The first month of the year is coming to a close and I have already filled my calendar with Wine Adventures for the Northwest. If you haven't updated your calendar with happenings of the vine yet, it's time to visit some sites and make travel plans.
Olympic Peninsula Wineries ~ Red Wine and Chocolate
February 9-10 and 16-18 ( Presidents Day Weekend ) from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Olympic Peninsula Wineries are pairing red wine & chocolate , featuring a host of never imagined sweet and savory combinations during the annual Red Wine & Chocolate Tour. “Nothing is more delicious than a good red wine and the right chocolate shared amid the beauty of the North Olympic Peninsula,” says Association President Vicki Corson.
Tickets may be purchased at participating wineries during the event. The $30 ticket and glass package entitles you to a special commemorative wine glass, complimentary wine tasting and delectable samples of chocolate at each winery during the Red Wine & Chocolate Weekends. This event does not take place at one location. You travel from winery to winery, visiting the ones you are interested in exploring. Tickets are not required to attend this event. A $5.00 wine tasting fee will be charged at each winery for non-ticketed visitors. You must be 21 or over to purchase tickets and/or participate in wine tasting. All ticket sales are non-refundable. Participants who visit all eight wineries will be entered into a drawing for an elegant wine-themed gift basket.
Columbia Cascade Wineries is also hosting Red Wine and Chocolate, Feb 14 - 18. All wineries in Cashmere, Leavenworth, Wenatchee and Chelan will be be serving Outstanding Wines and Delicious Chocolate Treats.
FEB 16-18 Columbia Gorge Wine Growers President’s Day Weekend & Winery Open House. A four-day open house with participating wineries of the Gorge for wine tasting, special discounts, food pairings, new releases and more. No event ticket fee, tasting fees may apply. www.columbiagorgewine.comFeb
Yakima Valley's Red Wine and Chocolate Event
Yakima Valley is inviting wine and chocolate enthusiasts to its annual Red Wine & Chocolate event weekend Feb. 16-17. As the oldest wine growing region in Washington state, wineries from Yakima, Zillah, Prosser and Red Mountain will be offering a weekend of divine decadence with the Premier Pass for $30, the only way to experience the depth of the Yakima Valley during Red Wine & Chocolate weekend.
Pass holders will receive access to exclusive pairings, library tastings and tours not available to the public. The pairings continue as the wines featured are available to take home for deep discounts for Premier Pass holders. The $30 Red Wine & Chocolate Premier Passes can be purchased in advance by February 11, or for $35 at wineries during the event weekend. Info and Purchase Tickets
SEATTLE – The fifth annual Seattle Wine and Food Experience, presented by Snoqualmie Casino, is gearing up to kick off on Sunday, February 24th, 12 pm – 5 pm at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.
This stellar event features over 100 wineries from around the globe, more than 20 Chefs serving gourmet bites while guests savor handcrafted drinks and learn and taste at the Food and Beverage Education Stations sprinkled throughout the event.