Wine Country MUSTs For a Chocolate Addict

by Sarah G on October 4, 2010

in Destinations,Wine Country (SF)

Let’s say you’re not the biggest wine fan. Sure, you’ll order a bottle of wine with friends, or spend a day wine tasting just for the heck of it, but at the end of the day all you want is a gooey chocolate brownie or big mug o’ hot chocolate.

That’s how I am.

The front window at Woodhouse Chocolate in St. Helena. That little girl's got the right idea!

So, how did I survive living in Sonoma for seven years, you ask? Well, I hit up these fine establishments regularly to satisfy my want NEED for chocolate:

  • The Chocolate Cow: I dream about the Chocolate Cow’s fresh peanut-butter-chocolate fudge daily. The Cow is an old-fashioned ice cream and candy shop that serves creamy, homemade ice cream, gelato, fudge, handcrafted truffles, shave ice, and a huge selection of candy. It’s nothing fancy, but it does the job — well.
  • Wine Country Chocolates: This place has chocolates fit for the wine country, because they’re infused with wine! (As well as fruit purees and liquers.) You can even do some chocolate tasting, and observe the chocolatiers hard at work in their shop in Jack London Village, Glen Ellen.
  • Woodhouse Chocolates: Woodhouse Chocolates (pictured above) is a fancier, Belgian-style chocolate shop located on Main Street in St. Helena. Like Wine Country Chocolates, they make some unique chocolates, such as: Thai Ginger, Bananas Foster and Spiced Pecan truffles. And the best cure for the wintertime blues? Their incredible Peppermint Hot Chocolate! Mmm.

Ok, enough writing about chocolate — I must go grab me a piece!

Are you a chocolate addict? Is there a great chocolate shop you can’t live without? Tell us about it below!

Photo from the SFoodie Blog.

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  • Jane

    Sarah, hi. I so relate … like you, I'm all about chocolate, not so much about wine. On a recent visit to Paris, my husband and I decided to take a few walking tours of the city. He sent me a list of all the different themes for the walking tours — history of the French Revolution, expats in Paris, Van Gogh in Paris, monuments of Paris — all of them just great-looking — but I knew immediately which on the list I wanted: The Chocolate Tour of Paris!!! It was so fabulous … we went from one chocolate maker to another, did some serious testing, learned some great history, and giggled plenty. When I am next in Sonoma, I'll try your recommendations on chocolate shops; they look like great fun! Thanks 🙂

  • http://blog.inhabitvacations.com Sarah G

    Chocolate addicts unite! A chocolate tour of Paris sounds absolutely amazing. I wish I had known about that when I was there — well, something to do next time for sure! Thanks Jane.