The holidays are here! It’s time to treat ourselves to delicious tastes. How about some wine, chocolate and fudge?!! YUM!!!
When chocolate and fudge are already YUMMY, can they be even YUMMIER when paired with the right wines? YES!
A few weeks ago, I led a wonderful wine and FUDGE tasting for Julie Kalua of Julie K Photo. Julie introduced us to amazing Black Canyon Fudge from Emmett, Idaho. The fudge was incredible and got even better when perfectly paired with wine. Pumpkin fudge, for example, paired stunningly well with Chardonnay. To see our other fudge pairings, along with Julie’s photographs of the event, please check out Julie’s blog post entitled “So Amazing”. Thanks, Julie, for capturing the fun and magic of the tasting.
On the CHOCOLATE front, Kimberly Houston, a wonderful WineShop At Home consultant in North Carolina, wrote a great blog article on pairing chocolate and wine. In her article, Kimberly highlights two key points:
- Pick a youthful, fruity red wine. Avoid mature reds that have more spice and earth notes.
- Look for a chocolate that has 60% cacao or more, and 13/13.5 grams of sugar or less, and you’ll be good to go.
If you’re in North Carolina, please get in touch with Kimberly to set up an in-home wine tasting. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, please call me to arrange a tasting. In-home wine tastings are a ton of fun, and Kimberly and I would love to lead one for you.
Please tell us about your wine, chocolate and fudge pairing experiences. I’m looking forward to trying your recommendations.
Cheers and Happy Holidays!