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Last week I posted about an event I had been invited to.  Wine/chocolate pairing to raise awareness for breast cancer.  Wine? Chocolate?  A good cause?  How could I say no?  Plus I was invited by one of my good twitter pals Oakley


It was also being held at one of my favorite places, District Wine. Mark and Angela are the owners and I can’t say enough awesome things about them and their staff.  Here is Mark explaining one of the wines-

There were so many interesting twitter peeps there.  I’m disappointed that I didn’t get to know more of them better, but I did get to sit next the lovely Melissa Keyes, who shared her own story about being a breast cancer survivor.  You can see her story on this page.   We paired four different chocolates with wine and in my case stout (since I’m not a port fan).

The first was my favorite.

Ghirardelli® Intense Dark™ Evening Dream: 60% Cacao.  District Wine’s Pick: Frogmore Creek Iced Riesling, Tasmania. Food – Dried Apricot.   OMG I loved this wine.  I normally shy away from iced wines because they’re sweeter, but this was simply amazing.  I had to buy two bottles.  The apricots really added to the flavor of the wine too.

Second –

Ghirardelli® Intense Dark™ Twilight Delight : 72% Cacao. District Wine’s Pick: Taft Street Zinfandel, Russian River Valley.  It was suggested that this wine could be paired with raspberries but Oakley forgot them.  (That’s ok, we love her anyway).  I am normally a pretty intense wine drinker.  The bolder, the drier, the better.  This was pretty dry and I would enjoy this on a cold day with perhaps a nice roast, but on a warm summer day, not so much.  It wasn’t horrible and I would drink it again, but just not on a hot day. The wine did taste yummy with the chocolate though.

Third – Ghirardelli® Intense Dark™ Midnight Reverie: 86%. District Wine’s Pick: Layer Cake Malbec, Argentina Food: Nuts and cheese, especially parmesan. [Oakley’s note: Try prosciutto.]  If you’re a Malbec fan and haven’t tried the Layer Cake, you are missing out.  It is one of the wines I frequently order by the glass when I’m at District Wine.  Simply delicious.  The parmesan was a huge hit and in fact we had to request extra because someone at our table had already started eating it (okay it was me, but I was hungry).

Fourth –

Ghirardelli® Intense Dark™ Toffee Interlude: Toffee bits and caramelized almonds.  District Wine’s Pick: Taylor Fladgate 20 Years Tawny, Portugal, OR Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout. Food:  Marshmallows . [Oakley’s note: Try bacon. I’m serious.]  First off, TOFFEE!!!   My favorite candy.  I’m not a port fan so I requested the stout and was not dissapointed.  Chocolate toffee and stout is a winning combination.  And then there were the marshmallows.  Oakley bought them at Fresh & Easy.  They’re called Plush Puffs Vanilla Beans Marshmallows.  WOW.  We had to request more of those too.  But this time it wasn’t my fault.  Annette just couldn’t help herself :) .

What a fabulous afternoon.  I was able to enjoy some great chocolates, delicious wine, raise awareness for breast cancer, AND meet some new wonderful women.

Suggestions for the food and wine pairings came from Thirsty Girl.  If you’re interested in hosting your own pairing party check out this website for more information.

Pictures from the event were taken by Jennifer and can be found on here.

Here are a few random pics I took. 

mmmmm, the marshmallows

Thanks again Oakley!


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