Cocktail Corner: Eros from Sunstone

Sunstone Eros and Chocolate pairing (courtesy photo)

Sunstone Eros and Chocolate pairing (courtesy photo)

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg  |

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Sunstone  Vineyards & Winery is uncorking its newest EROS 2011 Release, a popular blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

According to  winemaker Bion Rice, “Eros 2011 may be the best ever.” They are collaborating with local French chocolatier, Chocolates du Calibressan, and adding a lovely new pairing to the line-up: macarons by French creator, Claire Becker of Duverger Macarons.

This weekend’s annual EROS Release (at the winery, 125 N. Refugio Rd. in Santa Ynez) will include three of their EROS signature blends, their Sunstone Port still in barrel, and the best of their current wine selections.

Rice has chosen each wine personally and carefully paired it with chocolates and macarons.

Tastings will be held on Saturday, February 15 from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday, February 16 from noon to 4 p.m. Click here to make reservations online.


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Originally published in Santa Barbara SEASONS on February 14, 2014.

Leslie Dinaberg

Leslie Dinaberg

When she’s not busy working as the editor of Santa Barbara SEASONS, Cocktail Corner author Leslie Dinaberg writes magazine articles, newspaper columns and grocery lists. When it comes to cocktails, Leslie considers herself a “goal-oriented drinker.”