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Chocolate is food of choice this month as the area prepares for Valentine's Day

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Date published: 2/2/2012

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For $5, guests to the Louisa vineyard will receive a tasting of the wine, roses for the ladies, chocolate treats and a collectible glass. Office manager Leslie Wensel invites people to come taste the wine, take advantage of sale specials and listen to the music of Charlie Kilpatrick.

"We just opened our new tasting room last April and we have a baby grand piano," Wensel said. "It's just very, very nice and people just love coming in there."

Additionally, guests are welcome to bring well-behaved pets and their own picnic, or purchase cheese and crackers on site.

INGLESIDE VINEYARDS

Indulge yourself and your mate at Ingleside Plantation Vineyards' "A Taste of Wine and Chocolate," on Saturday, Feb. 11. Catered by Christina Moore at Shindig, desserts will include laced strawberries, cranberry crisp dessert with white chocolate, champagne truffles, cupcakes and an assortment of apricots, pears and bacon--all dipped in chocolate.

"It will be a very elegant affair," said Dana Gardner, wedding and event coordinator at Ingleside. "Of course, this will be one of the first times we'll be offering our champagne."

The vineyard in Oak Grove will be offering its Brut champagne as well as its rose, and Moore has planned to make champagne truffles to complement them.

Additionally, Rebekah Beasley will be playing piano, and every woman will be given a rose or a carnation.

Moore will also be selling her treats for guests to take home for later, give as a gift or bring back for the babysitter. During the event, the desserts will be elegantly displayed in five different stations.

"It's going to be like artwork--artwork that you can eat," Gardner said about the displays. "Christina does a beautiful, beautiful job. It will just be a beautiful, romantic night."

LAKE ANNA WINERY

Death never tasted so sweet.

To help out two worthy causes, head to the Lake Anna Winery's eighth annual Death by Chocolate, where proceeds benefit the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation on behalf of Lori Addison and the Lake Anna Rescue Squad.

Enjoy a buffet of chocolate cakes, candy, fudge, truffles, mousse and chocolate fondue while listening to local music group Olive Eyes. Cost includes a wine tasting, a collectible wine glass and tours around the vineyard.

OLD HOUSE VINEYARDS


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SWEET SIDE OF LIFE

Fredericksburg Hospitality House and Conference Center, 2801 Plank Road, Fredericksburg. Feb. 10, 8-11 p.m. $50. 540/373-2320; fcsagency.org.

SPCA CHOCOLATE EXTRAVAGANZA

"Choctail Hour" Wine and Dessert Pairing, Classic Car Center, 3591 Lee Hill Drive.

Feb. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $25 per person; reservations required. 540/898-1500, ext. 302; fburgspca.org.

Sweet Sensations Taste Test Chocolate Buffet, St. George's Episcopal Church, 905 Princess Anne St. Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission $2, ages 4 and younger free, desserts $1-$3 each. 540/898-1500, ext. 302; fburgspca.org.

COOPER VINEYARDS

13372 Shannon Hill Road, Louisa. Valentine's Weekend, Feb. 11-12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5. 540/894-5474; cooper vineyards.com

LAKE ANNA WINERY

5621 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania. Death By Chocolate, Feb. 11, noon-5 p.m. $25. Reservations suggested. 540/895-5085; lawinery.com.

INGLESIDE VINEYARDS

5872 Leedstown Road, Oak Grove. A Taste of Wine and Chocolate, Feb. 11, 5-7 p.m. Reservations required. 804/224-8687; inglesidevineyards.com.

GRAY GHOST VINEYARDS

14706 Lee Highway, Amissville. Irresistible Chocolates and Cabernet, Feb. 11-12, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. $17. 540/937-4869; grayghostvineyards.com.

OLD HOUSE VINEYARDS

18351 Corkys Lane, Culpeper. Chocolate fondue, Feb, 11-12, noon-5 p.m. $30. Valentine Wine Dinner, Feb. 14. $75, reservations required. 540/423-1032; oldhousevineyards.com.

POTOMAC POINT WINERY

275 Decatur Road, Stafford. Sinfully Sweet Dessert and Wine Pairing, Feb. 11, with seatings at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. $24.99, $21.99 club member. Winemaker's Valentine's Dinner, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. $75, $70 club member. Reserve at 540/446-2107 or e-mail jane@potomacpoint winery.com.

INGLESIDE VINEYARDS

POTOMAC POINT WINERY

GRAY GHOST VINEYARDS