Food for Thought: Celebrate red wine, chocolate this weekend

By Loretto J. Hulse, Herald staff writerFebruary 13, 2013 

Wineries from Yakima to the Tri-Cities will be offering decadent and delectable chocolate treats this weekend as they celebrate their annual Red Wine and Chocolate event.

Some of the treats include strawberries drizzled with chocolate Cabernet sauce at Gamache Vintners, chili seasoned with a dash of dark chocolate at Kitzke Cellars and chocolate-covered Chukar Cherries at Tapteil Vineyard Winery.

Buy a premier pass for $35 and you'll receive access to exclusive pairings, library tastings and tours not available to the public. The passes are available at the wineries during the event weekend.

For a full list of special offers at each winery in the Yakima Valley and directions to the wineries, go to

Along the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail in the Zillah area, 18 wineries will be offering special pairings of red wine and chocolate.

Some of their treats include tiny tacos with a chocolate mole sauce at Paradisos del Sol Vineyards, zesty cayenne brownies at Two Mountain Winery and a chocolate fountain at Maison de Padgett Winery.

These wineries aslo offer a Rattlesnake Passport, which gives holders access to tours, reserve tastings and extra discounts on purchases. The passports are $10 and available at each winery. They're good for discounts and special tastings all year.

Have your passport validated at least 10 of the wineries during the year and you'll be invited to the annual Snake in the Grass Passport Party on Aug. 24.

For a complete list of the wineries, directions and their featured treats, go to

Here are some things to keep in mind:

-- Wineries generally will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

-- Many of the wineries will have extra discounts on wine purchases.

-- Do remember to take a wine glass or buy one at your first stop. The tasting room staffs will be too busy pouring and answering questions to wash glasses.

In Grandview, Yakima Valley Community College's teaching winery, Yakima Valley Vintners, will be holding a Red Wine & Chocolate event. The tasting room will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The college is at 110 Grandridge Road -- it intersects with Wine Country Road -- in Grandview.

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