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Ditch the holiday crowds and enjoy a wine and chocolate event at Jonathan Edwards Winery on Black Friday instead.

Staring into the glowing maniacal grin of a pumpkin-shaped bucket of half-eaten generic Halloween candy, your heart begins to beat faster. The panic sets in. Holiday songs begin to play un-invited in the recesses of your mind. I'm dreaming of a…mommy kissing Santa Claus…in a one-horse open sleigh. NO! Stop right there. For sanity's sake, take a deep breath and let it out slowly along with that unbidden mixed-up holiday tune.

Halloween may be behind us, but the holiday season is just beginning. Instead of letting the familiar mad rush of the holidays take hold, why not indulge in something a little more enjoyable and way less stressful instead. Besides, there'll be plenty of time to stress about the holidays later.

When you realize, for example, as it's being opened, that you forgot to buy the batteries, for that must-have toy. And, by the way, there will not be a store open nearby that doesn't charge more for the batteries than the cost of the original toy. But, I digress. Treating yourself during the holidays this year might just make getting through them a little more enjoyable.

Distinctive gourmet chocolates, port-style wines and a roaring fire await you at Jonathan Edwards Winery's Dark and Decadent event on Friday November 26th. From 6:30-8:30pm, the 48- acre picturesque hilltop winery will welcome visitors with acoustic music, small bites, a selection of decadent chocolates and a glass of the winery's dark zinfandel and petit sirah.Renowned local gourmet chocolatier, Hauser Chocolates of Westerly, RI, will provide the specialty hand-made chocolates for the event.

Perhaps you need to stock up your wine cellar or pretend to do a little holiday shopping? As if chocolate and a glass of wine weren't enough to lure you away from the mad holiday shopping rush, volume discounts on Jonathan Edwards wines will be available to ticket holders during the event.

Tickets for the event are $15 for non-members and $10 for winery members. All tickets must be purchased in advance directly through the winery.

Jonathan Edwards Winery is tucked away in the quaint New England town of North Stonington, CT. Offering spectacular vistas of the Long Island Sound, the winery is open for business Wednesdays through Sundays from 11am – 5pm as well as during special events. Tours of the winery are offered at 3pm daily. Jonathan Edwards is closed on major holidays.

Supplying the hand-made chocolates for the Dark and Decadent event, Hauser Chocolates creates confections made from fresh cream, dairy butter, and a blend of premium chocolate. Utilizing traditional chocolate making techniques, Hauser Chocolates combines the talents and experience of a Swiss-born father and son team. Chocolate production takes place in a factory in Westerly, RI and the chocolates are sold in a store in Bethel, CT.

Jonathan Edwards Wineryis located at 74 Chester Main Road in North Stonington, CT 06359. Phone: 860.535.0202 Web: jedwardswinery.com

Hauser Chocolates’ store is located at 137 Greenwood Avenue in Bethel CT 06801. Phone: 203.794.1861 Web: hauserchocolates.com The factory is available for self-guided tours at 59 Tom Harvey Road in Westerly RI, 02891. Phone: 401.596.8866

Jonathan Edwards Winery is located about an hour's drive from Hartford. Hauser Chocolate's storefront is about an hour and 15 minutes from Hartford and the factory is an hour and 15 minutes from Hartford in the opposite direction.

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