders, plus winery tours and an educational piece about red wine and chocolate.

Kiona Winery is pl
eased to feature yummy Dark Chocolate Syrah Brownies topped with white cream cheese icing. Try this decadent treat with any of our award-winning red wines.  Kiona invites you to warm up by our romantic fireside setting while taking in the remarkable view.   Stroll through Kiona's art gallery, and meet local artists John Clement and Ted Neth.  Kiona offers a fifteen percent discount on all case sales!  Please call with any questions 509-588-6716.

Knight Hill  will be tasting 08 and 09 Syrahs paired with chocolate drops which contain the appropriate percentage of cocoa. Premier Pass holders will not be charged a tasting fee and will enjoy the following discounts:  10% on single bottles; 20% on 6 bottles and 30% on cases.

Maison de Padgett  
We don't have detailed information from this winery. Please check back or contact the winery in advance to learn of your benefit and to ensure your tasting or event fee is waived with your Premier Pass.

Mercer Estates
Premier Pass holder receive 15% discount on wine purchases.
Free to Premier pass holders and wine club members. $10 tasting fee for everyone else, includes Mercer Estates logo glass. 

Milbrandt Vineyards 
All weekend at Milbrandt Vineyards, we will be featuring savory and sweet chocolate pairings with our award winning red wines. Don't miss our vertical tasting of Estates Syrah for Premier Pass Holders. Taste our 2006, 2007 and 2008 vintages paired with delightful morsels to tickle your taste buds. Also back by popular demand Prosser's own Private Reserve Band will be playing their smooth jazz sounds by the fireplace from 2pm-4:00pm.

Naches Heights Vineyard  Visit Naches Heights Vineyard at the Tasting Room of Yakima. Enjoy our L.I.V.E Certified and Salmon Safe wines with an assortment of local Theo chocolates, made in the only organic, fair trade, bean-to-bar chocolate factory in the US. We'll pair these amazing chocolates with our various estate wines and you'll discover why grapes grown with love really makes a difference. It doesn't get much more romantic than a wine and chocolate tasting with our beautiful view of the Cowiche Canyon! Tasting fee waived for Premier Pass holders along with a 20% discount on all bottle purchases.

Oakwood Cellars Winery New Releases for a new year, 2007 Tigger Boots Estate Riesling. Enjoy Sampling Oakwood Cellars Premium Award Winning Yakima Valley Wines!  Enjoy a Chocolate Delight!  Enjoy an Old Secret Recipe for a Special Brownie and a Vintage Library Wine Sale.  Premier Pass Holders at Oakwood Cellars will receive a 30% off a Case of wine Or 15% off ½ case.

Pontin del Roza Culinary arts instructor chef James Martin will be here again sampling his over the top chocolate creations.  He sold out within 4 hours last year so come early. We will also be featuring case discounts on select varietals.

Severino Cellars  Back by popular demand, Severino Cellars will be serving Linda's famous dark chocolate fudge.  Don't miss this delicious treat!  We will also be celebrate the release of our 2007 Merlot.  Buy three or more bottles and receive 15% off.  Our 2009 Viognier will also be on case special-50% off, this weekend only!  Open 10am-6pm please contact us at 509-829-3800 for any questions.   

Silver Lake Winery  Red Wine & 2 Chocolate Fountains... Get your palette ready for 2 mouth-watering chocolate fountains. We will have rich dark chocolate and smooth milk chocolate fountains flowing all day for you to enjoy. Indulge in personalizing your own desserts by smothering strawberries, cheesecake, brownies, assorted fruits and cheeses with chocolate. The cost of the event is $10.00 for the general public, $8.00 for Wine Club Members and Shareholders, $5.00 for Passport holders, FREE to Premier Pass holders. Bring your friends and family to this event, sit down and enjoy a bottle of wine, listen to music and treat yourself to Red Wine & Chocolate!

Sleeping Dog Wines Owners Larry & Joyce Oates will be back from vacation, tanned, relaxed, and ready to welcome you to the winery.  Canine Aurora will be so grateful her humans didn't abandon her (her biggest fear), she'll be greeting with extra enthusiasm. We will be serving Espresso "Stimulus" Brownies from Bella an Italian Deli (in Benton City) and featuring our 2007 Malbec from Buoy Vineyards.

Snoqualmie Winery   Join Snoqualmie for Red Wine and Chocolate weekend and enjoy unique chocolate and cheese pairings with our newly released Naked and Reserve wines. Tasting fee waived for Premier Passport holders.

Southard Winery will be open from noon until 6:00 pm Saturday and Sunday during Red Wine and Chocolate.  Premier Pass holders will be treated to excellent wines and delicious truffles created by Essencia Artisan Bakery.  $10.00 tasting fee waived for Premier Pass holders.

Steppe Cellars will have chocolate to pair with your wine and wine to pair with your chocolate. We will be serving two different chocolate fondues with different percentages of chocolate in each. A variety of dippers will allow you to further vary the flavors and aromas from each. Discover which wines compliment which flavors, or use our notes as you sample. We will have a large assortment of sensory "standards" to help you detect the different aromas and flavors in both the wines and the chocolates which we think makes the pairing discoveries even more interesting. Premier Pass holders will receive wine club benefits on all wine purchases.

Tapteil Vineyard Winery
will officially release its Artist's Series 2008 Syrah, Spilya Vineyard, Yakima Valley, fourth in the series. Premier Pass holders will be treated to the fabulous Tapteil Truffles  handmade with Scharffen Berger Chocolate. As always, an assortment of gourmet imported olive oils and balsamic vinegars will available to sample.

Tefft Cellar is teaming up with Patricia's Chocolate Emporium, the Valley's best chocolatier, for Red Wine & Chocolate!  You won't want to miss these pairings which will include delicious reds and port wines matched with an amazing assortment of truffles (Merlot & White Chocolate Cherries, Cab Port & Rasberry Truffles, & more!!).   Gift boxes of chocolates will be available for your sweetheart, and you'll also want to take home a bottle of our newly released Late Harvest Gewurztraminer.  Tastings are complimentary, and Premier Pass Holders will receive a 15% discount on all purchases during this special weekend!

Terra Blanca Winery  Red Wine and Chocolate weekend brings back Theo Chocolatiers for a weekend of wine and chocolate.Taste 12 complimentary wines, enjoy $5 Reserve wine area and take advantage of 50% case discount on specially chosen wine. Premiere Pass holders sample a Reserve wine and a paired Theo chocolate. Our ONYX Release coincides with this weekend.  Call 509.588.6082, ext. 105 for more details.

Treverino Sparkling Wines Taste our very first offerings of sparkling wines at the Sparkle Room, with Premier Pass holders receiving an exclusive and first preview of upcoming releases.  For this weekend only a 15% case discount will be offered.

Thurston Wolfe will be tasting "A World of Ports".  Food and Ports pairing prepared by Chef Cathleen Williams. Tasting fee waived for Premier Pass Holders.

Two Mountain Winery Become a fan of "Mom's Chocolate Mousse," a favorite of ours for the Red Wine & Chocolate weekend.  Premier Pass-holders can sample it with the new Brothers red blend...or if that is not your style, try it with our Port! Not only do they pair with the mousse, but the Brothers and Port are divine individually.

Willow Crest Wine Estates will be pairing tasty chocolate truffles with their Syrah Port as well as offering an assortment of bites to dip into a chocolate fountain!  All Premier Pass holders and Wine Club members will receive special discounts on all wine purchases as well as access to limited production wine tastings.  In our effort to help support the Sarcoma Foundation of America, we will be offering our Sunflower Series Wines at special pricing of $28 per bottle for this event weekend only!  Also on our list of donation wines to taste, is the SEVA which helps to support the Washington FFA Foundaton and is priced at $30 per bottle. 

Wilridge Winery Visit our scenic tasting room and organic vineyard above the Cowiche Canyon Nature Preserve. Enjoy an assortment of local Theo chocolates, made in the only organic, fair trade, bean-to-bar chocolate factory in the US. We'll pair these amazing chocolates with various estate wines, including our vintage estate Port, and you'll discover why organic really makes a difference. It doesn't get much more romantic than wine and chocolate tasting with a beautiful view! Tasting fee waived for Premier Pass holders along with a 20% discount on all bottle purchases.

Wineglass Cellars
  Spice up your day with our pairing of Dark Chilli Chocolate and our 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. Special pricing on this featured wine for the weekend. Premier Pass Holders will enjoy a private tasting with the winemaker. David will pour complimentary tastes of two new release Reserve wines;  2007 Syrah Les Vignes De Marcoux and 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Elerding Vineyard. Chocolate Dipped Sweet & Savory Pecan Clusters and Dark Chilli Chocolates are delicious accompaniments. 

Please note:  Our members pour controlled amounts of their wines for tasting. However, tasting at several wineries, in close succession, can cause one to unwittingly consume alcohol above the legal limit. If you intend to visit more than one winery in a day, we recommend you employ a designated driver or limit your wine consumption accordingly. 



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