Friday, January 30, 2015

A Vine Romance's Wine & Chocolate Pairing Event

Do you love wine and chocolate?

I am not an expert when it comes to Wines, so I decided to find someone who is to write a Guest Post for me and they are going to be hosting an upcoming Event just before Valentine's Day.  A perfect night out with a special person in your life or even a bunch of single friends looking to learn a few things.   Introducing my friend Priya and her partner Alex who will be your hosts for this special event.

We’re Alex (Certified Sommelier at Lee Restaurant) and Priya (Actor and Host), from A Vine Romance, and we’ve got the perfect event to get your taste buds bursting with joy!

We’re teaming up with The Chocolateria on Roncesvalles for a
Wine & Chocolate Pairing event on Sunday, Feb 8th from 5-7pm.

People love to pair wine with chocolate so we wanted to give you some ideas on what to look for when you select wines to match with chocolate goodness.

We’ll be sampling the following 5 wines:

The “Commandaria” has been touted as the oldest wine in the world! (For more, read this CNN article It is originally believed to have been given its name by crusading knights in the 13th century, but to have first been made up to 5,000 years ago. Expect it to be sweet and extra concentrated, due to the fact that the grapes are left to dry (or bake!) in the sun for 10 days after picking.  You could say it would taste like a fruitier, nuttier version of a tawny port!

We’ll open a Samos Greek Muscat because white muscats are great with chocolates, especially the lighter styles—white chocolate, milk chocolate or any chocolate with candied ginger or orange. It’s not as cloyingly sweet as an ice wine, nor is it a wine you see often, which is exactly why we picked it!  

The Brachetto d’Acqui will show you just how nicely some bubbly will go with chocolate. This is a wine EVERYONE should try, especially those who are just starting their wine journey. It’s light, not-too-sweet-but-sweet enough, and it’s such a pretty deep rose colour, we’re thirsty just thinking about it! This will pair nicely with mousse-filled chocolates because the creaminess of the filling will be matched by the fizz of the bubbles.

Amarone makes an appearance at our event as being one of the rare drier styles of wine that pair well with chocolate. This wine is best for those who might not want sweet wine on top of their sweet treat. It has a rich fruit flavor that complements a dessert without overwhelming it.

A good port is a no-brainer to match with chocolate! We recommend this for the richest and darkest cocoa delights.  This is historically the most famous wine & chocolate pairing.  You can be the judge as to how well this old standby fairs against the hipper wines we’ve handpicked.

But hey—let’s not forget the chocolates! BlogTO picked The Chocolateria as one of the best chocolate shops in Toronto and their chocolatier, Sydney, will be on hand to discuss all his heavenly creations…and maybe share a trade secret or two!

You’ll taste a variety of their bonbons and dark chocolate barks and squares along with their famous chocolate-dipped potato chips along with several of their truffles, and you’ll even have the opportunity to dip a few truffles yourself.

There are no door sales! Space is limited to 30 guests so reserve your spot today at:

For more information about Alex and Priya of A Vine Romance check out their website: 
A Vine Romance and follow them on Facebook here: A Vine Romance

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