Wineries

Red Wine and Chocolate Tour

Holmes Harbor entry

Holmes Harbor entry

We did a new Red Wine and Chocolate Tour last weekend, a celebration coinciding with Valentine’s Day.  Instead of going to Eastern Washington’s vineyards, we went to Washington’s 3rd AVA in Puget Sound.  Specifically Whidbey Island.  We visited Holmes Harbor Cellars, Blooms Winery, Spoiled dog Winery and Comforts of Whidbey.  All four provided Red Wine and Chocolate, some of the chocolates were amazing.  The truffle at Holmes Harbor was large and scrumptous with a raspberry chocolate cream center, the salted caramel and chocolate mousse at Spoiled Dog were melt-in-your-mouth delights.  Comfort had nice dark chocolate and a delicious apricot treat to pair with a white wine, and Blooms

Bicycle

Bicycle

Boy statue w dog

Boy statue w dog

Ferry view lighthouse

Ferry view lighthouse

Grape vines winter

Grape vines winter

Parking Lot Park

Parking Lot Park

Spoiled Dog building

Spoiled Dog building

The group

The group

had a dark chocolate.

The wines were unique and in my 0pinion tasted different than the Eastern Washington wines; and they should.  The soil is different in each of Washinton’s AVAs, plus Puget Sound vineyards grow some different grapes altogether.  So we had a nice change of tastings, and a very different landscape.

Starting in Renton and then Seattle, we traveled to Mukilteo, where the ferry ride was perfect.  We arrived early; the tasting rooms don’t open until 11:00am, so we did a little driving around and landed at Greenbank Farms.  Though they were not participating in the Red Wine and Chocolate program, they offer daily wine tasting from a variety of local Puget Sound AVA wineries.  So we began, and it was a nice experience.  $1 per tasting for 1 oz, and 1 oz was a large serving.  We also visited 2 art stores with unique and very interesting works from locals.  Some of the Native American art work was fantastic. I especially liked the wood carved leaf pieces, they look just like leaves but are made from wood pieces and driftwood.  Also the glass blown pieces of bright colors for the garden were terrific.  Oh, we found a cheese shop at Greenbank, too.

Then off to more wine tasting.  All the wineries were well marked on the road and on the map, and not very far apart.  We found beautiful and interesting tasting rooms, tasted good wines and chocolates, and snacked on cheese all day between wine tastings.  We were spoiled.  Thank you Whidbey and Camano Islands.  For more fun Northwest Tours, visit http://www.cherylsnorthwesttours.com.

 

Wine tasting – RED WINE & CHOCOLATE

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We’re heading over to Yakima Valley, Washington, for a wine tasting tour, the annual RED WINE AND CHOCOLATE tour.  We’re going straight to the source, the vineyards of some great wines, in Yakima Valley.

Now, wine has become a common concept in the Northwest, with over 750 wineries in Washington State alone.  Oregon also has many many wineries, making the Pacific Northwest a destination for a wine loving traveler.

And what could be better, wine tasting, paired with chocolates?  Yes! What a great idea!

So come join our wine tasting tour, coordinated with the Red Wine and Chocolate program that occurs every February in Yakima Valley.

Our tour begins at 8:30 AM and goes to about 8:00 PM.  We travel from Seattle across the mountains, so it’s really two great opportunities in one.  Scenery, and wine.

Visit our website for more details and check out our other fun tours.  http://www.cherylsnwtours.com.

Get an inside look at the Pacific Northwest.

pdf linkWine and Chocolate 2014

green grapes

green grapes

Knight Hill wine

Knight Hill wine

Wine barrels

Wine barrels

Yakima appelation

Yakima appelation

grapes

grapes