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Choosing Wines For Main Street Tehachapi's Valentine Wine & Chocolate Event

The wines chosen for the Main Street Feb. 15 Valentine's Wine and Chocolate tasting may be familiar to many of those attending but there are some lesser known vineyards represented, along with local wine makers. The familiar taste of cabs, chardonnays, sparkling wines, and other varietals come from domestic as well as foreign wine producers and have been chosen with an eye to affordable selections.

The selection of wines also includes some you may not have tasted, but whose names you may recognize and will want to try. There is a range of whites, reds, dessert, and sparkling wines that will paired with chocolates, made by Linda Pettitt and Margaret Veszpeller at the newest downtown business, Mill Street Kitchen at 208 S. Mill St.

Chocolates will range from sweet and semisweet to dark and will be flavored with fruit, nut and other flavorings. Pettitt's chocolate truffles have been featured in the past at the Valentine's event and are always a big hit, perfectly paired to compliment the wines.

The Seventh Annual Valentine's Wine Walk and Chocolate Tasting, sponsored by Main Street Tehachapi is scheduled for Feb. 15. It's the perfect time to join friends and sweethearts for the most romantic time of the year for a fun evening and a stroll around downtown. The 21 host businesses in downtown will all provide appetizers so that you can make an evening of it.

Local winery, Triassic Legacy, will be the start of the lovely evening, pouring their "Sparkling Legacy" Champagne at the glass pickup point, accompanied by appetizers from Highway 58 Restaurant. Your wine glasses and ten tasting tickets will be picked up at The Tehachapi Depot at Tehachapi Boulevard and Green Street. Glass pickup begins at 6 p.m. and the event goes on until 9 p.m.

The event was made possible by donations from major sponsors, Lehigh Southwest Cement, Bank of The Sierra, Terra Gen, Postal ASAP, and the City of Tehachapi. Other sponsors include Triassic Legacy Vineyards, Mill Street Kitchen, Highway 58 Restaurant, Mercury Graphics, Get Dressed Boutique, The Loop and Tehachapi Lifestyle Magazine.

Tickets are $25 dollars each in advance and $30 on the day of the event. Advance tickets my be purchased at Tehachapi Flower Shop, Kohnen's Bakery, Mercury Graphics, Get Dressed Boutique, and the Chamber of Commerce. Cash or checks at all locations, credit cards at the Chamber. Cash or check only, on day of event. For phone orders, call the Main Street office at 661-822-6519.