• 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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