California Blend and Dark Chocolate Bark from Wine and Chocolate: Valentine's Day Guide

Wine and Chocolate: Valentine's Day Guide

Sterling, Jacques Torres
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California Blend and Dark Chocolate Bark

Sterling Vintner’s Collection Meritage 2010 ($14)

This Bordeaux-inspired California Central Coast blend has notes of ripe, jammy blueberry and cherry and sweet spice on the nose. On the palate, the wine is earthy, with notes of ash and green pepper. This is a straightforward wine, with more fruit on the nose than on the palate on the palate.

Pair with: Jacques Torres Dark Chocolate Bark ($1.75/ounce)

For dark chocolate, this is mild and nutty (combined with roasted pistachios, almonds, and hazelnuts), and it fills in the wine, accentuating the fruit notes. The overall character of both the wine and chocolate are complimented, and the combination is in balance.