Vermont winemakers are hosting their 7th annual statewide Wine and Chocolate Weekend on February 10 and 11, 2018 to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Wineries around Vermont open their doors to visitors and will feature samples of their wines with a chocolate confection or another dessert. Many partner with local chocolatiers to offer homegrown pairings—flavors only found in Vermont.
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. Some vineyards are offering sweet twists on the theme, like cheesecake or 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.
LAST YEAR'S participating wineries included:
Artesano Mead, Groton. Saturday only, Artesano will be pairing a selection of their mead with decadent cake truffles by Lily B's Cupcakes. We will also be hosting a Make and Sip event. Stop in to enjoy a glass of mead while making a valentine for someone you love. Guided by local artists you can enjoy your afternoon with truffles, mead and art. The tasting room will be offering tours, tastings, and the Make and Sip from 11-4 on Saturday. (802) 584-9000; www.artesanomead.com.
Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits, Cambridge. Free tasting of wine, cider, and cream liqueurs paired with decadent local chocolates. STiR Chocolates AND Snowflake Chocolates will be onsite with additional chocolate samples and a variety of options to purchase. Valentine’s themed cocktail tastings will be available throughout the day. One Stop Gift Sets including Boyden Wine, Local Chocolate, & white roses in a beautiful galvanized bucket with chalkboard for your personal message to the one you love. Boyden is also hosting two romantic cheese fondue dinners with wine and dessert from 5pm-7pm in their historic carriage barn loft on Saturday 2/11 & Tuesday 2/14 by reservation only. Call for more details or to place a reservation for the fondue dinners. (802) 644-8151; www.boydenvalley.com.
Champlain Orchards, Shoreham. They’re pairing house-made ice cider truffles that with their Ice Cider, MacIntosh and Maple Hard cider. They’re also offering Bacon Cheddar Apple Turnovers and Heirloom Cheddar soup with any of their hard ciders. (802) 897-2777; www.champlainorchards.com.
Fresh Tracks Farm, Berlin. Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery will be offering a special wine flight paired with three mini whoopie pies baked by Time Out for Whoopie of Grand Isle, VT. The newest vintage of the Dog River Red will also be released this weekend and featured in the flight. Tasting Room hours will be extended to 12-6pm on both February 11th and 12th. We welcome you to enjoy our cozy tasting room with the ones you love. (802) 223-1151; www.freshtracksfarm.com.
Hall Home Place, Isle La Motte. Select Ice and Hard Cider pairings with chocolate baked specialties from our South End Café recipes. All cider products will be available for purchase. Full tastings at the regular fee also available. (802) 928-3091, www.hallhomeplace.com.
Huntington River Vineyard, Huntington. Offering chocolates flavored with their wines, and opening their cozy tasting room in the old farmhouse for this special occasion. (802) 434-3332; www.huntingtonrivervineyard.com.
Lincoln Peak Vineyard, Middlebury. Featuring wine pairings with three Addison County chocolatiers: Middlebury Chocolates, Daily Chocolate, and Farmhouse Truffles. (802) 388-7368; www.lincolnpeakvineyard.com.
Shelburne Vineyard, Shelburne. Offering wine pairings with a different Shelburne confectioner each day from 11 am- 5 pm. On Saturday, our new neighbors, Douglas Sweets, will join us sharing samples of their sweet and savory (and chocolaty) shortbread treats paired with our Shelburne Vineyard
wines. On Sunday, Bijou Fine Chocolates will sample their artisan chocolates and special truffles paired or prepared with SV wines. In addition to the chocolate pairings the Vineyard will also offer regular wine tastings throughout the weekend and both Douglas Sweets and Bijou will have the items you sample available for sale. (802) 985-8222; www.shelburnevineyard.com.
Snow Farm Vineyard, South Hero. Snow Farm is pairing estate wines with Vermont Nut Free Chocolates and Birnn Truffles with the regular tasting. Special release of Maple Bubbles on Snow, limited supply. Pianist Cathy Weymouth playing on the grand piano from 2-4 on Saturday. Cheese and meats available. Hike up Fox Hill for breath-taking views of Lake Champlain. (802) 372-9463; www.snowfarm.com.