Vermont winemakers are hosting their statewide Wine and Chocolate Weekend on Feb. 13 and 14 to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Fifteen wineries around Vermont open their doors to visitors and will feature samples of their wines with a chocolate confection or another dessert. Many have partnered with local chocolatiers to offer homegrown pairings—flavors only found in Vermont.
The Vermont Grape and Wine Council is a consortium of over 25 wineries, vineyards and farms in Vermont that are producing interesting and delicious wines, ciders and other fermented products indigenous to the Northern state.
Shelburne Vineyard will offer wine pairings with a different Shelburne chocolatier each day 11am to 5pm. On Saturday, Good Comida will prepare samples of their Vermont-made cheesecakes, sauces and chocolates paired with Shelburne Vineyard wines. On Sunday, Bijou Fine Chocolates will sample their chocolates and special truffles. In addition to the chocolate pairings the vineyard will also offer regular wine tastings throughout the weekend.
Visitors can taste the full spectrum of Vermont wines during Wine and Chocolate weekend. Some wineries specialize in grape wines made from northern grape varieties like Marquette, La Crescent, and Traminette; others produce black currant cassis, honey mead, ice cider, raspberry wine, and apple wine.
There are, of course, classic combinations like red wine with dark chocolate on the menu at several wineries. North Branch Vineyard is offering a chocolate ganache cake with their 2014 Saint Croix red wine. Lincoln Peak Vineyard features pairings with three neighboring chocolatiers. Other wineries are combining their wines with the chocolate itself, like the Cassis-filled chocolates at Neshobe River Winery.
Some vineyards are offering sweet twists on the theme. Shelburne Vineyard is featuring pairings with Good Comida cheesecakes on Saturday, and Boyden Valley Winery is offering special Valentine’s cocktails.
The participating wineries will be open from noon to 5 p.m. during the Wine and Chocolate weekend. Visitors can also purchase a bottle of the featured wine with the accompanying chocolates for Valentine’s Day gifts. Please call ahead to wineries for details about their tastings.
For more information visit http://VermontGrapeAndWineCouncil.com.