This Summer Is Just Peachy!
Historic City Market, Roanoke, Virginia
Another reason to love Downtown Roanoke:
Campbell Avenue, Downtown Roanoke
The Altus Story is posted in their chocolate shop:
After watching the movie “Chocolat”, Carl and Mary (now the owners of Altus Chocolate) were enamoured by the idea that chocolate could be made in small batches. The molcajete (Mexican version of the mortar and pestle) pictured above is similar to the one they used to grind their first batch of chocolate. It took them roughly 24 hours to grind that first batch and it was, as they describe it, “incredible”.
Their chocolate lounges are in Lynchburg and Roanoke, Virginia. What they love about making chocolate:
- Dancing in the kitchen.
- Sharing the best chocolate with the best of friends.
- Watching faces light up when others experience a single origin tasting for the first time.
They are sharing a chocolate experience!
The best way to find out about happenings (such as the chocolate tasting on July 15) at this lovely chocolate shop is by Facebook:
Altus features handmade chocolates, gelato, delicious pastries, unique chocolate bars, drinking chocolate, espresso and specialty coffee drinks (wine coming soon!).
Altus handmade chocolate flavors include Mango Mint Coriander, Summer Sangria, Strawberry Balsamic, Madagascar Vanilla, Chai Spice, Virginia Peanut…
Altus also serves one of my favorites…Affogato…a shot of fresh espresso over your choice of gelato. DELIZIOSO!
And I always enjoy some sips of bubbly with my chocolate…such as this delightful Fluteau Cuvée Symbiose Brut 2006. 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir grapes from Gye-Sur-Seine in the southernmost part of Champagne. Balanced and vibrant with lots of bubbles in the flute. Toasty notes with a hint of lemon and spice. $50 range.
This Summer I could…
Our bubbly friends are in the islands during this 4th of July holiday and here’s what they are enjoying…
While here at home I am enjoying…
Crisp and refreshing. Juicy peach notes with just a touch of minerality. I love the label on this one! 40% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. $13 range.
Please comment to let me know the name of your favorite Rosé!
Happy 4th of July!
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