Ghirardelli Chocolate Company pairs up with Wente Vineyards

Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, San Francisco’s premiere chocolate maker, has partnered with Wente Vineyards, the oldest continuously-operated family-owned winery in the country. This partnership celebrates American heritage at its best, as it launches an array of opportunities to honor their individual successes. In addition, the partnership hints at what’s to come for these historic brands, as their 130th and 160th anniversaries mark just the beginning.

“Ghirardelli Chocolate is the perfect company for us to ‘pair’ with,” said Wente Family Estates Fourth Generation Winegrower and CEO Carolyn Wente. “Ghirardelli embodies all that we at Wente love and value—continually providing a high quality product while honoring our American and family heritage.”

The partnership will entail a variety of co-branded promotions, all of which aim to pair exquisite wine and decadent chocolate in experience-based environments. For starters, Wente Vineyards and Ghirardelli Chocolate will host several Winemaker and Chocolate pairing dinners, which will be held at The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards. Special event menus will be prepared by Wente chefs to feature award-winning wine from Wente Vineyards and the perfect pairing of Ghirardelli Chocolate to complement the meal. Chocolate pairings will be conducted by the Ghirardelli Chocolate Professor himself, Steve Genzoli. Additional details to be announced at a later date.

“The pairing of Ghirardelli Chocolate and Wente Vineyards is a partnership we are thrilled to announce,” says Steve Genzoli, Ghirardelli VP of Quality Assurance/Research and Development. “Northern California is known for its chocolate and wine, so what better way to enjoy this delicacy than bringing them together for an exceptional experience!”

Another sweet surprise will be found at The Concerts at Wente Vineyards. Music loving guests will be pleased to see the incorporation of Ghirardelli Chocolate to the already irresistible array of food and wine available. Ghirardelli’s World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae Cart will make an appearance at The Front Porch Festival, providing guests with ice cream that’s overflowing with freshly made hot fudge to satisfy any sweet tooth. In addition, guests will enjoy complimentary samples of signature Ghirardelli SQUARES® chocolates.

This fall, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is excited to welcome Wente Vineyards as a vendor at the 18th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival taking place September 14 and 15 at Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. Chocolate lovers throughout the Bay Area are invited to this two-day celebration featuring unique samples by some of the finest local dessert companies, chef demonstrations from chocolatiers, cupcake bakers and mixologists, ice-cream sundae eating contests, live music and, of course, Ghirardelli Chocolate! Proceeds from the festival will benefit Project Open Hand and its efforts to serve “meals with love” topeople with HIV/AIDS, the homebound critically ill and seniors.

Fall festivities will continue as guests will be invited to see more than just the harvest of wine grapes. As part of harvest in the vineyards, guests touring and tasting the vineyards will receive complimentary samples of signature Ghirardelli SQUARES® chocolate to sweeten their experience, as well as coupons to your local Ghirardelli Chocolate Outlet to keep the good times going.

For more information about upcoming concerts and events at Wente Vineyards, visit www.wentevineyards.com

To find out more about the Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival, visit www.ghirardelli.com