Living in the heart of Washington state, we’re surrounded by acres of vineyards, wineries, and tasting rooms. April is Spring Barrel month. It all starts with Pre-Spring Barrel (April 17-19). This leads up to the big event, Spring Barrel Tasting (April 24-26). It’s such a fun experience to sample yet-unfinished wines from the barrel! One of the many wineries we recommend is DavenLore Winery in Prosser.
Our founder and CEO, Pam Montgomery, recently shared her passion for artisan chocolate and Washington wine. She personally sat down with DavenLore’s tasting room manager to create the perfect wine pairings. Here’s what we came up with.
A few things to remember…
- Chocolate’s flavors will dominate when paired with wine
- The darker the chocolate the darker, more full-bodied the wine should be
- Champagne and sparkling wines complement many flavors and chocolate types
- Use your imagination, experiment, and break rules!
Dark, Intensely Flavored Chocolates
Chocolate: Black Forest Cherries, Classic Dark Cherries, Chipotle Cherries, Tangerine Cherries
Pairing suggestion: Recovery Red, Ardisol & Durif − Black Forest. Syrah − Classic Dark. Tempranillo − Chipotle Cherries. Merlot & Malbec − Tangerine Cherries.
Not sure if it’s because we had a little too much chocolate, but we also ended up pairing wine with dried fruit! We suggest letting the dried cherries soak up some wine. They’re more flavorful when they’re nice & plump!
Cherries: Columbia River Tarts, Northwest Rainiers, Northwest Bings
Pairing suggestion: Recovery Red, Ardisol, Syrah Forté (Port), Grenache, & Rosé − Columbia River Tarts. Riesling − Northwest Rainiers. Petit Verdot − Northwest Bings.
We hope you visit Prosser and discover why Chukar Chocolates & Washington Wine are the perfect pairing!
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The dried Bing cherry's natural sweetness offsets the bittersweet cocoa dusted over this dark chocolate cherry. A personal favorite of Chukar's founder, Pam Montgomery.
A crisp, caramelized pecan doused in smooth milk chocolate and dusted with powdered sugar. A best seller.