Wednesday, September 3, 2008

At Crossing Vineyards, How Sweet It Is

Mentioned this workshop a week or so ago in a story about the fall activities planned at Crossing Vineyards and Winery in Washington Crossing, Pa. Here are a few more details on "How Sweet It Is," a class on wine and chocolate pairing.

Crossing Vineyards and Winery in Washington Crossing, Pa. is inviting wine lovers and chocolate connoisseurs to “make their lives a little sweeter,” by learning to pair the flavors of each for the ultimate taste experience.

Crossing will partner with Lindt Chocolatier of Princeton, N.J. Sept. 14 for a workshop at 2 p.m. at the winery, 1853 Wrightstown Road, which will include samples of the vineyard’s award-winning wines and the world-renowned Lindt & Sprüngli chocolates.

The course, led by Crossing Vineyards’ sommelier Eric Cavatore and chocolate and confectionary aficionado Stacey Glynn-Brady, Lindt’s store manager, will share tips on the finer points of producing chocolate and wine, what creates the variety of flavors in both, and how to enjoy the two together.

Lindt chocolate still is made from a “top-secret” recipe, devised in the 1800s by Swiss Master Chocolatier Rodolphe Lindt, who invented the first melting chocolate with the creation of the “conching” machine, according to Lindt history. The delicacies produced by parent company Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG also are influenced by the Sprüngli family, confectioners whose recipes date back to 1845

Cost of the course is $30 and includes wine and chocolate sampling and learning materials. Reservations may be made by calling 215.493.6500, ext. 19 or online at

Also planned at the winery:

Friday, Sept. 19, Wine Tasting For Singles, an evening of wine, cheese and music; Crossing Vineyards and Winery, 7 to 9 p.m.; $20. Contact the vineyard to sign up or for information.