Chocolate pairs with wine — and even beer — for Valentine's weekend
A roundup of Valentine-themed tasting events featuring chocolate at Western Washington wineries — and a craft brewery.
Seattle Times staff
Cozy up with red wine and chocolate to warm up your winter and kick off Valentine's Day at events around Western Washington this weekend.
Spend the evening at Woodinville wineries or tour Bainbridge Island, Whidbey Island or Olympic Peninsula wineries Saturday and Sunday for wine paired with chocolate treats.
Woodinville's Thursday tour includes 14 wineries, with additional events at several Woodinville wineries Saturday and Sunday. Or visit any or all of seven wineries each on Bainbridge and Whidbey Islands, and eight Olympic Peninsula wineries in Port Townsend, Port Angeles and Sequim. All have Saturday and Sunday events.
Several local wine shops and tasting rooms also offer red wine and chocolate events this weekend. And for craft beer fans, Chocofest at Pike Brewing pairs chocolate treats with various beers, wines, meads and spirits Thursday.
Valentine Wine Walk, Woodinville: 5-8 p.m. Thursday at 14 wineries. Tickets at William Church Winery, 19495 144th Ave. N.E., Woodinville; $17, bring your own wine glass or purchase one for $5. Several Woodinville wineries are also hosting events Saturday-Sunday; see www.woodwarewine.com.
Pike Brewing Chocofest: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Pike Brewing, 1415 First Ave., Seattle; $25, by reservation. 206-812-6604 or pikebrewing.com.
Valentine's at Wineries of Bainbridge Island: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Bainbridge Island; tasting fees vary. bainbridgewineries.com.
Red Wine and Chocolate Wine Tour, Whidbey Island: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and Feb. 19-21, Whidbey Island; $20/advance, $25/at the door. 360-221-2040 or whidbeyislandvintners.org.
Red Wine and Chocolate, Olympic Peninsula Wineries: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and Feb. 19-21; $5-$25. 800-785-5495 or www.olympicpeninsulawineries.org/redwinechocolate.php.
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