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A Weekend of Wine and Chocolate in the Yakima Valley

thumb_j0182704.jpgIt doesn’t take a winemaker or a chocolatier to detect the natural affinity between rich red wine and scrumptious chocolate!  We tend to use words like “sinful” or “decadent” to describe rich desserts and delicious wines.  However, researchers are now telling us that some compounds in red wine and chocolate might actually have health benefits!  Click here to leathumb_j0179004.jpgrn more about what it is in wine and chocolate that might justify a little indulgence. 

You can do some research of your own during the once a year “Red Wine and Chocolate” event in the Yakima Valley.  55 wineries in the Yakima Valley, the Tri-Cities, and even in the Columbia Gorge will be opening their doors on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, February 16th and 17th, with special wine and chocolate pairings, tours not usually available, discounts, and other exclusive opportunities for Reserve Ticket holders. 

Please note, wineries on the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail are not requiring a Reserve Ticket to participate in the special pairings and tastings they have prepared for this event.  (These wineries are marked with ** in the table below.)  There are also several wineries in Yakima and Zillah that are not part of the Rattlesnake Hills Wine trail and are offering special chocolate and wine pairings for Reserve Ticket holders only.  We suggest you review the list of participating wineries, decide which you'd like to visit, and determine if purchasing a ticket is the best option for you.

If you do decide to purchase Reserve Tickets, you can do so here.  When you buy your tickets, you can specify where you would like to begin your day.  Your tickets and your signature wine glass will be waiting for you at the winery you choose!  Most wineries will be open from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm all three days for this event.

Are you looking for lodging, or a great place to eat to complete your day of wine tasting?  Be sure to check out our listings of local hotels, bed and breakfasts, and restaurants. 

Following is a list of participating wineries and a summary of their special offerings for this event. Click on any winery name to go to its page in our Business Directory for a map and contact information.  You can also view our Winery Guide for a comprehensive look at all the wineries in the Yakima Valley, learn more about how wine is made, and find out how to get the most from your tasting experience!  

Wineries participating in "Red Wine and Chocolate", and what they are offering:

Winery City What to expect
Agate Field Vineyard Zillah  
Airfield Estates Prosser  
Alexandria Nicole Cellars Prosser Taste reserve wines, sample cabernet brownies
Apex Cellars Sunnyside Dark and white chocolate fountains with fruit and cheesecake
**Bonair Winery Zillah French truffles paired with Cabernet Franc port
Chandler Reach Vineyards Benton City Gourmet Italian brownies with raspberry sauce, complimentary access to private Reserve Room
Chinook Wines Prosser Premium dark organic/fair trade chocolate from Seattle chocolate company “Theo”, paired with release of 2005 Vintage Cabernet Franc
Chuckar Cherries Prosser 10% off gourmet Chukar Cherries
**Claar Cellars Zillah Release of '03 Syrah, tasted in chocolate cups.  Case discounts on Cabernet, Merlot, and late harvest Riesling
Cowan Vineyards Prosser Chocolate provided by Grandview Orthopedic Auxiliary in support of the Seattle Children’s Hospital, 20% discount on purchases of the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
Desert Hills Winery Yakima Dark chocolate fudge, cheeses and crackers, 10% discount on 2 bottle purchase
Desert Wind Vineyard Prosser Grand Opening!  Gift for the first 100 guests each day.  Seminars, demonstrations, and classes
Donitelia Winery Yakima  
**Eaton Hill Winery Granger Gourmet bean soup and handmade chocolate creams
Fidelitas Benton City Private tasting of limited library wines with the winemaker
Goose Ridge Richland Hand made chocolates filled with a cabernet chocolate sauce, special discounts, and reserve wine tasting
Hedges Family Estate Benton City Complimentary tasting of Three Vineyards wines
Hightower Cellars Benton City  
Hinzerling Winery Prosser Port Sodden Cherries, rinsed and soaked in Ruby Port for 60 days and then dipped in rich dark chocolate. Taste Rainy Day Fine Tawny Port and Ten Year Tawny Port, and library wines. 20% discount on any single bottle purchase and 30% case discount
Hogue Cellars Prosser Take-home package of dark chocolates to each Reserve Ticket holder, 15% discount on all Reserve Wine purchases
**Horizon's Edge Zillah Try Chocolate Port!  25% discount on any purchase of Monster Chardonnay, free food and wine matching wheel with any wine purchase
**Hyatt Vineyards and Roza Ridge Winery Zillah Release of "Zillah Gorilla Zinfandel"
Kana Winery Yakima Brigittine Monk chocolate truffles, complimentary box of six truffles for every 2 or more bottles purchased of Kana 2003 Dark Star
Kestrel Vintners Prosser Wine-infused chocolate paired with signature edition wines: 2003 Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2003 Old Vine Merlot, and the 2006 Late Harvest Chardonnay.  30% case discount on Lady in Red Fourth Edition
Kiona Benton City Red wine paired with Black Walnut truffles
**Maison de Padgett Zillah Chocolate paired with coffee port and red wines, 20% discount on all wine purchasers, free poster with any bottle purchase
Maryhill Winery Goldendale  
**Masset Winery Wapato Chocolates prepared by Chef Masset
Oakwood Cellars Benton City Release of 2003 Merlot paired with chocolate royale cheesecake squares, 30% off case purchase
**Paradisos del Sol Zillah Chocolate Chipotle Turkey Chili with Mole sauce
**Piety Flats Winery Wapato Chocolate from the San Francisco Chocolate Factory
Pontin Del Roza Winery Prosser  
**Portteus Vineyards and Winery Zillah Fudge brownies paired with red wines and port
Prosser Wine Company Prosser  
Running Springs Wine Naches  
**Sagelands Vineyard Wapato Desserts, cookies and breads made with Scharffen Berger chocolate, hand made truffles made with Sagelands Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% discount off wine purchases
Sandhill Winery Benton City Chocolate spoons and hand crafted cookies dipped in chocolate
Seth Ryan Winery Benton City Specials on red wines, delicious chocolates
**Severino Cellars Zillah  
Sheridan Vineyard Zillah  
**Silver Lake Winery Zillah Handmade truffles from Intrigues Chocolate Company, including "Roza Red" made with Silver Lake's wine of the same name
Sleeping Dog Wines Benton City  
Snoqualmie Prosser Whidbey Chocolate Port Sauce with cheesecake, pound cake and fresh fruit, 30% wine discount
**Steppe Cellars Sunnyside Chocolate paired with newly released Pinot Noir, private tasting of ’05 red wines, 25% case discount, white wines deeply discounted
Tapteil Vineyard Benton City Release of estate bottled 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, truffles made with Scharffen Berger chocolate, 10% discount on all wine purchases, 20% case discount
**Tefft Cellars Outlook Handmade local chocolate truffles and release of a new red wine, 10% discount on any 6-12 bottles, 20% off new release red
Terra Blanca Benton City Release of 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon, case discounts, chocolates from Affairs Chocolates
Thurston Wolfe Prosser 20% discount on all wines, make your own truffles class Sat., chocolate and orange sandwich cookies, vertical sampling of Ports
Tucker Cellars Sunnyside Reserve vintage Syrah and Syrah Port paired with rich chocolates
**Two Mountain Winery Zillah Exclusive tasting with the winemaker, handmade chocolate truffles
Vineheart Winery Prosser Special port tastings
Waddle Family Cellars Prosser  
Willow Crest Winery Prosser Release of 2004 Merlot paired with chocolate dipped port soaked cherries, 20% off all wine purchases, barrel sampling
Windy Point Vineyards Wapato Pots de Crème paired with Windy Point wines
Wineglass Cellars Zillah Dark chocolate truffle square from the Birchfield chef paired with two new wine releases, private tasting with the winemaker
Yakima Cellars Yakima Dark chocolate fondue with fruit and pound cake, barrel sampling of 2006 Sangiovese, 15% discount on bottle purchases, 30% discount on Downtown Series Lot 1
 
 
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