Vermont winemakers are hosting a statewide Wine and Chocolate Weekend Feb. 9 and 10 to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Fourteen wineries around Vermont have paired at least one of their wines with a local chocolate confection or other Vermont dessert product. Many have partnered with Vermont chocolate makers to put a local twist on the classic combination.
The full range of Vermont wines will be on display during the Wine and Chocolate weekend, including black currant cassis, honey mead, ice cider, and grape wines made from varieties like Marquette, La Crescent, and Louise.
Some of the sweets are homemade, some are made by chocolate makers specifically for the wine pairing, and some are quite surprising. Spicy chocolate popcorn will be featured with one of Huntington River Vineyard’s red wines. This year, visitors will find many different approaches to pairing wine with treats, from sweet to spicy. Champlain Orchards is serving their infamous apple pie with their ice cider, an apple-upon-apple dessert special.
“To help spice up Valentine’s Day, we’re teaming up with Lily B’s Cupcakes,” Nichole Wolfgang of Artesano Mead said. “Our Chili Cinnamon Mead will be paired with Lily B’s Mexican Chocolate cupcakes.”
The participating wineries, including Shelburne Vineyard, will be open from noon to 5 pm during the weekend. Wine and chocolate tastings are free. Visitors can also purchase a bottle of the featured wine with the accompanying chocolates for Valentine’s Day gifts.
For more details about the Wine and Chocolate Weekend, please visit www.VermontGrape AndWineCouncil.com.