Thursday, November 19, 2009

Chocolate and Wine Soiree Part II - The Wine

We chose six different wine and chocolate pairings for the evening. Guests were able to walk up to our wine bar and enjoy the wine tasting experience with chocolate.

The six wine and chocolate pairings we chose were...
1. White Zinfandel and white chocolate
2. Almond Sparkling Wine and milk chocolate
3. Riesling and orange flavored dark chocolate
4. Pinot Noir and chocolate with almonds
5. Tawny Port and chocolate filled with caramel
6. Cabernet Sauvignon and espresso dark chocolate

Our Merlot candles smelled delicious...

We created rustic wine tags (inspired by the Hostess with the Mostess). We used textured cardstock and used a 1/8 circle hole punch to create perfect sized tags. We then used a tiny hole punch to pierce a whole for the twine. The tags were accented with a rhinestone for a little sparkle. This was a very easy project and guests loved it! They were able to write their names on the tags using a gold pen. The tags were easy to tie onto the stem of the glass as well.
We displayed this chalkboard on the corner of our wine bar. After much online research we learned that there was a correct way of tasting chocolate and wine.

An evening shot of our wine bar completely stocked. The tasting began with the lightest wine and ended with the darkest wine. We featured six different wines with six different pairings. In between each pairing, we placed a bowl of bread so guests could cleanse their palette before moving onto the next wine.
One of the chocolate and wine pairings... Almond Sparkling Wine with premium milk chocolate.
This pairing was one of my favorites, as well as the White Zinfandel and white chocolate...

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