With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, chocoholics among us rejoice in the tradition of chocolate giving and receiving. And for those of us who seek consolation for our single-hood, chocolate is the perfect indulgence.
Poets and scientists have long attempted to describe and explain the nature of chocolate’s attraction. Is it even possible to be miserable while eating chocolate? I have seen irritable, bickering children brighten immediately with the mere suggestion of the possibility of chocolate. And haven’t most of us had rotten days full of woe and despair turn sunny and bright with the first delicious bite?
Whatever it is about this miraculous sweet, you can certainly indulge your cravings over the next couple of weeks in Murphys. Beginning on February 8th, Newsome Harlow’s “Zin Flights & Chocolate Bites” features their five zinfandels paired with chocolates from Her Coconess Confections, a 2013 Good Food Award winner for their Vanilla Bean Salted Caramels.
Hovey, another local winery, is pairing up with Angels Camp chocolatier, The Chocolate Lady to present “An Evening of Chocolate Decadence,” and then on February 9th, the First Congregational Church is offering up an all-you-can-eat “Heavenly Chocolate Festival.”
February 14th brings Zucca Winery’s Chocolate, Cheese & Port Pairings, which manages to bring together three favorite indulgences. What could be better?
Looking to purchase chocolates for your Valentine? Try local, handcrafted artisinal chocolates from The Chocolate Lady in historic downtown Angels Camp or in historic downtown Murphys be sure to check out Nelson’s Candies for a variety of hand-made confections. Other chocolate treats can be found in historic downtown Murphys at Lila and Sage in the form of cupcakes, while Aria Bakery & Cafe offers chocolate truffle cups, cake and eclairs year-round.
As our calendar rounds out the Valentine’s Day offerings, we’re sure there will be more chocolate tasting opportunities cropping up throughout the county, so be sure to keep an eye on our calendar here: gocalaveras.com/calendar-of-events
More details on Chocolate Events for February
WHAT: Zin Flights & Chocolate Bites
WHERE: Newsome-Harlow Tasting Lounge
WHEN: Feb 8th and 9th 1-4 PM
All 5 of our Zinfandels paired with chocolates from Her Coconess Confection, 2013 Good Food Award winner for her Vanilla Bean Salted Caramels. No rsvp, no cost for Party Members, $5 fee for non-members.
WHAT: An Evening of Chocolate Decadence
WHERE: Hovey Winery and the Chocolate Lady
WHEN: February 8th, 7 – 9 pm and February 13th 7-8 pm
Enjoy Hovey wines paired with delicious chocolates from The Chocolate Lady. Open to wine club members only, $35 per person.
WHAT: A Heavenly Chocolate Festival
WHERE: First Congregational Church, Murphys
WHEN: February 9th, 1pm – 4pm
$10 per person. All the chocolate you can eat. Sample a large variety of homemade chocolates including truffles, a variety of fudge, cookies, chocolate dipped cherries and strawberries, a chocolate fountain and more. Hot chocolate, coffee and milk included in ticket price. For information or tickets call at 209-728-3306.
WHAT: Chocolate, Cheese & Port Pairings
WHERE: Zucca Tasting Room
WHEN: February 14, 2014
Chocolate and Port, a combination that completely captivates your taste buds, but have you tried cheese and Port? Bring your favorite valentine and join us February 14th from 2 to 8 pm in the Toscana Tasting Room for a special pairing of chocolate, cheese and our delicious Port. Call 209.684.3278 for more information. 431 Main Street Murphys, Ca 95247. Cost: $5, refundable with purchase.