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Wine & Chocolate - In Collaboration with Bijou Fine Chocolates

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As December falls upon us, and the temperatures drop, our palates and stomachs urge us to change our diets. Spring time calls for rose', summer beckons for crisp whites, autumn brings in semi-dry wines, and winter demands reds. From light salads, to hearty stews, we fine-tune our meals and culinary desires to the weather that surrounds us. Here at Shelburne Vineyard, summer time means cheese and wine pairings on the patio. To us, nothing screams summer like a flight of our Vermont Grown wines, paired perfectly with a selection of locally produced cheeses, overlooking the lush grapevines. As winter approaches, we duck inside to the winery and tasting room, relaxing in our cozy, warm loft. Personally, my desire for sweets explodes when the holiday season hits.

Fortunately for us, our tasting room and winery is located directly across the street from Bijou Fine Chocolates. Kevin Toohey, alongside his wife Laura, daughter Virginia, and son Rowan produce artisanal, European-style chocolates that are truly mind blowing. From chocolate covered almonds, to Italian orange peels coated in dark chocolate, to a wide assortment of fresh truffles and more, Bijou covers all the bases when it comes to sweets. 

Born from our past years' Valentine's Day Wine and Chocolate Pairing events, our staff here has been working with Bijou to develop a pairing menu to offer regularly in our tasting room. After a long, intensive (and delicious) pairing trial session, we chose the best four Wine and Chocolate pairings to offer to our beloved customers on a regular basis, so no need to wait until Valentine's Day!

For $17, we are now offering a Wine and Chocolate Pairing, featuring four of our carefully selected Shelburne Vineyard wines, and four delicious, fresh truffles, all paired to produce sensory bliss. We are offering this pairing menu any day of the week, from 11am to 5pm. Please bring a friend or a loved one, and stop by the tasting room to explore the world of Wine and Chocolate. Due to the freshness of the truffles, we keep a small supply of chocolate to ensure the absolute freshest products, but have no fear! If we run out, our staff will promptly run across the street to Bijou for a fresh new batch!

Valentine Weekend - Feb. 11 & 12

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The Vermont Grape & Wine Council invites you to the First Annual Wine & Chocolate Weekend - visit wineries around Vermont and taste delicious wine and chocolate pairings.

Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12

Shelburne Vineyard's celebration will include a Benefit for the CVOEO WARMTH Support Program, heating assistance for low income Vermonters.  Admission is free, but we suggest a donation of your choice to WARMTH.  Let's generate some heat together!

Share the Love- Share the WARMTH! A Valentine Weekend Open House
11:00-5:00 Shelburne Vineyard Tasting Room

Join Shelburne Vineyard for a Valentine's weekend of free wine tastings and tours, cheese and sweet treats! Sample and purchase local treats to pair with your favorite wines.  Chat with our winemaker, enjoy some live music by the Burlington Ensemble.  Admission is free- open to the public.  Donations to WARMTH are encouraged.

Saturday, February 11

Nate's Cupcakes -Seriously good.   These are THE best cupcakes, made locally from fresh ingredients.  Try the cupcake and wine pairing suggestions we'll provide- they're fabulous.  Pick some up for your special Valentine.  Cupcakes available for sample and purchase.

Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery-Cheese and wine always make the perfect pair.  Sample some wonderful local cheeses from VT B&C Creamery.  Find your favorites and buy some to bring home for dinner.

BlackFlower Chocolates- Decadent, handcrafted, exotic chocolates.  Available for sample and purchase.  Try some with our Cabernet Franc Merlot...

East Shore Vineyard - Taste a selection of ESV wines grown and produced in Vermont.

Burlington Ensemble- Enjoy live music performed by BE players, Laura Markowitz on Violin and John Dunlop on Cello.

     

Sunday, February 12

Arcury's English Toffee- Free samples of these elegant sweets.  Try them with a taste of Shelburne Vineyard late harvest Quartet!

Fat Toad Farm- Sample some fresh Chevre and caramel sauce made with goat's milk! Available for tasting and purchase.

Artesano Mead- Sample this sweet and complex wine made entirely from honey.

Swiss Serenity Massage- Treat yourself or your sweetheart to a relaxing 10 minute chair massage. Massage Therapist Beda Beeli.

 

Open to the public  and admission is free - donation to WARMTH is encouraged!

For more information about participating VT wineries, visit: www.vtgrapeandwinecouncil.com