Valentine's Day has come and gone and if you came through with the perfect gift or gesture - Congratulations!

For the rest of us, there is a second chance this weekend.

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It's Yakima's annual Red Wine and Chocolate celebration.  It's fun, delicious, and as romantic as you want to make it!  Truly an excellent Plan B!

So how does it work? SImple. But let's do a little homework first with a stop at 37 Chocolates and explore the Myths of pairing wine with chocolate.

The world of chocolate is vast and these rules are based on a limited exposure to fine chocolate. Granted, pairing wine and chocolate is tricky — a chocolate that goes well with a Merlot from a specific winery may not go with ALL the Merlots

But don't get bogged down in the do's and don'ts.  What tastes good to YOU is what you are going for and there is one rule many writers seem to reference.

Rule #1: Red wine and chocolate aren’t a natural pairing, but if you look for a chocolate with a body similar to the wine’s, you may find some delightful matches. Simply put, the wine you select must be perceived as sweeter than the chocolate.

So where are we going to find these delightful matches?  Yakima Valley Tourism has that handled for us!

Yakima

    • 2/18/2022 - 2/21/2022

      Red Wine and Boehm’s Dark Chocolate at Wilridge Winery

    • 2/18/2022 - 2/20/2022

      Red Wine and Chocolate Truffles at AntoLin Cellars

    • 2/18/2022 - 2/19/2022

      All-Red Cider and Chocolate at Tieton Cider Works

Wapato

    • 2/15/2022 - 2/28/2022

      Bubbles and Chocolate Flight at Treveri Cellars

    • 2/18/2022 - 2/20/2022

      Red Wine and Chocolate at Freehand Cellars

Zillah

    • 2/18/2022 - 2/21/2022

      Red Wine and Chocolate at Bonair Winery

    • 2/18/2022 - 2/21/2022

      Red Wine and Chocolate at Severino Cellars

    • 2/18/2022 - 2/21/2022

      Red Wine and Chocolate at the Garage at Whitman Hill Winery

    • 2/18/2022 - 2/21/2022

      Red Wine and Dark Chocolate Brownies at Portteus Winery

    • 2/18/2022 - 2/21/2022

      Red Wine and Alexander's Chocolates at Velen Winery

    • 2/18/2022 - 2/20/2022

      Red Wine and Chocolate Mousse at Dineen Vineyards

    • 2/18/2022 - 2/19/2022

      Dinner with Il Grasso at J Bell Cellars

    • 2/18/2022 - 2/20/2022

      Red Wine and Chocolate at Two Mountain Winery

    • 2/19/2022 - 2/21/2022

      Red Wine and Chocolate at Tanjuli Winery

    • 2/19/2022 - 2/19/2022

      Red Wine and Chocolate at VanArnam Vineyards

    • 2/19/2022 - 2/20/2022

      Red Wine and Chocolate at Cultura Winery

    • 2/19/2022 - 2/20/2022

      Red Wine and Chocolate at Horizon's Edge Winery

Prosser

    • 2/15/2022 - 2/21/2022

      Valentine's Day Special at The Best Western Plus The Inn at Horse Heaven

    • 2/18/2022 - 2/21/2022

      Red Wine and Chocolate Reopening Weekend at Mercer Wine Estates

    • 2/18/2022 - 2/21/2022

      Prosser Red Wine, Chocolate and Beer!

    • 2/18/2022 - 2/21/2022

      Red Wine and Chocolate at Airfield Estates Winery

    • 2/18/2022 - 2/20/2022

      Red Wine and Triple Chocolate Wine Infused Brownies at Martinez and Martinez Winery

Benton City

  • 2/18/2022 - 2/20/2022

    Red Wine and Chocolate Fondue at Tucannon Cellars

So there it is, the roadmap to romance 2-point-0!  Enjoy!

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