Looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day the food and wine lovers way? Here’s a wine and chocolate festival in California to consider. After all, wine and chocolate are among the world’s greatest aphrodisiac foods.
Wineries of the Madera Wine Trail will offer a special wine and chocolate experience the weekend of February 8 and 9, 2020. This 18th annual Wine and Chocolate Weekend promises live music and Valentine’s gift specials along with all the wine and chocolate in your dreams.
What to expect from this wine and chocolate festival experience
Each of the eight participating winery will create its own wine and chocolate festival experience. These may include something as simple as pairings of chocolates with their wines or a more elaborate event. For example, San Joaquin winery plans to debut three new release wines. In addition, they’ve invited several chocolate vendors to sample and sell their wares. And they’ll be hosting one of the valley’s most popular food trucks, Gastro Grill, for those who can’t live on chocolate alone.
Toca Madera Winery will offer live music on both Saturday and Sunday. Please check with the winery directly on 559-474-8286 for schedule details. They’ll also host the maker of local, artisan chocolates to help educate visitors on the fine art of indulging in the vice of decadent handmade chocolates.
The event does require a special ticket. The advance purchase price is $25. Same day tickets will set you back $30 per person. You can purchase tickets and get the most up to date schedule information from the Madera Wine Trail website. Just present your ticket at any participating winery on either Saturday or Sunday to receive a wristband and wine tasting logo glass.
Why you should discover the Madera Wineries
Located just south of Yosemite National Park, Madera is one of California’s oldest wine regions. The winemaking history of Madera County stretches back to the late 19th century. Yet it’s one of the quietest, least explored wine regions in the state. Which makes attending a wine and chocolate festival in this sleepy corner of California that much more romantic. For more information on the event and everything you need to know about Madera wine history, visit the winery association’s website.
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