Wine Yakima Valley

During our Red Wine and Chocolate
event weekend — February 16 & 17
visit more than 40 Yakima Valley wineries
as they pair sumptuous chocolate desserts with
their very own remarkable red wines!

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Indulge in Yakima Valley’s Red Wine & Chocolate

Indulge in Yakima Valley’s Red Wine & Chocolate

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Wine Yakima Valley Event Weekend Kicks-Off 2019 Wine Event Series

YAKIMA, WASH—(Jan 2019)—Yakima Valley is inviting wine and chocolate enthusiasts to its annual Red Wine & Chocolate event weekend Feb. 16-17. As the oldest wine growing region in Washington, wineries from Yakima, Zillah, Prosser and Red Mountain will be offering a weekend of divine decadence with the Premier Pass for $30, the best way to experience the depth of the Yakima Valley during Red Wine & Chocolate weekend.

Red Wine & Chocolate weekend presents wines from premier and boutique wineries with gourmet chocolates, hors d’oeuvres and memorable weekend experiences. The winemaking experts of the Yakima Valley know their wines intimately and have been thinking of the perfect pairings since the grapes were first crushed.

Premier Pass holders will receive access to exclusive pairings, library tastings and tours not available to the public. The pairings continue as the wines featured are available to take home for deep discounts for Premier Pass holders. The $30 Red Wine & Chocolate Premier Passes can be purchased in advance by February 12 at, or for $35 at wineries during the event weekend.

Leaning on the experts, Yakima Valley wineries recommend the following pairing techniques:

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.

The following are just a few examples of what you will experience
during the event weekend.

Barrel Springs Winery— Researchers claim the secret to staying youthful is eating chocolate and drinking red wine.  Enjoy Barrel Springs signature chocolate raspberry ganache brownies, chocolate covered jalapeno and additional dark chocolates paired with their award-winning Malbec, Petite Verdot, and other varietal red wines.  Tasting fee waived for Pass Holders and Wine Club Members.

Yakima Valley Vintners
Students at Yakima Valley Vintners Teaching Winery invite you to join them for a complimentary tour of the Teaching Winery with to sample award winning wines paired with delectable milk and dark chocolate confections provided by the in-house chef. Premier Pass holders will receive an exclusive sample of Reserve “Dean’s Primitivo Blend”. Tasting fees waived for Premier Pass holders.

Sleeping Dog Wines
Sleeping Dog Wines will be sampling a chocolate confection infused with Merlot during the weekend.  In addition, you will enjoy 30% discount on bottles and cases of 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, as well as 2008 Merlot and Malbec. Make reservations at Venezia Ristorante on Saturday evening to join them for a winemaker dinner.

J Bell Cellars
Featuring a flight of J. Bell Cellars wines paired with CC Chocolates at Cowiche Creek. CC Chocolates is a locally owned company providing small batches of beautifully hand-crafted chocolates to the Yakima Valley available for purchase on site. $10 Tasting fee waived with bottle purchase/ free to Club Members

About Wine Yakima Valley

Wine Yakima Valley is a member organization of wineries and wine grape growers whose mission is to strengthen awareness of and attract wine enthusiasts to Yakima Valley’s Wine Country. Located in South Central Washington, the Yakima Valley is a scenic and leisurely 150-mile drive from Seattle, Spokane or Portland. The valley is the largest, oldest and most diverse wine region in Washington, producing half of Washington State’s wine. Located on the same parallel as the famous Bordeaux region of France, the Yakima Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) provides a perfect location to grow grapes. Learn more at



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