Red wine, chocolate planned Feb. 16-17

Loretto J. Hulse, Herald staff writerFebruary 15, 2013 

Chocolate treats both sweet and savory will be paired with award-winning vintages at wineries from Yakima to the Tri-Cities on Feb. 16-17.

The wineries of the Yakima Valley and the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail in the Zillah area will each be celebrating the annual Red Wine & Chocolate event with special chocolate-wine pairings and deep discounts on purchases.

Those visiting wineries in the Yakima Valley can invest in a premier pass to receive access to exclusive pairings, library tastings and tours not available to the public. The passes cost $35 and 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 http://wineyakimavalley.org.

Along the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail, wineries are offering a Rattlesnake Passport, which gives holders access to tours, reserve tastings and extra discounts on purchases. The passports cost $10 and are available at each winery. They're good for discounts and special tastings all year.

Have your Rattlesnake Passport validated at 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 http://rattlesnakehills.org.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

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

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

-- 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 also be holding a Red Wine & Chocolate event. The tasting room will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 15 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 16-17.

The college is at 110 Grandridge Road (it intersects with Wine Country Road).

*Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513; lhulse@tricityherald.com

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