Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Winecellars to host 17th annual ‘Cask to Kisses’

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Love will be in the air as Linganore Winecellars celebrates its 17th annual ‘‘Cask to Kisses” at the winery, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy.

Throughout the month of February, patrons are invited to join Linganore and three celebrated chocolatiers in sampling perfectly matched wines and chocolates—a popular trend in home tasting parties nationwide.

Seven decadent choices will be available. Chocolate Covered Dried Cherries by Kirchmayr Chocolatier in Timonium will be paired with various red wines including Linganore’s Steeple Chase Red — a semi-sweet red wine with rich cherry overtones accentuated when served with anything chocolate; Abisso — a naturally fermented port wine; and Raspberry, a pure fruit wine.

Chocolate Covered Cherries filled with Linganore Merlot — an annual favorite — will also return from the Treat Shop & Chocolate Factory in Westminster.

‘‘Many wine drinkers have said that drinking wine and having a piece of dark chocolate afterwards is the perfect combination. So, I thought why not combine the two together,” said Trevis Alban of the Treat Shop & Chocolate Factory in a press release. ‘‘We decided to put Linganore’s Merlot inside our dark chocolate cordial cherries and the response has been incredible.”

In addition to these magnificent pairings, Premium Chocolates of Oakland, New Jersey will provide Perugina’s Italian chocolates.

Perugina’s most famous chocolate is the Baci, which means ‘‘kisses” in Italian. Each Baci — rich dark chocolate with roasted whole and chopped hazelnuts — will be wrapped in a sweet love note and will be paired with several red wines including Linganore’s Estate Bottled Bacinoi (Bah-che-o-nee) — ‘‘a big kiss” — a luscious red complimented with a hint of fruit and oak. Together, they are the true expression of romance.

‘‘Cask to Kisses” will be a wonderful opportunity to explore the pleasure of pairing two romantic and cherished things; fine wine and fine chocolate,” said Kimberly Vuz of Premium Chocolates in a press release. ‘‘Our chocolates possess the qualities essential for successful wine pairing: not overly sweet, texture that is velvety, creamy, silky and smooth and only the highest quality ingredients are used.”

While dark chocolate is indeed represented, white certainly won’t be left out. Perugina White Chocolate, with its sweet cream flavor will be paired with Linganore’s white wines including Terrapin White — an off-dry dinner Riesling with a soft fruit background; Estate Bottled Melody — a semi-sweet German-style white with overtones of tropical fruit and apricots; and Skipjack — a luscious velvety dessert Riesling.

Founded in 1976, Linganore Winecellars is Western Maryland ’s oldest winery. Nestled on 230-acres of rolling countryside, the Aellen family produces a wide selection of Estate bottled wines, including dry dinner wines, semi-sweet dessert wines and pure fruit wines.

Known for their exceptional hospitality and award-winning wines, the family and staff invite guests to join them in their many wine tastings, estate tours and five annual wine festivals—Caribbean Festival, Jazzed in Jun Festival, Reggae Festival, Swingin’ Blues Festival and Vintage Jazz Festival.

Call 301-471-8384. Visit