Wine, Romance, & Chocolate

Contact: Holly/Berks County Wine Trail
Phone: 610 488 7966

PRESS RELEASE:

(Eastern Pennsylvania) Wouldn't it be romantic? To spend Valentine's Weekend enjoying luscious chocolates paired with alluring wines? Saturday February 13th and Sunday February 14th from Noon to 5 PM both days is a great weekend to get romantic along the Berks County Wine Trail during its Annual "Chocolate & Wine Pairing Event Weekend." Visit all eight Berks County Wine Trail wineries during this event weekend to sample fabulous locally produced wines paired with assorted chocolatey creations!

The Berks County Wine Trail and its participating wineries is located near Reading (just north of Philadelphia and just west of the Lehigh Valley) is sprawled across Pennsylvania countryside. Not only is this your chance to enjoy Pennsylvania crafted wines but an opportunity to explore various sights and discover new places for the enjoyment of a great meal.

Chocolate & Wine Pairing Weekend is a "self-guided tour" of the Berks County Wine Trail. Plan your delicious weekend by selecting which wineries you'd like to visit and plan your day accordingly. To help you plan, maps & directions are available on the wine trail's website. Additional directions are available on the individual websites for each participating winery.

Last year, the wine trail welcomed record crowds to event. The interest in chocolate and wine paired together seems to be generating ever-growing fascination with wine lovers, foodies, and those new to wine. In fact, this event is an easy way to start learning about wine and wine pairings. Chocolate is always irresistible and wine makes such an introduction an even sweeter experience.

This event will also be a fantastic opportunity to taste medal winning wines from the 2010 PA Farm Show. Berks County Wine Trail wineries collectively brought home over twenty medals this year including four Gold Medals and a Best in Show! The complete list of medal winning wines is listed on the wine trail's website.

In the weeks ahead, the complete pairing menu of chocolates and featured wines will be posted on the trail's website - but to give you a taste of what is to come:

Ready for Wine, Romance and Chocolate? Pinnacle Ridge Winery will be serving classic French Crepes filled with strawberries, drizzled with decadent bittersweet chocolate sauce and dusted with confectioner's sugar and chocolate shavings. Our homemade crepes will be paired with Pinnacle Ridge's decadent red wine: Sweet Seduction.

Blair Vineyards is giving away kisses! Enjoy Mocha French Kiss, which is a coffee chocolate truffle kiss styled sweet dessert. Those kissed will enjoy pairing with Blair's Lower Block Pinot Noir. And get ready to say good-bye to Blair's location in Mertztown - they will aim to have their new location in Kutztown open in April for the wine trail's spring event.

Back by popular demand - dip into a fountain of chocolate at Bashore & Stoudt Country Winery. Enjoy dipping fresh fruit and baked goodies into a dreamy cascade of melted chocolate and sampling such temptation with featured fruit wines.

Un cioccolato con amore per te! In English: A chocolate with love for you! Celebrate the sweetest holiday around with wine and chocolate. Clover Hill Winery will be sampling a Cannoli rolled in mini chocolate chips paired with the beautiful white wine, Vignoles (one of the medal winning wines!). Bring your sweetheart and celebrate the love!

Calvaresi will be the choco-holics haven as they pair their Cayuga White with chocolate-covered Mango; their 2009 Concord with triple chocolate malted-milk balls, and their Sherry with a chocolate-covered red raspberries.

Manatawny Creek will be serving up an ultra-chic Chocolate Cabernet Cake topped with whipped-cream and paired with their Cabernet Sauvignon and their Port.

For more information: www.berkscountywinetrail.com or