Chocolate and Wine Matches for Valentine’s Day – Zoomer Magazine

Natalie MacLean, author of the bestsellerUnquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines shares with us her top ten wine and chocolate matches for Valentine’s Day. •Dark Chocolate and Remo Farina Amarone Classico, Italy •Chocolate-Covered Biscotti and G. Marquis Vidal Icewine The Silver Line, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario •Chocolate-Orange Cake and Quinta Do Portal Port Fine Ruby, Douro, Portugal •Chocolate with Nuts and José Maria da Fonseca & Van Zeller Vintage Port, Douro, Portugal •Milk Chocolate and Tokaj Kereskedöház Tokaji Aszú 4 Puttonyos, Hungary •Bittersweet Chocolate and Bava Barolo, D.O.C.G., Piedmont, Italy •Chocolate-Dipped Fruit and Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Kerner […]

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Top 10 Chocolate & Wine Pairings for Valentine’s Day

  From the Star Ledger When I started out in the wine business 30 years ago, no one ever talked about drinking wine with chocolate. Wine went with beef; with chocolate, we drank coffee. Today, pontificating about what kinds of wine — red or white, still or sparkling — go with what types of chocolate — milk or dark, mousse or cake — is a hot topic among foodies and wine geeks. (Don’t get me wrong: Some of my best friends are wine geeks.) The normally sound advice “Drink what you like” doesn’t quite work with chocolate, because most wines, […]

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Epsilon Shiraz, Australia, Xavier, Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, Ravenswood Zinfandel, California Top Cellar Wines in LCBO Vintages Release February 4

By Gaby Israel 2009 Epsilon Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia – $24.95 2009 was the third in a row series of ‘Good’ yet not amazing vintages in the Barossa region. Nevertheless, based on James Halliday’s review as well as Natalie’s, who gave it 90 and 92 respectively, it seems a successful effort for the vintage. This Shiraz is made for short-medium term cellaring, which makes the GPCi challenging. If you need to carefully allocate your cellar budget this month, I’d wait and read on… 2009 Xavier , A.C., Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhône – $39.95 The hunt for great 2009 CdP continuous… Consistently […]

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Matching Wine and Chocolate: 50 Ways to Keep Your Lover

50 Ways to Keep Your Lover this Valentine’s Day Find wines to match 50 chocolate dishes at www.NatalieMacLean.com “Want to seduce someone this Valentine’s Day?” asks Natalie MacLean, author of Red, White and Drunk All Over: A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass. “Just share a glass of wine (or three) with your sweetheart.” “Wine is liquid sensuality: Its heady bouquet stimulates the appetite and its velvet caress soothes that desire,” she observes. “What other drink is described as both ‘voluptuous’ and ‘muscular’? And when you pair wine with the mouth-coating luxury of chocolate, the combination is impossible to resist.” […]

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