- $30 for two bottles of Primarius pinot noir 2011 and one bottle of Battle Creek Cellars pinot noir 2011 ($51 value)
At Precept Wine, one of the largest privately owned wine companies in the Northwest, they know how to pair decadent flavors. Winemaker Hal Landvoigt combined wine and chocolate in his lab, creating Chocolate Shop, a non-vintage wine. According to the website, it's still the best-selling chocolate red wine in the US.
Hal is just one of the company's 13 winemakers, who are stationed at wineries in Pacific Northwest areas from Washington State's Yakima Valley to Idaho's Snake River Valley. At their posts, they work primarily with grapes cultivated from local vineyards, although some batches are imported from around the world.
Regardless of their grapes' origins, though, their award-winning wines brim with touches informed by plenty of travel. Landvoigt, for one, has traveled through such famed wine regions as Burgundy in France, Salta in Argentina, and the wine waterfall in Dionysus's dreams. At Precept's eight tasting rooms, the knowledgeable staff can help patrons trace a glass of wine's international influences and local roots.