You know you can expect luscious red wine and chocolate pairings on Red Wine & Chocolate weekend, but did you know you can enjoy special chocolate pairings at Yakima Valley breweries and Tieton Cider Works, a lineup of live music and more? Kick the weekend off with special Valentine’s Day events at Yakima Valley wineries. Then, take the long Presidents Day weekend to enjoy all special events, tasty treats, music and more at Valley wineries and breweries. In addition to perfect chocolate pairings and live music, you’ll find demonstrations, romantic movies, horse-drawn carriage rides, trail rides, shopping and wine discounts.
Begin your wine tasting experience at the Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center where you can taste a selection of Yakima Valley Vintners wines for $5. Your tasting fee includes a travel wineglass to take along with you at you taste. (Wineries ask that you bring your own glass for event weekends.) While you’re at the Visitor Center, sample delicious Chukar Cherries, pick up a map showcasing all the wineries, a comprehensive event listing for the weekend and the newly published 2020 Yakima Valley Travel Guide.
Red Wine & Chocolate Weekend is the perfect getaway for red wine lovers. But, are you a white wine, rosé or craft beer lover? Don’t worry! With special treats and events at more than 40 wineries, two breweries and Tieton Cider works, there’s something for everyone! Take a peak at just a few of the features this weekend. Visit the full list of events and specials to plan your long weekend of delicious pairings!
Knight Hill Winery Visit the barrel room to pair gourmet chocolate drops with differing cacao percentages with the appropriate red wine. Learn why we pair chocolate and red wine! For whites only tasters, there will be chocolate drops with the appropriate percent of cacao paired with chardonnay and Verdelho.
Tucannon Cellars Experience their updated tasting menu including new-release wines and a delicious chocolate pairing. Settle in with a cheese and charcuterie board and a glass of sangria.
AntoLin Cellars Taste a flight of four white wines for only $4 or a flight of five red wines for $6. Tasting fees are waived for Premier Pass holders and wine club members. Enjoy complimentary chocolate-dipped treats for all.
SilverLake Winery The winery will serve a selection of our bold red wines with a selection of chocolate and a delicious red wine hot chocolate.
Bale Breaker Brewing Come for the release of two new barrel-aged, bottled beers on Friday, February 14, at their Valentine’s Day bottle release featuring Wood & Wire Imperial Stout and Exquis Belgian Blonde Ale all weekend, with chocolate available to sweeten the deal. New releases are $15 to go and $20 to open in the taproom. They’ll have Wood & Wire on tap at $5 for 10 ounces.
Single Hill Brewing: Take a culinary adventure with a guided flight of beer paired with chocolate truffles from Essencia Bakery, hosted and guided by their very own certified cicerone, Andrew Pytel! Enjoy a flight (three tasting pours), three truffles and a 10-ounce pour of your favorite beer from the pairing or a limited release barrel aged fruited beer not yet available to the public. Two sessions are scheduled at 12 pm and 1:30 pm. Register early!
Tieton Cider Works Have you ever paired cider chocolate? Enjoy a $10 flight of chocolate and cider with their newest Valentine’s Day release of Bourbon Barrel Cherry Cider paired with Chukar Cherries.
Find more than just tastings and perfect pairings! Enjoy a truffle making demonstration, watch romantic black and white movies, take a horse drawn carriage ride or trail ride, shop for handcrafted jewelry and artisan goods and more!
Milbrandt Vineyards and Ryan Patrick Wines Jade’s British Girl Treats will feature a red wine-infused truffle making demonstration at the tasting room on Saturday. Delight in freshly made chocolate truffles with expertly paired wines.
Hightower Cellars Celebrate American Heart Month with a regular wine tasting and an exclusive library wine tasting paired with an educational olive oil tasting.
Yakima Valley Vintners Enjoy a sensory evaluation for some educational fun. They’ll be serving wine-infused brownies but not disclosing the wine used. Register your guess on their Facebook poll and they’ll reveal the wine at the end of the event.
The Yakima Valley Carriage Company Meet Rosie and Ranger, the two new horses on the team. The Carriage Company is introducing them to world with a series of special rides for only $10 on February 15at VanArnam Winery where you can taste Selberg Sweets chocolates and treats from the winery’s Tin Roof Grill. Find them on February 16 at Hyatt Vineyards where you’ll also enjoy decadent chocolate cheesecake!
Freehand Cellars Sip their signature wines paired with chocolate and enjoy romantic black and white movies all weekend long.
Purple Star Winery Author Dee-Anna Galbraith will be in the tasting room reading excerpts from her latest romance novel and selling signed copies. Local artist Sangria Silver Designs will be set up with beautiful, handcrafted, metal smithed jewelry.
Red Mountain Trails Book yourhorse-drawn wagon ride or guided horseback vineyard trail ride for wine tasting. Enjoy campfires (weather permitting) and tabletop s’mores roasting stations and brand new Red Mountain Trails Winery wines. Your $20 includes tasting and s’mores kit.
Listen to live music as you enjoy the wine!
Wilridge Vineyard, Winery & Distillery Enjoy American Stansband on Saturday and acoustic guitar by Doug Rich of LTD on Sunday. Please bring your own glass or buy a Wilridge logo glass for $5. Picnics are welcome and expanded food options will be available.
Milbrandt Vineyards and Ryan Patrick Wines Enjoy Latin inspired music of Eddie Manzaneras on Saturday from 12 to 3 pm and from 3 to 6 pm, enjoy the soulful sounds of Amber Sweeny.
Kana Winery Settle in and taste to live music Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 to 10 pm
AntoLin Cellars On Friday evening they’ll feature music with the band, Stimulus Package at 7 pm.
Tieton Cider Works The ambiance will be set during their cider and chocolate event by Dustin Rademacher, a local Jazz performer and teacher, from 2 to 4pm on Saturday February 15.
Plan you route with our Yakima Valley Wineries Map.