Local wineries plan tasting prior to Valentines Day

— The sweets, wine and jewelry will create a romantic atmosphere for couples at local wineries during Sweethearts Wine Tour on Feb. 9.

“When I think of Valentine’s Day I think chocolates, cakes, wine and jewelry,” Amazing Grace Vineyard owner Mary Fortson said.

The Amazing Grace Winery, 9839 Route 9 in Chazy is pairing with Vesco Ridge Vineyards, 165 Stratton Hill Road in West Chazy; the Champlain Wine Company, 8 City Hall Place in Plattsburgh, and Elfs Farm Winery & Cider Mill, 7411 Route 9, for the pre-Valentines Day tasting event.

Amazing Grace will be open for free tasting from noon to 10 p.m. and will be open to the public.

The local wineries frequently work together for events throughout the year and usually hold larger tastings in the summer.

“We thought it would be nice to open up and bring in the members of the community for a small, relaxing winter tasting,” Fortson said.

North Creek chocolate makers, Barkeaters, will have samples of their chocolate concoctions available for wine pairing demonstrations at Amazing Grace.

“We’ll have whites, reds, and dessert wines and when we pair them with the chocolates you can really see how it changes the taste of the wine,” Fortson said. “It’s also an opportunity to see what other foods could be paired with wine as something other than just a table wine with dinner.”

Vesco Ridge Vineyards will be having tastings from noon to 6 p.m. with a “Sweetheart Special” of buy one get one free tastings. Visitors can try up to four of the wines for $3 or for $5 try all the Vesco Ridge wines.

“We’re going to have adorable mini cupcakes made by Creative Confections for the tastings and pairing them with our wines,” Nancy Vesco, co-owner of VRV said. “We will have moscato white chocolate cupcakes and Karen Davis will also make red velvet cupcakes made with Vesco red wines.” 

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