Love is sweet especially when it’s paired with chocolate and wine. Indulge your special someone to a treat by joining the Garden State Wine Growers Association’s annual Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend,February 9th and 10th at wineries throughout New Jersey.
Explore vineyards across the state, sample wines and enjoy chocolates from local chocolatiers along with live music and other special treats at participating wineries.
Starting in Hunterdon County, Beneduce Vineyards in Pittstown will offer Sweetheart Tastings, February 6-17th. Sweetheart Tasting Option #1 ($60 per couple) features a deluxe wine tasting for two of their handcrafted wines, including the limited production MANGIONE Super Tuscan blend, paired with locally made artisan cheese and chocolates along with a brief and entertaining tour of the winery, oak barrel storage, and equipment where you’ll learn the basics of Beneduce’s winemaking practices and philosophy. A beautiful red rose for your Sweetheart and two etched wine glasses and a trio of delicious chocolates to take home will also be part of the package. Option #2 is $100 per couple and scheduled for Saturday evenings only. All of the Option #1 features plus two pre-paid cover charges and reservations at a Group Therapy Live music Session at Beneduce Vineyards are included. 1 Jeremiah Lane, Pittstown, NJ 08867, (908)-996-3823, www.beneducevineyards.com
Next, Old York Cellars in Ringoes has a romantic weekend of music, chocolate and wine planned for visitors. In the tasting room sample a selection of award winning wines with an optional chocolate pairing. Live music will be in the Vista Room in Sunday from 12:30 – 4:30pm. You can also meet chocolatier Laurie’s Chocolates, and as a special treat, you can get a picture of you and your sweetheart printed on a wine label to commemorate the experience. Old York will also offer the “Sweetest Tabooze” an exclusive seated sampling features a Sparkling Rosé toast and a selection of sweet and savory treats. Each food item will be paired with a wine chosen to enhance the already delectable flavors. Seatings Feb. 9th – 10th at 12:00, 2:00 & 4:00pm $50/Person. Old York Cellars, 80 Old York Road, Ringoes, NJ 08551, (908)-284-9463, www.oldyorkcellars.com
Additionally, Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes, February 9-10 from 12:00-5:00 pm will showcase complimentary chocolate parings from Sciascia Confections of Ferry Market in New Hope and The Stockton Market. The wine tasting is $10 per person, with wines by the glass and bottle available. Additional indoor seating is available for you to enjoy with your friends and family. Unionville Vineyards,9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes, NJ 08551, (908)-788-0400, www.unionvillevineyards.com
Just minutes from the Jersey Shore, 4 JGs Winery in Colts Neck is open Feb 9-10 for A Perfectly Choreographed Pairing of Wine and Chocolates. Enjoy a special selection of award winning wines and gourmet chocolates on the following dates from 11:00 am – 6:30 pm: February 7, 8, 9, and 10 and February 14, 15, 16, 17. 4 JGs Winery, 127 Hillside Road, Colts Neck, NJ, (908)-930-8066, www.4JGswinery.com
Fox Hollow Vineyardsin Holmdel is teaming with Chocolate Legends for a special wine and chocolate pairing. 939 Holmdel Rd, Holmdel, NJ (732) 772-0330 www.foxhollowvineyards.com
Wanting to renew your vows this Valentine’s Day? Laurita Winery in New Egypt will allow you to do just that on Saturday, February 9th! Additionally, they will have three vendors with chocolate products and live music to make it a romantic and fun weekend. You can sign up in advance for vow renewal directly on their website. Laurita Winery, 19 Archertown Road, New Egypt, NJ (609)-752-0303, www.LauritaWinery.com
In Mercer County, Hopewell Valley Vineyards in Pennington will offer a special paired tasting with vineyard made wine and chocolate truffles for sale and a select number of handmade artisans in the tasting room. The winery will also have a Valentine’s Brunch on Sunday, February 10th starting at 11:00 am. Tickets are $33.35 + tax and can be purchased on their website. Hopewell Valley Vineyards. 46 Yard Road, Pennington, NJ (609)-737-4465, www.hopewellvalleyvineyards.com.
At Terhune Orchards in Princeton you can enjoy chocolate baked goods homemade in Terhune’s own bakery paired with their award-winning wines as well as a special wine and chocolate pairing of locally made chocolates and Terhune wines and live music on Sunday. 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540, (609)-924-2310, www.terhuneorchards.com
Last, but most certainly not least, Working Dog Winery in East Windsor for Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend will be open February 9th and 10th from 12:00pm – 5:00pm. Enjoy a weekend of award-winning wines, great music performed by Rob Messina, tempting treats, and of course, lots of fun. Whether you choose to enjoy your wine by large windows overlooking the vineyard, listening to music, or warming up by a crackling fire, this weekend will prove to be a memorable experience for all. Admission is only $5 and includes a personal box of chocolates (21 years of age and older). 610 Windsor Perrineville Road, Robbinsville, NJ 08691, (609) 371-6000, www.workingdogwinerynj.com
For any additional information as well as other upcoming winery events in New Jersey, check out Garden State Wine Grower Association’s website!