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Friday, December 21, 2012

Chocolate-infused food pairings are a sweet…and savoury addition to the Days of Wine & Chocolate

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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON -- The Days of Wine & Chocolate Touring Pass Event is back in 2013 and the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake are showcasing more delectable wine and chocolate-inspired pairings than ever before.
 
Each of the 28 member wineries will pair a premium VQA wine matched with new chocolate-infused dishes. The event takes place weekends, including Fridays, during February 2013 (1/2/3, 8/9/10, 15/16/17, 22/23/24) from 11 am to 5 pm.

“This year we will be increasing the scope of food pairings to include both sweet and savoury dishes infused with decadent chocolate,” remarks Tim Coons, chair of the Days of Wine & Chocolate committee, “Using local ingredients and chocolate to accompany our wines adds a delicious new feature to this popular event.”
Each of the 28 Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake have assigned their winemakers with the task of finding the perfect wines to accompany decadent chocolate infused dishes. The wine and food selections will tantalize the palates of guests with both classic flavour combination and unexpected sweet and savory surprises. For a full listing of featured VQA wine and chocolate infused pairings, visit www.wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com

The Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake are committed to working with local suppliers in addition to their in-house culinary teams as they develop their tastings.  Niagara-on-the-Lake pastry chef Catherine O’Donnell of Willow Cakes & Pastries will be working with many of the wineries again in 2013.  Her team will create over 50,000 delectable sweet savory dishes infused with chocolate and other local ingredients during the month-long event.

Available for purchase now, a pair of touring passes may just be the perfect present for the wine enthusiast on your holiday gift list. Touring passes are $35 per person (plus HST) and Designated Driver passes are $25 (plus HST, limit one per purchase).  Both can be purchased now either online at www.wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com or by calling Tourism Niagara-on-the-Lake at 905.468.1950.

Learn more about Days of Wine & Chocolate by visiting www.wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com.

Days of Wine & Chocolate is the concluding event of Winter in Niagara-on-the-Lake Wine Country (Winter in Wine Country).  Winter in Wine Country spans over four months in 2012 and 2013 and features a unique event each month.  Taste the Season was offered in November, Stocking Days of Christmas is December’s featured event and the Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival takes place in January.

Every day the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake welcome guests into wine country to savour the richness of the region and to experience the 28 distinct wineries, each with its own personality reflected in the wines they craft.
 
The members of Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake are: Between the Lines, Cattail Creek, Château des Charmes, Colaneri, Coyote’s Run, Diamond Estates, Hinterbrook, Ice House, Inniskillin, Jackson Triggs, Joseph’s, Konzelmann, Lailey, Maleta, Marynissen, Niagara College, Palatine Hills, Peller Estates, Pillitteri, PondView, Ravine, Reif, Riverview, Small Talk Vineyards, Southbrook, Stratus, Strewn, Sunnybrook Farm and Trius Winery.
 
Follow the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake on Twitter @NiagaraWine or Facebook at www.facebook.com/wineriesofniagaraonthelake

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