Red Wine and Chocolate
A PERFECT PAIRING
Yakima Valley wineries roll out the red carpet for Red Wine and Chocolate lovers February 16-18, 2013. Winemakers pair delectable confections with their premium red wine, setting the stage for romance in the beautiful Yakima Valley countryside. Take the quick trip to the Yakima Valley every Presidents’ Day weekend to enjoy wine, chocolate, and each other.
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Yakima Winery Associations - Red Wine and Chocolate Offerings
The Red Wine and Chocolate event weekend in the Yakima Valley AVA provides a distinctive offering of fine chocolate and fine wine this Presidents’ Day weekend. Each winery pairs sumptuous chocolate desserts with their very own remarkable red wines. www.wineyakimavalley.org
Celebrate Valentines Day in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA for the perfect date. What could be better than Red Wine and chocolate for you sweetheart? www.rattlesnakehills.org
Make the Visitor Information Center Your First Stop this Red Wine and Chocolate Weekend!
Red Wine & Chocolate at the Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center (VIC) "Celebrating 10 years in the Yakima Valley"
Make the VIC your first stop for a map to the wineries and weekends event listing. You will need to bring a glass for wine tasting for this event weekend.
Purchase Govino Glass for $5.00 and receive 4 wine tastings featuring Barrel Springs Wine.
"To celebrate the visitor centers 10 years in the Yakima Valley enjoy Tanjuli ’07 Petite Verdot paired with Patricia’s Chocolate Emporium- Salted Carmel Chocolate with purchase of Govino glass."
Barrel Springs is an estate winery located in Prosser, WA established in 2006. The vines were hand planted, the grapes are hand picked crushed, barreled and bottled on site. The art gallery at the winery features nationally and internationally acclaimed sculptors Jim Brousseau, Bob Scriver and E.I. Wade. Topics include Western, Equine, Animals, Nature Spirits, Wine Service and paintings by Western artists. Crafts include one of a kind birdhouses by Jim and Linda Brousseau.
Tanjuli is the newest venture for internationally award-winning winemaker Tom Campbell. Tanjuli is dedicated to producing amazing wines from the Rattlesnake Hills, with a focus on unique and outstanding varietals not found elsewhere in the region.
Chocolate Wine Cupcakes
1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder
5 oz chocolate chips
1/2 c boiling water
2 sticks soft butter
1 1/4 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 c sugar
1 tsp salt
1/3 c milk
3/4 c Yakima Valley Barrel Springs ‘08 BS Red
Mix together in mixing bowl. Pour into cupcake liners and bake at 350 for approx 20 minutes.
Cream Cheese Frosting
4oz cream cheese
1/2 c soft butter
pinch of salt
approx 2 c powdered sugar
1/8 c Barrel Springs ’08 Merlot
How do you pair red wine and chocolate?
Learn the basics:
Both wine and chocolate can be very complex on their own, so keep it simple with three basics:
1. The wine you select must be perceived as sweeter than the chocolate.
Since chocolate coats your mouth when you eat it, you'll need a wine that's big enough to cut through its richness try looking for flavors in both that are similar to one another. Use Your Taste Buds. The most important factor in all this, as in all pairings of food and wine, is that only you can decide what tastes best. Use the following guidelines to help you get started, and then let your taste buds lead the way.
What to Pair With White Chocolate:
White chocolate, though not a true chocolate due to its absence of cacao, is a super-sweet blend of sugar, milk and cocoa butter. Try a Riesling or Gewürztraminer.
What to Pair With Milk Chocolate:
Milk chocolate, which contains a small amount of cacao, is the sweetest of the real chocolates with its high sugar content. Remember rule one and choose a sweeter wine than chocolate, or the pairing might leave your mouth tasting like a rubber band. For milk chocolate, your best match might just be a sweet and tasty tawny port. But if you find the right bottle of pinot noir, you won't be disappointed.
What to Pair With Semisweet Chocolate:
Chocolate that contains about 50 to 70 percent cacao is known as semisweet, the sweetest of the dark chocolates. With tones that are nutty, spicy, or earthy, semisweet dark chocolate has a balanced and less sweet aftertaste than milk or white chocolate. Cabernets or Bordeauxs will tend to bring out any fruity or peppery nuances in the chocolate, while a ruby port is considered a classic pairing with semisweet chocolate.
What to Pair With Bittersweet Dark Chocolate:
The richest, most intensely flavored chocolates are known as the bittersweet darks, which contain the least amount of sugar, and the greatest amount of cacao - anywhere from about 71 and 100 percent. Their bitter, roasted flavoring is so intense, that it really needs a strong red wine to balance the taste. Zinfandels are the go-to when it comes to pairing wine and bittersweet dark. Since these chocolates are the least sweet, your pallet of appropriate pairings is much wider, meaning you can also experiment with many of the sweeter wines like ports and muscats.
2. Taste the Wine, Then the Chocolate.
Once you've got a great pairing, it's nothing but bliss. Start by tasting the wine, allowing its flavors to fully saturate your mouth. Then take a bite of the chocolate, letting it slowly melt on your tongue.
3. Sip the wine once again,
and you might never consider having one without the other ever again.
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Patricia’s Chocolate Emporium
Located in Zillah, WA
90% + candies, chocolates, caramel corn, truffles, fudges, cookies, chocolate covered bacon, espresso, etc. Gift baskets.
907 A Vintage Valley Parkway, Zillah, WA