Two of my most favourite things in life is drinking wine and eating chocolate. Or should that be eating chocolate and drinking wine? Either way is fine by me! So, when Waitrose asked me if I would like to receive some of their delicious wine and shop for chocolate in order to celebrate National Chocolate Week, how could I refuse?
We were given the option of 3 wines up to a value of £40. I would never normally spend that much on wine so this was certainly a treat for us! I was also sent a voucher to shop for some chocolate treats and ingredients at Waitrose. I had found a flourless chocolate cake recipe over on their site that I wanted to make my own. You can find my version of the flourless chocolate cake by Paul Hollywood on another post on this blog.
Ross and I love the show, ‘The Walking Dead’. I know. What has that got to do with chocolate, right? Well, there is nothing I like more than to sit down of an evening and relax at the end of the day with one of my favourite tv programmes and a big bar of dark chocolate. And, last night, with the return of one of our favourites, we had to celebrate.
We decided to have a wine and chocolate tasting session during the show (although I don’t really enjoy eating and watching someone being munched on by a zombie!). I did find that nothing puts me off chocolate though!
We started with a bar of Cavalier Dark Chocolate which contains Stevia instead of sugar and a glass of Château Liversan Haut-Médoc. The description for this wine states that it boasts a rich and seductive nose, followed by the taste of ripe blackberry flavours. The finish is long and succulent, with smoky notes. We decided that the chocolate and the wine was fine together – although the wine really wasn’t totally to my taste.
Moving on, we opened a box of the Seriously Chocolatey Marc de Champagne dark truffles and couple that with a glass of the Bonterra Organic Merlot Mendocino. A bit of a boozy option, I guess! But it tasted lovely. Merlot is generally my favourite red wine any way and this is made from quality, organic grapes. The silky texture of the wine with it’s plum taste complimented the truffles so well. I really enjoyed this pairing.
Finally, for dessert(!!), Ross and I had a piece of the flourless chocolate cake and a small sherry glass of the Campbells Rutherglen Muscat. Having already had a slice of the cake with Grace last week whilst watching the Great British Bake Off final (see, I told you I liked my TV in the evenings!), we knew that the rich flavour of the cake would need to be off-set with something sweet. The muscat was perfect for this. The smell of raisins couple with a taste of caramel and hint of toffee made for the perfect match with the cake – I even considered pouring some over my pudding!
So, the verdict. Which pairing did we like the most? Ross’ favourite was the Merlot and truffle combination, two things he greatly enjoys separately but has never tried together before – and, after having done so, intends to pair them up on a more regular basis. And me? Well, I love sweet wines so for me, it had to be the Muscat and chocolate cake (which has been a big hit in this house!). The combination of rich with the smooth and the sweet with the dark was a great match.
If you would like to host your own wine and chocolate evening then Waitrose has a useful guide, full of inspiration and advice over on their website.
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