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February 12, 2015 at 1:54 PM

3 ‘Red Wine and Chocolate’ road trips for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day on Saturday, and little likelihood of weekend snow on Snoqualmie Pass, it might be a good time to team up with your designated driver (and sweetie) for a road trip to one of the “Red Wine and Chocolate” celebrations in Washington wine country. Extra incentive: The National Weather Service predicts sunshine this three-day holiday weekend at all of these locations:

1 Red Wine and Chocolate, Yakima Valley

Starts Friday at some wineries, through Monday at most (Feb. 13-16, 2015). Tasting fees vary. Many Wine Yakima Valley members offer free or reduced-fee tasting with a Premier Pass ($35). Similar benefits at some wineries with Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail Passports ($10). Details here.

Thurston Wolfe Winery in Prosser is among those participating in Red Wine and Chocolate weekend in the Yakima Valley. (photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Prosser’s Thurston Wolfe Winery is among those participating in Red Wine and Chocolate weekend in the Yakima Valley. (photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

More than 40 Yakima Valley-area wineries will offer red wines paired with confections of varying cacao percentages. Some will have live music, some will have food. For example:

Wilridge Winery at Naches Heights will have Theo Chocolate, music by the Moonlight Gypsies, and eats from the Kim’s Got Smoke food truck.

Tucannon Cellars in Benton City is pairing Saddle Bronc Syrah with Chocolate Pizza from their wood-fired oven.

Along with your wine and chocolate, get a head and neck massage from Evolve Wellness Studio at Kana Winery‘s downtown Yakima tasting room.

Need a place to stay? Check here.

2 Red Wine and Chocolate, Lake Chelan

Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 14-15, 2015), fees and hours vary; details here.

Take in the view from Nefarious Cellars during Red Wine and Chocolate weekend at Lake Chelan. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times)

Take in the view from Nefarious Cellars during Red Wine and Chocolate weekend at Lake Chelan. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times)

Take Snoqualmie Pass and Blewett Pass to Lake Chelan wineries for red wine, chocolate and lakefront scenery. About 20 wineries will participate. Activities will include:

Tsillan Cellars will serve Perugina Baci chocolates, with live music by Mac Potts on Saturday and Sunday.

WineGirl Wines offers chocolate pairings by Tempurr Artisan Confections, along with bonfires, waffle-cone S’mores and a chocolate-strawberry decorating contest.

Lake Chelan Winery offers winery tours, free tastings and toothsome tidbits to dip in a chocolate fountain.

Need a place to stay? Check here.

3 Red Wine and Chocolate, Olympic Peninsula

Saturday through Monday (Feb. 14-16, 2015), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $25 ticket gets you wine glass, tastings and chocolate at nine sites; online until Friday noon, $30 at the door of any participant. Details here.

Finnriver Cidery is among Red Wine and Chocolate stops on the Olympic Peninsula. (photo by Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Finnriver Cidery is among Red Wine and Chocolate stops on the Olympic Peninsula. (photo by Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Prefer a ferry ride rather than a mountain pass? Tour the Olympic Peninsula towns of Chimacum, Nordland (Marrowstone Island), Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles to visit nine participating destinations (including a cidery, and Port Townsend’s Lullaby Winery, a new participant). Among the offerings:

Finnriver Cidery serves “Love and Bubbles,” a champagne cider cocktail with red Raspberry Brandy Wine. Locally baked tarts made with raspberry wine, Theo Chocolate and Fresh Breeze Cream will come hot out of the wood-fired oven.

Marrowstone Vineyards hosts chocolatier Lynn Hamlin-LeMaster of Port Townsend Chocolate Company. Pairings with Black Cat Pinot Noir and more.

Camaraderie Cellars in Port Angeles offers pulled pork with cocoa-spiced rub cooked in the winery’s wood-fired oven, paired with Quadra, a red wine blend with a bit of port added, and more.

Need a place to stay? Check here.

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