Crimson Moon wine from Harford Vineyard & Winery and assorted chocolates from Neuchatel Chocolates.

Crimson Moon wine from Harford Vineyard & Winery and assorted chocolates from Neuchatel Chocolates. (photo by Alain Jaramillo / November 19, 2013)

If Valentine’s Day or a pretty, clear-skies day inspire you to think about a back-roads weekend day trip with your favorite road companion, consider a jaunt that involves wine and chocolates.

Start with a trip to the Harford Vineyard & Winery and pick up a bottle of Crimson Moon, a dry red that took a 2013 Silver Medal in the Maryland WineMaster Choice awards (may we recommend the Malbec, too?).

Then head another 34 miles up to Pennsylvania and visit Neuchatel Chocolates’ factory store in Oxford. Whipped up by a fifth-generation Swiss chocolatier, choices include chocolate bars, gourmet snacks, hot chocolate and so much more. You’ll feel like, well, a kid in a candy store.

Harford Vineyard & Winery
1311 W. Jarrettsville Road,
Forest Hill, MD
harfordvineyard.com

Neuchatel Chocolates
461 Limestone Road,
Oxford, PA
neuchatelchocolates.com