Chocolate is a tempter. Indulgent, smooth, delicious. Fulfill your sweet cocoa desires with a visit to a Virginia chocolatier or an upcoming event.
Arlington – Artisan Confections – Specializing in high-quality, hand-made chocolates that are elegant in both design and flavor.
Lynchburg—CAO Artisan Chocolates – These skilled artisans craft their specialty chocolates from bean to bar.
Blacksburg – Chocolate Spike – Artistic chocolate endeavors by by Genie Ranck, producer of exciting creations.
Charlottesville – Gearhart’s Fine Chocolates – An artisanal chocolate shop in Historic Downtown Charlottesville that specializes in handmade confections of uncompromising quality.
Dayton – Warfel’s Sweet Shoppe – Homemade in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley: old fashioned creme fudge, chocolate creme truffles, and “sugar free” chocolates, just to name a few.
Free Union – Glass House Winery – You read right. A winery that not only excels at wine making, but also makes their own in-house chocolates. Win-win.
Harrisonburg – Chocolate Occasions – See for yourself how the goods are made, then take home a box or two!
Lexington – Cocoa Mill Chocolate Co. – Offering a wide assortment of chocolates in dark, bittersweet, milk and white. Also featuring turtles — hand poured caramel over fresh pecans topped with milk chocolate; butter cremes, hand rolled truffles … the list goes on!
Louisa – Cooper Vineyards – Drink your chocolate! Noche Chocolate is a Virginia Norton dessert wine infused with chocolate. It’s also an award-winning wine (2012 Silver Virginia Governor’s Cup and others).
Richmond – Chocolates by Kelly – See chocolatiers make world-class chocolates right before your eyes. Take a class, buy a gift, try something new and exciting, or taste a treat that’ll make you feel like a kid again!
Richmond – Gearhart’s Fine Chocolate – Voted one of Chocolatier Magazine’s “Top 20 Artisan Chocolatiers” in the U.S., Tim Gearhart combines Single-Bean Venezuelan Chocolates, fine local and exotic ingredients, and passionate craftsmanship to create chocolates of unparalleled depth and complexity.
Virginia Beach – The Royal Chocolate – Indulge from cases filled with store made chocolates using Belgian Chocolate – truffles, creams, caramels, chocolate and caramel coated pretzels, not to mention the famous chocolate covered apples!
Saturday, February 6 – Winchester – Chocolate Escape – Fourteen participating downtown restaurants are offering a $2 chocolate sampling menu while and over 30 retailers have chocolate themed deals and offers available.
Saturday, February 6th– Sunday, February 7th—Fairfax—Chocolate Lovers Festival—24th annual chocolate festival has a Chocolate Challenge, Chocolate Chip Pancake Breakfast, tastings, historic tours, and plenty of entertainment for the kids.
Chocolate and Wine
February 6 – Oak Grove – A Taste of Wine & Chocolate at Ingleside Vineyards – Indulge in the finest Ingleside wines with an elegant chocolate experience. Reservations required.
February 14 – Stanley – Valentine Chocolate and Wine at Wisteria Farm and Vineyard – Join in the chocolate fondue and wine! Get a plate of dipping goodies and a glass of wine for $15.
February 14-16 – Middleburg – Wine and Chocolate Weekend at Greenhill Winery and Vineyards –Wines paired with chocolate truffles from Abby Rose Confections. 4 special Valentines Day Chocolate Truffles—$29.31 per person.
February 13 – Purcellville – Breaux Vineyards’ Chocolate & Cabernet Tasting – Hand-rolled truffles and imported chocolate are paired with four flights of Breaux cabernets and Breauxmance, their signature sparkling wine. $35 per person; reservations suggested.
February 13 – Floyd – Valentine’s Weekend Wine and Chocolate Pairing at Chateau Morrisette – Chateau Morrisette’s wine expert Brian Smyth and Wilbur’s Chocolates Master Chocolatier, Dona Peters will give an expert presentation of five wines paired with Wilbur Chocolates. $45 per person; reservations and pre-payment required.
February 13-14—Stafford—Sinfully Sweet: Perfectly Paired Desserts & Wine at Potomac Point Winery—Enjoy the ambiance of the Coyote Wine Cave while you nibble on four decadent desserts paired with Potomac Point wines. $36 per person; tickets must be purchased in advance.
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