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Chocolate & Wine Guide for Valentine's Day

Posted by Monica Yu on

Chocolate & Wine Guide for Valentine's Day

True love is hard to find, and so is matching chocolate and wine. With the right combination of chocolate and wine, it can be a match made in heaven. Use the following guide to help you find the perfect pairing or set up your own match game of chocolates and wine. A good rule of thumb is to pair lighter, more elegant flavored chocolates with lighter-bodied wines. Stronger chocolate should be paired with more full-bodied wines. If you are trying a variety of chocolates, work from light to dark. Start with a more subtle white or milk chocolate and end on...

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For The Lovers: Strawberry & Chocolate Filled Crepes

Posted by Leo Coulourides on

For The Lovers: Strawberry & Chocolate Filled Crepes

This Valentine's Day, you can impress your lover or sweeten up a ladies night with strawberry and chocolate filled crepes! Crepes are easy to make and can be made with a variety of flavor combinations. Sweet crepes can be flavored with liquors to compliment your chosen filling. Some combination suggestions may be rum and chocolate, orange and chocolate, raspberry and chocolate, etc. Since the batter can be made in advance, you don't have to waste too much time in the kitchen during your date. Makes 10-12 Crepes Ingredients: The Dessert Crepes: 2 Large Eggs 1 cup of Milk  (2% or...

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Apricot Almond Panettone

Posted by Plume Ridge Bottle Shop on

Apricot Almond Panettone

A twist on the classic Italian holiday dessert with a Californian flair. The use of California almonds and dried apricots compliment the Sauternes perfectly. Delicate, fluffy, sweet flavors melt together with the liquid gold. Further enhancing the nutty and ripe stone fruit character in the wine. If you are looking for something to spice up your dessert line-up this winter, look no further as this is our winner. Yield One large PanattoneIngredientsFor starter: 1 cup (120 g) All-Purpose flour 1/8 teaspoon instant yeast 1/2 cup (113 g) cool water For Dough: 2 cups (241g) All-Purpose flour 1/4 cup fine ground almond...

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What is Sauternes?

Posted by Monica Yu on

What is Sauternes?

Some of the world's greatest wines are sweet. No, we are not referencing wines that have been altered with levels of sugar or halted fermentation to achieve sweetness. We are  talking about Sauternes, a golden colored, sweet French wine from the Bordeaux region. Drive about 25 miles southeast towards the Graves appellation, there are two neighboring sub-regions, Barsac and Sautneres.  These two regions are along side the Garonne and the Ciron tributary. The two rivers provide an unique microclimate along with the morning fogs and warm afternoons. The water of the Ciron is cooler than the Garonne, thus in the...

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Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie

Posted by Monica Yu on

Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie

Take on the holidays with this crowd pleasing dessert and wine combo. Decadent and rich, this is the perfect pie to finish off your meal. Ideal to pair with a Merlot or Zinfandel.Yield: 1 9inch pieIngredients:Pastry Dough 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 stick (4ounces) butter cut into 1/2 inch pieces 2 to 3 Tablespoons ice water Pie Filling 3 ounces butter 1 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup corn syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 tablespoon good quality Bourbon 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 5 ounces good quality semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped 2 cups pecans...

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