As we found our areas for the tasting, each guest had a tasting chart in front of them (pictured above), with each chocolate in its place, and a few wine glasses ready to receive the wines we’d be pairing with these pieces of art. Below, I’ve provided a breakdown with the help of Jocelyn and Jeff that describes the wine (comments by Jeff) and the chocolates (comments by Jocelyn), and my overall impression of the pairing.
An herbal citrus explosion! This dark chocolate shell is filled with a lemon thyme white chocolate ganache, and is finished with a dried lavender and thyme salt.”
Jocelyn and Jacob did a wonderful job hosting this event. While you will never get a shortage of information from them, they stay on topic with salient details. You walk away feeling educated, not overwhelmed; these are huge points in my book. Jeff, as always, did the same with the wines he poured for us. While I would have any of these pairings time and time over, here is my general breakdown in 20 words or less.
1. The Rose Pairing: Refreshing and lite. Can see this work well during any time of the year, any occasion.
2. Gerwurtz and Ginger Guava: Sweet and Crisp. Elegant and complex. Recommend for dessert.
3. Herbs and CdR: Powerful and memorable. A must try. Salt on the bottom of chocolate creates multi-dimensional flavor.
4. Zinfandel and Raspberry: A meal in and of itself. Chewy mouthfeel, hearty, savory, and delicious flavor
In true Jeff manner, he treated us all to some bonus wines that I won’t go into here. Suffice it to say, we were all well taken care of. I wouldn’t have missed this event for the world, and I’m already anxious to attend the next event. You can follow both Jocelyn and Jeff on Facebook, pages below. If you are local to Atlanta, it would be in your best interest, health, and well-being to catch their next event.
Brookhaven Wines: https://www.facebook.com/BrookhavenWines/
Jardi Chocolates: https://www.facebook.com/jardichocolates/