February 13th, 2013 at 6:22 pm
Wine and chocolate seem to go together naturally. Both are aromatic, smooth, and a welcome treat at the end of the day. Wine, like chocolate, can be light or full-bodied, sweet or complex. Enjoying a fine piece of chocolate and sipping a great glass of wine are two of life’s simple pleasures. Unlike some indulgences, though, these treats contain heart-healthy antioxidants; in combination (and in moderation, of course), this is a power-packed duo that even your doctor would approve. Thinking about wine and chocolate just makes me happy—tasting it, even happier.
We’re fortunate here in the Brandywine Valley to have a host of local wineries producing some amazing award-winning wines. A great way to check them out is during February, Wine and Chocolate Month along the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail. If you love chocolate and wine like I do, grab your sweetie, your best buddies, or your family and check out one—or two, or more—of the area’s incredible wineries over the next few weekends. Here’s what some of my favorite wineries along the Wine Trail are offering up in honor of the month of love. Be sure to call ahead for reservations when noted; these events are popular and fill up quickly.
Enjoy wine & chocolate samplings at Chaddsford Winery on February 16, 17, 23, and 24 from noon to 6pm. Participants can buy a box of chocolates ($14) to pair with their wine tasting. Explore tasting combinations on your own to find out which flavor combinations you like best. A written guide with suggestions on pairing and information on the chocolates will be provided. Indulge in your chocolates at Chaddsford’s Tasting Bar, in the winery’s cellar with a glass of wine and your special Valentine, or at home with a bottle of Chaddsford wine—your choice! No reservations are required; find out more at the link.
If you like your chocolate in fondue form, you’ll want to head to Kreutz Creek Vineyards in West Grove on February 16 and 17 to sample their incredible fondue made with dark chocolate from Bevan’s Own Make Candy dark chocolate and the winery’s Ruby “K” Port. To put you in the mood, harpist Maureena Spadaro will be playing love songs on February 16 from 2–5pm. No reservations are required; winery hours are 11am to 6pm. Or visit the winery’s tasting room in downtown West Chester on February 15, 16, 22, and 23 for live music from 7pm to 10pm; bring your own chocolate, cheese, or romantic picnic! Learn more about both winery locations on their website.
Penns Woods Winery’s wine and chocolate pairings are sure to be a real treat! Throughout the rest of February, join them on Thursdays from noon to 4pm (yes, even on Valentine’s Day), Fridays from noon to 5pm, Saturdays from 11am to 5pm, and Sundays from 11am to 4pm to enjoy five reserve wines paired with John & Kira’s handmade artisanal chocolates. The winery will also feature its limited-production dessert wine, Lacrima Dolce, paired with a chocolate-dipped, ganache-filled fig from John & Kira’s. (Side note: I’ve had this chocolate, and it’s nothing short of spectacular!) Pairings are $20 per person; reservations are required. Visit Penns Woods’ website or call 610-459-0808 for more information.
Other wineries along the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail are getting in on the fun, too–for information about wine and chocolate events at Black Walnut Winery, Paradocx Winery, Twin Brook Winery, and Borderland Vineyard, visit the Wine Trail’s website.
Best wishes to all for a wonderful Valentine’s Day filled with loved ones, chocolate, and wine!