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A Very Vermont Valentine

Free Chocolate & Wine tasting at Shelburne Vineyard

BURLINGTON, VERMONT – Wine and chocolate are natural companions to a Valentine’s Day celebration— and how better to celebrate than with two local companies with exceptional products: Lake Champlain Chocolates (LCC) and Shelburne Vineyard. Shelburne Vineyard will host “A Vermont Valentine” as part of the Vermont Grape and Wine Council’s Wine and Chocolate Weekend on February 9 and 10 at their tasting room on Route 7 in Shelburne. The event will run from 11am-5pm with free wine tastings, chocolate samples and suggested pairings. LCC will conduct the pairings and have chocolate for sale on Saturday, February 9, from 11am-5pm.

“It’s hard work tasting wine and chocolate, but with some perseverance we discovered harmonious, complementary pairings as well as pairings with distinctive contrasts of flavors and textures,” says Catherine Wisloski, Director of Marketing for Lake Champlain Chocolates. “While we have always incorporated local ingredients into our products, we’ve been excited the last several years to pair our chocolates with local producers such as craft breweries, cheese makers and now wine makers as well. It was a natural fit to start working with Shelburne Vineyard.”

Gail Albert, co-owner and Marketing Director at Shelburne Vineyard added, “It was such a delicious experience to find the perfect pairings; now our Valentine’s gift is to let our friends savor them too!”

Highlights include the Louise Swenson and the Bergamot Honey truffle, part of LCC’s new line of Revel Chocolates. The citrusy, dry, light-bodied wine, made from grapes grown on the vineyard, complements the gentle orange spice of the tea in the chocolate. The Duet Ice Wine and Caramelized Almonds is an outstanding dessert pairing with the hint of caramelized sugar and butter that coats the nuts harmonizing with the rich layers of fruit sweetness in the wine.

Staff from both LCC and Shelburne Vineyard will be on hand to walk attendees through the various pairings. “There is no one correct way to pair wine and chocolate. We encourage people to explore and try new combinations. You never know what you might discover,” says Wisloski.

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About Lake Champlain Chocolates A pioneer in the American chocolate movement, Lake Champlain Chocolates is a family-owned company located in Burlington, Vermont. In 1983, Jim Lampman declared he would create upscale American chocolates that would “rival the Belgians.” Almost 30 years later, the Lampman family has done just that, by introducing European flavors and tastes using local, Vermont ingredients and by taking a craftsman’s approach to chocolate: creativity, patience and mastery. This level of care and craft leads to chocolates that win high praise, year after year, from customers and industry experts alike. Lake Champlain Chocolates are hand made by people who are passionate about their work; products include chocolate bars, as well as the best-selling Five Star Bars, truffles, caramels, gift assortments and gourmet hot chocolate and are available online, nationwide at specialty food and gift stores, such as Whole Foods Market, upscale hotels and inns, and at their three company-owned stores in Vermont.

About Shelburne Vineyard Founded in 1998 by Ken Albert, Shelburne Vineyard now comprises 17 acres of sustainably produced grapes on vineyards located in Shelburne and nearby Charlotte VT. Known as a pioneer of the Vermont wine industry creating national and international award-winning wines with cold-hardy grape varieties, the vineyard also is consistently recognized for its community and environmental ethic. With a Tasting Room at 6308 Shelburne Road (RT 7), the vineyard is open all year to visitors for tasting and tours and opens its doors to sponsor frequent concerts and small festivals benefitting local non-profits. They are also known as a popular and welcoming venue for private parties, weddings and non-profit events. For more information visit www.shelburnevineyard.com or Shelburne Vineyard on Facebook.