Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Chocolate and dessert wine tasting

Happy Belated Valentine's Day!  Tonight's post is about a chocolate and dessert wine tasting that I attended almost two weeks ago, at the home of gracious hosts Aaron and Marie.  The evening consisted of a starter of Ballatore Spumante, followed by five chocolate/wine pairs:

1. Milk chocolate with BV Muscat de Beaulieu.  I liked the muscat, but less so the milk chocolate.  Apparently muscat grapes are also used in sparkling wines - time to check that out!

2. 70% dark chocolate (Whole Foods) and 85% dark chocolate (Alter Eco Dark Blackout) with Broadbent Madeira.  Alter Eco Blackout is one of the best dark chocolate bars there is!  I received a bar as a gift some time ago, and was happy to see the same label at the tasting.

3. Spicy dark chocolate (Theo Spicy Chile) with Graham Six Grapes Port.  Theo bars are pretty unique, and this one has a pretty balanced burn; I would definitely consider buying this the next time I'm looking for a bar with some heat.

4. White chocolate (Whole Foods) with Rosenhof Welschriesling Trockenbeerenauslese 2001.  White chocolate doesn't qualify as chocolate in my book, but riesling is nice :-).

5. Bacon chocolate (Mo's Bacon Bar) with cream sherry.  This pairing was awesome!  Strangely, I'd never had bacon chocolate before this, though I know it's anything but a new trend.