Last week we held a chocolate and wine pairing for an event planning group based in Asheville. The agency brought in chocolate truffles from the French Broad Chocolate Lounge and we picked out wines to pair with each.
The event was a huge success and the group really enjoyed the combination of decadent chocolates and delicious wines!
In case you want to stage your own wine and chocolate tasting, here are the chocolates we served and the wines we paired with them.
Salted Honey Caramel:
A local wildflower honey with grass-fed and organic cream & butter, covered in dark chocolate and sea salt.
Tenshen Central Coast White Wine
92 Points WS #29 in Top 100 Wines of 2015
A Rhone-style blend of Viognier, Roussane, Grenache Blanc and Chardonnay from Cailfornia. This highly rated wine shows flavors of Tangerine, Peach, Melon and Apricot, with a Hazelnut finish.
Rose, Cardamom & Pistachio-
Milk Chocolate & pistachio ganache, infused with
aromatic rose petals and cardamom pods.
Shooting Star Mendocino County Zinfandel
From winemaker superstar Jed Steele come Shooting Star Zinfandel. This Zin comes from the cool hills and valleys of Mendocino County California and is more elegant than big and powerful. Expect flavors of mint, strawberry jelly, rose petals and spice.
Strawberry Balsamic (Vegan):
A puree of fresh strawberries from McConnell Farm in Hendersonville, in a coconut cream-based ganache. Rolled in dark chocolate and crunchy cacao nibs.
Kopke Rosé Port
A perfect dessert wine for the hotter summer months, this rare rosé Port is less sweet than you might expect and pairs wonderfully well with strawberry desserts. Rich, velvety flavors of Pomegranate, strawberry and cherry.