Valentines Day Celebrations Across Washington

Enjoying wine in Prosser, Washington Yakima Valley Wine Country.

Experience Passion Across Washington Wine Country.

There is ample time to make wine country plans for this Valentines Day. I've been asked to share with you some of the Valentines Day weekend, Red Wine and Chocolate, events across Washington. From Lake Chelan, to the Olympic Peninsula, Ellensburg and in my backyard of the Yakima Valley and Red Mountain, there are numerous wine and chocolate activities awaiting. 

Lake Chelan
Lake Chelan Wine Valley is a thriving community of 21 wineries that are attracting attention from winemakers, grape growers and wine enthusiasts. The Valley was recognized as an AVA in the Federal Register in April 2009. Located in the heart of Washington’s Cascade Mountains, Lake Chelan is a scenic destination three hours east of Seattle, situated on a pristine 50.5-mile lake. 

Celebrate the Month of Love with Artisan Wine and Chocolate Pairings, February 7-8 and February 14-15 in Lake Chelan. 

In February, the Lake Chelan Wine Valley will be hosting Red Wine and Chocolate. Lake Chelan Valley tasting rooms will fill with locals and visitors who will taste red wine and chocolate pairings on a romantic retreat or just a much-needed winter getaway. In addition to all of the great events you’ll find at each of their 20 wineries, they have several events that take you deeper into the romantic world of wine. 
More details at www.lakechelanwinevalley.com/come-visit-us/events/red-wine-and-chocolate.html

Olympic Peninsula
The Olympic Peninsula Wineries are conveniently located about 2 hours northwest of Seattle, Washington on the northern shores of the Olympic Peninsula... a region of such diverse and striking contrasts of nature there is literally something for everyone. Imagine - sea to ski and rain shadow to rain forest - with a plethora of activities and sights for all ages, in all seasons. Take a scenic ride on the Washington State Ferries, travel over the longest saltwater floating bridge in the world, or drive the length of the shoreline on fjord-like Hood Canal. Beginning to end it is an impressive and memorable journey.

Guaranteed to Make You a Better Wine Lover!
Event Date: February 7 to 8 and February 14 to 16, 2015.
A scrumptious red wine perfectly paired with just the right chocolate can bring out the romantic in anyone. The Olympic Peninsula Wineries will take that perfect pairing to another level this year, bringing together new release varietals and blends created with premium Washington grapes and decadent chocolate delights that will make better wine lovers of all who indulge. Don’t miss the Red Wine & Chocolate Tour. Nine artisan wineries including Lullaby, making its tour debut, will delight the senses.
More details at: http://mckenzienewsservice.com/news/Olympic-Peninsula-Wineries/Red-Wine-Chocolate-Tour.htm

Yakima Valley
Yakima Valley was the first wine growing appellation established in Washington State, and the entire Pacific Northwest. The official American Viticultural Area (AVA) was designated in 1983.Yakima Valley cultivates 17,000 acres of wine grapes, the most of any appellation in Washington State, and the entire Pacific Northwest. Yakima Valley vines supply half of Washington’s wine production, including 80 local wineries.



As part of this annual Yakima Valley festival, wineries from Yakima, Zillah, Prosser and Red Mountain will be offering a weekend of divine decadence with the Premier Pass, the only way to experience the depth of the Yakima Valley during Red Wine & Chocolate weekend. Premier Pass holders receive access to exclusive pairings, library tastings and tours not available to the public. Purchase your Premier Pass and Secret Crush ticket at  www.wineyakimavalley.org.


This is the perfect time to come experience the bold, intense wines that characterize this premier wine region and meet the Yakima Valley’s most talented vintners during one memorable weekend of red wine and chocolate indulgence. 
More details at: http://www.wineyakimavalley.org/shop/

Ellensburg
February 13th - 16th, Ellensburg Canyon Winery will be offering Red Wine & Chocolate Pairings for this Valentine's Weekend. Stop by to get a taste of the Yakima River Canyon's unique Terroir with your sweetheart.
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Sample award winning wines, new releases, and enjoy some delicious chocolate imported from Scheffen-Berger/San Francisco paired perfectly with a 2008 Rose’ and Port Style Wines.

The wines include: 
A new release of 2013 Chardonnay-‘The Climax’ in 1.5 liter bottle (cuz you can never get enough); and a stellar selection of 2011 Ralf Rae Reisling (an ‘Art of the Wine’ Bronze medal winning Reisling made in the lighter/dry German Style); 2008 Ralf Rae Rose’ (a Seattle Dining Magazine Best of Summer 2013 winner); 2008 Ralf Rae Red (Cabernet franc barreled half in Hungarian Oak, half in French Oak, then blended back together); 2012 Cabernet franc-‘Canyon Orange’ (winner of the Bronze Medal from the Washington State Fair Competition); 2012 Late Harvest Riesling; and 2007 Cabernet franc Port Style Wine.
More details at: www.ellensburgcanyonwinery.com

Have fun, be safe and share the love of Washington wine.

Cheers!

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