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Valentine’s Day palate- Indulge in a little wine and chocolate

February 8, 2010

Since the time of the Aztecs, chocolate has been said to have amorous properties. Wine, too, has long been associated with romance and it is best summed up in the words of 17th century English playwright, Ben Jonson , “Wine is the milk of Venus”.

What better way, then, to satisfy the Valentine’s Day palate than to indulge in a little of both? Pairing wine with chocolate is a culinary delight that has been gaining attention in recent years. And all it takes to make it work is a little know-how and a sense of adventure.

An US wine shop owner ,Sherry Etes, suggests that a lot of people don’t really think about pairing the two, but it can be great fun. There are actually a lot of different wines that pair well with chocolate. Generally, wines that are a little more “fruit forward” make the best partners with chocolate.

Champagnes also pair well with chocolate. Try dark chocolate with a brut champagne, and a lighter (maybe even white) chocolate with a sweeter bubbly. Be careful, though, not to go too sweet.

Balancing act

Balance is important when pairing wine with chocolate, said Julie Waterman, owner of Indulgence Chocolatiers in Waukesha.

“You want to either complement or contrast the flavors in the two,” said Waterman, who specializes in artisan, (Belgian chocolates).

Overall, dark chocolate tends to pair better with wine than milk chocolate, Waterman said.

“Milk chocolate tends to have too many tannins, which can create a clash with the wine.”

That doesn’t mean, however, that people who prefer sweeter chocolate won’t have success in pairing wine with chocolate, she said. Chocolate doesn’t have to be super dark, bitter sweet to be considered dark, Waterman explained. Lighter, very creamy varieties of dark chocolate are available.

A good general rule-of-thumb is to choose a chocolate with 50 percent, or higher, cacao content. Such semisweet chocolates usually pair well with wine, she said.

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From Hemingway to Homer Simpson, everyone has an opinion on wine

January 11, 2010

Wine has fascinated people over the centuries. Here is few wine quotes from prominent persons. From Hemingway to Homer Simpson, everyone has an opinion on wine.

Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.
Ernest Hemingway

Wino Forever
Johnny Depp
(The tattoo once read ‘Winona Forever’!)

What is man, when you come to think upon him, but a minutely set, ingenious machine for turning with infinite artfulness, the red wine of Shiraz into urine?
Isak Dinesen

Wine is bottled poetry.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.
Louis Pasteur

“Alcohol – the cause of and solution to all of life’s problems”
Homer Simpson

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“Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.”

Plutarch


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December 14, 2009

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”-Albert Einstein

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