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Lake County’s Wine & Chocolate ... and More festival offers decadence for a worthy cause

By Joe Kukura on Jan 30, 2015

Decadent indulgences like wine and chocolate are even more divine when they benefit a good cause. That’s the idea behind a long-running charity event in northern California’s Lake County called Wine & Chocolate … and More, a premium wine-tasting event combining barrels of wine country’s top vintages with gourmet chocolates and other foodie favorites. The ninth annual Wine & Chocolate … and More festival will be held Feb. 7 at the Mt. Konocti Winery and Event Center in Kelseyville, with all proceeds benefiting the Lake Family Resource Center. It’s a decadent and delicious event whose worthy cause serves as a real palate cleanser. It’s no accident that Lake County would play home to a wine and chocolate festival. Lake County is a geologically unique area in northern California’s celebrated w

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