Monthly Archive for February, 2007

Chocolate and Wine Pairing

Myself and several other local food bloggers were invited to attend what I thought was a tasting of different chocolates and wines. Well it turned out to be a lot more than chocolate that was paired w/ the wines as you will see!

This was put together by Holly Cunningham of Hollyberry Baking Co. and Anthony Bommarito of A. Bommarito Wines of St. Louis. Holly prepared a sampling of her specialty desserts that have a local flair to go w/ Anthony’s selection of wines.

Hollyberry_1 We first sampled “Lemon Heaven”, “Lemon Poppy Seed” and “Oatmeal Crannie” paired w/ Saracco Moscato d’Asti 2005 Sparkling Wine. This bubbly was a great match for these lighter, citrusy desserts.

Hollyberry_3 Secondly we had “Cocoa Bliss” and “Marble Fudge Brownies” paired w/ O”Brien Seduction 2004 Cabernet-Merlot Blend Napa Valley, California. This was an enjoyable twist on a classic pairing. The wine was fruit forward w/ velvety tannins. It matched up very well w/ these chocolaty treats.

Hollyberry_2 The last pairing consisted of  “Hollyberry Gooey Butter Cake” and “Holly Dolly Dessert Bars” w/ Chateau Doisy-Vedrines 2003 Sauternes, France. This gooey butter cake is super sweet and rich. I was amazed at how well the Sauternes blended w/ the flavors of this St. Louis favorite!

Hollyberry Baking has packaged these combinations in beautiful gift boxes. If you’re interested go to their website for more information.

Ciao…

Bruno