Did you know that chocolate, like wine, is produced after a fermentation process? Like wine, chocolate has tannins; the beans are roasted to create the mellow familiar flavors we love.


CLICK HERE for online tickets and information on same-day ticket sales.

Worried about weather? Call (877) 326-6561 on Friday, February 4 for a weather update.

FYI - Chocolate and wine share a “sense of place” – that is, for both products, the geography, microclimate, and growing practices found in the place where the grapes or beans are grown affect the ultimate product. Both chocolate and wine may be characterized their “terroir” and it is why you see chocolate being sold with labels which identify the source of the cocoa beans, whether Costa Rica, Ghana, or Ecuador.

Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail Events

Wine and Chocolate Weekend Feb 17-19

Wine and chocolate have long been thought of as complementary – and both have a romantic element that traditionally links them to the celebration of Valentine’s Day.

This is a popular weekend event and is a mainstay for chocoholics and for those wishing to celebrate the weekend with a romantic getaway at a local Country Inn or bed and breakfasts.

For nine years, the Lake Erie Wine Country, formerly the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail, has been celebrating Valentine’s Day during the first weekend of February – recognizing that most people have special plans for the holiday itself. The multiple wine and chocolate pairings offered by the wineries offer good opportunities for attendees to test the theory that wine and chocolate “go together”. Click here for tickets!

Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Double Chocolate Almond Biscotti paired with a
Johnsons Estate

Highlights from previous years include chocolate-dipped strawberries served by Penn Shore in 2009, and Espresso Mousse at Mazza Chautauqua. As in years past, there will be many chocolate choices – from white chocolate to dark, from fondues to brownies, from fruit to nuts. And to take home with that special bottle of wine, the Event gift will include a small selection of fine chocolates produced locally.

Kahlua Fantasy Cake

Chocolate Kahlua Fantasy Cake paired with a Mazza Chautauqua Cellars
Forte of Cabernet Franc

While chocolate is the star of this weekend event, the wineries realize that there actually might be too much of a good thing, so some of the wineries will be offering savory food and wine choices.

Where to Stay

Videos & Multimedia Virtual Cellar Event Info Visitors Center Wine Club