This sweet weekend is a favorite of many Washington State
Wineries – Valentine’s Day and a long weekend. And it’s a great
weekend for the many Chocolatiers too!
Everyone knows red wine and chocolate are good for you. Dark
healthy fats, mostly monounsaturated and saturated fat, with very
little polyunsaturated fat. Dark chocolate also contains lots of
polyphenols. When it comes to polyphenol antioxidants, cacao is up
there with pomegranates, cranberries, blueberries and red wine.
It’s a healthy weekend too!
On the Kitsap Peninsula, wineries on Bainbridge are open for
touring this weekend. They have partnered with some of the region’s
premier chocolatiers to offer you delectable tastes of chocolate to
go with their wines. Regular tasting fees apply but there are no
additional fees for chocolate tasting.
At Amelia Wynn try mini chocolate éclairs with their fabulous
wines. Locally-made chocolate truffles infused with raspberry wine
plus other savory bites will be featured at Bainbridge Vineyards.
Eleven Winery has chocolate wine fudge from local maker Bon Bon,
chocolate-covered wine grapes, and special samples from Chuao.
Chocolatier Keith Jackson will be at Perennial Vintners passing out
chocolates from Yukon Jackson’s Chocolates. Rolling Bay Winery will
pair their reds with Fremont’s Theo Chocolate.
Yakima Valley is inviting wine and chocolate enthusiasts to its
annual Red Wine & Chocolate event this weekend. As the oldest
wine region in Washington State, wineries from Yakima, Zillah,
Prosser and Red Mountain will be offering a weekend of divine
decadence. Premier Pass holders experience a variety of specialty
pairings, library tastings, and tours not available to the public.
Here are a few that sounded absolutely wonderful:
Antolin Winery will have chocolate cups and wine to taste from
and eat. An idea that Reidel has thought of yet!
Gilbert Cellars: Local patisserie Crème will be preparing three
special wine-inspired chocolate temptations to pair with three of
our favorite reds.
Horizon’s Edge Winery will be releasing a new Devil’s Canyon red
blend and finally, after many of you have been patiently waiting
for, our new Raspberry Riesling.
Kana Winery will be featuring decadent delights paired with our
award winning red wines.
Knight Hill Winery: We are offering mole and small Tamales in
the Tasting Room with Tamales to purchase and take away!
Lookout Point Winery will have a Chocolate Fountain with fresh
fruits as well as handmade Truffles, Mini Macaroons, and savory
Pear & Brie Tartlets. Our weekend flight includes five of our
award winning vintages that include three Malbecs, a Grenache, and
our Tableau blend.
Maison de Padgett Winery has their traditional chocolate
fountain to enjoy. A newly released Unzipped Sangiovese and limited
McHargue Malbec Port are on tap.
Paradisos del Sol Winery is offering a nine-course winemaker’s
dinner for 2015 Red Wine & Chocolate. Nothing elaborate, just
nine tiny bites of food — five include chocolate, four savory, two
sweet — to pair with nine wines. Sip, Bite, Sip, Sip!
Portteus Winery will featuring Chef Greg Masset’s famous fudge
brownies alongside an extensive lineup of knockout reds such as
Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and
Reflection Vineyards will showcase the 2012 release of Reserve
Cabernet as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Melange,
and a Bordeaux blend. To pair with the wines, Allison’s famous
Kahlua Espresso Brownies.
Severino Cellars family recipe of Dark Chocolate Fudge will be
available for sampling with the newly released 2011 Cabernet
Sauvignon, Red and 2010 Merlot.
Tanjuli Winery’s 2013 Estate Orange Muscat will compliment the
array of domestic and imported chocolate treats. Don’t miss this
Treveri Sparkling Cellars will have some beautifully handcrafted
truffles to taste with their wide array of sparkling wines.
Two Mountain Winery: Don’t miss this hot spot! Be the first to
taste the limited production 2011 Touriga National Port paired with
Port infused brownies!
Wineglass Cellars has a Decadent Double Dark Chocolate Brownie
made by Imogene’s of Yakima which will pair deliciously with the
You can also go west for a Red Wine and Chocolate Tour of the
Olympic Peninsula wineries and cideries. They will pair new
releases and decadent chocolate delights. Enjoy a tour through the
scenic towns of Chimacum, Nordland, Port Townsend, Sequim and Port
Angeles where nine artisan wineries including Camaraderie Cellars,
Eaglemount Wine & Cider, FairWinds Winery, Finnriver Farm &
Cidery, Harbinger Winery, Lullaby Winery, Marrowstone Vineyards,
Olympic Cellars, and Wind Rose Cellars will welcome you.
Your ticket gets you a special commemorative wine glass,
complimentary wine tasting and chocolate samples at nine OPW
Wineries. Tickets are available online. Any remaining tickets will
be sold for $30 at participating wineries during the Red Wine and
Chocolate Tour. Visit www.olympicpeninsulawineries.org for further
Next month is the Taste Washington, the nation’s largest
single-region wine and food event. Taste Washington brings together
over 225 wineries, 70 restaurants and 60 culinary exhibitors from
across the region for the ultimate four-day experience.
Taste Washington will celebrate its 18th year, March 26-29,
2015. Mark your calendar!
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