The Sweeter Side of Wine Tasting: Wine & Chocolate Pairings

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  • on MARCH 11, 2015
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One of the classic pairings with wine is chocolate and several Napa Valley wineries offer this tasting experience. Learn how wines compliment and bring out the unique flavors of chocolate with each sip of wine and bite of chocolate. See some of the wineries who are putting a modern twist on the traditional and even – gasp – pairing chocolate with white wines. You will definitely want to add these Napa Valley wineries to your next tasting itinerary.

Rutherford Ranch Winery
The winery behind delicious and award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon wines offers guests a wine and chocolate experience that will introduce your taste buds to a cascade of complex flavors and profiles. Taste gourmet chocolates and pairings like a lemon-infused white chocolate with Chardonnay or a Rouge Port paired with dark chocolate spiced with chili pepper and sea salt. This experience is quite a steal at only $25 per person. Make reservations directly online or call 707.968.3200

Robert Mondavi Winery
Journey through the flavorful history of chocolate, from the unique drink of Montezuma, to modern day Switzerland’s renowned milk chocolate blends at Robert Mondavi Winery. This is the ultimate educational experience as you will examine and taste sweet versus bitter, dark cocoa versus light milk chocolate and terroir-driven earthy versus fruity flavors. Both red and white wines will be paired with delights from a premier local artisan chocolatier. This is a private seated tasting available only on Saturdays at 3pm; $45 per person. Reservations required in advance. Make reservations directly online or call
888.766.6328

The Hess Collection Winery
Plan a romantic day in Napa Valley and surprise your significant other with an artisan chocolate and wine pairing at Hess Collection Winery. First, enjoy a private guided tour of the Hess Collection of Art, followed by a current release wine tasting of four wines paired with artisan truffles developed and handcrafted with TCHO chocolate by their in-house Pastry Chef & Chocolatier, Emma Kate Veader. Not only are the chocolates beautiful and professionally made, but the chocolate are infused with Hess wine along with other surprising flavors. Reserve this experience for a special occasion. Call 707.255.8584 to make reservations.

Looking for an even sweeter indulgence? Check out Markham Winery’s new dessert and wine pairings featuring cupcakes!