Life Lately (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Things have been pretty crazy over here since I last posted way waaaay too long ago. One of my goals for 2015 is to blog more so hopefully I will have lots to say this year!

And because I’ve been away for a while, I did want to give a quick (and very special) update to precede the amazing giveaway at the end of this post. (Don’t miss it!!)

In a blog post from January 2013 (wow, that seems like so long ago), I mentioned that I had met a guy and fallen for him hard during my summer in London. Fast forward 2(+) years from that summer, he stuck around. He made me happy. We even got a cat.

Then, this past October, he did something that made me cry harder than I ever had before. He got down on one knee in the place he took me on our first date (Ogunquit, Maine) and asked me to marry him.


It was a surreal experience. In the minutes, hours, weeks to follow there were hundreds of phone calls, texts, emails, social notifications, glasses of champagne, congratulations and a whirlwind of thoughts: “OMG I’M ENGAGED. WHAT NOW? WHAT NOW?”

I calmed down eventually.

We picked a date, a venue, a photographer, and I’m happy to say I have lots of time to plan, stress, probably cry once or twice or many times, and enjoy all of the champagne my heart desires. And being engaged to Sean also means I get an official drinking partner for the rest of my life. So awesome.


And speaking of a drinking partner, Sean and I will be attending the Boston Wine Expo for the second year in a row next weekend! The perfect Valentine’s Day excursion.

It’s no surprise that Sean and I love wine. Our love of red wine in particular was an early common thread between the two of us – Sean even brought a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignion for us to enjoy on our first date (Fetzer) and it is still a tried and true favorite of ours.

Last year at the Expo, we sampled glass after glass of wine from all over the world and learned about each wine and vineyard individually. The Expo is a giant trade floor set up by country with each respective flag hanging over a portion of the floor. The wine booths are also flanked by different food vendors handing out samples so you can snack your way through the wine tastings.

Memories from the BWE14!
Memories from the BWE14!


Want to go to the 2015 Boston Wine Expo? You’re in luck! I have one pair of tickets that I’m giving away for next Sunday’s Grand Tasting event! (Sunday, February 15th from 1pm-5pm at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.)

I promise this is an event you will NOT want to miss!

To enter:

Simply leave a comment and tell me what you’d look forward to the most if you got to attend the Expo. (Need inspiration? Check out their website and their Facebook page!) Make sure you include your e-mail address so I can get in touch with you if you win!

Want 2 extra entries? Follow @ChocoAndWine on Twitter and @BostonWineExpo on Twitter, tell me you did in the comments, and I’ll give you an extra entry for each follow!

Good luck! I’ll pick a winner on Wednesday, February 11th.

Congratulations Nell! (Comment #18!)



*The Boston Wine Expo sends Chocolate & Wine to the event, and provides the giveaway tickets, but all opinions are, as always, my own.

26 thoughts on “Life Lately (and a GIVEAWAY!)

  1. I would look forward to NOT drinking alone. I have my tickets but my friends can’t afford to go. I love this expo and its no fun drinking alone. Please! and Thank you 🍷😁🍷

  2. I too love wine! So I would look forward to sampling the wines featured from around the world. Plus, I’ve never been to the Boston Wine Expo before…it would be awesome to attend!
    Enjoyed reading your latest Blog! Congratulations on your engagement! I follow you @ChocoAndWine & @BostonWineExpo

  3. Congrats on the engagement; what a lovely story!

    I would most look forward to trying wines from the mosel region of Germany! I’m following you and the boston wine expo twitter too.

    Thanks for the opportunity to go!

  4. Congratulations on your engagement!

    I would like to see Illma Lopez’s demonstration and sip some Italian wines so I can pretend I am back in Italy! 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. I love wine and can’t wait to share in the experience. Normally It is a girl’s day but this year we decided to invite the husbands to join us (considering it’s valentine’s day and all!). I hope they love wine festivals as much as we do!

    1. PS. I followed you and the BWE on Twitter. Thanks for the opportunity!! and CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement, SO exciting!!

  6. Congrats on your engagement and it was awesome to catch up with you at the Beat Brasserie with the Boston Brunchers this past weekend!! I’d love to go to the Expo. I’m a red blend drinker, so I’d love to try different types.

    1. There’s a lot that I’m looking forward to, but most of all, I’m excited to taste wines from regions I seldom explore. I tend to stick to what I know, so I’ll be able to build on that knowledge 🙂 I’m also looking forward to spending the day with my husband and friends, and if I win free tickets, I’ll be attending one of the culinary demonstrations! I’m now following both Twitter accounts, thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  7. Congrats on your engagement 😉

    I’d look forward to hanging out with great friends and drinking a TON of wine

  8. I would love to bring my friend who has never been and show her how awesome BWE is!

    I also follow you and BostonWineExpo on Twitter! 🙂

    And a huge congrats on the engagement!!!!!

  9. congrats on the engagement! I would love to win so I can bring my new fiancé for valentines and still save money for the wedding. Just followed Bostonwine expo an already followed you:). Happy wedding planning!


  10. I have never been to this event, but always wanted to try it! I just didn’t get my act together to get tickets. I’d love to know more about different kinds of wine from around the world! 🙂

  11. This will be my first time, so I’m looking forward to trying everything if I win. Is it really the most talked about event that everyone is making it out to be?

  12. I would look forward to a lovely wine sipping/guzzling with mini torty tort. Just followed you on twitter and the wine expo. Us law students need us some chocolate and vino to look forward to!

  13. im looking forward to trying different wines, my boyfriend loves wines so I’m sure he would love it f we got the chance to attend.

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