For Immediate Release                                                                      

January 31, 2013

Contact:  Julie Pfadt, Executive Director (814) 746-8414

Lake Erie Wine Country to Host Popular Wine & Chocolate Weekend,
Introduces New Regional Directional Signs

 Lake Erie Wine Country will hold their annual Wine & Chocolate Weekend on February 15, 16 and 17. Twenty-three participating wineries will provide a wine tasting and a delicious food sample. Offerings include Fudgy Shortcakes, Mini Chocolate Éclairs, White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake, and Peanut Butter Brownie Pie, each served with a perfect wine that complements the flavors in the food. Five “host wineries” and a few others will provide a non-chocolate food pairing to provide some savory stops. As in the past, ticket holders will receive a wine glass, recipe booklet, a $5 voucher for wine purchase and the first 750 ticket purchasers will receive a special gift. This year’s gift is a custom box of specialty chocolates provided by the event sponsor, Webb’s Candies in Mayville, NY.

Tickets are now on sale for the very popular Wine & Chocolate Weekend at only $35 per person. They may be purchased online at Ticket holders plan their own itinerary, enjoying each winery at their leisure on Friday, February 15 from noon-5 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. One ticket is good for all three days. This is a self-guided event; transportation is not provided.  Tickets are limited and are nearly sold-out. Same-day tickets are not available for this event.

Tickets for designated drivers and non-wine drinkers who want to come along for the great food and fun are available for only $20 and include everything except wine tastings. New this year, the $5 voucher is included on Designated Driver tickets with no increase in price! See for more information. Also new this year, a Friday and/or Sunday ONLY tickets is being offered for only $29 each.

Lake Erie Wine Country, formerly the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail, is a consortium of 23 wineries on a 50-mile stretch along the shore of Lake Erie between Harborcreek, PA and Silver Creek, NY. LEWC is a non-profit organization founded to “support and to market the wine and grape industries in Chautauqua County, New York and Erie County, Pennsylvania through the promotion of excellence in wine products, in winery and associate member facilities, and in the tourism experience in the region.”

Wine & Chocolate Weekend is the first event where all 23 wineries will be proudly displaying their new regional winery directional signs. Now, visitors to any winery will see an attractive sign that points the way to five other wineries.

“These signs really create a sense of cohesiveness among our member wineries,” says Julie Pfadt, executive director of Lake Erie Wine Country. “They also show visitors to each winery just how close the wineries are to one another.”

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