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Red Wine & Chocolate

August 15, 2016 @ 12:00 AM

February 17, 2018 – February 19, 2018

The natural affinity between dark chocolate and red wine is no secret. The Red Wine and Chocolate event weekend — February 17th – 19th in the Yakima Valley — provides a distinctive and elegant offering of fine chocolate and fine wine. Visit the more than 40 wineries in Yakima Valley Wine Country during this Presidents’ Day weekend. Each winery pairs sumptuous chocolate desserts with their very own remarkable red wines.

Wine Yakima Valley is inviting wine and chocolate enthusiasts to its annual Red Wine & Chocolate event weekend. 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.

Purchase a PREMIER PASS allowing access to exclusive benefits available only during this Red Wine and Chocolate weekend at over 40 participating wineries. PREMIER PASS holders will be able to experience a variety of specialty food pairings, library tastings, and tours not available to the public.

Passes purchased through February 7 will be shipped to you at the shipping address you provide during checkout beginning February 8.

Passes purchased after February 7 will be available for pick-up during the event weekend at the location selected during checkout.

ONLINE PREMIER PASS SALES END  at 8:00am Thursday, February 15.

*PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN GLASS. Wineries cannot provide glasses during large event weekends.


Download your Yakima Valley Wine Map here!

Premier Passes are available for $35 at the door at select wineries during the event weekend. PASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

Following are benefits offered to Premier Pass holders from participating wineries. Wineries are submitting information regularly, please check back to see what your favorite winery is offering.

Waived Tasting Fee

$ Tasting Fee Not Waived with Premier Pass

PASS SALES This venue is selling Premier Passes during the event weekend

Yakima Area Wineries

Touring Yakima Wineries? View the Yakima Wine Map here.

♥AntoLin Cellars – Fill your senses with complimentary chocolate dipped treat for all. Enjoy a flight of white wines for $4 or $6 for a flight of red wines.  Premier Pass holders receive complimentary wine tastings. Enjoy the fine art of Becky Melcher and live Naughty Sweethearts from 7-9pm Friday and Jez Slowe performs from Noon until Close on Saturday. Larson Gallery Guild’s “Tryst” Jewelry show will be in the Caboose Room: 11am – 5pm. Event tastings available daily 10am- 5pm.

♥Gilbert Cellars – Experience the weekend of love and wine with Gilbert Cellars and Crafted at our downtown tasting room on historic North Front Street. Enjoy a $10 “Perfect Pair” Tasting, featuring select red wines with handcrafted truffles & chocolates! “Perfect Pair” Tasting fee is waived with Premier Pass or a 2-bottle purchase. Replenish your cellar with handcrafted, swoon-worthy wines by picking up 6 or more bottles at a 10% discount. Stop by on Saturday at 1 pm for an extended pairing with a coffee tasting from Basalt Roasters while supplies last. After a long day of wine tastings stop into Crafted for the Chefs Tasting Menu, paired course by course with Gilbert Cellars wines. Hours: Saturday 1-9, Sunday 1-6, Monday 1-7. PASS SALES

♥Kana Winery –  We are pouring our newest vintage of award winning wines.  2011 Workingman’s Red (Best Buy) and 2013 Old Vines, both awarded with a Platinum medal from WinePress NW. 2012 Tempranillo received a Double Gold from WinePress Northwest. Waived tasting fee for Premier Pass holders. PASS SALES

♥Owen Roe – Enjoy  JCOCO Chocolate out of Seattle paired with  delicious red wine. Their remarkable culinary inspired chocolates are the perfect match for our red wines. Tasting fee of $10 is waived for club members and Premier Pass holders. For more information call 509-877-0454. Hours 11-5pm

Treveri Cellars PASS SALES

$Wilridge Winery & Vineyard – Serving Estate Nebbiolo, Estate Sangiovese, Estate Syrah-Mourvedre, and Estate Melange Noir.  Pass holders will also receive Estate Vintage Red Dessert Wine with dark chocolate.  Others can purchase the dessert wine and chocolate for $5.  The Estate Red Dessert Wine is a Port-style wine made from four Portuguese grape varietals:  Touriga Nacional, Tinta Cao, Sousao and Tinta Roriz. All the Estate wines are certified Organic and Biodynamic. Food provided by Bite Club Chefs, featuring Shawn Niles, Master Chef Season 8, Chef Lara and Chef Gilbert Saturday and Sunday noon to 5.  Music by Ben Johnson of Shoot Jake Saturday and Sunday 2 to 5.

**Passes will also be available for sale and will-call at Stems wine shop in Downtown Yakima.

Zillah Area Wineries

Touring Zillah Wineries? View the Zillah Wine Map here.

$Cultura Wine – We are featuring (back by popular demand for the second year in a row) Washington state made Chuckanut Bay Cheesecake cheesecake bites on Sunday & Monday. Oh. So. Yummy! Stop in and taste these sweet treats with your sweetheart. Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday and tasting our premium wines. Hours 11-5pm.

♥Covet Cellars – Experience Yakima Valley’s newest tasting room with a waived tasting fee for Premier Pass holders and a coupon for $5 off any bottle purchase.

Dineen Family Vineyards – 

♥Horizon’s Edge Winery – What better way to start off the wine tasting season then with red wine and chocolate! A fantastic combination no matter what time of year. If you haven’t already, come taste our once again New Raspberry Rose, only 105 cases made, and the Raspberry Port Style Dessert wine. Yummy! Get a chance to meet the winemaker, and be ready for a long line up of samples. Special event discounts: 2010 Estate Pinot Noir $10.00 a bottle. 10% off 6 or more regular priced bottles – mix or match – 18% off a case -12 bottles – mix or match. Yakima Valley Premier Passport Holders receive complimentary tasting ($5.00 value). Open Saturday 2-17-2018, Sunday 2-18-2018, (11am to 5pm). 509-969-3061

J Bell Cellars & Lavender – New releases are the focus for Red Wine & Chocolate. Taste our 2012 Essence Yakima Valley, a Bordeaux Cabernet based blend. 2013 Syrah Yakima Valley, 2015 unfiltered Chardonnay Yakima Valley. In addition to the new, we’ll have some of our old favorites on hand as well. Join us on Saturday, Feb. 17th for our Valentines Dinner & Jazz sweetheart dinner. Reservations required. Visit our website jbellcellars.com for more information.

♥Knight Hill Winery – Introducing a new shade of red….lovely, garnet colored Grenache.  This will be paired with the popular blend of dried tart cherries, pepper pistachios, and dark chocolate drops.  Also barrel tasting cab fanc! No tasting fee for Premier Pass holders.  As always, we are open 11-5 every day.

♥Maison de Padgett Winery – We welcome the new wine tasting season and new year 2018 with the special Red Wine and Chocolate event weekend. New Release Lip Service 1.5L semi-sweet Rose with an event special @ 3 for $33.00. Also “Unzipped” White Wine semi sweet! Other Special event discounts: 10% off 6 or more regular priced bottles (mix or match), 18% of a case (12 bottles), (mix or match). Carlin Padgett’s barrel stave candle holders will be for sale to help fund his 2019 Washington D.C. school trip, along with other giftware items. We look forward to your visit. Yakima Valley Premier Passport Holders receive complimentary ($5.00 value) tasting fee. President’s Day Weekend: Open Saturday 2-17-2018, Sunday 2-18-2018, Monday 2-19-2018 from 11am to 5pm. 509-969-3061.

♥Masset Winery – Unanimously voted the greatest chocolate and red wine stop, come to Masset for handmade Belgian chocolate ganache truffles (made by an actual Belgian!). Tasting fee waived with your Pass and always special weekend deals on wines. Try a rich chocolate truffle with our new Zinfandel or maybe a truffle brownie with Old Vine Merlot. Open 11:00 to 5:30 all weekend.

$Paradisos del Sol Winery – Experience Chocolate Molé de Vandenberg on Teeny Tiny (hand-made) Tortillas. A come-hither concoction—not confection—of cocoa, chiles, and condiments composed for collegial companionship with Paradisos Red and our compañeros. When you get tired of all those sweets, come to Paradisos del Sol for a change in pace! We always try to offer you something that is not available anywhere else. Every year we try something different and it always turns out great. Red Wine and Chocolate . . . think outside the candy box and come join us. $10 tasting fee waived with $20 purchase. Premier Passholders enjoy wine discounts from 10% to 50%.

♥Portteus Winery –  Back by popular demand are the Brownies by guest Chef Greg Masset. Which wine goes best with them? You decide! Could it be the Old Vine Cabernet which is on sale this weekend? Waived tasting fees for Premier Pass holders.

♥Severino Cellars – Join Severino Cellars as we welcome 2018 with Red, Wine and Chocolate. Our family favorite recipe of Dark Chocolate Fudge will be sampled paired deliciously with our Cabernet Sauvignon.  In need of some Severino Red? We have just a few cases of our Severino Red Lot #6 left, so get some while it lasts.  Tasting fee is waived for Premier Pass Holders. Hours: 10:00-6:00PM  509.829.3800

♥Tanjuli Winery – Tanjuli Red Wine + Chocolate + Fabulous Red Wine Specials = Magic. Pinot Noir, Carmenere, Nebbiolo, Malbec,  and assorted Chocolates. Also wonderful estate white wines Picpoul Blanc, Viognier and Orange Muscat. Come Experience the Magic!10:30 – 4:30 February 17 – 19th,  Tasting fee waived for Premiere Pass Holders and Wine Club members.

♥Two Mountain Winery – Just what you all have been waiting for…. We will be releasing the last of our 2011 Touriga National! How about Port infused brownies to top off your sugar coma? Our $5 tasting fee is waived for club members and WYV Premier Pass holders. To spread the love a little more on the special event weekend, we will be donating all tasting fee’s to lend a helping hand to Kennedy Cannon who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma last month and is currently receiving treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Kennedy’s mom, Stephanie Hennessey-Smith, is part of the Two Mountain Family. Stop in and say hi! Now open daily 10-6pm. PASS SALES

♥VanArnam Vineyards – Join us as we pair our yummy wines with creative cake bombs from Killa Bites.In addition, we will have tasty, hearty soups for purchase to keep you going. Free tasting with your Premier Pass. Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Sunnyside/Grandview Prosser Area Wineries

Touring Sunnyside/Grandview/Prosser Wineries? View the Sunnyside/Grandview/Prosser Wine Map here.

♥14 Hands – Saturday, February 17th join us for Red Wine and Chocolate.  Taste some of our Reserve red wines all from the Horse Heaven Hills.  Wines by the glass, flatbreads, and a cheese and chocolate plate will be available for purchase.  Premier Pass holders will receive waived tasting fees on Saturday and Monday with last call at 4:30pm.  6 bottle purchases will receive a 10% discount.  12 bottles or more will receive a 15% discount.  14 Hands will be closed Sunday, February 18th for a private wine club event.

♥Airfield Estates – Join Airfield Estates for Red Wine & Chocolate!  We will be debuting our new 2014 Aviator, a full-bodied Bordeaux-style red blend, paired with a dark chocolate ganache heart.  Also on the tasting list will be our new 2016 Bombshell Red and 2017 Sangiovese Rosé that will surely become new favorites! Tasting fee waived for Premier Pass holders. PASS SALES

♥Barrel Springs Winery – We invite all wine and chocolate lovers to join us at Barrel Springs Winery for 2018 Red Wine and Chocolate weekend Feb 16 -18th,10am to 5pm. We will be pairing our premium wines with our signature chocolate raspberry ganache brownies and other rich chocolate confections including chocolate by chocolatier Anna LeBlanc. $5.00 tasting fee is waived for Premier Pass holders and Wine Club members. Special weekend pricing on selected wines including 15% off 6 bottle purchase and 25% off case purchases.

Chinook Wines

$Co Dinn Cellar –  Join us for our first Red Wine and Chocolate weekend at Co Dinn Cellars! Premier Pass holders and wine club members will sample a three vintage vertical of Roskamp Syrah Block Two paired with a truffles from Brugge Chocolates in Redmond. One tasting fee waived per 2 bottles purchased. 10% discount on case purchases. Event special: 5% discount on 6 bottle purchases.

County Line Tasting Room

$Côte Bonneville – Taste with the winemaker!  Kerry will guide Premier Pass holders and wine club members through a vertical of our Carriage House blend.  It’s a great way to learn how vintage variations impact the final wine. We’ll be pouring a full lineup of our award-winning estate wines as well.  Special event offer: Save 5% on 6 bottles, 10% on case purchases.  Hours: 10 – 5 Saturday – Monday

Domanico Cellars –  It’s red wine and chocolate weekend and that means you need a festive glass to take with you on your tasting adventures. Join us and personalize a glass with your choice of witty sayings in either vinyl or etching. Wine available for purchase by the glass or bottle. Friday, Feb 17, 6:30-9:30pm. Open for wine tasting throughout the weekend.

Pontin Del Roza Winery – 

$Thurston Wolfe Winery – Featuring Cabernet Sauvigion and The Geologist at a 50% discount with the Wine Yakima Valley Premier Pass. Hours Friday 11-5pm Saturday 11-4pm , Sunday 11-5pm. 

WIT Cellars – 

Yakima Valley Vintners – 

Red Mountain Area Wineries

Touring Red Mountain Wineries? View the Red Mountain Wine Map here.

♥Chandler Reach Vineyards – Join our family in the celebration of Red Wine and Chocolate Saturday and Sunday from 11am-5pm! Here at the Vineyard we will be offering you a first-class wine tasting followed by decadent chocolate truffles and an array of savory cheeses. Enjoy the scenic views and Italian atmosphere while you fall into love with Washington Wine! Complimentary wine tastings will be offered to Wine Club Members or Premier Pass holders. In honor of this delicious event we will have wine specials ALL weekend long. Please join us this Valentines Day weekend and let us treat you.

Cooper Wine Company – 

♥Hightower Cellars – Enjoy our sumptuous red wines paired with salted, dark chocolate from renowned Seattle chocolatier Fran Bigelow. Tasting fees are waived for Premier Pass holders and Hightower Wine Club members. Premier Pass holders will also have the opportunity to taste some of our wine club wines, not normally open to the public.

♥Kitzke Cellars – During this Red Wine & Chocolate weekend, stop by Kitzke Cellars to sample some local, hand-made chocolates that pair perfectly with a few of our award winning Candy Ridge Vineyard wines. Premier Pass holders receive a complimentary tasting and 10% savings on all wine purchases. Don’t miss out on this fun and indulgent weekend. Get your Premier Pass and don’t forget to BYG (bring your own glass)! PASS SALES

$Purple Star Winery – A weekend of indulgence pairing our wines with chocolate torte, romance novels and hand-crafted jewelry.  We are excited to feature two local romance novelists Renee Riva and DeAnna Galbraith who will be on site to sign copies of their books and read their favorite passages.  Sangria Silver Designs will also be in the tasting room showcasing her stunning one of a kind pieces.  Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy or cheese plates are available to purchase.  Pass holders receive a 10% discount on wine and tasting fees are refunded with bottle purchase.

Sleeping Dog Wines – We will have an assortment of chocolates from Chukar Cherries.

♥Tapteil Vineyard Winery – Tapteil Vineyards on Red Mountain will feature delicious chocolate treats from Chukar Cherries. A $10 tasting fee will be waived for Premier Pass holders. Save big on inventory clearance wines! Taste our current releases 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. PASS SALES

♥Terra Blanca Winery – Join us at Terra Blanca for Red Wine and Chocolate Weekend! We will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm. Three Rivers Gourmet who will be spending the weekend sampling many of their wonderful gourmet balsamic vinegars and olive oils to further enhance your overall food and wine experience. We will have a selection of wine and chocolate pairings for you to try while you’re here. The newest release of our signature Bordeaux blend, ONYX will be available for you to try as well as some wine specials for you to take advantage of. Premier Pass holders and of course wine club members will be able to enjoy complimentary wine tastings of our Red Mountain estate-produced wines, and the Vineyard Grill will be open for lunch on Saturday from 12pm – 5pm. PASS SALES

$Tucannon Cellars – Red Wine and Chocolate is back in the valley and we have a lovely treat prepared for all you chocolate and wine lovers! We have partnered with local Baum’s House of Chocolates to bring you a divine pairing of chocolate and wine. Baum’s even made chocolate wine barrel truffles out of our 2012 Merlot, and we will have these available for purchase. They make great gifts! Pairing Menu: 2012 Cabernet Franc W/ Toffee Milk Chocolate, 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon W/ Dark Coffee Chocolate, 2013 Red Fusion W/ Chipotle Dark Chocolate. Premier Pass Holders and Wine Club Members can expect reduced tasting fees and a complimentary taste of our 2014 Malbec. Unreleased and unavailable, except for this weekend! 

Passes purchased through February 7 will be shipped to you at the shipping address you provide during checkout beginning February 8.

PASSES purchased after February 7 will be available for pick-up during the event weekend at the location selected during checkout.



August 15, 2016
12:00 AM