Chocolate & Wine Matching 2018
After the runaway success of last year's wine and chocolate tasting we brought it back for 2018, again with our good friend and Birmingham's very own Willy Wonka, Neil of Kneals Chocolates.
Reading up online trying to match wines with just chocolate is somewhat of a minefield, everything is really geared towards chocolate in dessert form and the subject divides opinions on what works best if at all.
With another full house, we went with an array of wines to show a plethora of chocolate and wine matching options, and with insights from last years tasting we made a couple of tweaks in the form of a new chocolate and three new wines hitting the cocoa bean firmly on the head.
The wines and their accompanying chocolates . . .
(Chocolates top left to right 1 - 4, bottom left to right 5 -8)
1. Durello Brut Spumante
White chocolate with a raspberry crumb.
2. Gardet Brut Reserve Champagne N.V.
A white chocolate vanilla truffle with a milk chocolate and vanilla ganache.
3. Wish Bone Shiraz/Grenache, 2016
A 66.8% Brazilian dark chocolate, this offers hints of tropical fruits
4. Los Haroldos Malbec Roble, 2015
70% Cuban Dark Chocolate
5. Moscato d’Asti Alasia, 2016
A peach melba white chocolate with a peach and raspberry ganache.
6. Kopke 10yr Tawny Port
Sea salt caramel. Milk chocolate with a soft sea salt caramel.
7. Henriques & Henriques Full Rich Madeira
41% milk chocolate, topped with cocoa nibs.
8. Barbadillo Pedro Ximenez (PX) Sherry
A dark chocolate (70%) soft caramel with a very small amount of sea salt.
Also in Blog
12 months ago, shortly after the destructive reality of Covid became evident, I wrote a piece for a trade magazine (recently uploaded to our blog here…)
in which I opened with the very real sense of helplessness and fear which I am sure I shared with the vast majority of the planet. At the time, it seemed almost like staring into a black hole, knowing that you had to take the next step but blind to whatever lay below. I remember thinking (and saying to anyone prepared to listen) that this was “our generation’s war,” we’d never experienced anything approaching global conflict and in 2020 we’d reached payback time, only to be faced with an adversary that responded neither to bombs nor white flags (nor bleach). Frightened for ourselves, for our friends and families and frightened for businesses and careers that we’d spent lifetimes developing, all we could do, it seemed, was to keep washing our hands and hope for the best.
Back in spring 2020, Chris was asked to write a piece for the Wine Merchant Mag, a specialist trade publication, about his thoughts during, what was then, an unprecedented national lockdown. Published in May, we present the text to you here-
In northern Spain, some 95km south of Bilbao and bisected almost laterally by the River Ebro lies Spain’s most popular and famous wine region, a region of some 66,000 hectares of vineyards worked by 14,800 growers and dominated by some of the most celebrated names in the wine world.
It started early on a Saturday in June. I’m minded to say that it disturbed my lie-in but it was way earlier than that that my phone first pinged to announce the arrival of a new website order. (I wonder if Jeff Bezos has the same app on his phone?). Ignored it, rolled over and 5 minutes later it went again. And again. And etc, etc. Finally, before switching the thing off, curiosity got the better of me and I opened up the online shop to find a stream of orders for a wine that I fell in love with 2 years ago but that we had failed to make much headway with – Coteaux du Giennois, Terre de Silex from Clement & Florian Berthier,