Chocolate & Wine Tour (1 Day)

Wine & Chocolate

There are multiple ways in Southwestern Michigan to pair these two foodie pleasures, so check back here in the coming months for different destinations. Let’s get started.

Karma Vista Vineyards, 6991 Ryno Road, Coloma
(1 hour on site)

karma-logoAfter a late breakfast head to this winery overlooking acres of verdant vineyards. You’ll be served six wine choices for $5 … make sure to try Devil’s Head Red, named best semi-dry red in Michigan. Then take a short, five-minute drive to:

The Chocolate Garden, 2691 Friday Road, Coloma
(1/2 hour on site)

chocolategarden-logoIf you’re a fan of The Food Network, you’ve likely seen these extraordinary handmade chocolate truffles. Believe us, it is much, much better to see them in your hand, heading for your mouth. These sumptuous truffles are extremely creamy. And yes, the Garden has a tasting room. For $2.99 plus tax you can try three truffles before gathering up boxes to bring home.

12 Corners Vineyards, 1201 N. Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor
(1 hour on site)

12-logpAfter the Chocolate Garden, head west 10 minutes to taste the craftsmanship of 12 Corners Vineyards, one of the region’s newest wineries. For $6 you’ll enjoy five wine selections and receive complimentary chocolates and a glass.

White Pine Winery, 317 State St., St. Joseph
(1/2 hour on site)

whitepine-logoDr. David Miller is a noted winemaker and viticulturist who artfully produces a range of delicious red and white wines. For $5 you can delight your palate with six wines of your choice.

Baroda Founders Wine Cellar, 415 State St., St. Joseph
(1/2 hour on site)

barodafounders-logoWinemaker Leonard Olson has consulted with experienced winemakers throughout the world to create an array of wines to please everyone. For $5 you can enjoy five wines. For this tour, try First Kiss, a full-bodied red wine blend with Merlot characteristics and a rich, dark chocolate-red raspberry bouquet, and Smorleaux, a Merlot-style wine with a hint of milk chocolate and marshmallow.

After your tastings, take time to stroll the downtown, visiting the shops and boutiques, including:

Kilwins, 217 State St., St. Joseph
(1/2 hour on site)

kilwins-logoThis is a chocoholic's paradise. Watch the friendly staff make creamy fudge on cool marble slabs, scoop mounds of your favorite ice cream into a waffle cone or hand-pick your favorite chocolates from the case. From there, head down to Silver Beach Carousel, located below the bluff (a five-minute walk from town), and stroll along the beach. Then go back up the bluff for a sunset meal at:

Bistro on the Boulevard, 521 Lake Boulevard, St. Joseph
(1 1/2 to 2 hours on site)

boulevard-logoThis gem on the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan specializes in delectable meals and desserts prepared with locally sourced ingredients. The Bistro was named the “Region’s Best Fine Dining Restaurant” by Shore magazine and is one of only two restaurants in the area to boast the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its stellar selection.