Today, October 28, 2016, is NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY! In anticipation of this delicious day I sauntered downtown to find some fabulous chocolate…
My 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
Virginia is for chocolate lovers too!
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).
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…
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:
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:
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:
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
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!!!
Halloween and Thanksgiving Chocolate Goodies Abound At Chocolate Paper!
Candy corn chocolate bar and Peeps!
Whenever I stroll through our downtown market I find delightful handcrafted goodies such as these beautifully crafted gourds…
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.