Wine & Chocolate Weekend
Feb
11
Feb 12

Wine & Chocolate Weekend

Vermont winemakers are hosting their 6th annual statewide Wine and Chocolate Weekend on February 11 and 12, 2017 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 have partnered 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.


Participating wineries include:

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.

Wine & Chocolate Weekend
Feb
13
Feb 14

Wine & Chocolate Weekend

The fifth annual Vermont Wine & Chocolate Weekend is February 13 & 14, 2016. 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.

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.


Wineries participating in the Wine and Chocolate Weekend include:

Artesano Mead, Groton. (802) 584-9000; www.artesanomead.com.

Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits, Cambridge. Free tasting of wine, cider, and cream liqueurs paired with decadent local chocolates.  STiRChocolates will be onsite with additional chocolate samples infused with Boyden Valley wines and cream liqueurs. Also, an optional tasting of Valentine’s themed cocktails throughout the day. Boyden is also hosting a romantic cheese fondue dinner with wine and dessert from 4pm-6pm in their historic carriage barn loft by reservation only.   Call for more details or to place a reservation for the fondue dinner. (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.

Due North Vineyard, Franklin. (802) 285-2053; www.duenorthvineyard.com.

East Shore Vineyard, South Hero. (802) 859-9463; www.eastshorevineyard.com.

Eden Ice Cider, Newport. At the Newport Tasting Center, they're offering a special "Valentine's Day" edition of the Seasonal Tasting Plate which comes with 4 bites and 4 sips for $9. Among the 4 pairings is Chocolate Brownie from Jocelyn and Cinta's Bake Shop with Orleans Bitter Aperitif Cider and San Pellegrino Blood Orange soda, and a Maple Caramel Truffle from Burke Mountain with Eden Northern Spy Barrel-Aged Ice Cider. (802) 334-1808; www.edenicecider.com.

Fresh Tracks Farm, Berlin. (802) 223-1151; www.freshtracksfarm.com.

Hall Home Place Ice Cider, Isle La Motte. Free pairing of Sweet Six and M&E Ice Ciders with Chocolate Covered Apple Cider candies (made from their own apple cider syrup) and VT Krunch Toffee. All products will be available for purchase along with other varieties of Ice Cider and their premium VT Iced Hard Cider.  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.

Neshobe River Winery, Brandon. Offering cassis-filled chocolates made from their VT-grown organic black currants, paired with cassis, of course. Free tasting glass for visitors they heard about it through the state-wide event! (802) 247-8002; www.neshoberiverwinery.com.

North Branch Vineyards, Montpelier. North Branch will be pairing their 2014 Saint Croix with chocolate ganache cake. (802) 229-6169; www.northbranchvineyards.com.

Shelburne Vineyard, Shelburne. Offering wine pairings with a different Shelburne chocolatier each day 11 am- 5 pm. On Saturday, Good Comida will prepare samples of their VT-made cheesecakes, sauces and chocolates paired with or prepared with Shelburne Vineyard wines. On Sunday, Bijou Fine Chocolates will sample their 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. (802) 985-8222; www.shelburnevineyard.com.

Snow Farm Vineyard, South Hero. Snow Farm is pairing estate wines with Vermont Nut Free Chocolates-- dark, milk, and white chocolate samples with the regular tasting. They’re also offering a tasting with Birnn Chocolate Truffles featuring a special release of Maple Bubbles on Snow (a champagne-style wine for a romantic weekend). Take a romantic hike on Fox Hill for breath-taking views of Lake Champlain. (802) 372-9463; www.snowfarm.com.

Whaleback Vineyard, Poultney. Whaleback will be offering their wines paired with chocolate truffles from Birnn Chocolates in South Burlington. (802) 287-0730; www.whalebackvineyard.com.

 

With general questions about the state-wide weekend, please contact Sara Granstrom at Lincoln Peak Vineard at (802)-388-7368 or at vermontwine@gmail.com.

Jun
25
8:15 am08:15

VT Grape & Wine Council Annual Conference

Our annual conference will be held at the Three Stallion Inn in Randolph, VT. This year's program is more focused on winemaking than recent conferences. Full schedule and details below.

The conference is open to the public, and anyone interested in growing grapes in our region is invited to attend.  For more information, please contact Sarah Kingsley-Richards at UVM at sarah.kingsley@uvm.edu or (802) 656-0475.

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VGWC ANNUAL SEMINAR SCHEDULE
June 25, 2015
Three Stallion Inn,
 665 Stock Farm Rd, Randolph, VT 05060

8:15-8:45 - Check in - Assorted pastries, fresh fruit, coffee, and tea
8:45 - Introductions

9:00 - Experiences growing grapes in the Upper Hudson Valley - Gerry Barnhart, grower

9:30 - Winemaking at Lenz Winery and Beyond - Eric Fry, grower

10:00 - Vineyard Integrated Pest Management - Ann Hazelrigg, University of Vermont

11:00 - break

11:15 - Vineyard Finances in Vermont - Mark Cannella, University of Vermont

12:15 - Lunch - sandwich buffet, salad, potato salad, cookies, iced tea, and lemonade

1:15 - Winemaker Panel Discussion - led by Chris Gerling, Cornell University

2:30 - Blind Tasting - led by Chris Gerling, Cornell University

4:00 - Adjourn

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Member registration fee: $50/person 
Non-member registration fee: 
$75/person
(Both registrations include breakfast & lunch)

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Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival at Mount Snow
Sep
19
Sep 21

Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival at Mount Snow

The 7th Annual Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival is a weekend showcase for Vermont wines, Vermont specialty foods and artisans of all types celebrating the rich uniqueness, quality and ingenuity of Vermont producers. With stunning Vermont fall foliage as the backdrop; discover and enjoy Vermont vintners, small specialty food producers, painters, publishers, cheese makers, potters, jewelers, chefs, photographers and farmers and musicians. Visit the festival website at http://www.thevermontfestival.com

Aug
16
Aug 17

Vermont Vineyard & Winery Open House Weekend

Join members of the VT Grape and Wine Council for the annual Vermont Winery and Vineyard Open House Weekend. The Open House Weekend is a great way for you to taste wine made from grapes such as Marquette and La Crescent, delicious ice ciders, honey mead, and fruit wines; tour vineyards not usually open to the public; and learn about wine making in cold climates directly from the winemakers. Activities during Open House Weekend will be different at each vineyard or winery, so check full details on each winery's website. In addition to wine tastings and tours, highlights at various wineries include: live music; picnic in the vineyard; local cheese pairings; seafood pairings; gourmet wine-tasting lunch; wood-fired flatbread pizza; book readings, vineyard educational tours; winemaking demonstrations; homemade ice cream; craft brews; and pick-your-own orchard fruit.  

>> See all participating wineries here.