WEEKEND: Wine, chocolate tour keeps sweets flowing

A second weekend of wine and chocolate decadence will be this holiday weekend.

If last weekend of tasting wine, cider and sweets wasn’t enough, the Olympic Peninsula Wineries’ Red Wine & Chocolate Tour will offer delicious delights from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. each of the three days — Saturday, Sunday and Monday — of the Presidents Day weekend.

Sweet tour

Throughout the self-guided tour, tasting rooms at eight wineries and cideries will tempt visitors with chocolate truffles, Italian-style red wines, apple brandy, raspberry wines and even a cascading chocolate fountain.

Tickets for the self-guided tour are available at www.olympicpeninsulawineries.org for $30 and include a commemorative wine glass and wine- and chocolate-tasting at each winery.

Non-ticket holders will pay a $5 tasting fee at each winery.

Eight wineries will participate in the tour, each with its own special products and activities.

They are:

■ Black Diamond Winery, 2976 Black Diamond Road, south of Port Angeles, with fruit wines and syrah plus chocolate truffles.

■ Harbinger Winery, 2358 W. U.S. Highway 101, west of Port Angeles, with treats from Wicked Little Sweets, the release of the 2009 Bolero blend of Spanish red wines and Venezuelan chocolate porter beer from Barhop Brewing.

■ Olympic Cellars, 255410 E. U.S. Highway 101, east of Port Angeles, with a Parisian motif, warm pain au chocolat and coffee, portraits by French photographer Phil Tauran and handcrafted, cabernet sauvignon-infused chocolates by local chocolatier Yvonne Yokota.

■ Wind Rose Cellars, 155 W. Cedar St., Sequim, with Italian-style wines and chocolates by Cocoa d’Amici.

■ Camaraderie Cellars, 334 Benson Road, Port Angeles, with cocoa-spiced pulled pork, Molly Baby chocolate shortbread cookies, Equal Exchange chocolate bars and savory chocolate bruschetta.

■ FairWinds Winery, 1984 E. Hastings Ave., Port Townsend, with Gewürztraminer, Port O’ Call and cabernet sauvignon-merlot blend plus a tall, dark chocolate fountain and fruits for dipping.

■ Eaglemount Winery, 2350 Eaglemount Road, south of Port Townsend, with red wine, cider, mead and Chocolate Serenade sweets for pairing.

■ Finnriver Farm & Cidery, 62 Barn Swallow Road, Chimacum, with raspberry wine, chocolate-covered berries, Jennifer Michele Chocolat elixirs and an invitation to visitors to “put their love on the line” by tying a valentine ribbon on the farm’s cooperative art project.

More information about the Red Wine & Chocolate Tour is at www.OlympicPeninsulaWineries.org and 800-785-5495.

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