The perfect pair
BY LINDA BALL
Several of the wineries and tasting rooms in Woodinville are pairing wine and chocolate for special tastings in honor of Valentine’s Day. It’s a lovely way to spend an afternoon or evening with that special someone.
14450 Woodinville-Redmond Rd. NE, #109. Friday through Sunday, Feb. 8-10, noon to 6 p.m.
Join owner Mike Miller and winemaker Marcus Miller for Cabtastic! Get a sneak peak at their upcoming 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, sample a variety of other Cabs and Cab blends, and enjoy delicious chocolate treats. Airfield grows 27 different varietals at its farm and produce a wide array of wines, both single varietals and blends. Airfield Estates uses 100 percent estate grown fruit from the farm, located in Sunnyside. Airfield Estates has had its tasting room in Woodinville for three years.
Anton Ville Winery
19501 144th Ave. NE Suite D300, will have three options Feb. 9 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Winemaker and owner Janiece Haug will pair Seattle Chocolates extreme dark chocolate with her 2008 Cabernet, and her 2008 Merlot with Seattle Chocolates blackberry creme truffle. A 2008 Cab-Franc will be paired with chili pepper truffles, from Melissa’s Chocolates in Woodinville.
Chateau Ste. Michelle
14111 NE 145th Street
Join Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Culinary Director John Sarich for its annual Valentine’s Dinner, Friday night, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. Along with the culinary team, Sarich will create a terrific menu paired with Chateau Ste. Michelle’s highly acclaimed wines. The cost is $125 plus tax per person or $115 for club members excluding tax. Reservations are required and space is limited. All attendees must be 21 years or older. In the alternative, Chateau Ste. Michelle will have a Valentine’s Day sip and savor event Sunday, Feb. 10, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. This event is $25 plus tax. A selection of acclaimed wines will be paired with cheese and chocolates.
14030 Northeast 145th Street
Columbia will feature a Chocolate Lover’s Package for two, a chocolate dessert flatbread and wine flight pairing. Enjoy this offer Wednesday – Sunday all month, any time. Cost is $25.00 for the package that includes two flights and the chocolate dessert flatbread.
19501 144th Ave NE, Suite B600, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9 – 10, 1 to 5 p.m.
Winemaker Jeff Jirka said Davenport is named after his wife’s family. Jirka often teams up with Intrigue Chocolates Company for wine and chocolate pairings, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Jirka focuses on Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab-Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot in the reds. For whites, he produces Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. All of his grapes are sourced from Eastern Washington from nine different vineyards. Prices run from $16 to $19 for a bottle of white wine, to $22 — $29 for reds. Intrigue is known for its French-style truffles, which are crafted in 120 different flavors.
14505 148th Ave. NE, in the Hollywood Hill area and 19501 144th Avenue NE, D-600 in the Warehouse district
Patterson Cellars will release a new Malbec and Syrah in February and will be pairing with chocolate from Theo Chocolates Feb. 9 – 10, from noon to 5 p.m.