Seeking Fall Activity? How About Wine and Chocolate Pairing?

It seems the cooler the weather gets the more the idea of wine with chocolate gets appealing. Chocolate, like most everything else, is well into its cycle of being artisanal. I like the kind with chili pepper in it. Maybe that goes with gewürztraminer just like spicy food?

Roxanne Browning, the chocolate sommelier, will be making the rounds on the East End giving her take on pairing chocolate and wine. Held at local wineries, and in one event as part of a fund-raiser, the pairings are full participation. So if chocolate’s your thing there couldn’t be a better way to spend an hour on a fall weekend afternoon.

The dates and places of the tastings are listed below.

October 21, 6 to 7 p.m. at Castello di Borghese Vineyard
(631) 734-5111; $30 pp/ pre-pay

October 22, 4 to 6 p.m. at Comtesse Thérèse Bistro
Red Wine & Dark Chocolate Pairing
631-779-2800; $30 pp / pre-pay

November 13, 1 to 2 p.m. at Castello di Borghese Vineyard
(631) 734-5111; $30 pp/ pre-pay

November 10, 5:30 to 9 p.m. The Long Island Council of Churches Share the Harvest fund-raiser at Georgio’s at Baiting Hollow; $75 per person, tickets available online.




Eileen M. Duffy

Eileen M. Duffy DWS holds a diploma in wines and spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. Her book on Long Island wine Behind the Bottle came out in 2015. Visit her website,, to find out what else she's working on.