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The Ultimate in Chocolate and Wine Pairing

David Hunt, Winemaker
Paso Robles, CA
Katrina Markoff, Chocolatier
Chicago, IL

From the tasting panel of Food & Beverage International

Great reds made by intuitive wine maker David Hunt of Hunt Cellars are finding their way to the public through their tasting room located in Paso Robles, California. Looking for the ultimate chocolate pairing experience for these complex reds, we landed ourselves in the kitchen of Chicago chocolatier Katrina Markoff, who creates an intense culinary experience with chocolate that would compare to the artistry of a wine maker. Her infusions of rare spices and flowers combined with premium chocolate give Vosges Haut-Chocolat the edge we were looking for when it came to creating the ultimate pairing with these exceptional red wines.

We offer you now the ultimate in chocolate and wine pairing. Our favorite reds with our favorite chocolate. (read more)


Hunt Cellars 2006 Syrah Rosé "Afternoon Delight"
/ Paso Robles

The bold ruby hue of this wine is quite striking in a glass. Swirl and take in the dazzling, springtime nose of cherry, cranberry, strawberry, and a lovely touch of rose petal. A bright, crisp wine, with a refreshing acidity on the palate, the red berry notes return alongside sweet hints of toffee and apple. Grab a bottle and enjoy it on a lazy Sunday with a Naga truffle from Vosges chocolate, a delicate balance of sweet Indian curry, coconut and velvety milk chocolate.
Score: 90


Hunt Cellars 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon "Cab 9"
/ Paso Robles

Opening with a lovely California nose of violets and lavender mingling with highlights of spice, when sipped slowly, the wine unfurls rich fruit layers of currants, cherry, and blackberry. Deeper notes of chocolate and truffles give the wine a very nice depth. Full-bodied and warm on the palate, the finish is soft and lingering. Savor a single bite of a rich, dark creamy chocolate Vosges Budapest truffle laced with sweet Hungarian paprika made from the mild capsicum pepper for the ultimate wine and chocolate sensation.
Score: 94

Budapest Truffle

Hunt Cellars 2003 "Rhapsody in Red" Reserve
Red Wine / Paso Robles

An exquisite deep purple in color, this is a rich, lush red blend. Allowed to open in a glass, intoxicating aromas of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and cherry overtake the senses. A sip brings forth layers of flavor with dark chocolate, currants, vanilla, and coffee mingled with notes of ripe red fruit. The tannins are elegant and the finish excellent. A very nice wine. Do as we did and pair it with Vosges Chocolate's Oaxaca bar made with dark Tanzanian chocolate, organic pumpkin seeds, the sweet guajillo chili pepper and rounded out nicely with a fresh, creamy ganache laced with licorice and spice. It is a wonderful combination.
Score: 93


To read more about Hunt Cellars (click here)
& Vosges Haut-Chocolat
(click here)

2875 Oakdale Road
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 237-1600

Vosges Haut-Chocolat
2211 N. Eiston Avenue - Suite 203
Chicago, IL. 60614
(773) 388-5560 / (888) 301-YUMM (9866)

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