Wine Country Chocolates Sonoma Valley
If chocolate goes better with wine, then Sonoma Valley's first ever chocolate tasting room is out to truffle your feathers—merrily! Wine Country Chocolate in the charming hamlet of Glen Ellen is the passion project of mother-daughter chocolatiers, Betty and Caroline Kelly, who have mastered an enrobed-in-dark-chocolate truffle recipe that's given new meaning (and heavenly texture) to crunchy then creamy. Even better, they've infused wine in the mix with vintner-inspired decadence. The signature champagne truffle is guaranteed to put a buzz into a stocking-stuffer. Stop into their cozy shop in Jack London Village, an historic building dating to when the famed author roamed these parts. Belly up to the counter for a complimentary sampling of solid chocolates in varying percentages of cocoa, followed by tastings of recent truffle inspirations—currently including a sweet and savory pumpkin flavor. You can even watch the chocolatiers work in the small, viewable kitchen. Sourced from Guittard in San Francisco (the oldest family-owned and operated chocolate company in the US), chocolate is made fresh here at the down-to-earth headquarters. Those who want to take their wine pairing beyond the truffle can shuffle to the adjoining Moondance Cellars. Wine-maker David Cohen has been producing top quality cabernet and sauvignon blanc for 16 years.

BONUS: Just a quarter mile south is Sonoma Valley Regional Park, where a network of trails weaves through oak woodlands and around a reservoir. We'll leave it up to you to decide whether to hike before or after the chocolate!

Wine Country Chocolate's Tasting Room is located at 14301 Arnold Dr. in Glen Ellen at the Jack London Village. It's open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Moondance Cellars and Sonoma Regional Park are dog-friendly!