Choco­late and wine tast­ings of­fered along wine trail.

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For many years there has been so much to love dur­ing the Berks County Wine Trail’s an­nual “Choco­late & Wine Pair­ing Event Week­end” and with the wine trail grow­ing (2 new winer­ies joined the trail this year), boast­ing a dozen winer­ies now, the wine trail wanted to be sure that there was am­ple time to visit them all dur­ing any of the yearly spe­cial events.

For all you Valen­tines out there — you can en­joy two week­ends of tast­ing amaz­ing wines of the re­gion paired with a sweet ar­ray of choco­lates & con­fec­tions ... dou­ble the love!

Visit the winer­ies of the Berks County Wine Trail Fe­bru­ary 10th & 11th and/or Fe­bru­ary 17th & 18th (Noon to 5 PM all dates).

Tick­ets are $10/ea if pur­chased prior to any of the event dates ($12/ea if pur­chased on the day of the event) and are avail­able for pur­chase at www.lo­cal­wi­neevents.com (https:// www.lo­cal­wi­neevents.com/ tick­ets/i_want/705767). Tick­ets are valid for any of the event dates; also this tour event is self-guided, so you can let your taste buds guide you or plan based on your own pref­er­ence for ad­ven­ture.

To help you frame up your tour itin­er­ary, we sug­gest the two new mem­ber winer­ies as de­light­ful places to visit dur­ing this event week­end: Deer­foot Win­ery in Shoe­mak­ersville and Stone­keep Mead­ery (tast­ing room in Jim Thorpe).

In plan­ning your day or week­end with your sweet­heart to cel­e­brate Valen­tines’ Day, be sure to pick up a bot­tle or two of wine for din­ner af­ter­wards. Singles, grab some friends and pile in the car and en­joy a Win­ter day out sam­pling amaz­ing wines paired with bites of sweet deca­dence.

The full tast­ing menu for Wine & Choco­late is a avail­able on the events page at www.berkscoun­ty­wine­trail.com; how­ever, to pre­view what’s in store at some of the stops along the way, pair­ings in­clude tastes of salted ap­ple caramel blondies ac­cented with sparkling wine; home­made choco­late cake with mulled wine; donut cake bites with sul­try dry red wine; choco­late cheese cake with rasp­berry driz­zle paired with Mer­lot; or hot co­coa cook­ies paired with a red wine blend. Visit the trail’s event page for more al­lur­ing com­bi­na­tions to be en­joyed dur­ing your tour. Plus, you can keep the sweet magic of the week­end go­ing when you pur­chase bot­tles of wine to bring home with you, too.

Wines from the Berks County Wine Trail winer­ies are not only fan­tas­tic with choco­lates but they are de­light­ful with an ar­ray of foods, ap­pe­tiz­ers or just for sit­ting around en­joy­ing an af­ter­noon sun­set.

For more in­for­ma­tion about this wine trail and its mem­ber winer­ies, www. berkscoun­ty­wine­trail.com.

Please note that cer­tain winer­ies can­not ac­cept buses or large groups or may have ad­di­tional fees for tast­ings from their full wine bars. The Berks County Wine Trail has been an ac­tive group of winer­ies in the re­gion for nearly two decades and prides it­self in wine­mak­ing di­ver­sity. A truly vast spec­trum of wines are made here; when you take bot­tles home to en­joy you will be ex­pand­ing this culi­nary and agri­cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence with your fam­ily and friends!

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Choco­late and wine go to­gether.

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A treat for your valen­tine.

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