The Niagara Wine Trail gets a year's worth of special events rolling this weekend when "Be Mine with Wine" takes place at the 13 wineries along the trail, which runs through Niagara County and into Orleans County.
The event runs through Sunday and features wine and chocolate pairings.
The concept is a growth from the "3/50 project," designed to support local businesses.
Cinda Baxter, project organizer, suggests each person pick three local businesses and spend $50. By spending the money in a local business, $34 goes back into the local community. Baxter uses the theme "Saving the brick and mortars our nation is built on."
Niagara Wine Trail members decided that partnering with a local chocolate maker would be delicious, educational and fun.
The following Wineries have announced that their partners are as follows:
Schulze Vineyards: All That Chocolate, Wilson
Marjim Manor: Niagara Honeymoon Sweets, Niagara Falls
Vizcarra Vineyards: Becker Farms, Gasport
Leonard Oakes Estate: Stuffed Chocolate Lmt., Amherst
Honeymoon Trail: Barker Chocolate Box, Barker
Eveningside Vineyards: Niagara Chocolates, Buffalo
Black Willow Winery: Local Chocolatier from Dove Chocolate Discoveries
Arrowhead Spring: Choco-Logo, Buffalo
Freedom Run Winery: Denise Manning-Czyrny, Chocolatier
Niagara Landing Wine Cellars: Niagara Landing's "Chocolate Dream" served with Watson's
Tickets are $20 plus tax presale on the Niagara Wine Trail website, www.NiagaraWineTrail.org, or $25 plus tax at the door of each of the winery, and are good throughout the weekend.