• Indulge in Yakima Valley’s Red Wine & Chocolate 02.09.12

    We happen to think that wine goes well with everything. However, it goes even better with all kinds of chocolate! From milk, dark, white, salted to cooked into your favorite dessert or cascading from a chocolate fountain – chocolate and red wine are a match made in heaven. The wineries of Yakima Valley will be pairing every kind of chocolate and showing you how to pair well, too, during their annual Red Wine & Chocolate weekend Feb. 18-19.

    Just 150 miles from Seattle and Portland, the overnight or weekend trip is a perfectly themed Valentine’s Day gift for your special someone or plan the trip together. Wine Yakima Valley is your one and only stop to purchase passes for Red Wine & Chocolate while giving you access to discounts, exclusive pairings, library tastings, tours, and more all weekend long. The $30 Red Wine & Chocolate Premier Passes can be purchased in advance by end of day tomorrow, February 10, or for $35 at wineries during the event weekend.

    Plan your trip with a breeze with the new mobile wine tour app. It’s easy to use and FREE!

    For those event-goers on Twitter, check out the Sip & Click contest while bouncing from winery to winery. Simply snap a pic of your Red Wine & Chocolate experience, tweet it with where you’re at and the hashtag #yakimawine and you will be eligible to win amazing prizes including a gift certificate to Ummelina Spa, an estate tour at Terra Blanca, winemaker for a day at Two Mountain Winery, and a Wilridge Vineyard tour and a Cowiche Canyon hike or mountain bike. All you have to do is Sip and Click!

    In advance of Red Wine & Chocolate, try your own hand at pairing with these helpful tips:

    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.

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    Wine Yakima Valley Launches Mobile Wine App and 52 Weeks of Wine Blog

    Wine Yakima Valley, the marketing organization for Yakima Valley winemakers and wineries, has announced two new ways to enhance the Washington wine experience: Mobile Wine Tour and 52 Weeks of Wine blog.

    The Mobile Wine Tour app will take iPhone and Android wine enthusiasts on a virual turn-by-turn tour of the wineries of Yakima Valley. In addition to touring the wineries, users are also be able to see recommended hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, shopping and entertainment in the Yakima Valley to complete the trip. Plan your visit to the tastings rooms with this free and easy-to-use app, accessed with a QR code through

    Want to learn even more about Yakima wine? The new 52 Weeks of Wine blog will showcase informative blog posts every week in 2012. The blog will offer readers first-hand posts from wineries, growers and winemakers in the Yakima Valley, guest bloggers, event previews and more. Wineries and growers will give useful information including Yakima Valley AVA’s, new varietals, drinking wines at their peak and tasting room events. Guest bloggers will include chefs with advice for wine and food pairings as well as wine writers and experts that will showcase the Yakima Valley’s growth over the years, how the wine differs from other regions and more.

    Upcoming posts include Kana, Cote Bonneville and details on the Feb. 18-19 Red Wine & Chocolate weekend event. Check out the first three posts of the year and return weekly for more insider information at

    Both the blog and app are free through


  • 2012 Wine Tasting with Wine Yakima Valley’s Annual Premier Pass 12.21.11

    Wine enthusiasts can get the most out of their 2012 wine tasting with Wine Yakima Valley’s Annual Premier Pass, on sale now through January 2. This is the pass for anyone that enjoys wine tasting getaways and also enjoys doing so at a great deal!

    This is how it works, purchase your pass online here, before January 2, 2012 and gain access to special wine discounts, exclusive tastings, tours, and other specially accessed wine focused events and promotions during three prime wine tasting weekends in 2012. The events kick off with Red Wine & Chocolate on Feb. 18-19, continues with Spring Barrel Tasting April 27-29 and then pass holders can learn about harvest with Catch the Crush October 13-14.

    The pass is a steal at $92, which is a 20% savings over purchasing the three event passes separately. Enjoy Yakima Valley wine in 2012 and be smart while doing! You’ll also be supporting nearly 50 wineries and grape growers in the Yakima Valley, just 150 miles from Seattle, Portland and Spokane.

    For more information and to purchase the Annual Premier Passes, visit Wine Yakima Valley’s website at

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