Hint: Chocolate and wine are key
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The pressure is on. Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, and there is someone in your life who deserves to know how much you love and appreciate them. There are still plenty of opportunities to create those special moments together in Ohio. Whether you’re planning a romantic night out with your significant other or looking to surprise your sweetheart, you can be successful with a new take on the tried and true – chocolate and wine. Following are some ideas that will help create memories you can relive for years to come.
Cap the Evening with Chocolate Perfection
Reservations at a hot restaurant (and there are plenty in Ohio) are the perfect beginning to a romantic evening. But to put the evening over the top, allow time for sweet talk while enjoying a decadent chocolate creation.
The Chocolate Bar, Cleveland
Start with dinner on nearby Fourth Street and finish your night with the chocolatey goodness of liquid desserts at The Chocolate Bar. With a warm, cozy atmosphere and an impressive dessert menu, this is the perfect spot to savor a spiked hot chocolate, a signature beer tail (beer cocktails including the choc chic), or one of 36 specialty martinis, including chocolate-dipped strawberry, white chocolate raspberry or peanut butter cup.
Le Chocoholique, Columbus
The perfect end to your night out awaits at Le Chocoholique. You and your valentine can take turns selecting from 100 varieties of handmade truffles infused with local fruits while sipping from locally roasted coffee and cocktails brewed with local spirits. Both locations in the Short North Arts District and Easton Towne Center offer dessert creations made with love to make your valentine smile.
Staying in? Surprise your Sweetie with a Perfect Pairing
Take your romantic dinner to a higher level of thoughtfulness and taste with these shopping ideas and food and wine pairing tips from the Ohio Grape Industries Committee.
Market Wines and Maverick Chocolate Co., Cincinnati
Impress your sweetheart by showing off your cooking skills. Pick up fresh ingredients and even adorn the table with your loved one’s favorite flowers from the Findlay Market. At Market Wines, browse a selection of more than 500 wines to find the right Valentine’s dinner combination, or stop by their weekly wine tasting to find your new favorite bottle. Nearby, Maverick Chocolate Co., a craft bean-to-bar chocolate maker, offers custom gift boxes to make sure dessert is covered.
Tip: Cook with a wine that you would also drink with your meal.
Tre Sorelle Cioccolato and Firelands Winery, Sandusky
For a sweet combination of chocolate and wine, head to Tre Sorelle Cioccolato in Sandusky. Specializing in ganache-filled candies and truffles, all of their chocolate delights are handcrafted and made with fresh ingredients. Tre Sorelle Cioccolato partners with local Firelands Winery to create a line of wine-infused desserts. And if your significant other loves locally produced wine, Firelands offers nationally acclaimed varieties to help complete your perfect gift.
Tip: Dry wine, such as cabernet, pairs best with sweeter foods including chocolate. The opposites help balance out your taste palate, pairing better together than combining sweet wine with sweet food.
Nothing But Chocolate and Georgetown Vineyards, Cambridge
Find a unique gift for the chocolate lover in your life at Nothing But Chocolate in Cambridge. Valentine’s Day specials include chocolate-dipped wine bottles, signature chocolates in an edible, heart-shaped box, chocolate gift baskets and more. Just one mile down the road, stop by Georgetown Vineyards to shop a large selection of dry, semi-sweet and sweet wines to make your perfect dessert combination.
Tip: Sweet wines are a dessert by themselves. If you decide on a sweet wine for dinner, try your chocolate desserts with sea salt to add a salty component.
Save the Date to Celebrate with these Events
Chocolate Daze, Wooster (February 12-13)
Main Street Wooster will celebrate chocolate with this two-day event, featuring more than 30 participating retailers, restaurants and shops. Take a stroll in downtown Wooster during business hours to enjoy specials on chocolate cocktails, desserts, hot beverages, gift baskets, events and more.
Chocolate Extravaganza, Coshocton (February 13)
Give back to the arts with your sweetheart on the evening before Valentine’s Day. Enjoy delicious chocolate treats from local bakers and professional pastry chefs, listen to local musicians and enter to win unique prizes at this annual event celebrating the arts at the Coshocton Count Career Center. Proceeds benefit the Pomerene Center for the Arts.
Krohn by Candlelight, Cincinnati (February 13)
Walk, talk and enjoy the romance of Krohn Conservatory by candlelight. Take home a unique craft or learn something new about chocolate by participating in this event. Don’t forget to stop by the “Hatching Spring Blooms” show to experience vivid floral colors and invigorating aromas during the twilight hours.
Franklin Park Conservatory Valentine’s Day, Columbus (February 14)
Treat your loved one or friends to an evening of wine and chocolate tastings, live music and cocktails at Franklin Park Conservatory. Create even more special memories as you enjoy hundreds of colorful, delicate flowers in the dreamy Orchids exhibition or see more than 400 unique species of plants throughout the various conservatory collections.