Sandy Roche, Hostess August 15, 2008
Chocolate and Wine Pairing
With Beth Kimmerle
Le Colture Prosecco di Valdobbiadene
Has a balanced combination of fruity and floral aroma and taste, in a slightly sweet bubbly structure. A great pre-dinner sparkler, it’s also terrific with sweets.
Saniger Cava Vintage Brut
This grape estate is located near Barcelona. The winery was taken over by the Franco Regime and has since reinvented itself. A dry brut, it’s refined and produced in a manner similar to Champagne.
Scharffen Berger 41% Cacao Milk Chocolate
An extraordinarily high cocoa content milk chocolate with rich caramel flavors.
Fazi Battaglia Verdicchio 2007
A smooth, chilled aperitif, Verdicchio is an uncommon grape. The name is a derivative of the word “verde” (which means green in Italian) due to its slight green/yellow hue. It holds welcoming fruit and almond notes.
Scharffen Berger 62% Cacao Semisweet Chocolate
This not overly sweet, semisweet offers hints of citrus and honey.
Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville-Napa Valley 2005
The wine is made in Bordeaux-style using NEARLY 80 percent cabernet sauvignon with a blend: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 6% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot, and 1% Carignan. The cab grape taste stands strong with herbs and currant. You may taste some coffee and cocoa in the rather long finish.
Scharffen Berger 70% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate
A complex, “almost” dark chocolate with real fruitiness and a lasting finish.
Prager Tomas Port 2004
This sweet, brandy fortified wine is made in the "vintage style port" tradition and is produced from two varieties of grapes grown on the estate in Calistoga, CA. This full-bodied Port has evolved into the taste of candies cherries, spices and a hint of caramel. Tomas can be enjoyed now, but will improve with a few years of bottle age.
Scharffen Berger 82% Cacao Extra Dark Chocolate
A rich bar with dried fruitiness and spice flavors.
Assortment of hand-rolled truffles made with Scharffen Berger 70% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate and rolled in Scharffen Berger cocoa powder. Flavors include: Fresh Picked Blackberry and Honey.
Beth Kimmerle’s Soft Salted Caramels, made with Scharffen Berger 62% Cacao Semisweet Chocolate and sea salt.