A delicately prepared chocolate can make a woman’s heart sing, a child’s mouth smile, and a crossing guard’s whistle taste even more like justice. Stock up on tasty times with today’s Groupon: for $14, you get a chocolate and wine pairing for two at Vintage Sweet Shoppe (a $28 value). The pairing includes:
- A wine and chocolate pairing, which includes four wines and four chocolates (a $10 value/person)
- Two chocolate-covered strawberries (a $2 value each)
- Two truffles (a $2 value each)<p>
Groupon customers also receive 20% off chocolate-dipped wine bottles or orders of 12 truffles.
Vintage Sweet Shoppe’s skilled chocolatiers sate sweet teeth with techniques gleaned over 30 years, and pair handcrafted chocolates with fine local wines. A curated selection of indulgent fudges, truffles, chili chocolate, and cherry bark enhance the flavors of expertly stomped grapes, with each selection highlighting the wine’s flavors and astrological signs. Four libation varietals play upon palates, with offerings such as Napa Valley ports and others from local wineries such as Del Bondio Wine Company and Rutherford Ranch. Upping the cocoa-laced ante, chocolate-dipped strawberries and gourmet truffles tempt even stuffed stomachs.
Vintage Sweet Shoppe
“My love of chocolate making came from my mother, who is from Newfoundland,” says Vintage Sweet Shoppe owner Debbie Dever. To stave off boredom during the region’s harsh winters, Debbie’s grandmother taught her children to craft candy and treats. Her mother passed the skills she learned on winter days down to Debbie, who channels her passion into her handmade truffles, flavored fudges, and chocolate-drenched nut clusters made only with fresh ingredients at the on-site kitchen. Popular favorites include lemon and dark cherry bark. Her signature wine-infused truffles pair sips of champagne, port wine, and Napa Valley vinos with complementary chocolates chosen based on cocoa content and willingness to tell embarrassing stories about their compatriots. Dever’s team of innovative chocolatiers has been making chocolates for more than 30 years and also hand-mold chocolate-covered wine bottles—featured on the Food Network—by shrink-wrapping full bottles of wine before coating their surfaces in dark or milk chocolate, leaving each label framed by an edible exterior. The shop also serves espresso coffee drinks, frozen yogurt, and ice cream.