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While there will be many blustery days yet ahead, what better way is there to enjoy the season than to curl up in front of a fireplace with a glass of great local wines and some delicious chocolates?
Or perhaps you might be looking for a way to treat your sweetie with a visit to wine country as a pre-Valentines Day surprise?
The Chocolate is for Lovers wine trail offers an answer to either or both questions. The popular event, sponsored by the Ohio Wine Producers Association, is scheduled for two upcoming weekends, Friday, January 31, and Saturday, February 1 and the next weekend, which is Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8. Hours are noon until 6:00 PM each day.
This is the 10th annual celebration of fine wines and luscious chocolates held along the Vines and Wines Trail in northeast Ohio.Visitors will travel along the wine trail in northeast Ohio, and at each winery, will enjoy wine samples, appetizers and collect locally produced chocolates. Each traveler will also receive a candy dish and souvenir wineglass.
Advance reservations are required: at 800-227-6972 or OhioWines.org. The cost is $50 a couple or $40 per person for a single traveler.
Some of Ohio’s premier wineries are included in the event: Buccia Vineyards, Conneaut; Debonne Vineyards, Madison; Deer's Leap Winery, Geneva; Emerine Estates, Jefferson; Ferrante Winery & Ristorante, Geneva; Goddess Wine House, Ashtabula; Grand River Cellars, Madison; Kosicek Vineyards, Harpersfield; Maple Ridge Vineyard, Madison; Old Firehouse, Geneva on the Lake; Old Mill Winery, Geneva; Lakehouse Inn & Winery, Geneva-on-the-Lake; The Winery at Spring Hill, Geneva and Virant Family Winery, Geneva.
Several local lodgers are offering discounted room rates ... and there are a number of companies offering transportation services. Lists of hoteliers and livery services will be found at OhioWines.org under Trails and Events: Lodging and more.