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Chocolate & Wine Weekend

Advanced ticket sales have officially ended. But rest assured, we'll still have a few hundred tickets, $35 each, for sale during the event itself. As of 2/8/12 at 1:15pm the following wineries have the following number of tickets for sale. We've also included their phone number, in case you would like to call a given winery and ask them to hold tickets on your behalf prior to the event. If you have any additional questions, please call the office during regular business hours at 877-536-2717. 

5 tickets, Prejean, 315-536-7524
28 tickets, Earle Estates, 315-536-6755
31 tickets, Miles Wine Cellars, 607-243-7742
33 tickets, Fruit Yard, 607-243-8866
19 tickets, Hickory Hollow, 607-243-9114
8 tickets, Atwater, 607-546-8463
56 tickets, Chateau LaFayette, 607-546-2062
36 tickets, Red Newt, 607-546-4100
34 tickets, Leidenfrost, 607-546-2800
36 tickets, Tickle Hill, 607-546-7740
57 tickets, Penguin Bay, 607-546-5115
27 tickets, Caywood, 607-582-7230
23 tickets, Lamoreaux, 607-582-6011

Enjoy a self-guided tour around beautiful Seneca Lake. Pick up your gift item at your assigned starting winery then start sampling chocolates, or foods prepared with chocolate, creatively matched with their wines. Over the 2-1/2 day event, visit over 30 unique wineries and enjoy a weekend of fun and relaxation. And with the event's proximity to Valentine's Day, spending the weekend with a loved one, sampling wine and eating a vasy array of chocolate and chocolate-themed dishes, there is no better way to show the person you love than by enjoying this weekend-long event, together.

Here are recipes from past and present Chocolate & Wine Weekends:
Click here  for a printable 2012 recipe book of the many delicious dishes served to event attendees.
Click here  for a printable 2011 recipe book of the many delicious dishes served to event attendees.
Click here for a printable 2010 recipe book of the many delicious dishes served to event attendees
DATE:
FEBRUARY 10-12, 2012
TIME:
Friday, 1-5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (2-1/2 day event)
ADVANCE TICKET PRICE:

$30 per person (wine tasting ticket)
$20 for designated driver tickets (alternative non-alcoholic beverage offered)

Click on the "Tickets" link above, then click on "Event Tickets" to purchase tickets to his event through our partner Eventbrite.

Ticket orders will be processed by our partner site Eventbrite. They will email you your e-tickets, which must be redeemed for your actual event tickets at your starting winery. You must start at your starting winery henceforth, because until you visit your starting winery, you will not have your actual tickets. Furthermore, because of this, it is even more important that groups of attendees purchase their tickets on one order, to guarantee that all attendees will have the exact same starting winery.

Tickets purchased are not refundable, exchangeable or changeable. Seneca Lake Wine Trail events are never cancelled.

Our events oftentimes sell out, so you should purchase your tickets well in advance of the event itself. For those events that do not sell out, we stop selling tickets in advance by 1:00 p.m. EST the Wednesday before the event weekend.  After that tickets will be available to purchase at a few designated wineries, with an additional charge of $5 per ticket.

WEEKEND PACKAGES:           
Includes tickets, lodging and transportation for two on Saturday, click here
 
 

Chocolate is one of the most popular foods in the world, long enjoyed for its wonderful chocolate_wine_weekendtaste. The cocoa butter in chocolate is unique because it melts at mouth temperature, slowly releasing rich chocolate flavor during eating. In addition to its savored taste, researchers are discovering new information about this cherished treat.

Not only is chocolate and red wine a tantalizing combination for its sensational taste, but research shows these foods also contain antioxidants which may be good for health. In September, 1996, The Lancet ³ reported cocoa powder and chocolate contain a relatively high amount of phenolic compounds, which possess antioxidant properties. Further, they found the compounds possess properties that may be beneficial in reducing the risk for coronary heart disease.

A 1.5 ounce chocolate bar contains about the same amount of total phenolic compounds as a 5-ounce serving of red wine, which has been associated with a reduced risk for coronary heart disease.

Testimonials

Of course we, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, believes this is a terrific event... But don't take just our word for it! Below are some testimonials from past attendees of this annual event:

"We have a lot of great memories from our numerous trips to Seneca but the one that will stick with us forever occurred last February when we were visiting for the wine & chocolate weekend. So here goes....

My wife & I and two other couples were staying at the Ramada Lakefront for the 2008 wine & chocolate weekend. My wife & I got up on Sunday morning (2/10/08), packed and loaded the vehicle in preparation for our departure and the afternoon trip to the eastern shore Seneca wineries.
Our vehicle was parked at the eastern end of the Ramada within 25 or 30 feet of the side door. We took our usual mile or two walk along the Seneca shoreline under a brilliant blue sky on a crisp beautiful February morning. We met the other two couples plus my cousin, who lives south of Geneva, for breakfast in the Ramada lakefront dining room. As we enjoyed one of Don's (the cook) famous omelets, we marveled at the beauty of the lake and the brilliant sunshine and cloudless blue sky to the south as well as recounting the events of Saturdays tasting along the western shore wineries. We lingered in the dining room until around 11:30 (wineries don't open until 12 on Sundays) and then we checked out at the front desk. We walked the length of the Ramada and when we opened the eastern door it was an absolute and total white out of snow. We couldn't even see our vehicle. We were shocked and tried to figure out what happened. We made a mad dash for the vehicle and were completely covered with snow in seconds. When we got into vehicle, the wind felt like it was going to blow us into the lake. In the two or three minutes we waited for the truck to warm up and get some of the 3 or 4 inches of snow (that came down in minutes) off, the blizzard stopped, the sun returned, but the wind stayed!!! Our trip to Ventosa, Lamoreoux, Red Newt, and Chateau Lafayette was marked by more brilliant sun interspersed with shots of wind driven whiteouts of snow with gusts of 50 or 60 MPH cutting across Route 96A and 414. We persevered (sacrifices have to occasionally be made), had a great day of wine & chocolate tasting AND we will never forget the great Seneca Whiteout of 2008!!!

Wayne"

"One of the wineries I like the best is Fulkersons. Before they renovated when attending chocolate and wine weekend, they would have their famous chocolate chili simmering on the wood stove behind the bar and it was wonderful. Looking forward to Deck the Halls 2009!

Michelle"

And below are some photos of event attendees from 2008

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