Guest Author - Michelle Matile
Chocolate wines are fairly new to the market. However, they are becoming more and more popular. I was able to locate a few brands in my area and sampled two. Check with your local store on what varieties are offered near you.
Chocolate Shop is a red wine combined with rich dark chocolate flavor. It is produced by Chocolate Shop Wine in Walla Walla, Washington. The liquor store advised that this is their most sought after chocolate wine. A hint of chocolate is something that has long been incorporated in wine. However this wine has more than a hint of chocolate. You cannot ignore the obvious chocolate flavor. Each sip of red wine is finished with a smooth defined taste of chocolate. This wine is both for chocolate and wine lovers.
ChocoVine is another chocolate wine. It is the combination of a French Cabernet and dark chocolate from Holland. It is produced in Holland by a cream manufacturer. This is definitely for the chocolate lover. The taste of red wine was not even evident. The thick, creamy taste of chocolate was distinct and direct. It might be the chocoholic's new favorite drink. The consistency is similar to that of Irish Cream. ChocoVine is a perfect dessert drink simply served over ice. Another option pleasing to the palate is to drizzle over vanilla ice cream. Or try the two easy recipes listed below.
EASY CHOCOLATE MARTINI
1 oz. of vodka
2 oz. ChocoVine
Chocolate syrup for garnish
Mix both ingredients over ice in a shaker.
Drizzle chocolate syrup in martini glass. Pour martini into glass using a strainer; serve the left over ice on the side.
CHOCOVINE DESSERT COFFEE
A cup of hot coffee freshly brewed
1 oz. ChocoVine
Whipped cream for garnish
Add ChocoVine to mug, next add coffee and stir. Then garnish with the whipped cream.
ChocoVine is the perfect recipe alone or mixed to create a unique drink. Chocolate Shop is a great wine; it can be paired with your favorite dessert. These are great to introduce at your next party. Provide your guests with a new product that they most likely have never experienced before.