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  • Feb 14
    Valentine's Chocolate and Wine Pairing
Valentine's Chocolate and Wine Pairing
Sunday, February 14 at 5:30pm,$65.00
2745 W. Armitage

Chocolate and wine are the quintessential food & drink pairing, and we're taking it to the next level with our range of infused confections. In place of our monthly tasting parties, we'll provide a sampling of the sweets from January, February, and March. Why stop there, when you know who sells some of the best wine in Chicago! Joining us for the guided tasting, we're proud to have Damien Casten of Candid Wines, an importer/distributor of small production, organic and biodynamic wines. Since 2005, they've been working with some of the best small-batch wineries in France, Germany, Italy, Austria, New Zealand, and the US.

We're going to experience some really awesome chocolates and wines on this Valentine's. At 5:30 in the evening, we'll light some candles, chill some bubbly, and hang with you. We've created 16 pairings with 8 wines (2 sweets per wine), and oh boy, these wines. Deep in Candid Wines' cellar, Damien found a seventeen year old Auslese Pinot Gris made by Fritz Josef Schwibinger way back in 1999! We tasted creme brûlée, orange peel and a savory, smoky finish. Then we snagged the last two bottles in Illinois of Cosimo Maria Masini's "Fedardo" 2006, a Vin Santo from Tuscany. It's funky, natural, intense and sweet, and yet it retains surprising acidity that keep it light.

Katherine and Damien will walk you through each pairing. Michelin-starred restaurant Table, Donkey, and Stick will be providing their exemplary house-made charcuterie/cheese plates. (make a dinner reservation after our event - you won't be disappointed!) To top it off, we'll have some tasty snacks in the forms of highly acclaimed cheese and charcuterie. And, the company is sure to be excellent. The evening will run from 5:30-7pm, and be held at our confiserie at 2745 W. Armitage.

Pairings:

1. NV Azienda Agricola Casalone "Mariposa" Braccheto. Piedmont, Italy
  • Champagne & Rose marshmallow
  • Strawberry Mint Green Tea truffle
2. 2010 Turner Pageot Le Blanc, Languedoc, France
  • Apple Cider + Caraway caramel
  • Brown Butter Hazelnut truffle
3. 2011 Scherrer "Huntsman" Grenache blend - Russian River Valley, California
  • Cherry Earl Grey fleur de sel caramel
  • Basil truffle
4. 2013 Minimus Experiment No.14 Carbonic Maceration, Rogue Valley, Oregon
  • Stout + Cacao Nib caramel
  • Mocha Whiskey Walnut truffle
5. 2010 Domaine de Petit Coteau Moelleux, Vouvray, France
  • Passionfruit truffle
  • Grapefruit Cashew caramel
6. 2006 Cosimo Maria Masini "Fedardo", Vin Santo - Tuscany, Italy
  • Gold Rush truffle
  • Banana + Hefeweizen + Clove caramel
7. 1999 Schwibinger Pinot Gris Auslese, Rheinhessen, Germany
  • Jameson Caramel Swirl marshmallow
  • Meyer Lemon truffle
8. 2009 Barra of Mendocino "Bella Dolce" Petite Sirah, Mendocino, California
  • Pink Peppercorn + Rose fleur de sel caramel
  • Cafe Miel truffle

We apologize, but this event is SOLD OUT