The Chautauqua –Lake Erie Wine Trail is hosting its seventh annual Wine & Chocolate Event on February 7th & 8th and the “chocolate options” are now in! This year, the 21 wineries along Lake Erie from Silver Creek, NY to Northeast, PA will feature over a dozen chocolate-inspired desserts and, in a nod to healthy eating, five savory options. Ticket holders will receive an event wine glass, a recipe booklet, and a small gift of premium local chocolates. The Trail sells both a weekend ticket (good both Saturday and Sunday) and a Sunday Only ticket.
Ticket holders can now plan their winery visits during the Event according to the “chocolate options” being offered by the various wineries. Nothing beats the freshly-dipped chocolate-covered strawberries to be served by Penn Shore Vineyards, in North East, PA. Heritage Winery, also in North East, will be serving white and milk chocolate fondues with fresh fruit. Cherries and chocolate feature at Johnson Estate (Chocolate Cherry Duo) and Mazza Vineyards (Cherry Almond Chocolate Clusters). And for those who believe that chocolate means brownies, try Schloss Doepken’s Fudge Brownies with Dark Chocolate Truffle Glaze or Liberty Vineyards’ Flourless Chocolate Cake. Lakeview Wine Cellars will be partnering with Finney Chocolate of Cambridge Springs, PA, to present Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars. And the list is made complete by four smooth mousses: Chocolate Mousse Cones (Noble Winery), White Chocolate Mousse Parfait (Vetter Vineyards), Espresso Mousse with Orange Mascapone Whipped Cream (Mazza Chautauqua), and Chocolate Temptations Parfait (Willow Creek). Servings are meant to be samples so event goers can manage many chocolate delights in a single day! See the full list of recipes under What’s New on the Trail website, www.chautauquawinetrail.org.
For those with an interest in planning their trip “By Chocolate”:
Valentine’s Fruit Cocktail – Arrowhead
Vanilla Rich Chocolate Chip Cake – Blueberry Sky
Chocolate Fondue and Fresh Berries – Heritage
Chocolate Cherry Duo – Johnson Estate
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars – Lakeview Wine Cellars
Flourless Chocolate Cake – Liberty Vineyards
Chocolate Mousse Cones – Noble Winery
Espresso Mousse w/ Orange Mascapone Whipped Cream – Mazza Chautauqua Cellars
Cherry Almond Chocolate Clusters – Mazza Vineyards
Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries – Penn Shore Vineyards
Cheesecake Pops Glazed with Chocolate – Roberian Winery
Fudge Brownies with Dark Chocolate Truffle Glaze – Schloss Doepken
Chocolate Toffee Bites – South Shore Wine Company
White Chocolate Mousse Parfait – Vetter Vineyards
Chocolate Temptations Parfait – Willow Creek
Simply Sensational Truffles – Woodbury Vineyards
South Potato and Corn Chowder – Presque Isle Wine Cellars
Spinach and Artichoke Tortellini Bake – Merritt Estate Winery
Chicken Wings “to please her” – Sparkling Ponds
Dark Chocolate Tea Bread Sandwiches with Grilled Duck – Quincy Cellars
To purchase tickets to the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail’s Holiday Wine Weekend, call 1-877-326-6561 or visit www.chautauquawinetrail.org. After February 1st, please order tickets by calling 877-326-6561.
The Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail is a consortium of 21 wineries along Lake Erie in both New York and Pennsylvania whose mission is to support and promote the wine and grape industries in Chautauqua County, NY and Erie County, PA. The Trail has traditionally hosted four weekend Events, providing a festive atmosphere for the tasting of food and wine pairings tailored to the season.