Fine red wines and delectable chocolate are more than enough reason to visit the Yakima Valley during Red Wine & Chocolate weekend, February 16-18. But there are lots of other things happening this weekend that make visiting even more enticing!
Come for the award-winning wines and chocolate, but stay for the live music, the chance to be an artist and paint a picture or a souvenir glass, or to go on a horseback, wagon, or carriage ride through the wineries. To help you plan your trip, these are some of the other activities offered at the wineries during Red Wine & Chocolate weekend. Be sure to check the wineries for their complete list of wine and chocolate offerings during the event.
J Bell Cellars & Lavender – Saturday, February 17th – Head to Zillah for their special Valentine’s Dinner & Jazz event. This will be a great evening filled with sensational wine, a specially prepared meal and J Bell’s remarkable wine! Reservations are required, so book early.
The Clore Center – Bubbles & Bites – Sunday, February 18 – 2:00-3:00 pm. Stock up on bubbles and treat your palate with four sparkling wines, expertly paired with four small bites. $30/person + tax, $25/person + tax for wine club & industry. Ticket price includes a welcome splash on arrival.
Desert Wind Winery – February 17 – Get passionate in the kitchen with an authentic Italian cooking class. Chef Kristen Johnson will lead this hands-on cooking class, where you’ll work in teams to create a delicious five course meal. Once your chef skills have been mastered, everyone will sit down and enjoy the meal family-style with Desert Wind wine pairings.
Red Mountain Trails – Enjoy riding a well-trained horse or wagon ride to the wineries of Red Mountain.
Yakima Valley Carriage Company at Hyatt Vineyards – Take a covered carriage ride though the beautiful Hyatt Vineyards as you sip on their delightful wines.
AntoLin Cellars – Naughty Sweethearts take the stage from 7:00-9:00pm Friday, and Jez Slowe performs from 12:00 pm until close on Saturday.
Kana Winery – Kana features live music every Friday and Saturday evenings, and Red Wine & Chocolate is no exception!
Wilridge Winery & Vineyard – February 17-18 – 2:00-5:00 pm – Ben Johnson of Shoot Jake fame will be taking the stage to woo the crowd.
Milbrandt Vineyards – Saturday, February 17th 12:00-4:00pm, Singer/songwriter David Flett will be serenading you in the Milbrandt’s Reserve Tasting Room!
ART & AUTHORS
Kameo Tasting Bar – Love Balloon Painting Party – February 17 – 2:30-4:30pm – Paint a cute hot air balloon while you sip on wine from Naches Heights Vineyard! $35 includes all painting supplies and instructions.
AntoLin Cellars – AntoLin will have the beautiful artwork of Becky Melcher on display and for sale. Her work centers around the effect of light on the Yakima Valley’s beautiful landscapes!
Domanico Cellars – Since Red Wine & Chocolate is a “Bring your own Glass” event, you need a festive glass to take with you on your tasting adventures! Come personalize a glass with your choice of witty sayings in either vinyl or etching.
Purple Star Winery – Two local romance novelists, Renee Riva and DeAnna Galbraith, will be on-site to sign copies of their books and read their favorite passages.
AntoLin Cellars – The Larson Gallery Guild’s Tryst Jewelry show of gorgeous, intricately beaded designs will be in the Caboose Room throughout the weekend.
Bonair Winery – Bonair has a delightful gift shop with tons of witty, wine-related items.
Tanjuli Winery – Gift items include spices, jams, wine accessories and more.
Bell Cellars & Lavender – J. Bell has many food and beauty products, inspired by their gorgeous lavender fields!
Purple Star Winery – Sangria Silver Designs will also be in the tasting room showcasing her stunning one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces.
Tapteil Vineyard – Save big on inventory clearance wines, and enjoy sampling gourmet, imported olive oils, balsamic vinegars and salts!
Hogue Cellars – Their shopping area features food and wine related gift items, plus lots of unique gift items.
Desert Wind Winery – Jade’s British Girl Treats newly opened store inside Desert Wind Winery offers gourmet chocolates, English Toffee and delectable treat!
Mercer Estates – They have a beautiful retail space full of delightful gifts and gourmet food products.
FOOD FOR PURCHASE
Purple Star Winery – Their perfectly paired cheese plates will be available for purchase.
Wilridge Winery & Vineyard – February 17-18 – 12:00-5:00 pmFood will be provided by Yakima Bite Club Chefs, featuring Shawn Niles (featured on Season 8 of Master Chef), Chef Lara and Chef Gilbert.
Milbrandt Vineyards – The will be offering two different charcuterie and cheese plates.
14 Hands Winery – Delightful flatbreads, and a cheese and chocolate plate will be available for purchase.
Mercer Estates – Cheese plates are available for purchase, but they also encourage outside food.