Wine Events

Feb 15, 2014 - Feb 16, 2014
Yakima through Tri Cities
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Red Wine & Chocolate

February 15-16 2014   
Yakima Valley is inviting wine and chocolate enthusiasts to its annual Red Wine & Chocolate event weekend Feb. 15-16. As the oldest wine growing region in Washington state, wineries from Yakima, Zillah, Prosser and Red Mountain will be offering a weekend of divine decadence with the Premier Pass, the only way to experience the depth of the Yakima Valley during Red Wine & Chocolate weekend. Last minute Tickets will be available at Terra Blanca, Treveri, Kana winery, Tapteil winery and Kestrel Vintners. Hours are typically 10am-5pm.                                   

Premier Pass holders will receive access to exclusive pairings, library tastings and tours not available to the public.  The $30 Red Wine & Chocolate Premier Passes can be purchased in advance by February  5, or for $35 at select locations during the event weekend.  Most wineries will waive tasting fees for Premier Pass holders.

ON-LINE PREMIER PASS SALES END February 11. If you purchase your Pass between February 5, and February 11, it will be available for Will Call no earlier than February 15, 2014.

Wineglasses:  Be sure to bring one from home for the first group of wineries you visit. We will be requiring that you enjoyed 6 wineries before receiving your lovely commemorative glass.

Wineries will be submitting their benefits during the month of January. Please check back to see what your favorite winery is doing for Red Wine & Chocolate.  

♥ Waived Tasting Fee 
$  Tasting Fee Not Waived with Premier Pass  
PASS SALES  This venue is selling Premier Passes during the event weekend  
GLASS PICK UP LOCATION  This venue will be handing out commemorative wineglasses for guests
who have been to six participating wineries with their Pass.  While Supplies Last - 1,000 glasses.

Purchase Tickets for this Event

Yakima Neighborhood wineries

♥ Antolin Winery-Enjoy delightful chocolate creations while sampling wonderfully crafted wines. The $5 refundable for purchase tasting fee will be waived for Premier Pass holders. A light menu is available.  We will be offering a free tasting for the pass holders. We will be honoring this up until the band starts at which time we will not be offering samples. We will have "The Lucy Horton Band" for Valentine’s Day. Red Heart Wine Special- 30% off each case of 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon! What better than a Cabernet Sauvignon for Valentine’s Day! Hours: Friday 10-7 pm Sat 10-9 pm Sun 10-5 pm.

$Gilbert Cellars -Why have one glass of wine, when you can have a flight of three! Stop at our tasting room and wine bar, located in historic downtown Yakima for a Red Wine & Chocolate flight to swoon over. Local patisserie Crème will be preparing three special wine-inspired chocolate temptations to pair with three of our favorite reds. Stop in for a special CD Release Party Saturday Night for local band Once Minutos! Our special red wine & chocolate flight will be available all weekend, and YES we will be open Sunday (12pm – 5pm). Flight $15/person ($10/premier pass holders) Hours: Fri Noon - 11pm, Sat Noon - 10pm, Sun Noon - 5pm

♥ Kana Winery- Kana Winery will be featuring award winning handmade truffles matched with our Syrah based Rhone style blend, "Dark Star" Tempranillo just to name a couple. Food pairing recipes will be matched with a few of the red wines, to warm your heart and tummy. Join Kana Winery on Friday and Saturday evening for music - Big Bossman on guitar 6pm-8PM. PASS SALES

♥ Naches Heights Winery-Grab your Premier Passes and join us for a complimentary tasting of five of our locally produced, award winning wines.  While you do so, make sure to try some of our assorted complimentary chocolates as well.  Friday, for Valentine's Day, we will be having a little sale to warm up the weekend - 10% off any of our available red wines, regardless of whether you have a Premier Pass or not!  Premier Pass holders will receive 10% off ANY of our available wines for the entirety of the weekend.  And for Saturday we will be having live local music and catered food starting at 2:00 PM.  Here's to everyone having a wonderful weekend!

Owen Roe Winery - Benefit information has not been received as of today. 

Southard Winery - Benefit information has not been received as of today. 

♥  Treveri Sparkling Cellars- Celebrate Valentines day on Friday night with Fondue night- reservations only, seatings at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  $15/person but takes two people to make one serving.  Main fondue and dessert fondue included. Saturday and Sunday tastings of sparkling wines accompanied by hand made and dipped truffles. Waived tasting fees for Premier Pass holders. PASS SALES, GLASS PICK UP LOCATION

♥Wilridge Winery & Vineyard - 
Enjoy complementary tastes of our Featured Five wines, plus pairings with Theo organic chocolate. Plus local music by "These Guitars Say Sorry" from 2:00pm to 4:00pm on Saturday. 

Zillah Neighborhood Wineries

♥ Agate Field Vineyard-Pass holders & wine club members will be treated to a tasting of our Premium wines.   We will be offering a 10% discount on all wines purchased over $30.00 plus an additional 10% discount on 08 Moon Rider Cabernet Franc, 08 Drifter Merlot and 05 La Moisson Red Wine.  Enjoy your tasting with a dark chocolate covered cherries and our dark chocolate brownies.  We will also be serving hot spiced Semillon apple cider.

♥Claar Cellars -We are serving out Gold Medal 2009 Syrah in chocolate cups. Premier Pass holders will enjoy a complimentary tasting of our Ice Wine and Fouled Anchor Port. Look for case specials on our end of vintage wines. PASS SALES

♥ Cultura Winery-Join us for a weekend of fine red wines and chocolate delights. New this sweetheart's weekend, we are featuring Wagon Rides Saturday from 11-3pm (weather permitting, first-come & first served).  Tasting fees waived for Premier Pass Holders and Cultura Wine Club Members. Event weekend tasting room hours: Friday-Sunday 11-5pm.

Dineen Family Vineyards Benefit information has not been received as of today. 

♥Horizon's Edge Winery  Red Wine and Chocolate Event Weekend will start out with some newly released red wines for your enjoyment including: Devil's Canyon (Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon ), Widowmaker (Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon) and our new 2011 Pino Noir. There will be, of course, yummy chocolates to pair with your red wine samples. Furthermore, the tradition continues as the Padgett boys work their bake sale to raise money for a 2014 Summer Camp. Premier Passport Holder benefits include a waived tasting fee ($5.00 value), and 5% off wine purchases. Hope you can make the trip!

♥J Bell Cellars & Lavendar Right chocolate paired with the perfect wine can create a sensational tasting experience. Our wines will be paired with locally made chocolate truffles! And for Saturday we will be featuring CRAVE CULINARY ARTS’ with Chef Monique Wendt. She will tease your palate with her refined culinary creations. Live music by Jeff Smith Band on Saturday.Tasting fees waived for Premier Pass Holders and Founders Club Members. Hours: Friday 11-6 pm Sat 11-8 pm Sun 11-5 pm.

♥ Knight Hill Winery -We will once again be serving a spicy, chocolate-y Mole paired with our elegant red wines.  Premier Pass holders  will become "Wine Club Members for the day" (and maybe you'll stay!) which means no tasting fee, great discounts, and a special "library" tasting.

♥Maison de Padgett Winery - Red Wine and Chocolate Weekend, Maison de Padgett winery will be ready for you to come and enjoy wines, and our wonderful chocolate fountain paired with snacks for dipping.  The winemaker, David Padgett, is bringing back a new Cash Cow red in the 1.5 Liter bottle, again at a fantastic price.  We continue to make the wonderful Smoking Gun Coffee Port, now better than ever.  Premier Passport Holder benefits include a waived tasting fee ($5.00 value) and 5% off wine purchases.  We look forward to your visit!

$Mas Chappell Mas Chappell will have an assortment of chocolate truffles to go with our red wine offerings. We charge a nominal tasting fee which we'll keep for the RWC.

♥Paradisos del Sol Winery Paradisos del Sol Winery - We have consulted with our state's finest chocolatiers for some new ideas on wine and chocolate, some savory rather than candy concepts to expand the wine/tchchoatl concepts of life-saving antioxidants!  Paradisos is offering a nine-course micro winemaker's dinner for 2014 Red Wine & Chocolate. Nothing elaborate, just nine tiny bites of food—five include chocolate, four savory, one sweet—to go with nine of our wines.  Sip, Sip, Bite, Sip! We start off with a sliver of Brie cheese for our Oyster White, Pasta with a Cacao and Basil Pesto to match our Under 10 Buck White, and a bit of Wasabi Rice as an accompaniment to our Riesling. Next are our reds—with the our Under 10 Buck Red we are  dusting Aged Gouda with Cocoa. Pepperoni dipped in 100% Cacao infused with Chipotle is paired with our Naked Chick Young Cock's Red. Paradisos Red gets our annual Teeny Tiny Tacos with a Chocolate-Chipotle Molé sauce. This is followed by our ever famous Bleu Cheese Dip with the Cabernet Sauvignon. And now we are ready for dessert, two of them! With the Zort, we have Truffles Paradisos (handmade French-style chocolate truffles flavored with Grains of Paradise and Raspberries; these are concocted by our friends Aaron and Karl at Intrigue Chocolate). We suggest you melt this in your mouth rather than bite. Last, but not least, is our Angelica MRS. We have a skosh of Vegan Pumpkin Custard dusted with Cocoa Powder to go with that.  We know it is hard to choose which wineries to visit, we hope you come to visit us. Our tasting fee of $5 is waived with a $20 purchase. Premier Passholders receive 10% off your purchase of two or more bottles; 30% off bottles and 50% off case purchase on a few selected wines. We have one wine that is under $100 a case. For more information please contact us at 509.829.9000 or Barbara at paradisosdelsol dot com. 

♥Portteus Winery- Featuring Chef Greg Masset's famous fudge brownies along side some Petit Verdot, Tempranillo, Chardonnay, Viognier, and Orange Muscat. YUMM! Business Hours: 10am-5pm Monday through Sunday. Open all year round. Holidays closures are; Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.We have an extensive lineup so we do a complimentary tasting and reserves are a $1 each or $5 for all reserves. Refunded with any purchase of reserve wine. 

♥Reflection Vineyard  We will offer free wine tasting to passholders. We are showcasing our 2011 releases of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Melange, our own special blend. To pair with our wines, we will have Allison's famous Kahlua Espresso Brownies. We look forward to seeing you!

♥ Severino Cellars- Join Severino Cellars as we welcome 2014 with Red, Wine and Chocolate. Our family favorite recipe of Dark Chocolate Fudge will be sampled as we sip on our newly released Severino Red (always a crowd favorite), our 2010 Merlot and our 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. In need of some Severino Red? We will have it on special for this weekend 4/$50. Our sipping schedule will be from 10am-6pm all three days! For questions please call us at 509-829-3800. Tasting fee is waived for Premier Pass Holders!

♥ Silver Lake Winery- Grab your favorite wine glass and come enjoy a weekend that will make your taste buds dance. We will be serving mouth watering tasty treats dipped in dark and white chocolate. Each tasty treat will be paired with an award winning wine that will keep you wanting more..*Wine Yakima Valley Passports will receive free wine and chocolate pairings*RHWT Passports will receive a free wine tasting and can upgrade for $5.* $10 General Pub.

♥ Tanjuli winery- Premier Pass holders will enjoy a free regular tasting, including our 2008 Malbec and 2008 Petite Verdot. To compliment these amazing reds we will have a tempting array of domestic and imported chocolate treats. What a great way to celebrate the magic of Tanjuli Winery. Come and savor the flavor!

Two Mountain Winery Benefit information has not been received as of today.

♥ Wineglass Cellars - Come warm up in our cozy tasting room! We look forward to sharing our outstanding red wines with you and locally made dark chocolates by Patricia’s Chocolate Emporium.  Event pricing will be available to all on 2008 Syrah and 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon.  Premier Pass Holders will receive complimentary tastes of our Reserve wines and a dark chocolate heart to savor with your sips.  Special pricing on select reserve wines will be offered to pass holders.

Prosser Neighborhood Wineries

♥14 Hands  Be the first to experience the home of 14 Hands Enjoy soft chocolate ganache made  with 14 Hands cabernet sauvignon then enrouged in a dark chocolate shell. Paired with a taste of our award winning red wines. 14 Hands Winery will be waiving tasting fee for Wine Yakima Valley pass holders. Discounts on 6 bottles of wine 10% and 15% on 12 bottles Chocolates from Chocolatier Baums House of Chocolate. 

$Airfield Estates Winery- 
Join Airfield Estates Winery in Prosser for Red Wine & Chocolate! Sample some of our favorite reds paired with a delicious chocolate dessert. We will be releasing our brand new 2012 Estate Malbec, which is a limited release, as well as the 2012 Estate Syrah. Also come in and take advantage of our 2012 Estate Pinot Gris and 2012 Bombshell Red Case Special! PASS SALES

♥Barrel Springs Winery -
Come try our new releases, 2011 BS RED, Merlot and Cab Franc paired with hand crafted truffles and ganache topped raspberry brownies along with other chocolate delights. We will also be offering 15% off 6-packs, 30% off case purchases and up to 50% discount on selected case specials.

♥Chinook Wines -Visit Chinook Wines over President's holiday weekend, from noon until 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, February 15-16th. (Monday by appt.) We will be serving bites of organic cocoa meringue cookies, sourced from our own walnuts & other local ingredients. We'll be offering both red and white wines for tasting, including our New Release of 2011 Yakima Valley Cabernet Franc. A $5 tasting fee will be waived for Premier Pass holders. 

♥Cowan Vineyards 
Cowan Vineyards would love to have you come and visit for Red Wine and Chocolate.  As usual there will not be any tasting fees.  This weekend we will be having some fantastic specials and a sweetheart of a deal case special.  For all the Premier Pass holders we give you a Kiss of Luck for 2014

♥ Kestrel Vintners-  What could be better than enjoying Valentines Day in the Heart of Yakima Valley?  And, it happens to be a 3-Day Weekend. Kestrel will be pulling out all the stops in an effort to treat you to a sweetheart's dreamy, wine-tasting experience.  Pairings designed specifically to embrace our wines will be offered; elevating our wines from great to heavenly.  Photo Stations will be set up and we will have another sips and clicks Facebook competition.  The prize, a Tour and Tasting Package for four valued at $100   Call (509) 786-2675 for any special arrangements or inquiries. Waived tasting fee for Premier Pass holders. PASS SALES,  GLASS PICK UP LOCATION

♥ Steppe Cellars-
 Red Wine and Chocolate at Steppe Cellars is always an event that lets us explore the flavors and aromas of our wines as they play off the components of chocolate. This year we will explore how those chocolate 
flavors can enhance some of our savory foods. Stop by Steppe Cellars February 15 and 16th and see how chocolate can enhance the foods we typically serve as our main course, and how our wines can further enhance those flavors. 
We will have our aromatic standards available for our guests to experiment with, as well as some information and savory chocolate recipes. Sample some meatballs served in a sweet and smoky chocolate barbecue sauce along with 
several different red wines and discover how red wine and chocolate work well together in the savory porrion of a meal...And for those of you that want that sweet bite with your chocolate we will have the s'mores set up again.  Weather permitting we will have the fire outside (for those who want to leave the warmth of the tasting room!) and you can roast a marshmallow or two. Check our website for further details or to contact us for more information. Premier Pass Holders benefit - complimentary sampling of reserve wines.
Thurston Wolfe Winery Benefit information has not been received as of today. 

♥ Yakima Valley Vintners - Join us for a complimentary tour of the Teaching Winery with our student winemakers to sample our award winning wines paired with delectable milk and dark chocolates. Premier Pass holders will receive an exclusive sample of our gold medal Dean’s List Syrah. Tasting fees will be waived for Premier Pass holders.

Red Mountain Neighborhood Wineries    

♥Chandler Reach Vineyards 
We’re passionate about Red Wine and Chocolate!  Join us as we’ll be serving decadent petite chocolate cupcakes and gourmet cheese tortes.  Treat yourself to samples of our fabulous red wines.  Be sure to take advantage of individual bottle and CASE DISCOUNTS offered this weekend only! Event hours Saturday-Sunday, 11-5.  $5.00 event fee waived for Premier Pass Holders and Villa Club Members.  Bring your own glass or purchase a signature Chandler Reach glass for $5.00

♥Hightower Cellars 
 Fill your senses with the ambience at Hightower Cellars.  See the majestic view from the tasting room and patio of our uniquely designed winery.  Delight your nose and tastebuds with a line-up of our red wines paired with grey salt laced dark chocolate thins from Seattle chocolatier Fran Bigelow.  Premier Pass holders and Hightower Gravity Wine Club Members will be offered a taste of a “library selection” from the owner/winemaker’s cellar – a Cabernet Sauvignon from the highly acclaimed 2002 vintage - and a special bread created by Macrina Bakery using the natural yeast from our estate vineyard. $5/person tasting fee for groups waived for Premier Pass holders, Gravity Wine Club members and with purchase of wine.

♥Kiona Vineyards and Winery  Taste for free at our Red Mountain tasting room. We will have for purchase Chicken Mole Tostadas prepared by Molly Williams Catering LLC. 

♥Kitzke Cellars  We are doing the same as last year. Texas style chocolate chili. No tasting fee for pass holders. pairing raspberry Cabernet cake bits with 2009 Cabernet Franc.

♥ Sleeping Dog Winery- Sleeping Dog Wines will be sampling a flourless Dark Chocolate Almond cake, made with espresso to optimize your tasting attentiveness. We will be featuring our 2011 Montepulciano, along with special case pricing on 2005 Merlot and 2006 Syrah. No tasting fee for Premier Pass holders (or for that matter, anyone else!).                  

♥ Tapteil Vineyard Winery -  on Red Mountain will feature delicious chocolate treats from Chuker Cherries. A $5 tasting fee will be waived for Premier Pass holders. Save big on inventory clearance wines! Taste our current releases including  estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Riesling, plus E&E Shaw Vineyard Blend, in the tasting room. Enjoy sampling gourmet, imported olive oils, balsamic vinegars and salts. Drink in the panoramic view of the Yakima Valley and Red Mountain AVA from our patio terrace. Waived tasting fees for Premier Pass holders. PASS SALES

♥ Terra Blanca-Red Wine and Chocolate weekend is a great time to visit Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard!  For premier pass holders, come out and enjoy complementary wine tastings of our Arch Terrace wines and enjoy 15% off your wine purchase if you buy 3 bottles of wine or more.  Just show your premier pass to receive your discount.  While you are here stop by and say hi to the folks from Moonstruck Chocolates who will be spending the weekend sampling many of their wonderful chocolates that we have expertly paired with several of our award winning wines.  Café Orsa will also be open Saturday and Sunday, 12pm – 4pm for lunch. PASS SALES,  GLASS PICK UP LOCATION

Including this deliciously indulgent "Life is a basket of Cherries" gift basket from Chukar Cherries!


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