Sweethearts! Looking for a sweet, romantic way to spend the day together Valentine’s weekend? Visit the 8 wineries of the Berks County Wine Trail during their annual “Chocolate & Wine Pairing Event Weekend.’ From Noon to 5 p.m. both Saturday, Feb. 15, and Sunday, Feb. 16, visitors will enjoy sweet and chewy pairings of chocolatey confections paired with featured wines of the region! Eight different, unique pairings of wine with chocolate (one pairing at each winery) will be the weekend’s showcase. This event is free, no reservations or tickets required. This event is self-guided, so you can really plan a romantic day out in the countryside with your sweetheart! This event is also a great opportunity to discover the wide variety of quality wines produced in Berks County: at each stop visitors can explore the full wine list offered by each winery in addition to the featured pairings. Please note, that a few of the wineries do charge a nominal fee for tastings from their full wine list (fee refundable with purchase of a bottle of wine). However, the featured chocolate tasting/wine pairing is free. Wine will be available for purchase and at all 8 wineries. And at select wineries, so will some of the chocolates!
The 9th annual Chocolate and Wine Pairing Event Weekend, is a highly anticipated event each Winter not only for wine and chocolate lovers, but area wine lovers. Plus it is a great weekend for those not too familiar with wine to come out and discover there is a wine just for them - locally available here in Pennsylvania. What makes the Berks County Wine Trail so interesting is the array of wines produced by the wineries. The menu of wines offered by this wine trail is particularly diverse and vast. Not only will visitors delight in finding a wine to enjoy with their Valentine’s sweets, but other wines to pair with a great meal, or wines to take to a favorite BYOB, or just to enjoy sipping on a crisp Winter afternoon.
The complete menu of wine & chocolate pairings will be posted on the wine trail’s website ( www.berkscountywinetrail.com) in the weeks ahead but for a sneak preview of what you and your sweetheart will enjoy during one of your stops: Blair Vineyards’ Kutztown grown 2010 Pinot Noir paired with homemade, chocolate bread pudding. A free copy of the recipe will be available at Blair Vineyards.
The wineries participating in this event are:
Bashore & Stoudt Winery (Shartlesville)
Blair Vineyards (Kutztown)
Calvaresi Winery (Bernville)
Clover Hill Vineyards (Robesonia)
Kog Hill Winery (Morgantown)
Long Trout Winery (Auburn)
Manatawny Creek Winery (Douglassville)
Pinnacle Ridge Winery (Kutztown)
For more information about the wine trail, maps & directions, please visit: berkscountywinetrail.com