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Chocolate Goes With Wine!

Today, October 28, 2016,  is NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY!  In anticipation of this delicious day I sauntered downtown to find some fabulous chocolate…

elisMy first stop was Eli’s Provisions right in the heart of the market…one of my favorite places to purchase products made in Virginia. They were sponsoring a wine – featuring Virginia wines available at Eli’s – and chocolate tasting.  https://www.facebook.com/elisprovisionsroanoke

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Virginia is for chocolate lovers too!

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Pictured above chocolate samples from Chocolate Paper, Downtown Roanoke. This adorable store gets its name because they sell chocolate and greeting cards (plus lots of gifts that are perfect for any occasion).

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Melissa, one of the owners of Chocolate Paper offered us samples of chocolate to pair with our wine. She is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet…is she so sweet because she owns a chocolate store or does she own a chocolate store because she is so sweet….hmmmm…

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Our first pairing was Veritas Chardonnay (unoaked) with Graffiti Zoo, Tropical Tucan...creamy white chocolate with a tropical twist of pineapple and macadamia nut.  Melissa said that she really likes citrus paired with unoaked chardonnay and she is right, this pairing is decadent.

Veritas Winery, Charlottesville, Virginia:

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Our next taste of wine was Blanco XOCO ~ grape wine with natural flavoring added.  We did not pair it with chocolate because the chocolate flavor was already infused into the wine! Sweet white wine made with Rkatsiteli and Vidal Blanc grapes and chocolate essence.

One of the guests at the wine tasting said that she would make a “Tres Vinos Cake” like a “Tres Leches Cake” except instead of soaking the cake in Tres Leches she would soak the cake in the Blanco XOCO! I like how this lady thinks and may have to try this sometime!

Horton Vineyard, Gordonsville, Virginia:

http://hortonwine.com/

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Our third tasting was Trump Meritage paired with a Lindt Bittersweet chocolate which was a delightful combination. One of my favorite pairings is dark chocolate with a bold red wine.

Trump winery, Charlottesville, Virginia:

http://www.trumpwinery.com/

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Our last sip was Chateau Morrisette 2011 Heritage After Dinner Red Wine.

Winemaker’s Notes: Entrancing aromas of plum and black cherry presage the intensely fruity entry, layered with the character of black tea, baking spices, vanilla and cocoa. The texture of this deep ruby colored full-bodied wine is silky and emollient; lingering aromas will persist on the palate. Like all Port-style wines, heritage is fortified and finished sweet.

Chateau Morrisette Winery, Floyd, Virginia

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My last bite was a Asher’s Raspberry Cream. Asher’s is made by a family owned business in Pennsylvania.  Another reason to love Asher’s chocolates…they have a chocolate blog!!!

http://www.ashers.com/blog/

Halloween and Thanksgiving  Chocolate Goodies Abound At Chocolate Paper!

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Candy corn chocolate bar and Peeps!

pumpkin-1Beautifully crafted milk chocolate pumpkins!

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Whenever I stroll through our downtown market I find delightful handcrafted goodies such as these beautifully crafted gourds…

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Happy Hokies! Virginia Tech Basket handmade out of a gourd!  Created by The Gourdian Angels, Goodview Virginia. I found this beautiful basket on the market in Downtown Roanoke.

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Happy Halloween!

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7 thoughts on “Chocolate Goes With Wine!

  1. Christina Nifong October 28, 2016 at 10:14 pm Reply

    Oh, I love Chocolate Paper! And Veritas! And Chateau Morrisette! And Eli’s Provisions! Thanks for that lovely tour, Becky!

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    • Becky Ellis November 1, 2016 at 11:49 pm Reply

      It is so good to see our downtown market continuing to thrive into the cooler months of the year!

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  2. Rosalee Kaplan October 28, 2016 at 10:52 pm Reply

    Sounds like a wonderful and yummy way to spend a day,Becky. I need to get back to our wonderful market area very soon! Rosalee

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  3. petra08 October 31, 2016 at 3:28 pm Reply

    It sounds like an ideal way to spend a day! Great pairings by the sounds of it! What a happy national Chocolate day celebration 🙂

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  4. awarmhello October 31, 2016 at 4:17 pm Reply

    I love that quote: “There’s nothing better than a good friend except a good friend with chocolate”!

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  5. Melissa Palmer November 4, 2016 at 10:15 am Reply

    Thank you, Becky, for a delicious tasting tour! We all had such a fun time while working diligently on our tasting experiments. Everyone had great insight to share. Thank you for highlighting chocolatepaper. Our family business just celebrated ten years and it’s aficionados like you guys that make that happen for us!! Also such fun to pair with the awesome folks at Eli’s Provisions! Wine and chocolate are two of my favorite food groups!!

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    • Becky Ellis November 8, 2016 at 1:23 pm Reply

      Thank you Melissa…I can’t wait to begin my holiday shopping at Chocolate Paper!

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